Our Team

Mr. Larry L. Gilmore serves as the President and CEO of ClearBlu Capital Group, which he founded primarily to address the lack of access to capital, promote small business sustainability and real estate development. In recent years, he launched and owned Home Care Assistance of Southern Fairfield County while also serving as Vice President of Community Lending for HSBC where he led a team devoted to community lending throughout the United States.

Gilmore is a seasoned financial services executive and entrepreneur with a passion for social responsibility. He has managed numerous national organizations focused on increasing education and awareness within financial services while ultimately streamlining service delivery. This includes serving as the President and CEO for the Student Loan Alliance focused on expanding the role of financial advisors to assist student loan borrowers, Co-founder President and CEO of Hope LoanPort, a technology improving communication between mortgage borrowers, 3rd party advisors and lenders, and Executive Director for the HOPE NOW Alliance which coordinates a series of strategies to improve the borrower experience.

Other roles have included VP of Industry Relations & Emerging Segments for H&R Block Mortgage, Associate Director for affordable lending for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and Wells Fargo Bank as their Manager of Market Opportunities.

Gilmore spent 13 Years in Washington, DC working with and for national trade associations harnessing relationships with local, regional, national and international bank members; many of which he works with today to source finance solutions.

Larry volunteers in numerous capacities which more recently included the Boards of Director for the Westchester County Housing Action Council and Long Island Housing Partnership, Board of Trustees for the Longridge School, City of STAMFORD Zoning Board of Appeals, the 100 Black Men of Stamford and Inspirica.

Mr. Cavanaugh L. Gray serves as a Director of Small Business Advisory Services. He is a lifelong entrepreneur and small business development specialist with more than two decades of experience implementing strategies that help startups scale. He has a diverse background working in the Marketing, Media/Publishing, Technology, Energy, Nonprofit and Startup Industries. He has served as a business advisor to a Chicago Innovation Award Winner and holds combined degrees in Finance, Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies which allows him to bring a unique perspective to the discipline of entrepreneurship.

Cavanaugh’s expertise centers on helping companies: (1) Acquire management expertise and improve management processes. (2) Improve their marketing return on investment. (3) Grow with limited financial resources and investment. (4) Identify the resources necessary to help companies grow their businesses.

Cavanaugh has more than a decade of experience teaching Integrated Brand Promotion and Small Business Management at the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as extensive business training experience. Cavanaugh is the author of a book on small business management, The Entrepreneurial Spirit Lives: 25 Tales to Help Entrepreneurs Start, Grow, and Succeed in Small Business which was recognized as an Amazon Top Read. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor of New Media Entrepreneurship (graduate studies) at Loyola University of Chicago.

Cavanaugh has a long-standing commitment to social entrepreneurship and over the years has used small business as a tool for addressing a variety of social issues. He established a nationally recognized nonprofit the Young Entrepreneurs Program (featured in Entrepreneur Magazine) which focused on providing entrepreneurial and financial literacy training as well as alternatives to unemployment, low paying jobs an destructive life choices to students 12-18.

Cavanaugh used entrepreneurship to establish Project Compassion, a community based non-profit organization. Overseeing the efforts of more than 100 volunteers he provided a variety of social services which helped care for, remove and keep 65 homeless families off of the streets.

Cavanaugh’s current economic development efforts focus on leveraging existing local, regional and national resources in order to spread creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation at the community level.

Mr. Patrick A. Guillion, Jr. serves as a Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Advisor to ClearBlu Capital Group.  He brings over 30 years in executive management throughout financial services. A native of New Orleans, and graduate of Loyola University, Mr. Guillion returned home after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to support the rebuilding of his hometown through mortgage and redevelopment lending with both Liberty Bank and the New Orleans Finance Authority.

Mr. Guillion’s has previously served as Director of Mortgage Backed Securities at Fannie Mae and led Emerging Market divisions at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and First Horizon Home Loans.

Mr. Guillion has leveraged public and private partnerships to accomplish common goals working with national organizations such as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders. He is a former Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s Fair Lending Committee and has served as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Mayor of New Orleans in the Division of Housing and Community Development.

Mr. Guillion has served on the Board of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Urban League and an active participant with the Housing NOLA Alliance; supporting local programs to revitalize the City.  Additionally, he has served as a board member and still actively supports  Sacred Heart Brothers Alumni Association activities leading and shaping the lives of young men through service and quality education.

Mrs. Kimberly Robinson serves as a Small Business Advisor. She has twenty-five years of progressive senior level non-profit financial management experience. She has managed non-profits with annual budgets up to $20 million. Most recently, Kimberly has provided consulting services in the areas of financial management, operations and financial analysis, bookkeeping, and tax preparation. As a consultant, Kimberly teamed up with Health Management Consultants, Inc. on contracts with the Montgomery County Government, with the responsibility for analyzing and forecasting the financial viability of mental health and substance abuse clinics, group homes, and shelters in the county.

Prior to consulting, Kimberly has held several senior level jobs at area non-profits. She is a proven accounting and finance professional with progressive experience in guiding regional, national, and international non-profits through start-up, major renewal and growth. She is a mission driven leader with quantifiable achievements in P & L management, business operations, and non-profit accounting that combines technical knowledge and business acumen to deliver bottom line results. Her goal is to help organizations effectively and efficiently achieve financial success through sound financial planning, budgeting, partnering with stakeholders, timely financial analysis, and reporting and keeping up-to-date with industry regulatory and compliance requirements.

Kimberly holds a B. A. degree in Business Management and Economics from North Carolina State University.

Mr. Terrance Watkins serves as a Commercial Real Estate Advisor to ClearBlu Capital Group.  He has over 20 years experience working in the housing industry and joined Centennial Mortgage, Inc. in August 2009, responsible for originating multifamily and healthcare mortgages under HUD’s FHA insurance programs, cultivating lending relationships with borrowers across the country.  Prior to joining Centennial Mortgage, Inc he worked with Prudential Huntoon Paige as Director of Originations.  He has an extensive background in underwriting multifamily and senior affordable housing loan transactions utilizing tax-exempt bonds, low income housing tax credits, and various public and private financing vehicles. Mr. Watkins holds a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning with an emphasis on Housing from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

 

 

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