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Meet John McLean of Abington Emerson Capital in Encinitas

Today we’d like to introduce you to John McLean.

John, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am currently the President & Managing Partner of Abington Emerson Capital, an investment company focused on providing capital to innovative and growing companies. Over the past six years I have funded more than $45 million across 300 plus deals; many of which local SoCal businesses.

Prior to entering into the specialty financing field, I enjoyed a successful 17 years as a senior executive in the sporting goods consumer products industry.  Employment at Nike, TaylorMade Golf, and Cobra Golf provided me with extensive experience in sales, retail and marketing strategies, operational efficiencies, and general business development, which has allowed me to deliver growth in all types of business environments.  This has proven to be extremely beneficial in my current business.   Risk mitigation in specialty financing is critical and my knowledge and understanding of small to complex business operations is not typical with most lenders.  In addition, my previous experience allows me to act as a consultant to the businesses we finance to help ensure they are best positioned for growth.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s never easy!  I will talk specifically to Abington Emerson Capital and the work we do with small and mid-sized U.S. based companies. As everyone knows, it’s never a smooth road in business.  You have companies, even industries becoming obsolete every day, just look at the brick and mortar retail shake-up with online business today.  The toughest thing I deal with are the hundreds of businesses and entrepreneurs I see that have a dream that will never be realized. There are many deals or opportunities we have to pass on because of one thing or another, and that is challenging because you know this person/people have poured their heart and soul into that business but it’s most likely going to fail.

All that being said, every time we see these momentous industry shifts, new companies and industries are born.  Serial Entrepreneurs seize these new opportunities by launching new and innovative brands and products.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Abington Emerson Capital – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
By far helping entrepreneurs and their companies grow and achieve success. Finding growth capital as a business owner is one of the most challenging things they will encounter.  Abington Emerson Capital (AEC) is a premier investment company that provides growth capital to small and mid-sized U.S. based companies. As a direct lender, we have the flexibility to customize loans for borrowers operating in various types of industries at any point in their business cycle. We specialize in purchase order, inventory, contract and project financing. Our unique approach to lending allows us to work with companies that are in growth mode, experiencing disruption to their cash flow, cannot obtain financing due to un-bankable credit, or have only been in business for a limited time. We provide our clients with simple, streamlined financing solutions with loan programs that have clear advantages over other types of financing.

Our primary office is in Encinitas and we also have an office in Los Angeles so as you can imagine, many of our clients are located in Southern California. Over the years, we have done little to no advertising. All of our current clients have been referred to us by a friend, business owner, or another current or former client. Because of this, we form a unique relationship with our clients that is unmatched in the industry.   The best part of what I do is watching a company develop and eventually find an exit strategy through an equity investment or acquisition – our success is based on their success!

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Growing our business through our own network of friends and clients will continue to be our focus.  We will continue to be selective in which businesses and entrepreneurs we fund and then support that business at the highest level.  With our expertise, resources and experience, I believe we have the secret sauce for success.

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