Alan Branson is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Community Credit Union (HOPE) with responsibility for the companies’ Business Lending, Mortgage Lending, Retail Branch Network, and Community and Economic Development activities. Alan previously worked as a commercial banker at Signet Bank serving small and medium-sized businesses, a consultant to the Microlending program at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, and a developer of extended-stay hotel properties. Branson earned a B.A. from Oral Roberts University, an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, and spent two years in post-graduate studies at the Harvard Business School. He has also completed the Southeastern School of Advanced Commercial Lending, the Venture Capital Institute, and additional coursework from the Commercial Finance Association. Alan serves on the boards of LISC Rural Advisory Committee, Community Advisory Board for Primary Care Development Corporations, Community Advisory Board for Mid-City CDE, and Mississippi Swimming Board of Directors.