Credit Underwriting

Our seasoned team of credit professionals can support all of your commercial underwriting needs, including origination, renewals, and ongoing credit servicing. With Lenders Cooperative, you gain access to decades of C&I, CRE, and SBA lending experience.

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Staff Augmentation

  • Financial Statement Spreading (Business, Personal, Global Cash Flow, Borrowing Base);
  • Underwriting / Credit Analysis (New Money and/or Renewals);
  • Credit Servicing (Annual Reviews, Covenant Testing, Risk Rating Validations)

Loan Review

  • Transaction Testing;
  • Targeted Loan Reviews;
  • Special Projects

Types of Loans Serviced

  • C&I Underwriting (Small Business, Middle Market, Large Corporate);
  • CRE Underwriting (Multifamily, Retail, Office, Industrial, Hotel)

"Lenders Cooperative serves as an extension of your credit team, customizing our underwriting approach to adhere to your loan policy and credit risk appetite."

Russell Morris - Managing Director, Head of Credit Underwriting


Improved Risk Control

3rd party, independent underwriting allows for objective reviews, reduces internal friction, and ensures safety & soundness in the portfolio.

Eliminate Backlogs

Provides overflow valve during peak volume periods and provides credit servicing support.

Cost Effective

Eliminates employee benefit expenses, occupancy costs, equipment and training expenses.

Optimize Capacity Utilization

Allows organizations to improve operating leverage and design a more efficient credit process.

Reduce Variability

Experienced team delivers consistent, predictable, high quality product.

Faster Turn Times

Predictable turn times, allowing bankers to set better expectations with clients.

Onboarding Process

Loan Policy & Credit Risk Appetite

During the onboarding process, we learn your bank's loan policy hot buttons, underwriting approach, and overall credit risk appetite.


As part of our discovery process, our team customizes the underwriting approach as needed to ensure consistency with your current Credit Memo, cash flow calculations, and assumptions.

SLA's & Quality Assurance

Service level agreements are communicated, and prioritization matrix is established. In addition, each bank is assigned a Senior Underwriting Manager as primary point of contact to ensure open lines of communication and high quality assurance.

Team Members

Russell Morris

Managing Director - Head of Credit Underwriting

Russell Morris is a seasoned banker with over 20 years of commercial credit risk management experience. He has served in both Relationship Management and Credit Risk Management and has expertise underwriting C&I and CRE transactions. Prior to joining Lenders Cooperative, he led the centralized underwriting hub for Regions Bank, where his teams supported underwriting and credit servicing for the bank's $17+ Billion commercial loan portfolio. He holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Alabama.

Credit Underwriting Team

A dedicated team

The Lenders Cooperative credit underwriting team is composed of of highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals with decades of experience in C&I, CRE, and SBA lending. The underwriting team is comprised of professionals with extensive experience in financial analysis, credit risk assessment, and portfolio management. They are well-versed in the latest lending trends and regulatory requirements, ensuring that clients receive the most up-to-date and relevant lending advice.At Lenders Cooperative, the credit underwriting team is committed to delivering exceptional service to its clients. They take the time to understand each client's unique situation and tailor their lending solutions accordingly. This approach has helped the team build a reputation as a trusted partner in the lending industry.

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