Our Firm

Guaranteed Lending Specialists focus is working with your bank, national organizations, financial institutions and individuals to inform, educate and facilitate the use of federally insured loans in their lending portfolios.

Our goal is to support the USDA mission of which is: "a commitment to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America".

In addition we strive to assist our clients to generate the maximum return on investment for the guaranteed loans that are generated.

GLS main office is located in the central US with branch offices in the northeast and midwest. Our team of experts include a vast background of CEO's, CFO's, banking experts and entrepreneurs bringing experience from both sides of the table producing a team of truly Guaranteed Lending Specialists.


Greg O'Donnell

Founding Partner

GregGreg O’Donnell is one of America’s leading authority on guaranteed lending programs and author of ‘The Best-Kept Secret to Improved Bank Profits’ along with his award winning Amazon International Best Seller, ‘Ready, Aim, Influence.’ Greg has provided guidance and council to both banks and clients regarding all aspects of the USDA Guaranteed Loan program from structure to maximizing secondary market sales of the guaranteed portion of the loans. During the course of his career, Greg has originated and placed over $500 million of loans spanning over twenty years.

Guaranteed Lending Specialists works with lenders and borrowers throughout the country regarding USDA government guaranteed loan programs. His coaching and consulting covers the details of the Business & Industry (B&I), Community Facilities (CF) loan programs as well as the Rural Energy for America Programs (REAP) loans and grants. His expertise on the program includes the basic concepts of each program but also include marketing, structuring, profitability and the secondary market tips and tricks. He has established a comprehensive Training Program for lenders throughout the United States including providing Continuing Education Credits approved by the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB).

Professionally, Greg is the founder and former Executive Director of the National Rural Lenders Association as well as being a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He regularly speaks at these events discussing guaranteed lending programs along with providing educational guidance and assistance.

Email: grego@glsusda.com


Patrick Kenney

Founding Partner

PatrickPatrick Kenney has over 35 years of diversified commercial lending and related banking experience. He has served as a corporate loan officer and commercial real estate department manager, senior credit officer, and has supervised troubled banks under the auspices of regulatory authorities. Pat has in-depth knowledge in loan structuring, underwriting, portfolio management, and loan closings. His many years in commercial banking has allowed Pat to develop deep knowledge about a number of industries including manufacturing, real estate, and wholesale/distribution. Most recently, Pat was manager of capital markets for a national lender specializing in government guaranteed loans.

Pat is a founding member of the National Rural Lenders Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Email: pat@glsusda.com