background, I consider each of them a
mentor. It’s incredibly valuable when
you find a group of people who are
willing to share that knowledge with
you and take a genuine interest in getting you to the next level.
Is there a piece of professional advice
that you would give yourself if you
could go back in time?
Early in my career I would tell myself
that nothing is permanent. Your interests evolve, companies are bought and
sold, and management transitions.
There are a number of things that will
happen over your career that are out
of your control. Be patient. Change
can be the best thing that happens
to you. I have experienced a number
of changes during my time at Gordon
Brothers and GBFC. Ultimately, it has
led to the best place for me professionally. Every day is different, and
that’s what keeps it interesting. The
key is to surround yourself with
people whose careers you admire and
who share similar goals.
at Gordon Brothers has been invaluable to my day-to-day work at GBFC.
The relationships that I have developed with members of the disposition
and valuation teams provide me with
daily access to how assets are trading
and recovering in the marketplace,
which, in turn, has a direct impact on
our credit decision-making process.
Going from analyzing cash flows of
high-yield corporate bonds to analyzing tangible asset classes was an
What role has mentoring played in
Mentoring has played an instrumental role in my career. As a woman in
finance, I had the rare opportunity to
report directly to a woman during my
internship and into my first full-time
position. At the time, there were very
few women in our firm, so being able
to watch someone navigate her way
through the junior ranks and into a
senior role, while being so open about
what she had learned along the way,
was more valuable than I probably
realized at the time. She became an
ideal professional for me to emulate.
GBFC is unique in that we are a small
firm, which provides me the opportunity to work with each managing
director on various deals. Given our
open door policy and senior management’s diverse commercial finance
aitlin Sanders is a principal for Gordon Brothers Finance Company’s Underwriting and Portfolio team. Her responsibilities include the underwriting and
structuring of new debt transactions and managing credits within the existing portfolio. Over the past four years, Caitlin has played an integral role in
GBFC’s lending business in Europe and the UK. Prior to joining the Company in 2013,
she was a senior analyst in Gordon Brothers’ valuation group. Prior to joining Gordon
Brothers in 2011, Caitlin was a fixed-income credit analyst at Logan Circle Partners,
LP, where she covered the telecom, cable, media, technology and healthcare sectors. She received her Bachelor degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In her
spare time, Caitlin enjoys traveling and golfing with her husband Steve.
Gordon Brothers Finance Company
How did you wind up in the industry?
We know most kids don’t say, “I want
to be in commercial finance when I
was moving to Boston from
Philadelphia and looking
for a job in finance when
I came across an opening
at Gordon Brothers Group.
What struck me most at the time was
the different areas of expertise within
the firm, offering a debt platform
and private equity group alongside
the main disposition and valuation
businesses. Coming from a credit
background in fixed income, the firm’s
lending offerings really appealed to
me. I was lucky enough to join the
Industrial team on the valuation side,
which provided me with a great intro-
duction into asset-based lending, and
from there was able to leverage my
fixed income credit background into a
role with GBFC. My overall experience