Revolving Lines of Credit Up to $25M, Secured by a Company’s Assets

Funding to help
businesses address their current challenges

the context advantage

customized working capital and financing for closely held businesses

experience you can trust

Exceptional insight
born out of decades of diverse finance and management experience

About Context Business Lending, LLC

Specialty Finance For Growing Companies

Context Business Lending is a specialty finance fund that provides customized working capital solutions to lower middle market companies nationwide.  We provide senior-secured loans to companies that need additional borrowing flexibility or may not meet a bank’s regulatory requirements for lending.  Our lines of credit are driven and secured by the value of a business’s accounts receivable, inventory, machinery and equipment, real estate and other assets.

Funding that fits your needs.

Context Business Lending is able to provide vital funding that will allow you to confront the challenges facing your company and to seize immediate opportunities for growth.

As an asset based lender, we provide financing for businesses that do not qualify for conventional bank financing and may be experiencing any of the following:

  • Rapid growth
  • Seasonal fluctuations
  • Supply chain and vendor pressure
  • Operating Losses/negative net worth
  • Loss of a Major Customer
  • Turnaround and restructuring
  • Merger or Acquisition
  • Succession planning
  • Debtor-in-possession financing
  • Tax issues

We are not focused on financial covenants that will limit your opportunity to growth. Furthermore, we are not limited geographically.

Experience you can trust.

Exceptional insight from decades of diverse finance and management experience, combined with respected professional and business credentials, allows the Context Business Lending team to see beyond the numbers — into the unique story of your business. Unlike banks and other lenders, the breadth and depth of our experience enables us to take a more holistic view of your business. With a broader approach, we move effectively and efficiently through the origination process.

A hallmark of the Context Advantage is the unique nature of our ongoing client relationships. We work closely with ownership and the management team to understand and meet your individual needs.

Some of the industries we service include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesaler
  • Distribution
  • Service Industries


Some of the customers we serve:

  • Building and Construction Materials
  • Specialty Manufacturing
  • Software Development
  • Consulting
  • Aircraft
  • Distribution

Some of the customers we serve

Building and Construction Materials
Consulting
Specialty Manufacturing
Aircraft
Software Development
Distribution

Our Team

Meredith L. Carter
President and CEO
Randi Hershgordon
Managing Director
Mary McAleer
Credit Operations Manager

Meredith L. Carter

President and CEO
Email:MeredithC@ContextBL.com
Office:484-787-2619
As President and CEO of Context Business Lending, Meredith leads the strategic direction of the company as well as oversees the business development, credit and operations processes of the business. Meredith brings to Context Business Lending more than a decade of experience as a corporate transactional lawyer representing growth companies and investors and as a senior business development executive in the alternative finance space. She has a proven track record of successfully establishing relationships with valuable lead source distribution channels and in creating strategies resulting in rapid expansion of the businesses with which she has worked. Through her experience serving as outside general counsel to growing companies in private practice, she gained an appreciation for the challenges businesses face as they grow and how a flexible mindset to providing working capital can be critical to the success of companies.

Prior to joining Context Business Lending, Meredith helped build a large passive litigation funding business from inception, providing innovators the capital needed to secure access to the justice system. Meredith forged referral relationships with some of the world’s largest law firms, evaluated cases for potential investment and created and negotiated customized deal structures for each investment she sourced. While in private practice she served as outside counsel to growing businesses, advising companies on a variety of expansion challenges including securing access to outside funding. She also led business development and marketing for a national law firm, developing a variety of successful marketing and business development strategies and overseeing the nationwide team of people responsible for growing the firm’s client base across all practice groups. Meredith originally joined the leadership team as Assistant General Counsel and Managing Director of Business Development in 2017.

For five years, Meredith also served as guest lecturer and panelist at the Villanova University School of Law Business Aspects of Law 2L Practicum. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Villanova Law J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court and was appointed by the President of the Junior League of Philadelphia to lead a committee to create a legacy fundraiser for the 100+ year old organization and its 800+ members. In the past, Meredith has served as a guardian ad litem, appointed by the Delaware Family Court to represent the best interests of children involved in child welfare proceedings and as a co-chair of the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center’s annual auction (now Legacy).

Randi Hershgordon

Managing Director
Email:randih@contextbl.com
Office:484-436-4466
Randi is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Randi has been an integral part of the leadership team at Context Business Lending, LLC (formerly Adams Business Credit, LLC) since its inception in February 2013.  She has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for the organization’s operations, bringing its brand and core competencies to market, and nurturing relationships with key centers of influence.

Randi oversees and manages a portfolio of lower middle market asset based loans, helping companies which do not qualify for conventional bank financing gain access to essential working capital to operate and grow their businesses.  She works closely with owners, senior management, and investors to understand the challenges facing their businesses and industries, providing creative and flexible, customized solutions to meet their financing needs. Her history of success is attributable to her unique blend of keen underwriting, credit analysis, and risk management skills, combined with a steadfast commitment to providing professional and personalized service that fosters strong and trusting working relationships. Prior to joining Context Business Lending, Randi led the asset based loan division of a community bank and spent several years at a specialty finance company.

Randi’s extensive experience serving middle market companies also includes over  15 years in public accounting at both national and regional firms. She managed all phases of financial engagements of a diverse client base including financial services companies, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, and distributors. Randi’s financial and business advisory skills and acumen have been enhanced by her work in the forensic accounting and investigatory arenas performed for attorneys, financial services organizations, and governmental agencies.

Throughout her career, Randi has created solutions and communicated strategies to mitigate control risk, improve organizational profitability, and enhance operational efficiencies.

Randi is an active member of the Commercial Finance Association, the Turnaround Management Association, and the Association for Corporate Growth where she participates in events and educational programs on both a local and national level.  She serves on the CFA Women in Commercial Finance Committee, the TMA NOW Global Committee, and the TMA NOW Philadelphia Chapter Committee.

Mary McAleer

Credit Operations Manager
Email:MaryM@contextbl.com
Office:(484) 436-4490
Mary McAleer has been a key member of Context Business Lending team since inception. Ms. McAleer is responsible for managing the daily borrowing operations of the business and is Context’s primary interface with existing borrowers. She brings to the position over 25 years of experience in financial services and banking. She began her career in the trust department of a major Philadelphia bank, and then joined a prominent mutual fund company where she progressed through the ranks to manage a municipal money market portfolio. From there, she joined a start-up investment company offering a family of mutual funds. Ms. McAleer has spent the last nine years in the field of asset-based lending. Ms. McAleer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology form Rosemont College and earned a certificate as a Certified Treasury Professional.
Meredith L. Carter
President and CEO
Randi Hershgordon
Managing Director

Meredith L. Carter

President and CEO
Email:MeredithC@ContextBL.com
Office:484-787-2619
As President and CEO of Context Business Lending, Meredith leads the strategic direction of the company as well as oversees the business development, credit and operations processes of the business. Meredith brings to Context Business Lending more than a decade of experience as a corporate transactional lawyer representing growth companies and investors and as a senior business development executive in the alternative finance space. She has a proven track record of successfully establishing relationships with valuable lead source distribution channels and in creating strategies resulting in rapid expansion of the businesses with which she has worked. Through her experience serving as outside general counsel to growing companies in private practice, she gained an appreciation for the challenges businesses face as they grow and how a flexible mindset to providing working capital can be critical to the success of companies.

Prior to joining Context Business Lending, Meredith helped build a large passive litigation funding business from inception, providing innovators the capital needed to secure access to the justice system. Meredith forged referral relationships with some of the world’s largest law firms, evaluated cases for potential investment and created and negotiated customized deal structures for each investment she sourced. While in private practice she served as outside counsel to growing businesses, advising companies on a variety of expansion challenges including securing access to outside funding. She also led business development and marketing for a national law firm, developing a variety of successful marketing and business development strategies and overseeing the nationwide team of people responsible for growing the firm’s client base across all practice groups. Meredith originally joined the leadership team as Assistant General Counsel and Managing Director of Business Development in 2017.

For five years, Meredith also served as guest lecturer and panelist at the Villanova University School of Law Business Aspects of Law 2L Practicum. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Villanova Law J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court and was appointed by the President of the Junior League of Philadelphia to lead a committee to create a legacy fundraiser for the 100+ year old organization and its 800+ members. In the past, Meredith has served as a guardian ad litem, appointed by the Delaware Family Court to represent the best interests of children involved in child welfare proceedings and as a co-chair of the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center’s annual auction (now Legacy).

Randi Hershgordon

Managing Director
Email:randih@contextbl.com
Office:484-436-4466
Randi is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Randi has been an integral part of the leadership team at Context Business Lending, LLC (formerly Adams Business Credit, LLC) since its inception in February 2013.  She has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for the organization’s operations, bringing its brand and core competencies to market, and nurturing relationships with key centers of influence.

Randi oversees and manages a portfolio of lower middle market asset based loans, helping companies which do not qualify for conventional bank financing gain access to essential working capital to operate and grow their businesses.  She works closely with owners, senior management, and investors to understand the challenges facing their businesses and industries, providing creative and flexible, customized solutions to meet their financing needs. Her history of success is attributable to her unique blend of keen underwriting, credit analysis, and risk management skills, combined with a steadfast commitment to providing professional and personalized service that fosters strong and trusting working relationships. Prior to joining Context Business Lending, Randi led the asset based loan division of a community bank and spent several years at a specialty finance company.

Randi’s extensive experience serving middle market companies also includes over  15 years in public accounting at both national and regional firms. She managed all phases of financial engagements of a diverse client base including financial services companies, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, and distributors. Randi’s financial and business advisory skills and acumen have been enhanced by her work in the forensic accounting and investigatory arenas performed for attorneys, financial services organizations, and governmental agencies.

Throughout her career, Randi has created solutions and communicated strategies to mitigate control risk, improve organizational profitability, and enhance operational efficiencies.

Randi is an active member of the Commercial Finance Association, the Turnaround Management Association, and the Association for Corporate Growth where she participates in events and educational programs on both a local and national level.  She serves on the CFA Women in Commercial Finance Committee, the TMA NOW Global Committee, and the TMA NOW Philadelphia Chapter Committee.
Mary McAleer
Credit Operations Manager

Mary McAleer

Credit Operations Manager
Email:MaryM@contextbl.com
Office:(484) 436-4490
Mary McAleer has been a key member of Context Business Lending team since inception. Ms. McAleer is responsible for managing the daily borrowing operations of the business and is Context’s primary interface with existing borrowers. She brings to the position over 25 years of experience in financial services and banking. She began her career in the trust department of a major Philadelphia bank, and then joined a prominent mutual fund company where she progressed through the ranks to manage a municipal money market portfolio. From there, she joined a start-up investment company offering a family of mutual funds. Ms. McAleer has spent the last nine years in the field of asset-based lending. Ms. McAleer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology form Rosemont College and earned a certificate as a Certified Treasury Professional.

Management Board

Ron Biscardi
Management Board, Investment Committee
Kevin Garton
Executive Chairman - Management Board, Credit Committee
James Doughan
Management Board, Investment Committee, Credit Committee

Ron Biscardi

Management Board, Investment Committee
Ron Biscardi is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Context Capital Partners, a leading alternative investment specialist firm focused on delivering superior solutions to family offices and institutions.Mr. Biscardi is responsible for overall firm management, strategic partnerships and investment activities.In addition, he is serves as Chairman of the Board for Context Summits, the world’s largest alternative investment capital introduction conference and Context Family Network, an organization dedicated to uniting high net worth families, family offices and their executives. Mr. Biscardi is a dedicated philanthropic leader and currently serves on the board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Mr.Biscardi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.

Kevin Garton

Executive Chairman - Management Board, Credit Committee
Kevin Garton is executive chairman of the management board for Context Business Lending and is responsible for strategic planning and partnering with the executive team to drive long-term growth. Mr. Garton also serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Context Capital Partners, a leading alternative investment specialist firm focused on delivering superior solutions to family offices and institutions. In this role, Mr. Garton oversees the firm’s corporate strategy and innovation efforts and works to ensure collaboration and coordination across Context business units. Mr. Garton’s experience includes leading strategy, marketing, product, business development and operations teams in the financial services, technology and consumer products industries. Mr. Garton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University (St. Louis) and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

James Doughan

Management Board, Investment Committee, Credit Committee
Jim Doughan is the Chief Investment Officer of Accord Family Office where he is responsible for overseeing investment activities for this single family office. Prior to Accord, Mr. Doughan was an early employee of Susquehanna International Group, where he started fixed income trading and became head of fixed income trading desk; he later became global head of equity index trading. While at Susquehanna, Mr. Doughan was responsible for a strategic relationship with Bank of New York and he was involved in tax and strategic planning. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Doughan was a CBOE member and director of index operations. Mr. Doughan has been involved with Context Business Lending since its inception and is a member of the investment committee and the credit committee. Mr. Doughan is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Decision Science.
Ron Biscardi
Management Board, Investment Committee
Kevin Garton
Executive Chairman - Management Board, Credit Committee

Ron Biscardi

Management Board, Investment Committee
Ron Biscardi is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Context Capital Partners, a leading alternative investment specialist firm focused on delivering superior solutions to family offices and institutions.Mr. Biscardi is responsible for overall firm management, strategic partnerships and investment activities.In addition, he is serves as Chairman of the Board for Context Summits, the world’s largest alternative investment capital introduction conference and Context Family Network, an organization dedicated to uniting high net worth families, family offices and their executives. Mr. Biscardi is a dedicated philanthropic leader and currently serves on the board of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Mr.Biscardi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.

Kevin Garton

Executive Chairman - Management Board, Credit Committee
Kevin Garton is executive chairman of the management board for Context Business Lending and is responsible for strategic planning and partnering with the executive team to drive long-term growth. Mr. Garton also serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Context Capital Partners, a leading alternative investment specialist firm focused on delivering superior solutions to family offices and institutions. In this role, Mr. Garton oversees the firm’s corporate strategy and innovation efforts and works to ensure collaboration and coordination across Context business units. Mr. Garton’s experience includes leading strategy, marketing, product, business development and operations teams in the financial services, technology and consumer products industries. Mr. Garton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University (St. Louis) and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
James Doughan
Management Board, Investment Committee, Credit Committee

James Doughan

Management Board, Investment Committee, Credit Committee
Jim Doughan is the Chief Investment Officer of Accord Family Office where he is responsible for overseeing investment activities for this single family office. Prior to Accord, Mr. Doughan was an early employee of Susquehanna International Group, where he started fixed income trading and became head of fixed income trading desk; he later became global head of equity index trading. While at Susquehanna, Mr. Doughan was responsible for a strategic relationship with Bank of New York and he was involved in tax and strategic planning. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Doughan was a CBOE member and director of index operations. Mr. Doughan has been involved with Context Business Lending since its inception and is a member of the investment committee and the credit committee. Mr. Doughan is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Decision Science.

Referral Partners

We frequently receive referrals from banks or direct lenders who come across prospects that are unable to fit within their lending requirements because of regulatory, size, flexibility or other reasons.  Many of our clients are also referred to us by their turnaround professionals, investment bankers, accountants, attorneys, investors, board members and other trusted advisors.

Contact Us

PENNSYLVANIA

401 E. City Avenue
Suite 812
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Main: 484.436.4466



Context Business Lending, LLC is an affiliate of and strategic partner with the Context Capital Partners’ family of funds and companies.

Context Capital Partners is focused on alternative investment strategies and private equity investments.

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