Helena Hauk press kit


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As the President and founder of 5th Gear Consulting Helena Hauk has helped facilitate over $60 million in SBA loans, spurred job creation and economic development in Central Texas, and served as a champion for small businesses navigating the murky waters of business finance and commercial real estate.

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  1. 1. 21 Helena Hauk Press Kit Helena connects businesses with the funds they need to take their company to the next level and the strategic know-how and planning to get them there fast. The Short Story A powerhouse in commercial spurring job creation, commercial Insights on: lending and business development, real estate, environmental upgrades, Helena Hauk helps grow the Texas and economic development • SBA 504 economy by assisting small to mid throughout Texas. Helena also • SBA 7a sized businesses with capital, serves as a model for youth • Strategic Planning strategic management and planning, leadership and women-owned • Leadership and no-nonsense business businesses through her involvement • Business Financing development advice. As the in groups such as CREW, NAWBO, • Commercial Real Estate President and founder of 5th Gear CTAGGL, and local chambers and • Business Planning and Consulting Helena has facilitated the through her presentations and Management injection of over $60 million in SBA workshops. Learn more at lending since she opened her www.5thgearconsulting.com. • Economic Development company in July of 2009; thus • Project Management Put Your Business in Overdrive Helena Hauk founded 5th Gear Consulting in order to use her knowledge in SBA and business financing, strategic planning, project management, and group leadership to help small to mid sized businesses propel their organizations to the next level, benefiting not only them but also the communities around them. Learn more at www.5thgearconsulting.com.
  2. 2. 321 Helena Hauk The Whole STory Even at a young age, Helena Hauk lending Helena joined CCDC, showed an unwavering helping them open up a new commitment to a strong work ethic market in San Antonio, Texas and business development. A while learning the ins and outs of stalwart in FFA, at 13 Helena SBA lending. wrestled livestock and champion While at the CCDC Helena saw debaters while also working part- that, in addition to funding, many time. After high school she jumped of the businesses she helped right into hospitality management. needed quality assistance At 19 she became one of the managing the projects funded and youngest Directors of Membership, strategically planning out the Activities & Marketing at the $60 million in SBA loans resulting in resulting growth. It was also during Houston Club, one of Houston’s economic development and job this time that Accion, a multistate premier social clubs. From there creation throughout Texas. nonprofit that consults and assists she pursued her interests in Committed to helping small small businesses with their financing Economic Development working businesses, Helena has made needs, contacted Helena. With for the Calgary Chamber of education a significant part of her Accion as a partner Helena saw an Commerce and then serving as the company’s focus. Through articles, opportunity not only to support and Executive Director for the Kyle presentations, and workshops, Helena encourage small business Chamber of Commerce at just 23 helps to educate lenders, real estate development, but to also make her years old. professionals, and small business dream of becoming an entrepreneur owners on the opportunities available Helena’s commitment to economic a reality. through the SBA. Helena is also development, project management So in 2009 Helena decided to take passionate about leadership and and marketing skills, and ability to her expertise and launch 5th Gear frequently mentors and educates connect with a variety of people Consulting, a business consulting other women and young professionals attracted the attention of a recruiter firm specializing in business finance on how they too can accomplish great from Capital Certified and strategic growth. Since her things by encouraging others. Learn Development Corp. Interested in launch Helena has helped dozens of more by visiting learning more about small business businesses grow and facilitated over www.5thgearconsulting.com.
  3. 3. 3Commitment to LeadershipCREW-San Antonio: 2011 Past President, 2010 President, 2009 Charities Director/President Elect, 2008 Co-Chari CharitiesKyle Economic Development Board: 2005-2010CTAGGL & NAGGL: CTAGGL Board Member 2011, CTAGGL Vice President 2012Mid America Lenders Conference: Golf Tournament Chair, Planning Committee MemberCCIM San Antonio: MemberBoerne Toastmasters: Member 2010-2011Awards and RecognitionWinner of the SBA-San Antonio Small Business Financial Champion of the Year Award for 2011Nominated for the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list in 2009 and 2010.Nominated to the CREW Network “20 Under 40” list in 2009 and 2010.Finalist in the NAWBO Entrepreneurial Spirit Rising Star Award in 2010Nominated for the North Chamber’s Athena Award in 2010Recipient of CREW-San Antonio’s Outstanding Member of the Year in 2008CREW Innovator Award in 2009 and 2011.Nominated for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce WOW Promise Award ‘10 and ‘11.Nominated for North San Antonio Chamber Athena Award 2011“She made the entire loan process simple to understand and always felt she had the competency to see the projectthrough and resolve any unforeseen issues which might arise.” --Dr. David Fleitas, D.D.S. “They established clear timelines from the beginning and stuck with them. It turned out better than expected. We have agreat facility!” --Jim Kickertz, K & J Woodworks“Helena was amazing! She walked us through the process and worked directly with our bank and SBA office The wholeprocess was really easy. Helena and her team handled everything and always acted in our best interest.” --Julissa Carielo, Tejas Premier Building Contractors
  4. 4. Helena HaukPublication CreditsRegular contributor to Up and Running“Five Reasons Your Business Is Turned Down For A Business Loan” San Antonio Business Journal September 2011Quoted source “Six Tips for Getting a Small Business Loan” on Investopedia May 4, 2011“Business Plans vs. Strategic Plans,” Boerne September 2010 Testimonials“Best Kept Secret in Real Estate,” Boerne Business Monthly, Co-author with Lynda Kohler, April 2010 “It is this passion and insatiable drive to assist small business owners that propelled“Commercial Real Estate and CREW,” Insert in San Antonio Business Journal, Featured Expert, March 12, 2010 Ms. Hauk to start 5th Gear Consulting. She is knowledgeable and innovative whenExpert Source for “With 504, Lending Wells Not Running Dry,” San it comes to helping small businesses Antonio Business Journal April 3, 2009 market for maximum growth.”“A Conversation About Giving,” Interview for San Antonio Business Kara Clayton Journal, March 13, 2009 President, Express Metalwork**Article clippings available upon requestSpeaking Credits “Helena is making a difference for small business owners helping them find theirShow Me the Money and Introduction to SBA Loans for Sharp Skirts way through an overwhelming financialOrchestrating Effective Meetings Boerne Chamber of Commerce Leadership world. Helena has been fearless in her Summit with ASU SBDC efforts and has proven herself as a smallBusiness Plans vs. Strategic Plans Kyle Chamber of Commerce business owner.” Jennifer BaileyCo-Panelist Casting a Net That Works: Using Volunteer Membership to Build Your Business Dahill Office Solutions Corporate Training Retreat Vice President, Texas Capital BankPanel Commercial Lending Realtors Commercial Alliance “She is a true champion for small businessPanel Commercial Lending CCIM and CREW-SA owners.”Monthly presentation on 504 loans--venue rotates among banks, SBDCs and Jason McClainother business service and community outlets. Assistant Vice President, Texstar National Bank “Helena is truly a ‘one-in-a-million’ Additional Article and Presentation Topics resource person and an excellent representative for small business owners.” How to Orchestrate an Effective Meeting Connie Raub The Five C’s of Applying for Credit Vice President, Investment Realty Co Building a Strategic Business Network Youth Leadership Innovative and Effective Strategic Planning “Thanks to your presentation I now feel Myths and Misperceptions About SBA Lending more confident about running more Ins and Outs of SBA Loans effective meetings for my new position.” Managing Growth Jennifer Hammonds Project Management: Making the Timeline Work for You Boerne YMCA
  5. 5. Interested in an Interview, Article or presentation from Helena? Contact her publicist Shennandoah diaz Brass Knuckles Media sdiaz@brassknucklesmedia.com P.O. Box 341821 Austin, TX 78734 512-551-4023 Images and article clippings available upon request.Press Released Created By P.O. Box 341821 Austin, TX 78734 512-551-4023 www.brassknucklesmedia.com