Business Profile: Jason Bigham - in the Business of Small Business Development

Name: Jason Bigham

Age: 47

I am from: Lubbock, by way of San Diego. I moved here with my family in 2006. I was born in Lubbock, but I grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Occupation: As a business development officer for Capital CDC I originate and help underwrite, close and service commercial real estate and fixed asset loans for small businesses throughout West Texas under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program.

Since opening the West Texas office of Capital CDC in 2010, I have originated 80 such loans for over $56 million in lending supporting projects worth over $152 million.

Website: www.capitalcdc.com

How I ended up in this business: I started at my father’s real estate loan company in San Diego right out of college and have been in the business ever since. I specialize in small-business and commercial real estate lending.

The one thing I enjoy most about my work: I love the variety of my job. Every deal is unique and there’s no such thing as a typical workday.

My business philosophy is: My business philosophy is simple — communicate well, maintain a sense of urgency and strive to exceed expectations.

What Lubbockites may not know about Capital CDC: Three things: 1) We are a nonprofit organization tasked with developing the economy of Texas and New Mexico. 2) We started as a local certified development company in Lockhart before becoming independent and moving our headquarters to Austin. 3) We have been the top-ranked CDC in the state and region for 12 years and counting.

How I’ve seen the Lubbock business community grow in the past several years:

So many new businesses have come to Lubbock or started up here in the last several years.

The retail developments along the West Loop are great, and I love that we’re getting some new office buildings and professional space in Southwest Lubbock, and I’m a regular at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, but my favorite is the renovation of 34th Street.

We need more infill development in Central Lubbock to make sure communities like Tech Terrace, where my grandparents lived, stay vital.

The best advice I’ve ever received: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The person I most admire is: My grandfather A. A. “Nat” Kizer was a WWII veteran who retired as a lieutenant colonel in the USAF. He was a kind, gentle Christian who lived to serve others and never stopped trying to improve himself.

My family: Carolyn and I have been married almost 24 years. We have two sons at home — Price, 16, and Andrew, 12. And we raised a daughter, Hannah, who is 28 and lives in California.

If I could be anything, I’d be: Professional musician/recording artist. That sounds more dignified than “rock star,” right?

I wish I knew how to: I wish I could play guitar like Stevie Ray Vaughan.

If I could change one thing about Lubbock, it would be: I’d love it if Lubbock had a minor league baseball team with a downtown ballpark. It would be great to have a family activity like that for summer evenings.

When I retire, I plan to: I’d like to see more of the United States. This is such a great and beautiful country, and there are so many places I’ve never visited.

This article was published by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and can be found online here.