August 31, 2015

Ili R. Spahiu

Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration, Boston (formerly with RCAP Solutions, Worcester)

Birthplace: Polican, Albania
Residence: Worcester
High school: M. Kondi, Albania
Colleges and degrees earned: Bachelor's and master's degrees, Clark University

Career highlights: Joining the U.S. Small Business Administration Boston District Office as the lender relations specialist for Worcester County and Central Massachusetts, and becoming part of the executive team at RCAP Solutions Inc., two years after being hired as small business development and loan fund manager.

Community involvement: Founded the Albanian American Association "Kombi" and Albanian School in Worcester. Represented RCAP at the Worcester Business Resource Alliance from 2012 to 2015. While at RCAP, worked primarily with women-, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses, providing technical assistance and capital to startups and to businesses looking to grow.

Ultimate career goal: To represent the U.S. government in the international arena as part of the U.S. diplomatic corps.

Non-relative you admire most: President Obama

Favorite book: "War and Peace," by Leo Tolstoy

Hidden talents: The lost science of game tracking.

"By the time I turn 50, I'd like to have accomplished … something bigger than myself, perhaps creating a foundation that aids people in war-torn countries."


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