Sabre Finance
An innovative approach to investing in small business in Alabama

Our Team

Built On Experience.


Chief executive officer

L. Ray Morris, Ph. D.

Dr. Morris has almost 20 years of experience in the field of economic development with specialties in finance, portfolio management, and organizational leadership and management. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his Master of Public Administration from Jacksonville State University, his Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Administration and Policy from Auburn University, and his Master of Science in Leadership from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.  

Dr. Morris is a International City-County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager, a certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a graduate of the Brookings Institute’s Coach Development Program for executive coaching, a graduate of the Leadership ICMA Program, a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, and a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout. Dr. Morris also periodically serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Alabama at Birmingham in their Department of Government’s graduate program.

 
 

Chief Financial officer

Brian O’Dell

For over 30 years, Brian has specialized in financial services and management. Prior to joining Sabre Finance, he served as President and Chief Operations Officer of an Alabama-based importer, manufacturer and distributor with offices and operations in Hong Kong and Mexico.  He served four years in public accounting and is a CPA, currently inactive. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Jacksonville State University.

 
 

Commercial Loan officer

Samuel Kellett

A recent MBA graduate, “Sam” has been working in healthcare as the Director of Operations for a rapidly growing nephrology practice in northeast Alabama. He has experience in healthcare management, customer relations, marketing, and business development. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and his Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville State University.

 
 

accounting manager

Denise Turner

With 25 years of experience in the accounting field, Denise is a valuable member of our team. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

 
 

Operations manager

Nancy Edmonson

For 32 years, Nancy has gained administrative and project management experience in a variety of industries in and around the Birmingham area. She has recently completed courses in Accounting form Jefferson State Community College Online Certificate program.

 

Technical assistance COORDINATOR

Raven Buchanan

For over 5 years, Raven has collected knowledge through experience from a variety of industries within the financial and administrative department. After receiving her Associate of Arts in Business from Lawson State Community College and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Alabama at Birmingham, Raven has assisted local startups by providing financial guidance acting as a Business Consultant and Bookkeeper to give growing businesses more structure and stability.

 

Get in touch

Here at Sabre Finance, we know that finding the right funding is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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