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T. Mark Spain to Serve as District Director for SBA Hawaii-Pacific Islands District Office

Release Date: 
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Release Number: 
HI 21-0117
Sheila Taeza:

HONOLULU, Hawaii –  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  is proud to announce the selection of Mr. Thornton “Mark” Spain as the new SBA District Director for the State of Hawaii, the Territories of Guam and American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

“It is an honor to select Mr. Mark Spain as the new District Director of the Hawaii-Pacific Islands District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration” said Michael Vallante, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Field Operations. “Mr. Spain’s leadership has been instrumental in the Pacific throughout the years, first as a Marine and then continuing his service as the Deputy District Director for SBA’s Hawaii-Pacific Islands District Office.”   

“As District Director, I look forward to continue working with all of our local leaders, resource partners, community organizations and others to assist our small businesses, start, grow, expand and recover” stated Spain.  “Small businesses in the Pacific are the driving force of our local communities and essential to our Nation’s economy.  I look forward to partnering with all of our local, State and Federal resources to empower our small business ecosystem throughout the Pacific.”

Mr. Spain’s extensive experience includes over 50 years of banking, financial services and consulting work specifically engaged in the formation of new businesses and service in the United States Marine Corps. 

In the private sector, Mr. Spain worked with local and national lenders in various senior leadership roles and positions including bank regulatory (FSLIC/FDIC) compliance duties associated with troubled financial institutions. 

As a Marine, Mr. Spain received the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the U.S. Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V for Vietnam Service.  From his Vietnam service, Mr. Spain is an Agent Orange/Colon Cancer survivor, and he achieved 100% Service-Disabled Veteran status with the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs in July 2019.

For more information, please contact the Hawaii-Pacific Islands District Office at, or by phone at (808) 541-2990.  For the latest information on District Office news, please sign up for email updates at and follow us on Twitter at @SBA_Hawaii.



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