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Thornton "Mark" Spain, District Director

Thornton “Mark” Spain serves as the District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Hawaii-Pacific Islands District Office which covers 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.

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.

Mr. Spain joined the SBA in 2012 and served as the Deputy District Director before being appointed as the District Director in 2021.