About Dillard Capital


All businesses have been impacted in some way by the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Many are discovering their business interruption insurance does not cover this type of disaster since their loss of business does not stem from physical property damage. Most will not survive without financial assistance from one or more sources. 

Dillard Capital is directing all of its personnel and resources to assisting its current and new clients navigate the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program; the recently passed CARES Act SBA 7(a) Loan Program; and, development of a Strategic Plan for their businesses post-Pandemic.

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John Schneider

Co-Founder & Principal


John has utilized his Juris Doctorate degree from LSU School of Law as a foundation to support over 35 years of executive and advisory experience with start-up, emerging growth, middle market and lower middle market businesses across a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, software, telecom, social media, clean technology, construction, real estate, retail, hospitality, consumer products, media, marketing & advertising, sports and entertainment.

He has specific expertise in contract negotiations, project management, strategic analysis, development and execution; new business development and licensing; with related experience in acquiring, merging, restructuring, operating, and, buying/selling of businesses. John has strength in the negotiation of multi-tiered financing often needed to support complex transactions involving equity, debt or other capital raisings. He spearheaded two, individual $25 million real estate projects that aided in revitalizing downtown Baton Rouge; as a civic leader, he established Springboard Baton Rouge; a start-up and early stage business incubator.  


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Martin Johnson

Co-Founder & Principal


Martin is a leader in Central Louisiana.  A long-time member of the banking community, Martin served in every position from teller to President.  As Regions Bank President of Central Louisiana, he was responsible for not only the consumer and commercial divisions of the bank, but he was also the market leader for Regions Mortgage, Regions Insurance, and Morgan Keegan Investment Banking, a subsidiary of Regions Bank.


Prior to Regions, he capped his 20-year career with Hibernia/Capital One Bank serving as Senior Vice-President. He has served as Chairman of the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority, the England Authority dba Alexandria International Airport, the Central Louisiana Community Foundation, the Central Louisiana Business League, and the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Foundation Board and as a board member on the State of Louisiana Commerce and Industry Board and the Southern University System Foundation. He recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program.


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Hank Mills

Senior Consultant


Hank is a Louisiana resident and graduate of LSU with over 35 years of experience in helping privately held companies raise capital, source business opportunities and initiate marketing plans that become scalable at later stages. His experience in entrepreneurial activities include software development, wetlands banking, devices, portable storage, real estate development, telecom, social media and various other related industries. He has also successfully navigated the FDA regulatory process and reimbursement coding for medical devices and created successful exits for early investors for a number of his private ventures. His focus on all his endeavors is providing superior customer service that provides a favorable outcome for all parties. His civic involvement has been in service to his local church as an elder and Sunday school teacher for over 25 years. 


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Deborah D. Harkins

Senior Consultant


After graduating with a JD in Law at Loyola University, Deborah extended her executive studies at Harvard Law School for negotiations expertise, and is presently a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, in their Tower Fellows Program.  She has spent the majority of her career in Government Relations working in the regulatory and legislative arena.  Her ability to leverage relationships to enhance results for a company’s needs has proven successful throughout her career.  She uses out of the box thinking to accomplish crisis management.  For example, during the Hurricane  Katrina era, Deborah worked with Brad Pitt’s  Make It Right Foundation; she was able to navigate notice provisions in order to commence the construction process.  She also worked extensively with businesses to get back online and apply for financial aid in the complicated state and federal process.
Deborah’s ability to get things done has created successful resolutions for companies, large and small. Her work has included the health, insurance, economic development, gaming, education and banking arenas.  


Consulting with several publicly held companies, Deborah worked with numerous greenfield projects addressing regulatory and licensing processes with state, local and federal authorities. She is presently working with small cap businesses to create new verticals and lateral opportunities.  
Deborah has served on numerous nonprofits, and is presently on the executive committee of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, as well as WWOZ, an award winning community broadcasting station, 95.7.