Pathway Lending Welcomes Aaron Owen as Vice President of Lending in Knoxville

To support Pathway’s new 865 Opportunity Fund and collaboration with community partners, Pathway Lending welcomed Aaron Owen earlier this year as its new vice president of lending for the Knoxville region. Aaron brings over a decade of banking experience and an extensive local network to the role. Prior to joining Pathway, Aaron held several positions at U.S. Bank.

“I look forward to bringing my experience and knowledge of the small business environment to support local entrepreneurs in helping them reach their dreams,” says Aaron.

The 865 Opportunity Fund

Pathway Lending recently announced the new $6 million fund with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and funders First Horizon, Pinnacle Financial Partners, and Regions Bank.

The865 Opportunity Fund supports loans between $5,000 and $50,000 for eligible small businesses and helps address a funding gap identified in the Knoxville Chamber’s Capital Access Redefined report. The fund is part of a collaborative effort aimed at expanding Knoxville’s small business ecosystem, with funding focused on minority- and woman-owned businesses in Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Roane, Sevier, and Union counties.

Small business owners interested in learning more about application requirements and funding opportunities may contact Aaron at (865) 888-7901 or visit