Who We Are

Judy Rinkus, CEO and Principal

Judy's experience includes over 30 years of structuring and placing commercial loan transactions.  She is an accomplished executive with a history of identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities to expand business and drive revenue and profit growth. Prior to joining The Vortex Group, she held diverse executive positions with a variety of national and regional commercial banks, such as Managing Director at PNC Bank, Senior Vice President at Bank of America, and Vice President at Comerica Bank.  She also served as Managing Director at Amherst Partners, a boutique management consulting and investment banking firm.  

In addition to The Vortex Group, Judy is a partner in Baradihi Business Performance, a renowned business coaching, consulting, and training firm.  She is also a Council Member of the GLC (Gerson Lehrmann Group).

Judy is active in a variety of professional and civic organizations, including The Association for Corporate Growth, Walsh College (President’s Advisory Board), National Association of Women Business Owners, Inforum (former member of the Board of Directors), Leader Dogs for the Blind, and The Detroit Athletic Club.

Judy is a graduate of The University of Michigan Ross School of Business, with a concentration in Finance.


Nicole Swigert, Managing Director

Nicole is a knowledgeable financial professional with over 13 years of senior debt expertise.

She excels in uncovering financial strategies to maximize business potential by appropriately aligning capital structures in conjunction with mitigating risks.  

Prior to joining The Vortex Group, Nicole managed banking relationships for public and privately held companies in diverse industries.  She most recently was a Vice President at Comerica Bank managing companies headquartered in Michigan with revenues greater than $250 million.  In addition, Nicole spent over seven years at PNC Financial Services Group working in various lending capacities such as underwriting, commercial lending, and corporate finance. 

Nicole received her business degree with a concentration in finance from Walsh College.