Brandon Behrens Joins Central Bank of the Ozarks

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Central Bank of the Ozarks announced that Brandon Behrens has joined the company as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. In his new role, Behrens is responsible for commercial and consumer lending.

Brandon Behrens Central Bank of the OzarksBehrens brings to the Bank’s lending team over 15 years of experience in banking and lending. His areas of expertise include small business lending, commercial lending, and credit analysis.

Prior to joining Central Bank of the Ozarks, he spent four years with Heartland Bank and Trust Company as Vice President of the bank’s Commercial Banking division. During his leadership at Heartland, he was responsible for business development activities and solicitation of new business for commercial loans.

Previously, he was a Business Analyst with AgStar Financial Services, and Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking for Citizens 1st National Bank.

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Ryan Gaertner Appointed as BDO at FSW Funding

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Phoenix-based factoring firm FSW Funding announced the addition of Ryan Gaertner to fill the new position of Business Development Officer. In this capacity, he will be responsible for fostering company growth through its current client base and expansion of new business.

Ryan Gaertner FSW FundingGaertner has several years in the industry. He specializes in asset based lending, factoring, and social media marketing.

“Ryan’s experience working with small businesses and developing relationships make him a great addition to our team,” said Robyn Barrett, founder and managing member of FSW Funding.

Prior to joining FSW Funding, Gaertner served as a Senior Product Manager for Heartland Payment Systems, which provides payroll and human resource services. He started his career in the industry as a District Manager with ADP in Phoenix.

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C. Han Kim Named Vice President at Plumas Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Plumas Bank is pleased to announce that C. Han Kim has joined the business as Vice President. Kim’s primary focus will be marketing, originating and closing SBA 7a and 504 loans. Based in Seattle, he will cover the Washington and Oregon markets. He can also make SBA loans in California, Nevada and Arizona.

C. Han Kim Plumas BankKim has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, primarily in commercial banking. He enjoys helping entrepreneurs with the Small Business Administration (SBA) program.

He started his banking career at Security Pacific Bank, where he served as a consumer lender. He has worked in international banking, credit administration, commercial banking, commercial real estate lending as well as in executive leadership and management positions.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with an emphasis in Accounting, from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Seattle University with an emphasis in Finance. He also finished a three-year bank executive management program at Pacific Coast Banking School.

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Kathleen Hay Appointed Vice President at Unity Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Unity Bank announced the promotion of Kathleen Hay to Vice President/SBA Business Development Executive. She joined the Bank in 2011 as Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Closer, and then was promoted to Vice President/Loan Closing Manager for Unity Bank’s Small Business Administration lending program.

Kathleen Hay Unity BankHay brings to her new role 30 years of banking experience, including over 12 years in SBA lending. Her areas of expertise include commercial lending, small business lending, and business development.

“With an extensive background in lending at community, regional and national banks, she provides customers with valuable guidance throughout the finance process,” said Unity Bank President and CEO James A. Hughes. “Kathleen’s promotion is well deserved and we wish her continued success in serving clients throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.”

Before Unity Bank, Hay spent ten years with CIT Small Business Lending Corporation, where she last served as Vice President. Previous ventures include Group Midwest (Midwest Digital), and AT&T Capital (Newcourt).

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Paul Yeomans Hired as Reg’l VP at Tri Counties Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Tri Counties Bank announced the hiring of well-known local lender Paul Yeomans as its Regional Commercial Vice President for the Sonoma County region. In this capacity, he will manage the Bank’s commercial lending team.

Paul Yeomans Tri Counties BankYeomans brings to his new role over 28 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He has an extensive experience in both commercial lending and branch banking. He specializes in small business lending, credit analysis, and business planning.

Prior to joining Tri Counties Bank, he served as Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager for Umpqua Bank. Before that, he spent seven years with Sterling Savings Bank as Team Leader of the bank’s Sonoma County Commercial Banking Group. He also held the role of Regional Vice President at Westamerica Bank.

Aside from his career, Yeomans currently chairs the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation.

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Nick Grabowski Promoted to Head of Lending at SMB&T

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Southern Michigan Bank and Trust is pleased to announce the promotion of Nicholas “Nick” M. Grabowski to Executive Vice President/Head of Lending. Grabowski started his career with the Bank in 2003 as the Managed Assets Manager.

Nick Grabowski Southern Michigan Bank & TrustHe served SMB&T in various roles in increasing responsibilities since joining the company. In 2005, he was promoted to Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer, and in 2008, he was named First Vice President. Prior to his new role as EVP, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Lending.

“We are pleased to recognize Nick and the contributions he has made to the success of the bank,” commented Kurt Miller, President and Chief Credit Officer. “His leadership of the loan division and throughout the bank has been outstanding.”

In addition to his banking career, Grabowski actively serves the community. He is involved in the community as a member of the Noon Exchange Club. He supports the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Branch County Community Foundation, CHC Foundation, Backpack Buddies and United Way. He also coaches his children’s sports teams.

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Debbie Orloff Joins Leader Bank as VP, CRE Lending

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Massachusetts-based Leader Bank announced that seasoned banking professional Debbie Orloff has joined the business as Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Lending. Orloff has 25 years of experience as a commercial real estate lender and will join the New England lending team.

Debbie Orloff Leader BankMost recently, she served as Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager at Radius Bank, where she was in charge of cultivating new commercial real estate business for the bank in the New England region.

Throughout her career, Orloff has completed over $2 billion in commercial real estate financial transactions of all types and sizes throughout New England and across the US. She has held various commercial real estate lending and commercial real estate mortgage banker roles from top lenders such as John Hancock, GE Capital, Chase Bank, Cornerstone Realty Capital, and Northmarq Capital.

In addition to her career, she is active in the community. She has served on the Seacoast Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Institute of Art and as a board member of CrossRoads House Homeless Shelter. She is a published author and play-write, a university guest speaker and has additionally served the community by teaching a free seminar, Financial Empowerment for Women (F.E.W.).

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Chuck Withee Recognized as NH SBA Champion

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Charles “Chuck” Withee, the President of The Provident Bank, was named the New Hampshire Small Business Administration’s 2016 Financial Services Champion of the Year.

Chuck Withee The Provident BankWithee joined the Bank in 2004 and held the positions of President and Chief Lending Officer in 2013. Under his leadership, the Bank has been the leading SBA lender in the state in terms of dollar amount of 7(a) loans. For the first time, The Provident Bank achieved more than $100 million in loan production within the last two years.

A 30-year banking executive, Withee is known for his advocacy for small business financing throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He strongly supports the SBA and he led the utilization of new methods for the Bank’s lending team in 2015, helping them close the year with more than $220 million in commercial loans.

“The Financial Services Champion of the Year is a very high honor and I am very pleased to accept the award on behalf of the entire Provident Bank team, who shares this award with me, with their dedication and hard work on behalf of small businesses throughout New Hampshire,” remarked Withee.

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Eric Dorner Named BDO at Republic Business Credit

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

New Orleans-based Republic Business Credit announced that Eric Dorner has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. Based in Chicago, he will work on providing working capital for small and medium-sized businesses in the area.

Eric Dorner Republic Business Credit“Eric is a proven sales leader who is well-established in the Midwest marketplace,” remarked Robert Meyers, Chief Commercial Officer.

Prior to joining Republic Business Credit, Dorner spent most of his career with Bibby Financial Services, where he served various positions in increasing responsibilities.

Later in his career at Bibby Financials, he transitioned into a sales role, where he was recognized as Sales Rookie of the Year in 2012 and became a top three nationally recognized producer in 2013 and 2014.

He last served the company as a Business Development Officer in Lombard, Illinois, where he supported existing client relationships by monitoring collateral and assisting with client fundings.

Meyers added, “He is an exceptionally results-driven professional who takes the time to fully understand a business’ needs and apply the funding solution that best supports their future plans. He will be instrumental in building our reputation in the region and we are excited to have him on the team.”

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Matthew Gerhardt Added as SVP/Sr Lender at CFBank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

CFBank announced that Matthew D. Gerhardt has joined the business as SVP, Senior Lender & Head of Commercial Lending. In his new role, Gerhardt will lead a group of banking professionals offering full service commercial relationships.

CFBankGerhardt brings to CFBank more than 20 years of experience in the banking and financial industry along with proven business development and leadership skills. His areas of expertise include commercial lending, and small business lending.

Most recently, he served as the Middle Market Team Leader for Central Ohio with WesBanco Bank. Before that, he spent four years with U.S. Bank as a Vice President. He is well known to Columbus business owners and entrepreneurs, and has a well-documented record of success in building high performing commercial lending teams.

“Matt’s addition to the CFBank team reflects our continuing commitment to serving the financing and banking needs of closely held Ohio based businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Timothy T. O’Dell, CFBank’s President and CEO.

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