Preferred Bank Appoints Nick Pi as Acting CCO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Preferred Bank, an independent commercial bank focusing on the diversified California market, has appointed Nick Pi as Executive Vice President and Acting Chief Credit Officer. Prior to this appointment, he served the Bank as Executive Vice President and Group Manager since 2003, where he managed several branches and lending departments.

Preferred BankPi has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. Before joining Preferred Bank, he was the Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Lending Team Leader of Chinatrust Bank (U.S.A.).

He also held various corporate titles from Assistant Vice President to Senior Vice President at Chinatrust Bank (U.S.A.), mainly in the branch operation and lending fields. His lending and credit experience also includes Grand Pacific Financing Corporation, an affiliate of ChinaTrust Group.

“Nick is well qualified to take on this very important role. He has been a great asset to the team for over a decade and we are excited about the opportunity for him in this interim position. As previously announced, we have commenced an internal and external search for a permanent candidate,” commented Chairman and CEO Li Yu.

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Arvest Bank Welcomes Harris as Comm’l Loan Officer

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Arvest Bank welcomes Justin Harris as a Commercial Loan Officer and Vice President in the Bentonville market in Arkansas. As VP, he is responsible for managing commercial banking relationships, underwriting, and loan approvals. He recently moved to Northwest Arkansas from Dallas, Texas.

Justin Harris Arvest BankHarris has more than 15 years banking experience, particularly directing and leading middle market businesses to increase profitability. He has worked in asset-based lending, complex capital restructures, bank syndications, commercial real estate and special assets.

Prior to joining Arvest Bank, he served as Vice President, Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo, where he directed complex capital restructure of businesses within portfolio containing $1.9B in assets. Before that, he held top leadership roles at Texas Capital Bank and RE/MAX Affiliates.

Arvest Bank is pleased to have Harris in its lending team. “He has the experience that will serve him and Arvest well as he helps customers evaluate and obtain the financial backing they need to expand Northwest Arkansas’ economy,” said Jason England, Senior Vice President and Bentonville Commercial Team Leader for Arvest Bank.

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American Business Lending Taps David Green as EVP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

American Business Lending has hired David Green as Executive Vice President – SBA Loan Production. In this capacity, Green will be responsible in expanding ABL’s nationwide business development officer network, including the hiring of six to nine new BDOs across the U.S. over the next six months. He will be based out of the company’s office in Dallas, Texas.

David Green American Business LendingGreen brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, including several positions focused on SBA lending as well as the management of those institution’s SBA programs. He joins ABL from Independent Bank of Texas where he served as Executive Vice President. Before that, he was the President of the SBA Division at Southwest Securities, and he spent more than 16 years with Southwest Bank in Fort Worth.

“David will be a very valuable asset to ABL, bringing a wealth of knowledge of the small business industry and SBA,” commented ABL CEO Charlie Bell. “His professionalism, knowledge and passion for SBA lending will greatly contribute to raising ABL’s prominence in the SBA industry on a nationwide level.”

Green earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Texas Tech University. He is a long time Board Member of the National Association of Guaranteed Government Lending (NAGGL).

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Santa Cruz County Bank Hires CCO George Harrison

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Santa Cruz County Bank announced that George Harrison has joined the business as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. With more than 40 years of experience in the banking industry, Harrison brings an extensive education and professional background in finance, lending, credit administration and credit review to his new role.

Santa Cruz County BankPrior to joining Santa Cruz County Bank, he served as Chief Credit Officer at Community Bank of the Bay for three years, where he managed the company’s diverse loan portfolio, supervised lending and credit administration, and supervised the growth of the loan portfolio while maintaining strong credit quality.

Harrison also held the title of Chief Credit Officer and Senior Loan Officer for four independent community banks in Northern California. In 2010, he launched The Harrison Financial Group, an independent bank consulting and credit review firm.

“George brings a well-rounded and unique background to the Chief Credit Officer position through his experience managing credit portfolios and his understanding of credit risk and loan reviews,” said David Heald, President and CEO. “His experience managing credit portfolios and understanding of credit risk are essential to his position and are an asset to the Bank.”

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Key EF Adds White as VP, Equipment Finance Officer

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Key Equipment Finance announced the addition of Kevin White as Vice President, Equipment Finance Officer. In this capacity, White will focus on providing equipment leasing and product solutions to new and existing clients in the Mid-Atlantic region, specifically Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and Eastern North Carolina. He will be based in Richmond, Virginia.

Kevin White Key Equipment FinanceWhite brings more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry to his new role. His past experience includes equipment financing/leasing, Mergers & Acquisition Advisory, corporate development, strategy and innovation, and the formation and management of a new business.

Most recently, White served as Senior Vice President at GE Capital for almost four years. With GE, he served as the company’s Commercial Representative for multiple lines of business in Virginia providing financing solutions to small, middle-market and Fortune 500 companies.

Previously, he held top leadership roles such as President at Mammoth Home Theater and Vice President at Matrix Capital Markets. He was also with BB&T Capital Markets in investment banking focusing on middle market sell-side M&A advisory.

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Eileen Wolfe Joins Hopewell Valley Community Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Hopewell Valley Community Bank is pleased to announce that Eileen C. Wolfe has joined the business as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. In this capacity, Wolfe is responsible for enhancing the company’s small business lending efforts in the Hunterdon/Somerset area in New Jersey. She is based out of the HVCBank’s office in Flemington.

Eileen Wolfe Hopewell Valley Community BankWolfe brings 40 years of experience, particularly in banking; commercial real estate and construction; industrial and commercial lending; business development; and client relationship management.

Prior to joining Hopewell Valley Community Bank, she served as Vice President at Fulton Bank of New Jersey in their Somerville office, and before that, as a Senior Loan Officer at Team Capital Bank. She also spent 10 years working at the former Flemington National Bank & Trust Co.

Throughout her career, she has held and attended many courses and seminars, including Banking at Somerset Valley Community College, which is now Raritan Valley Community College.

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Capital One Names Chris Haskew as Market President

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Capital One Bank has named Chris Haskew as the Bank’s Louisiana Market President. In his new role, Haskew is responsible for the overall design, development and implementation of Capital One’s community strategy for the state.

Chris Haskew Capital One BankHaskew has 23 years of experience in the banking industry, including 19 years with Capital One Bank and its predecessor banks in Shreveport. He will be based out of the company’s office in Baton Rogue.

Most recently, he served Capital One as North Louisiana Market President, where he used the company’s local community platform to drive new business and to connect the company’s resources with community needs in North Louisiana.

“Throughout his career, Chris has distinguished himself as a banker who understands the importance providing clients with innovative products and best-of-class service supported by leading-edge technology,” said Robert M. Stuart, Jr., head of Middle Market Commercial Banking for Capital One.

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Marquette Recruits Jay Garcia as Sr Vice President

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Marquette Business Credit announced that Jay Garcia has joined the business as Senior Vice President, Regional Portfolio Manager. In his new role, Garcia will manage the company’s loan portfolio in the Dallas and Atlanta offices.

Jay Garcia Marquette Business CreditGarcia has more than 18 years of experience in the finance and commercial lending industry, with an extensive background in credit management. He has a significant hands-on experience in asset based and cash flow lending, portfolio and risk management, underwriting new business, bankruptcy, workout resolution and developing and maintaining high-level customer relationships.

Prior to joining Marquette, he served as Senior Vice President at BBVA Compass for the Dallas/Forth Worth area. Before that, he held top leadership roles including as Senior Director – Senior Vice President at Capital One, Portfolio Manager at Guaranty Bank, and Vice President at Coamerica Bank. He also spent years of his career with Bank of America, FINOVA Capital Corporation, and Transamerica.

Garcia earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and is also a graduate of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

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Hirsemann Joins TD Bank as BDO in SBA Lending

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

TD Bank is pleased to announce that commercial finance specialist Andreas Hirsemann has joined the business as Vice President, Business Development Officer in its SBA Lending Division. Hirsemann brings more than two decades of experience in finance and real estate lending to his new role.

Andreas Hirsemann TD BankAs BDO, he is responsible for expanding TD Bank’s SBA loan production, including SBA real estate mortgage and equipment loans, refinancing and debt consolidation, as well as business acquisition, serving small to mid-sized companies from Maine to Florida. He is based in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining TD Bank, he served as a Senior Vice President at GE Capital’s Corporate Finance division, where he provided asset-based, cash flow and structured loans and leases to mid-size and large companies across the U.S. Previously, he served as Vice President, Senior Account Manager at Wells Fargo SBA Group.

A resident of Hingham, Massachusetts, he is actively engaged in the community. Currently, he serves on the Board of Hingham Youth Football and also volunteers as a coach for Hingham Youth Football and Lacrosse.

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Cohen Appointed President of Excelsior Growth Fund

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Steve Cohen has been appointed President of Excelsior Growth Fund, a not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) formed by the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC). It was created to execute creative and flexible lending strategies to support small businesses in New York State.

Steve Cohen New York Business Development CorporationAs President, Cohen will be in charge of leading the organization in several new directions, including expanding activities to business advisory services and developing an online platform that will provide small businesses with fast and responsible lending products.

“Steve brings to our organization vast experience with capital lending and management. His expertise in economic and community development, public policy and small business operations brings us the kind of experience we need to really expand the Excelsior Growth Fund,” commented Patrick MacKrell, CEO of New York Business Development Corporation, Empire State CDC and Excelsior Growth Fund.

Currently, Cohen is the Executive Vice President and Deputy Commissioner at Empire State Development, where he heads the Department of Small Business Services and Community Economic Development. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President for Seedco Financial Services, where he worked in executive management and economic development, as well as loan portfolio management.

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