Veteran Banker Paul Horton Joins NewStar Financial

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

NewStar Financial welcomes veteran banker Paul Horton as a Managing Director in its Leveraged Finance group. In his new role, Horton is responsible for generating new financing opportunities with mid-sized companies, private equity firms and other investors in the middle market. He is based at the company’s Darien office in Connecticut.

Paul Horton NewStar FinancialHorton has 24 years of experience originating and structuring debt financings for middle market companies backed by private equity firms.

Prior to joining NewStar, he was a Managing Director at RBS Citizens, where he was responsible for originating and executing senior debt capital transactions as a senior member of its Financial Sponsors group. Before that, he served a similar role at Arrowhead Mezzanine, where he was responsible for originating and executing junior capital investments for a $500 million mezzanine fund.

“I am looking forward to helping NewStar build on its established direct origination franchise as the Company continues to broaden its coverage of private equity firms and intermediaries in these key markets,” said Horton.

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BOK Financial Appoints New Chief Credit Officer

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

BOK Financial announced that Marc Maun has been named the company’s next Chief Credit Officer. Maun will report to BOK Financial President and CEO Steve Bradshaw and will become a member of the executive leadership team, which drives the strategy and direction of the corporation.

Marc Maun BOK FinancialDuring his 30-year tenure with BOK Financial, Maun has overseen significant business divisions such as Treasury, International Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Banking and Correspondent Banking.

Most recently, Maun served BOK Financial as the Chairman and CEO of Bank of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. Prior to that, he served a similar role at Bank of Kansas City for six years and during his leadership, the bank grew from a startup bank to more than $562 million in loans and 130 employees.

Maun is looking forward to serving the company in his new role. “The discipline and consistency of our credit culture is the foundation of who BOK Financial is and what’s kept us successful despite the inevitable ups and downs of the economy,” he said.

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San Diego Private Bank Names Wornham as CEO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

San Diego Private Bank announced that Thomas V. Wornham will become President and Chief Executive Officer effective May 1, 2015. An industry veteran, Wornham joined the board of San Diego Private Bank earlier this year.

Tom Wornham San Diego Private BankWornham has an extensive background in banking, public infrastructure and community service leadership. Most recently, he served as Chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority.

He spent 30 years at Wells Fargo, where he built banking organizations through organic growth and acquisition integration. In addition to his banking career, he has been active in local government, spending decades conducting Government Relations for both the private and public sector.

Wornham has chaired many noteworthy community service organizations, including San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Century Club of San Diego, San Diego Regional EDC, United Way of San Diego 2001/2 Campaign, San Diego Championship Golf and has been a member of UCSD Rady School of Business Advisory Board and a Trustee on The Bishop’s School Board in La Jolla.

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Pinnacle Bank Promotes Cliff Dennett to EVP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

California-based Pinnacle Bank has promoted Cliff Dennett to Executive Vice President, Senior Loan Officer. He has 20 years of experience in the banking industry and is based in the Bank’s Morgan Hill location.

Pinnacle BankBefore joining Pinnacle Bank’s lending team in 2007, he served as Vice President, Commercial Lending at Santa Clara Valley National Bank, where he was in charge of a sizable portion of the bank’s commercial portfolio.

Previously, he was the Assistant Vice President of the Private Lending division at Coamerica in Palo Alto. He started his career at National City Bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he held several roles in increasing responsibilities. With National City Bank, he managed a large portfolio of high net-worth clients.

“Cliff will continue to work with clients and will also take a larger role in developing the credit quality and efficiency of our SBA and C&I divisions. His knowledge and experience are an invaluable asset and his promotion was a natural progression,” stated Susan K. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Dealstruck Appoints Ryan Campbell as VP of Sales

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Dealstruck, a California-based online lender, announced the appointment of Ryan Campbell as Vice President of Sales. In this capacity, Campbell will be in charge of the overall productivity and effectiveness of the sales organization and directing the company’s engagement with new customers.

Ryan Campbell DealstruckCampbell has over 10 years of experience in providing executive leadership in sales and operations. His addition to Dealstruck shows the company’s commitment to providing various loan options to small businesses.

“Ryan is everything that we could ask for in our sales leader,” said Ethan Senturia, Dealstruck CEO. “He possesses deep domain expertise in alternative SMB lending, has built and scaled world-class sales organizations, and has unparalleled sales operations and analytics skills.”

Prior to joining Dealstruck, Campbell served as Operations and Sales Enablement Consultant at SRIG Consultant Services, a company that provides comprehensive assessment and enablement solutions for the challenges faced by small and medium sized businesses. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Business Development & SMB Sales for The Receivables Exchange, and a Director at The Sagres Company.

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Laurel McNamara Joins Small Business Finance

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

CDC Small Business Finance recently announced that Laurel McNamara has joined the company as a Business Development Officer. In this capacity, McNamara will provide SBA financing products to small businesses throughout Arizona and Nevada.

Laurel McNamara CDC Small Business Finance

As BDO, McNamara will collaborate with existing loan officer Christopher Bane to provide small businesses access to a variety of SBA financing products, including Community Advantage loans up to $250,000 and microloans, up to $50,000.

McNamara has over 8 years experience with Fortune 500 companies in management, sales, and customer service.

Prior to joining Small Business Finance, she served as a Small Business Banker for Washington Federal in Phoenix, where she was responsible for executing integrated sales, service and relationship strategies to support growth, relationship deepening, and retention of small business clients. Before that, she worked for Arizona Bank & Trust, U.S. Bank, MB Financial Bank, and TCF Bank in Illinois.

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CIT Names Miller Group Head of CIT Capital EF

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

CIT Group, Inc. announced the appointment of Eric Miller as Managing Director and Group Head of CIT Capital Equipment Finance. In his new role, Miller is responsible for overseeing financing activities for large ticket equipment leasing and lending, as well as project finance related activities. He will report to Burt Feinberg, President and Group Head of CIT Corporate Finance, Commercial & Industrial.

Eric Miller CIT Capital Equipment FinanceAn industry veteran, Miller has extensive experience in leading origination teams focused on sourcing, structuring and executing middle market capital equipment financing transactions.

Miller joins CIT from GE Capital, where he served as a Managing Director in their Corporate Finance division. He developed winning strategies to successfully achieve sales and profitability objectives.

Before that, he was with Wells Fargo as an Assistant Vice President, Account Executive, where he was responsible for establishing relationships and identifying and closing business within various industries.

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Suncrest Bank Hires Nutz as Chief Credit Officer

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Industry veteran Peter Nutz is the new Chief Credit Officer of Central California-based Suncrest Bank. With more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry, he joins a leadership team with outstanding domestic and international banking experience.

Peter Nutz Suncrest BankPrior to joining Suncrest Bank, Nutz spent 13 years of his career at Rabobank in the United States and overseas. He last served as Executive Director for Retail and Small Business Credit for Rabobank Group in Warsaw, Poland.

Nutz’ previous roles include Executive Risk Director for Debt Restructuring and Recovery, and Senior Ag Credit Officer for Rabobank’s US-wide Rural & Retail Division, based out of Fresno.

He also served Offutt Companies in North Dakota, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, and St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives (now CoBank) both located in Minnesota.

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York Traditions Bank Taps Draganosky as President

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

York Traditions Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Eugene J. Draganosky to President. The promotion is in line with the company’s plan to ensure leadership continuity for the organization and all shareholders.

Eugene Draganosky York Traditions BankDraganosky has more than 29 years of banking experience. He joined York Traditions Bank in 2008 and has served as the bank’s chief lending officer, chief community banking officer and chief credit officer.

Before joining York Traditions Bank, Draganosky served as Regional President for York and Adams counties at Sovereign Bank, where he led sales and servicing of business, residential, commercial real estate, and branch banking. Previously, he worked at Commerce Bank’s York division as executive vice president, and at Wachovia Bank, where he was a senior relationship manager.

In a press statement, York Traditions’ CEO and Chairman Michael E. Kochenour said, “I look forward to partnering with Gene to take the organization to even greater heights in the journey ahead, and further build on York Traditions Bank’s presence and support for the local community.”

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AmeriServ Appoints Stopko as New Chief

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

AmeriServ Financial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania has appointed Jeffrey A. Stopko as President and Chief Executive Officer. In his new role, Stopko is responsible for advancing AmeriServ’s performance and of its subsidiaries.

Jeffrey Stopko AmeriServA licensed CPA, Stopko joined the company in 1987 and most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since 1997.

During his tenure at AmeriServe, he directed all financial and investment activities when he was the SVP, and has guided a major corporate balance sheet restructuring that reduced the risk profile and provided the foundation for improved earnings.

“We’re deeply rooted in the community,” Stopko said. “We’ve been here since 1901, for 114 years. We take our responsibilities seriously and we want to continue to help drive the local community forward.”

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