Carolina Premier Bank Recruits Stuart Hester

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Carolina Premier Bank has recruited Stuart Hester as a Senior Commercial Banker. In his new role, Hester is responsible for new business development, as well as coaching and mentoring the commercial-banking team.

Stuart Hester Carolina Premier BankHester has 26 years of banking experience at large and community banks. Prior to joining Carolina Premier Bank, he served as Senior Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager at NewDominion Bank. Before that, he was a Vice President at Bank of Commerce in North Carolina.

“Our goal was to refocus our banking efforts on the lucrative niche of small businesses and professionals in the Charlotte metro area,” said CEO David Barksdale. He added that the bank is hiring new professionals who share the company’s core values and purpose.

“I look forward to bringing my skill set and client knowledge to the team at Carolina Premier Bank,” remarked Hester. “They are refining their corporate focus into an area — small-business banking — in which I have spent much of my career. The corporate culture that we are creating here is what attracted me to join this team.”

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Heritage Bank Appoints Amy Curran as SVP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Heritage Financial Corporation, parent company of Heritage Bank, announced that Amy Curran was appointed as Senior Vice President and Team Leader. Curran will be responsible for the commercial banking team in Heritage Bank’s new downtown Seattle office. She has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry in King County.

Heritage Financial Corp“We anticipate the office will open early-August. Our existing Seattle Commercial Lending and Cash Management teams, along with the newly-formed Capital Markets Group, will move from our current Westlake location to the new space located in the City Centre building,” said Bryan McDonald, Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer.

Prior to joining Heritage Bank, Curran served as a Regional Lending Manager for a large regional bank. “We welcome Amy and her extensive banking experience, including commercial real estate, traditional commercial credit, treasury management and depository services,” stated McDonald.

In addition to her banking career, Curran volunteers her time to the community. Currently, she is a facilitator for SCORE, an SBA-sponsored program for new entrepreneurs. She also supports Providence Hospice as well as Habitat for Humanity.

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J.Patrick Faubion Named EVP of Comerica Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Comerica Bank has named J. Patrick Faubion Executive Vice President and head of its Business Bank. In addition to his new responsibilities, Faubion will retain his current responsibilities as Texas Market President. These include direct responsibility for General Middle Market banking in Texas and Comerica’s Energy business, as well as market activities in Arizona and Florida.

J.Patrick Faubion Comerica BankFaubion has 38 years of experience in the financial services industry in Texas, 31 of which was spent with Comerica Bank. Throughout his career, he has held various management positions in commercial lending and credit management.

“Pat has been an invaluable member of Comerica’s management team and has overseen the growth of our Texas market since 2010,” stated Ralph W. Babb Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Comerica Incorporated and Comerica Bank. “His experience and expertise as a commercial banker for nearly four decades, combined with his tremendous leadership skills, make him ideally suited to direct our Business Bank.”

In addition to his banking career, Faubion is a longtime volunteer at United Way. Previously, he served as chairman of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors and continues to serve as a director. Currently, he is a board member of the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas, the Dallas Citizens Council, and Dallas Regional Chamber.

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Celtic Bank Hires Adam Cheng to SBA Lending Team

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Celtic Bank has hired Adam Cheng as Vice President of Business Development in the Bank’s SBA and Commercial Lending Department. Cheng will be based in Houston, Texas. He brings more than 10 years of experience in SBA and commercial lending to his new role.

Adam Cheng Celtic BankPrior to joining Celtic Bank, Cheng served as a Vice President/SBA Marketing Manager at First Intercontinental Bank in Atlanta, Georgia for almost four years. He began his banking career as a Credit Analyst at Southwestern National Bank in Houston, Texas.

“Adam’s background in SBA and commercial loan underwriting and business development makes him a valuable addition to our team,” commented Chris Nalley, Senior Vice President of SBA Lending at Celtic Bank. “We are excited to have Adam on board and look forward to increasing our SBA loan production in the Greater Houston area.”

Likewise, Cheng is pleased to be on Celtic Bank’s SBA lending team. “Celtic Bank as a business entity is in high growth mode, which is the main reason I want to join this winning team,” he said.  “I believe my future prospects at Celtic Bank will be both rewarding and exciting.”

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Diana Hallal Joins TMC Financing SoCal Team

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

TMC Financing is pleased to announce that Diana Hallal has joined the business as Senior Vice President, Business Development in its Southern California commercial real estate lending team. In her new role, Hallal is responsible for the acquisition of commercial real estate loans.

Diana Hallal TMC FinancingHallal has more than 20 years of experience in helping business owners in Southern California access the capital they need to grow. She has held various senior commercial lending roles at several financial institutions.

Most recently, she was Director of business banking at Union Bank, where she was the top real estate loan producer in business banking for four consecutive years. Previously, she was a Commercial Loan Officer at Wells Fargo and a Business Development Officer at Bank of America.

“I’m excited about TMC’s growth in Southern California,” remarked Hallal. “This team has such dedication to partnering with commercial real estate brokers and commercial lenders to help business owners grow through the strategic purchase of fixed assets. I’m glad to be on board.”

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Sterling National Bank Adds Mark Long to ABL Team

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Sterling National Bank announced the addition of seasoned banker Mark Long as First Vice President and Portfolio Manager. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing a portfolio of middle market transactions with a primary focus on asset based structures. Based in New York City, Long will provide financing solutions to clients in the Metropolitan New York and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Mark Long Sterling National BankLong has more than 30 years of experience in Credit and Portfolio Management. He has a solid background in secured lending, including asset-based structures and cash-flow based structures.

Prior to joining Sterling National Bank, he served as a Senior Vice President, Loan Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo Capital Finance in New York. With Wells Fargo, he led a team of Account Executives focused on direct asset based loans with individual commitments in the $5 million to $50 million range.

Previously, he was Regional Credit Manager and Senior Credit Officer at CIT and held underwriting and portfolio positions with Bank of America, Nations Bank, and Security Pacific Bank.

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MidCap Appoints Pavesich to New Business Team

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

MidCap Business Credit has appointed Bruce Pavesich as Senior Vice President of its business development team. In his new role, Pavesich is responsible for covering the Mid-Atlantic region. He is based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bruce Pavesich MidCap Business CreditPavesich brings 30 years of experience in commercial banking and asset based lending to his new position. Throughout his career, he has closed over 500 transactions, and his primary responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, negotiations and closing.

Most recently, he served as a Regional First Vice President at Crestmark Bank, where he was responsible in the Mid Atlantic, Northeast, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York markets. An experienced asset-based lending and factoring professional, Pavesich has held business development roles at Keltic Financial Services, Textron Financial, Reservoir Capital Corporation, First National Bank of Maryland/ M&T Bank, and Wells Fargo.

“We are fortunate to have added significant experience and market visibility in the Mid-Atlantic Region by bringing on Bruce. He will be responsible for covering a key territory of the country for us as we continue to expand and build out our national footprint,” commented Seth Cooper, Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager.

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TD Bank Welcomes Kurt Faulk as BDO, SBA

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

TD Bank welcomes Kurt V. Faulk as Vice President, Business Development Officer in the SBA Lending Division. In this capacity, Faulk is responsible for expanding TD Bank’s SBA loan production, including SBA real estate mortgage and equipment loans, construction, refinancing, business acquisition and expansion. Based in Winter Park, Florida, he is in charge of partner buyouts, serving businesses throughout the Greater Orlando market.

Kurt Faulk TD BankFaulk brings 25 years of experience in finance and real estate lending. A senior banking executive, his background includes commercial loan production, credit risk analysis and portfolio management in commercial real estate, corporate banking and healthcare business verticals.

Prior to joining TD Bank, he served as a Vice President at GE Capital in Dallas, Texas. Before that, he served as RAC Project Manager assigned in pre-planning review on financial institutions in FDIC Jacksonville, Florida; Irvine, California; and Dallas, Texas regional offices.

Faulk earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is a resident of Celebration, Florida.

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KeyBank Business Capital Taps Gary Kidd as SVP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

KeyBank Business Capital, Key’s asset-based lending platform, announced that it has tapped Gary Kidd as a Senior Vice President. Based in New York, Kidd will work with KeyBanc Capital Market bankers in the industry, sponsor coverage and the debt capital markets groups to support clients’ business objectives. He will also support KeyBank Business Capital’s focus on serving as lead bank in syndicated ABL financings.

Gary Kidd KeyBankKidd brings 18 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He spent more than 13 years with GE Capital Markets, Inc., where he most recently served as a Senior Vice President, leading capital markets transactions for the Metals and Mining and Retail Finance teams.

Previously, he was an analyst at JPMorgan Securities, Inc., where he performed comprehensive credit analyses of companies across a wide range of industries, including automotive, chemical, oil and gas, paper, real estate and retail. He was also a Senior Financial Analyst at The Ezra Company in Bethesda, Maryland.

“We are delighted that Gary is joining KeyBank Business Capital. Gary has deep industry knowledge that adds to our ability to serve middle market and mid-cap clients with attractive and flexible financing solutions, “said Laurie Muller-Girard, National Director of KeyBank Business Capital.

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Joseph Riley Joins First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust welcomes Joseph Riley as Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. Riley will be based in the First Mid banking center and will serve the Galesburg area.

First Mid-Illinois Bank & TrustRiley has nine years of experience in the financial industry. He began his banking career at Farmers and Mechanics Bank in Galesburg, where he served as Business Banker & Privilege Banking Coordinator.

“I am excited about Joseph’s move to First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust. He is a certified commercial lender who will be a solid addition to our business group. Joseph is committed to understanding our customers’ financial objectives and providing them the First Mid products and services that best suit their needs,” remarked Mark Blackburn, Community President at First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.

“I’m pleased to be part of a company with strong, principled values like First Mid, who has been in business for 150 years. I concentrate on doing what is right for the customer, and I look forward to making an impact at First Mid,” said Riley.

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