Mike O’Hare Named Vice President at Fleet Advantage

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Fleet Advantage announced the addition of Mike O’Hare to its Business Development team. As Vice President, he will be in charge of launching a new business development initiative with finance partners looking to add value to clients in the transportation sector.

Mike O'Hare Fleet AdvantageO’Hare brings to his new role over three decades of experience in the leasing industry. He specializes in financial analysis, management, and commercial lending. He has extensive experience providing technology solutions, creating new business opportunities and developing strategic cross-selling initiatives.

Prior to joining Fleet Advantage, he served as Senior Vice President at SunTrust Equipment Finance, where he established a vendor vertical sales program. Before that, he was Senior Vice President at Winthrop Resources, a company that provides technology leasing solutions. He also held senior leadership roles at Fidelity National Capital, GATX, Sun Financial Group, and U.S. Leasing Corp.

“We updated our tagline to ‘Data Driven Solutions’ and today are changing the mindset of the transportation industry; helping fleet operators make better decisions about their fleets using actual data from their own trucks and business intelligence tools to ensure them the lowest cost of operations” said Brian Holland, President and CFO of Fleet Advantage.

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Vince Fertitta Tapped as Market President at BofA

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Bank of America welcomes Vince Fertitta as Market President, serving as the company’s enterprise leader in San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity, Fertitta is responsible for providing the Bank’s financial solutions that will help improve the financial lives of businesses, families and individuals across the region.

Vince Fertitta Bank of AmericaIn addition, he will also lead the effort to utilize Bank of America’s resources in the market and the region to address social and economic concerns and build strong communities.

Fertitta is a seasoned executive and brings to his new role outstanding leadership credentials. Currently, he serves as the market executive of the Lone Star market for Merrill Lynch. In this role, he oversees more than 160 financial advisors who manage $19 billion in client assets from nine offices across Texas and Arizona.

He joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in 1996 and began his management career with the company in 2002. Previously, he was a market executive for Merrill Lynch in Chicago and Houston.

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Blake Voyles Joins Renasant Business Credit Team

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Renasant Bank announced that Blake Voyles joined the Renasant Business Credit as an Asset-Based Lending Executive. In this capacity, Voyles will be in charge of collateral management and credit underwriting of new and existing asset-based loans. In addition, he will be responsible for field examinations, quarterly portfolio reviews and the daily operational oversight of selected accounts.

Blake Voyles Renasant BankVoyles has several years in the industry. He specializes in asset-based lending, commercial lending, and portfolio management.

“We are delighted to have Blake join our Renasant Business Credit team in Atlanta,” commented Mike Knuckles, Renasant Business Credit EVP and Division Manager. “Blake’s asset-based lending experience will bolster our already experienced group of ABL account executives who provide a high level of service to our borrowers and, internally, to the ABL senior relationship managers as well as myself.”

Most recently, Voyles served as a Collateral Asset Base Examiner for Wells Fargo Capital Finance and before that, as a Collateral Analyst in Dallas, Texas.

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Jason Center Appointed as Director at SunTrust EF

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corporation announced that Jason Center joined the business as Director of Originations of the Greater Washington region. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, he will be responsible for commercial and not-for-profit and government clients in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia. He reports to Joe Hines, Managing Director – Commercial/Not-for-Profit & Government.

SunTrustCenter brings to his new role more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. His areas of expertise include commercial lending, loan origination, and small business lending.

Prior to joining SunTrust, he served as an Equipment Finance Sales Executive for BankUnited. Before that, he was a Senior Account Manager for PNC Equipment Finance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His previous experience includes BB&T Equipment Finance, Regions Bank Equipment Finance, and GE Capital.

Center obtained a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.

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Stephanie Huestis Joins Savings Bank of Walpole

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Savings Bank of Walpole in New Hampshire is pleased to have Stephanie Huestis on board as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. A seasoned banker with more than two decades of industry experience, she brings to her new role a broad understanding of relationship management, commercial lending, sales and new business development.

Stephanie Huestis Savings Bank of Walpole“We’re excited to welcome Stephanie to Savings Bank of Walpole as a Commercial Loan Officer,” commented Gregg Tewksbury, President and CEO. “She brings a great deal of experience as a commercial lender and is a terrific addition to our business banking team.”

Prior to joining Savings Bank of Walpole, Huestis held several positions at Peoples United Bank in Brattleboro, most recently as Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager. In this role, she serviced several towns within Southern Vermont and established a proven track record of successful new business development and portfolio management.

Aside from her career, she is currently a board member of the United Way, Windham County. She was formerly President of the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Huestis resides in Brattleboro.

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Joshua Shade Named Managing Director at Opus Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Opus Bank welcomes Joshua Shade as Managing Director, Senior Client Manager – Commercial Banking, Arizona Region. In his new role, Shade will concentrate on expanding Opus’ commercial and corporate client base in the Phoenix metropolitan region.

Joshua Shade Opus BankShade has 17 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. Prior to Opus Bank, he was a Vice President, National Banking Division at Bank of the West. In this role, he focused on middle market and large corporate clients in the Phoenix metropolitan region.

Before Bank of the West, he served as Vice President, Commercial Banking with BBVA Compass Bank, where he developed new relationships with middle market companies. Previous ventures include Wachovia Corporation, and earlier in his career, he held business development roles with JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank One Corporation both in the Phoenix metropolitan region.

Opus Bank is pleased to have Shade on board. “He is a seasoned banking professional with a unique understanding of Phoenix’s business climate,” said Michael Allison, Co-President of Opus Bank and President of Opus’ Commercial Bank.

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Garcia Dussard Hired as SBA BDO at Bank of the West

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Bank of the West announced that Garcia Dussard has joined the company as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for creating and maintaining borrowing relationships related to SBA 7 (a) and SBA 504 lending. He is based in Chicago.

Garcia Dussard Bank of the WestDussard brings to his new role 19 years of banking experience. He specializes in commercial lending, capital markets and investment banking.

Prior to joining Bank of the West, he spent most of his career with Bank of America. He last served as a Senior Credit Solutions Specialist, where he was the primary real estate contact within the bank for the Midwest states. His previous employment includes BMO Harris Bank and BMO Nesbitt Burns.

“We care about our small businesses clients, they are the backbone of our economy so that’s why we hired a professional of Garcia’s high caliber to support Chicago’s small business community as they pursue their American dream,” said Don Mercer, SBA National Sales Manager and Senior Vice President.

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George Andreaus Tapped as VP at Northeast Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

George Andreaus has joined Northeast Bank as National Sales Manager for SBA Lending Division. He will oversee the current SBA sales team, as well as its expansion into key markets across the country. He will report to Jonathan Smith, SVP, Director of SBA Lending.

George Andreaus Northeast BankAndreaus brings to his new role three decades of experience in the banking industry. He has an extensive background in commercial lending, small business lending, and business development.

Most recently, he served as Vice President, Sales Manager for ReadyCap Lending. Previously, he held senior leadership roles at HomeBanc NA, CIT, and GE Capital.

“We are excited George has joined the SBA team to support our existing Business Development Officers and grow the Bank’s national footprint,” remarked Rick Wayne, Northeast Bank President and CEO. “His decades of SBA experience will benefit both the Bank and our small business customers.”

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Doug Hood Named Community Capital Finance Director

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Community Capital Finance, a bank consulting firm in Georgia, has hired Doug Hood as Director of the SBA Loan Division. In his new role, Hood is in charge of small business loans and assisting in all phases of helping clients achieve their financing goals, with a primary focus on community and commercial banks.

Doug Hood Community Capital Finance“Doug brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the SBA arena that will allow us to further serve our clients’ needs. We are very glad to have him on our team,” said Shaun Dalton, Managing Partner of CCF.

Hood joins CCF with 30 years of industry experience. Throughout his career, he served some of the highest volume SBA lenders in the U.S. and has generated over $20,000,000 of SBA loans annually. He served the metropolitan Atlanta small business community through lending and financial consulting.

Bill Jones, another Managing Partner of the firm, added, “There are very few people in this world who know as much about SBA lending as Doug Hood. Adding Doug to the team gives us the ability to provide SBA products to our borrowers, and to assist our banks in gaining market share and knowledge in this space.”

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Jamison Flora Joins Berkshire Bank as SBA Liaison

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Berkshire Bank announced that Jamison Flora joined the business as Vice President, Business Banking Team Leader/SBA Liaison. In this capacity, Flora is responsible for fostering the business banking footprint in the state of New York as well as growing the SBA Lending program bank wide.

Jamison Flora Berkshire BankFlora has 16 years of industry experience. His expertise includes commercial lending, small business lending, and SBA.

Most recently, he served as Vice President, Business Banking Senior SBA Relationship Manager with KeyBank. In this role, he concentrated on the SBA loan program for the Central New York and Capital Region territories, with attention on acquisition, expansion and start-up financing.

He was also in charge of maintaining relationships with companies that gross between $3 million to $20 million in annual revenue, moving on to help grow the KeyBank’s SBA business in the Capital Region. In 2011, he was honored with the KeyBank Capital Region Top SBA Producer. Before that, he spent five years each with Citizens Bank and Ellenville National Bank.

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