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Tim Chaves Named “Banker of the Year” by SEED Corp

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Bristol County Savings Bank announced that Tim Chaves, Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending, has been named “Banker of the Year” by the South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation. SEED Corporation is a regional nonprofit economic development corporation certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration that finances all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Tim Chaves Bristol County Savings BankAmong 21 candidates, Chaves was chosen based on the volume of loans he made in participation with SEED and for exemplifying the spirit of small business assistance.

“Tim is always enthusiastic about working with new and existing clients to find the best financing package to meet their needs,” remarked Len Sullivan, First Executive Vice President & Senior Loan Officer, Bristol County Savings Bank.

He added that, “This often requires participating with the Small Business Administration through the SEED Corporation. Tim was thrilled to not only be recognized by SEED, but to also be able to provide financing to many small businesses though SEED’s innovative loan products.”

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Geoff Miller Named Reg’l Sales Manager at GSCDC

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Greater Sacramento Certified Development Corp dba Capital Funding has named Geoff Miller Regional Sales Manager. In this capacity, Miller is responsible for managing Business Development Officers housed out of two regional offices (Sacramento and Redding). He will also be directing marketing and sales activities for the company.

Geoff Miller Capital FundingMiller brings almost 30 years of experience in commercial and SBA banking. Prior to joining Capital Funding, he served as SVP, SBA and Commercial Lending for Community 1st Bank in Auburn. Before that, he was Vice President, Branch Manager at Bank of the West. His previous experience includes leadership roles at First Northern Bank, California Bank & Trust, and Bank of America.

“Geoff brings his passion for assisting Business Owners and Entrepreneurs, helping them realize their dreams through education and innovations available through the myriad of SBA programs,” remarked Ray Sebastian, Executive Director of Northern California-based Capital Funding.

Miller obtained a B.A. in International Studies, with an emphasis on International Business with Pacific Rim countries, most notably Japan, from the University of Washington. He also has completed the full course curriculum in the masters-level extension program for senior officers in the banking industry at Pacific Coast Banking School.

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Susan Kite Promoted to SVP at Signature Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Signature Bank of Georgia is pleased to announce the promotion of Susan Kite to Senior Vice President and Managing Director of SBA Lending. Kite has more than 27 years of experience in underwriting and closing SBA loans, and she knows all the ins and outs of SBA financing.

Susan Kite Signature Bank of GeorgiaKite joined Signature Bank in 2014 as Vice President and SBA Business Development Officer. Aside from helping many businesses grow and expand, her expertise with 7a, 504 and SBAExpress products made Signature Bank one of the leading SBA performers in Georgia.

“Susan’s leadership and the way her clients rave about her SBA capabilities makes her a natural for the job,” stated Signature Bank President Freddie Deutsch.

Kite is excited with the promotion. “I have great respect for small business owners who have multiple ‘hats’ to wear. They are the backbone of our economy, and I count it a privilege to assist them,” she said. “Signature Bank truly understands small businesses and we are ready to help them in a way I have not seen at other banks.”

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Thomas Hurdman Joins Northeast Bank as VP/SBA

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Northeast Bank announced that commercial banking veteran Thomas Hurdman has joined the company as Vice President, SBA Business Development. In this capacity, he will provide financing to small businesses across the nation.

Thomas Hurdman Northeast BankHurdman brings to his new role more than 28 years of experience in the banking and finance industry after holding various roles for a number of top banks and commercial finance groups in the country.

Prior to joining Northeast Bank, he served Celtic Bank as Vice President, Business Development Officer. Before this, he was Vice President, Business Development Officer for Fidelity Bank. Previous ventures include Wachovia, Wells Fargo, CIT, FINOVA Capital Corporation, and Merrill Lynch where he provided financing for various businesses. He started his career with American Express.

“Small businesses are critical to job creation and prosperity and we are pleased to be offering new capital to help them grow,” said Rick Wayne, President and CEO. “His experience in developing effective SBA lending solutions will be instrumental in helping the bank support the needs of current and prospective small business customers in the years ahead.”

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Mark Abell Joins NBH Bank as SBA Division Head

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

NBH Bank is pleased to announce that industry veteran Mark Abell has joined the business as Senior Vice President and SBA Division Director. In his new role, Abell is responsible for overseeing all aspects of SBA lending at NBH Bank, including eligibility determinations, packaging and servicing.

Mark Abell NBH BankAbell has over 20 years of banking experience. Previously, he spent ten years with Vectra Bank Colorado as Senior Vice President and SBA Division Manager responsible for all aspects of its SBA lending division.

During his leadership, Vectra Bank consistently ranked among the top SBA Lenders in the state in both numbers of loans and dollars lent, and Vectra Bank was recognized as the Export Lender of the Year by the Colorado District Office of the SBA in 2006.

In 2015, Abell received the Colorado Banker’s Association Advocate of the Year Award and in 2011, he was named SBA’s Financial Services Champion of the Year for the Colorado District. In addition, he has been ranked among the top 10 SBA 7a lenders in Colorado from 2006 to 2013.

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Charlie Meyers Joins American Business Lending as VP/BDO

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

American Business Lending is pleased to announce that Charles “Charlie” Meyers has joined the firm as Vice President and Business Development Officer. Based in the Salt Lake City area of Utah, he is responsible for originating SBA 7(a) real estate secured loans on a national basis.

Charlie Meyers American Business LendingMeyers brings to his new role decades of experience in the banking and finance industry. He has particular expertise in the Assisted Living Facility industry, having financed over 60 facilities. His years of banking and business development experience will allow him to streamline the lending process for his clients.

“Charlie will be a valuable asset to ABL and we are excited to have his long history of getting viable projects financed in the assisted living facilities industry,” commented ABL CEO Charlie Bell.

Prior to joining ABL, Meyers served as Vice President and Senior Business Development Officer for Small Business Funding Group, a company that specializes in SBA and USDA business loans between $500K and $10MM in total financing. Before that, he served in senior leadership roles at Borrego Springs Bank and Celtic Bank.

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Steve Walker Joins SBA Lending Team at Signature Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Signature Bank of Georgia announced that Steve Walker has joined the business as Group Vice President and Senior SBA Business Development Officer. In his new role, Walker is responsible for providing financial solutions, particularly SBA and USDA Guaranteed loans, to clients. Signature Bank’s SBA lending team was one of the top performers in the state in 2015.

Steve Walker Signature Bank of GeorgiaThe Bank is pleased to have Walker on board. “(Steve) brings over 30 years of banking experience to the team, along with a strong track record in commercial lending and five plus years in originating SBA loans,” remarked Susan Kite, Managing Director of SBA Lending at Signature.

Most recently, Walker served as Vice President, Small Business Banking for Civis Capital. Before that, he started Financial Writing Solutions, a company that develops targeted written collaterals for financial institutions, accounting firms, and law firms.

His previous experience includes leadership roles at NOA Bank, United Community Bank, Regions Financial Corporation, and Wachovia Bank. He started his career with Fidelity National Bank in 1984.

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Jim Fliss Becomes Key Bank’s National SBA Manager

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

KeyBank is pleased to announce that Jim Fliss has been named as National SBA Manager. In this capacity, Fliss is responsible for growing SBA revenue and profitability across Key’s national footprint, which includes overseeing all strategy, direct salesforce, sales support, loan closing and secondary market operations.

KeyBankFliss has over 20 years of banking experience. His areas of expertise include small business lending, portfolio management, and commercial lending. Previously, he has held the roles of National SBA Credit Manager, and Senior Manager and Director of Strategy for Key’s National Business Banking division.

Prior to KeyBank, he spent six years as the Regional Director for Zions Bank’s National Real Estate Group, where he was responsible for growing their program across 19 states in the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic. During his tenure there, Zions was one of the nation’s very largest SBA 504 lenders.

“I am proud to be part of the KeyBank team and to our long-term commitment to the SBA programs,” said Fliss. “I look forward to this new opportunity and continuing to work hard for and offering solutions to the entrepreneurs and business owners across our national footprint.”

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Winston Bandong Joins California Bank of Commerce

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

California Bank of Commerce announced that Winston N. Bandong Sr. has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Manager of SBA Lending. He will be responsible for building and managing an SBA team in the San Francisco Bay area.

Winston Bandong California Bank of CommerceBandong has more than 29 years’ lending experience, including SBA 7a, 504, SAFEBIDCO, USDA B&I loans. He is also experienced in the California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.

“Winston is an experienced lender with a fine track record building SBA teams,” commented Terry A. Peterson, President and CEO of California Bank of Commerce. “Adding a dedicated SBA team to our growing presence in the South Bay demonstrates our commitment to the region and commercial banking across the entire Bay Area.”

Most recently, Bandong served as SBA Department Manager for Trans Pacific National Bank. During his leadership at TPNB, he obtained PLP Certification for the Bank in less than six months. Before that, he held leadership roles at Bank of the Orient, Community Bank of the Bay, Calcoast Financial Corp, and Heritage Bank of Commerce.

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Banc of California Welcomes David Park as MD

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Banc of California announced that David Park has joined the business as Managing Director, Business Banking. Park brings to his new role more than 10 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, particularly in SBA. He started his banking career as an SBA Underwriter for Nara Bank (now BBCN Bank).

David Park Banc of CaliforniaPrior to joining Banc of California, he spent nine years of his career with City National Bank. During his leadership there, he  founded and expanded the Business Banking Group and also served as manager of SBA lending. He held positions such as SBA Sales Manager, SBA Manager, and most recently, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Banking.

In addition to his career, he serves as Board member for Small Business Financial Development Corporation and Asian Business Association of Orange County.

Park earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California-Irvine and an MBA from University of Southern California. He also serves as faculty for the Pacific Coast Banking School’s Bank Leadership course.

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