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Unity Bank announced that it has promoted Debbie Godt to SBA Business Development Manager. In her new role, Godt is responsible for the bank’s growing SBA lending portfolio within the federal financing program. She previously served the bank as Vice President/SBA Business Development Executive.
Before that, she held business development roles with Temecula Valley Bank, Washington Mutual Bank and Johnson-McClean Technologies. She also worked as a Certified Public Accountant with a Big 5 accounting firm.
“Debbie deserves much of the credit for the growth of our SBA portfolio so this promotion is well deserved,” said Unity Bank President and CEO James A. Hughes. He disclosed that, “She has helped us build strong referral relationships throughout our SBA service area. We are committed to providing the communities we serve with a growing SBA program that provides our shareholders with a strong return on their investment.”
Capital Growth Solutions (CGS) is pleased to announce that Vincent “Vinny” Muratore has joined the company as a Member of the Board and Executive Vice President. In this capacity, Muratore will be adding a new dimension of 504 origination and servicing, as well as assisting in the continued expansion of CGS’s “back room” services of credit, training, servicing and liquidation of 7a loans.
Prior to CGS, Muratore served as Regional Director at Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, where he focused in assisting lending partners and small business owners with the company’s SBA 504 Loan Program.
Before that, he served as Regional Director for Zions Bank in the State of Florida and Mid-Atlantic Region. He also was a Founding Director of Flagler Bank, a former Director of GulfCoast Business Finance and a former Vice President of SBA Lending at Comerica Bank.
Customers Bank announced that Kendro Benjamin has been appointed as Director of the bank’s SBA Division. In this capacity, Benjamin will specialize in all types of SBA 7(a) and 504 lending for Customers Bank, as well as help in educating internal and external customers on SBA guidelines and procedures.
Benjamin started his career in the banking and finance industry in 2002. He comes to Customers Bank from the New York Business Development Corporation, where he served as a Regional Community Loan Program Manager.
Previously, he served as Director at Biz2Credit, LLC for more than two years. Before that, he held various leadership positions at Savoy Bank, Sovereign Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and Commerce Bank.
Customers Bank is excited to have Benjamin on board. “He is very accomplished and skilled in SBA lending, and I am looking forward to all that we will be able to accomplish with him as a member of our team,” stated Kevin Gallagher, Senior Vice President/SBA National Director.
Guardian Investment Banking and Real Estate announced the addition of C. Han Kim as Managing Director. In this capacity, Kim will lead the growth of the company’s SBA and commercial lending practice.
Kim has more than 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Guardian, he served as an Area Market Leader at Eastside Commercial Bank, where he managed the bank lending and overall operations.
An SBA expert, Kim has worked for U.S. Bank’s SBA Division for over 12 years and eventually headed the Northwest Region. During his leadership at U.S. Bank, his teams were consistently top performers in Washington and Oregon.
Many years in the industry gave Kim a diverse banking background, not only in SBA, but also in consumer lending, business lending, real estate lending, credit administration, international banking, compliance, human resources and operations.
Centennial Bank announced that it has hired Tammy Youst as SBA Department Manager. In her new role, Youst will be responsible for all aspects of the SBA loan process, from origination and closing to servicing and liquidation.
Youst has nearly 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. She comes to Centennial from Achieva Credit Union, where she served as Vice President and Manager of Business & SBA Lending Department.
During her tenure at Achieva, Youst received the Financial Advocate of the Year (2013) for supporting the SBA Programs for Small Businesses. She also received a letter of recognition from the Governor of Florida for being in the Top 25 SBA lenders in South Florida.
Prior to being employed at Achieva, Youst served as SBA Manager at CUSO and she has held various lead management roles at Coamerica Bank, PNC Bank, Banco Popular North America, and Barnett Bank.
American Business Lending announced that banking veteran Robert Fay, Jr. has joined the company as Vice President, Business Development. Fay will be based in Bristol, Rhode Island and will cover the Northeast region.
Prior to joining ABL, Fay served as VP, Business Development at Home Loan Investment Bank. Before that, he held a similar role at Independence Bank.
In addition, he held top leadership roles at Freedom National Bank and Unity Bank. Many years in the industry has earned Fay his expertise in commercial lending, small business lending, commercial mortgages, and loan origination.
Capital Access Group announced that Cara Rudy has rejoined the company as its Vice President, Business Development. As VP, Rudy’s responsibilities include building new relationships with real estate brokers and banking partners in California, and expanding the company’s reach in the South Bay.
Most recently, Rudy served as an Account Executive at LinkedIn where she worked with staffing firms across the country, helping them in their recruitment efforts through the company’s enterprise solutions.
Capital Access is pleased to welcome back Rudy. “Cara has the unique combination of skills and characteristics that are necessary to be successful in this extremely competitive industry. She’s informative, transparent, supportive, and very patient. Our small business clients and business partners are thrilled she is returning, too,” said Jacklyn Jordan, President/CEO.
Rudy first served Capital Access from June 2009 until June 2014. During her tenure, she helped hundreds of successful business owners access fixed rate commercial real estate financing through the SBA 504 loan program.
She is excited to be working again with Capital Access Group. “I missed the day-to-day interactions with small business clients and seeing the tangible results of our work,” Rudy revealed.
Rudy obtained a B.A. degree in Organizational Communication from California State University – Chico, and a degree in Spanish and Iberian Studies from the Universidad del País Vasco.
About Capital Access Group
Capital Access Group is a leading Certified Development Company, authorized by the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide long-term, fixed-rate financing through the SBA 504 loan program. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in San Francisco, California. Additional information is available at www.capitalaccess.com.
Union Bank announced that Jonathan J. Gould has been appointed Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer. As SVP, Gould is responsible for leading the commercial lending team, expanding and managing the commercial loan portfolio, as well as coordinating commercial lending and promoting the bank’s commercial lending services and products in northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
Gould brings to Union Bank 30 years of banking leadership experience. He most recently served as Senior Vice President/Senior Market Manager at Norway Bank.
His experience also includes senior management roles with community banks in the Plymouth and Lakes Regions in New Hampshire.
Union Bank is pleased to have someone with Gould’s background on the team. “With his decades of experience in the banking industry and broad skillset that spans commercial lending, credit administration and portfolio management, Jonathan will be a tremendous asset to our commercial loan division here at Union Bank,” commented David Silverman, President and CEO of Union Bank.
Beneficial Bank announced that it has hired Rocco Perate as Senior Vice President and Director of its new Government Guaranteed Lending Group. In his new role, Perate and his team will provide government-backed SBA 7(a), 504 and USDA loans to customers within the bank’s lending footprint. He will also help enhance the array of loan products available to bank customers.
“Under Rocco’s leadership, the new Government Guaranteed Lending Group is another way we’re doing what’s right for our customers, and helping them find the best financial solutions to meet their needs,” said Gerard P. Cuddy, President and CEO of Beneficial Bank.
Perate has more than 25 years of experience in the lending industry in the Philadelphia area and an impressive track record for developing successful government-backed lending functions at other institutions.
Most recently, Perate served as an Executive Vice President of Square 1 Bank’s Specialty Lending Division, where he successfully launched and lead the bank’s initiatives into government guaranteed lending that included SBA, USDA and Ex-Im loans nationwide.
North Brookfield Savings Bank announced that Peter K. Hazel has joined the business as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer. Hazel joins the bank’s growing team of business lending experts located throughout several business centers and branch locations in Central and Western Massachusetts.
Hazel has more than 30 years of commercial lending and business development experience. He comes to NBSB from Fidelity Bank where he last served as a Senior Vice President/Business Banking Officer.
He has worked at several financial institutions, including GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner, Massachusetts where he was awarded U.S. Small Business Administration Preferred Lender status.