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Dorothy Kohn Joins Signature Bank of Georgia

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Signature Bank of Georgia announced that Dorothy Kohn has joined the business as Group Vice President/Senior Business Development Officer. Kohn brings to her new role more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry.

Dorothy Kohn Signature Bank of GeorgiaMost recently, Kohn served as Vice President and Commercial Lender for Touchmark National Bank in the Alpharetta area. Previously, she held senior management roles at Certus Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Georgian Bank, and Flag Bank.

“At Signature Bank, we eagerly welcome Dorothy for her expertise and passion for developing sound, equally beneficial banking relationships,” said Signature Bank of Georgia President Freddie Deutsch.

Deutsch added that, “Her attention to providing high-touch client service aligns perfectly with our client centric mission at Signature Bank. Having worked with Dorothy early in her career, we are fortunate to have her join the team and bring the knowledge and understanding of financial needs at all levels of business.”

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C. Han Kim Named Vice President at Plumas Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Plumas Bank is pleased to announce that C. Han Kim has joined the business as Vice President. Kim’s primary focus will be marketing, originating and closing SBA 7a and 504 loans. Based in Seattle, he will cover the Washington and Oregon markets. He can also make SBA loans in California, Nevada and Arizona.

C. Han Kim Plumas BankKim has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, primarily in commercial banking. He enjoys helping entrepreneurs with the Small Business Administration (SBA) program.

He started his banking career at Security Pacific Bank, where he served as a consumer lender. He has worked in international banking, credit administration, commercial banking, commercial real estate lending as well as in executive leadership and management positions.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with an emphasis in Accounting, from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Seattle University with an emphasis in Finance. He also finished a three-year bank executive management program at Pacific Coast Banking School.

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Kathleen Hay Appointed Vice President at Unity Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Unity Bank announced the promotion of Kathleen Hay to Vice President/SBA Business Development Executive. She joined the Bank in 2011 as Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Closer, and then was promoted to Vice President/Loan Closing Manager for Unity Bank’s Small Business Administration lending program.

Kathleen Hay Unity BankHay brings to her new role 30 years of banking experience, including over 12 years in SBA lending. Her areas of expertise include commercial lending, small business lending, and business development.

“With an extensive background in lending at community, regional and national banks, she provides customers with valuable guidance throughout the finance process,” said Unity Bank President and CEO James A. Hughes. “Kathleen’s promotion is well deserved and we wish her continued success in serving clients throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.”

Before Unity Bank, Hay spent ten years with CIT Small Business Lending Corporation, where she last served as Vice President. Previous ventures include Group Midwest (Midwest Digital), and AT&T Capital (Newcourt).

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Chuck Withee Recognized as NH SBA Champion

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Charles “Chuck” Withee, the President of The Provident Bank, was named the New Hampshire Small Business Administration’s 2016 Financial Services Champion of the Year.

Chuck Withee The Provident BankWithee joined the Bank in 2004 and held the positions of President and Chief Lending Officer in 2013. Under his leadership, the Bank has been the leading SBA lender in the state in terms of dollar amount of 7(a) loans. For the first time, The Provident Bank achieved more than $100 million in loan production within the last two years.

A 30-year banking executive, Withee is known for his advocacy for small business financing throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He strongly supports the SBA and he led the utilization of new methods for the Bank’s lending team in 2015, helping them close the year with more than $220 million in commercial loans.

“The Financial Services Champion of the Year is a very high honor and I am very pleased to accept the award on behalf of the entire Provident Bank team, who shares this award with me, with their dedication and hard work on behalf of small businesses throughout New Hampshire,” remarked Withee.

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Shannon Smith Joins Heritage First Bank as SVP

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Heritage First Bank in Georgia announced that Shannon T. Smith has joined the business as Senior Vice President. In this capacity, he will concentrate on Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.

Shannon Smith Heritage First BankA veteran banker, Smith brings to his new role over 18 years of lending experience. Throughout his career, he has established and serviced loan portfolios ranging up to $60MM in size.

Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President specializing in SBA Lending and Commercial Loans at Embassy National Bank. Previously, he held various lending and management positions such as Executive Director for Consultants in Banking, VP/Business Banking Officer for Pinnacle Bank, and Commercial Lender for First National Bank, where he received the Top Producer Award in 2006 and 2007.

“It is an honor to welcome Shannon to the Heritage First family,” said Ryan Earnest, President of Heritage First Bank. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to us in creating the solutions for small businesses that a strong SBA lending program provides. His experience and technical skills in this area will serve our present and future customers well.”

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Jason White Added as SBA BDO at Bank of the West

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Bank of the West announced the hiring of Jason White as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer. In this capacity, White is in charge of providing SBA lending on commercial real estate and business acquisition/partner buyout projects in Utah and the Colorado Western Slope.

Jason White Bank of the WestWhite brings to his new role over 15 years of experience in the banking industry, with a focus on SBA lending. He specializes in commercial lending, small business lending, and credit analysis.

Most recently, he served as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Throughout his career, White has developed extensive expertise in working with small businesses to develop financial strategies that align with their growth initiatives.

White obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from the University of Utah. He resides in Draper, Utah.

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Chris Benjamin Added to HCB’s Advisory Board

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Horizon Community Bank is pleased to welcome Chris Benjamin to its Advisory Board. Benjamin is the President of City To City Commercial, one of Phoenix’s fasting growing commercial real estate brokerages.

Chris Benjamin Horizon Community BankBenjamin is a commercial real estate broker with more than 18 years of experience. He has an extensive background in commercial real estate, including investing, land acquisition, commercial development and more. He has brokered and/or partnered in more than $500 million in commercial transactions.

“Not only is Horizon Community Bank a locally owned and operated business itself, it funds the success of other local businesses—a mission I strongly believe in,” remarked Benjamin. “With my 25+ years of experience contributing to their growth, I hope to be an asset to their team. I also look forward to improving my own understanding of the banking and lending industry.”

Horizon Community Bank President and CEO Jerry Ernst said, “We’re delighted to have Chris Benjamin join our advisory board. He has significant expertise in commercial real estate and his ability to nurture relationships with investors, homebuilders and local municipality leadership is exciting.”

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Jeffrey Pugh Tapped as SVP at First Resource Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

First Resource Bank announced the hiring of Jeffrey B. Pugh as a Senior Vice President in its lending group. In his new role, Pugh is responsible for SBA lending along with commercial real estate and business loan origination and servicing activities.

Jeff Pugh First Resource BankPugh joins First Resource Bank with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry, particularly in the Delaware Valley. A past winner of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Financial Service Champion of the Year Award, he has a wide array of financing skills in commercial real estate, commercial business and SBA loans.

“We are proud to acquire a lender with Jeff’s experience in lending and his SBA skills round out our lending group’s expertise,” said First Resource Bank’s President and CEO Glenn Marshall. “We are a community bank that focuses on highly personalized service with experienced bankers. The addition of Jeff is just one more example of our commitment to our community bank lending activities.”

Most recently, Pugh served as Senior Vice President at Continental Bank/The Bryn Mawr Trust Company. During his nearly 10 years of leadership, he managed the SBA/Government Guaranteed Lending Unit, which was recognized as one of the top 10 SBA lenders in dollars lent during the SBA fiscal years 2009-2012 in the Philadelphia SBA District Office.

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Shawn Tyler Promoted to CCO at Citizens State Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Wisconsin-based Citizens State Bank announced that it has promoted Vice President/Chief Credit Officer Shawn Tyler to Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer. In his new role, Tyler is responsible for the Bank’s credit and interest rate risk management.

Shawn Tyler Citizens State BankTyler has more than 15 years of banking experience. He specializes in commercial lending, credit analysis, small business lending, and portfolio management.

He joined Citizens State Bank in 2008 as Vice President, Credit Administration. As the new SVP, he will work with lenders to help meet the needs of the Bank’s customers by ensuring a customer focused culture and timely loan closings. Before Citizens State Bank, he spent five years of his career with Landmark Community Bank as Vice President, Risk Management.

Tyler obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas. During his free time, he enjoys downhill skiing and outdoor activities.

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Dong Pil Joo Named Chief Loan Officer at Noah Bank

By Joyce C. Dimaculangan

Noah Bank has named Dong Pil Joo as First Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer. In this capacity, Joo is responsible for all lending activity, including SBA and commercial lending, as well as loan portfolio management and collections. He brings to his new role more than 20 years of banking experience.

Noah Bank“The Board is satisfied that Noah Bank has retained a qualified Chief Lending Officer with such credentials and is looking forward to the continual effort to improve the operation of the Bank and the level of service to the customers in the communities we serve,” said Chairman Young Man Kim.

As of December 31, 2015, Noah Bank had assets of approximately $311 million, deposits of approximately $258 million, and loans of approximately $229 million (net of loan loss allowance).

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