Horizon Community Bank announced that industry veteran Jim Nelson has joined the business as Senior Commercial Lending Manager. Based in the Bank’s new branch in Mesa, Arizona, Nelson will be in charge of managing commercial lending, along with growing its loan portfolio, managing customer relationships and promoting business banking products throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Nelson brings to his new role over 33 years of experience in various disciplines of lending and administration. He has an extensive background in growing deposits, implementing policies and infrastructures, handling due-diligence and compliance, and making key credit decisions.
He joins HCB from Goldwater Bank, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. Previously, he held senior leadership positions at Pinnacle Bank, Compass Bank, Wells Fargo, Chase Bank of Arizona, First Federal Bank and Community Bank of Arizona.
“I’m particularly excited that Horizon Community Bank is locally owned and operated. By helping it grow deposits and borrowers, I’m helping the very community that I live in because the dollars remain in our neighborhood. I’m a huge believer in local first,” remarked Nelson.