The SouthStar Bank family grew recently with the addition of eight new members to the team. Spread through multiple branches in a variety of roles each person is excited to be a part of the SouthStar Bank family. Texas State alumni, Virginia Roberts, joins the Southwest Austin Branch as a Personal Banker. Virginia is looking forward to strengthening SouthStar Bank’s customer service with her energy and enthusiasm. Kristin Ross is adding to the Sendero Springs Branch as Commercial Loan Closing Coordinator. While this is Kristin’s first time working in the banking industry, she brings seven years of real estate experience with her. She hopes to expand her skills with the knowledge she will gain working in the banking world. Another Texas State alumna joined the team as a personal banker, Jill Nava. Jill will be working at the Sendero Springs branch in Round Rock. She recently started with SouthStar Bank and is most looking forward to learning from the people around her. Joining the Leander Branch is another Personal Banker, Amanda Estrada. Amanda has two years of experience working in the banking industry and is excited to apply the skills she has obtained to a community-oriented bank. Michelle Gagin will also be working with the Leander Branch as a Senior Mortgage Processor. Michelle has two degrees in Business Management and Finance from Aurora University in Illinois. She hopes to use her twenty years of experience and knowledge to help the branch and company goals. Tyler Morgan is also beginning his career in the banking industry as a Personal Banker at the Bee Cave Branch. He plans to use his positivity, determination, and focus to elevate SouthStar Bank to the next level. Keely McCarthy joined the Southwest Austin Branch as a Marketing Intern. Keely is a Senior at Sam Houston State University studying Public Relations and Advertising. She is most excited about learning about both the marketing and banking industries. Rounding out the list of new team members is Rebecca Lloyd. Rebecca will be taking on the Vice President/Senior Commercial Underwriter role at the Steiner Ranch Branch. She received her degree from Brigham Young University, and her MBA from the University of Iowa. Rebecca is excited to meet new people and bring new customers to the bank. NMLS# 1932888 Welcome Virginia, Kristin, Jill, Amanda, Michelle, Stayton, Keely, and Rebecca!
Congratulations to Amanda Aaron on her promotion to Branch Executive! Amanda Aaron was promoted to Branch Executive at our Leander Branch. She joined SouthStar Bank last year after spending over 15 years working in commercial lending. Amanda specializes in small business lending and commercial real estate lending but has worked in a variety of other bank services. She has experience in loan production, financing owner-occupied and investment real estate, servicing and underwriting commercial credits. Amanda prides herself on helping her clients throughout the lending process. “The ability to make a customer feel comfortable about what’s to come is invaluable,” she says. She provides that comfort with her expertise and personable skills which allows her to guide her customers through every step of the loan process. While Amanda will be taking on a new role, she plans to remain active in her community. Currently, Amanda holds leadership roles with CREW Austin and her local Little League. In her free time, Amanda and her family enjoy camping, hiking, and taking on any type of outdoor adventure. NMLS # 1819235
Bo Rodman has gained extensive knowledge during his eight years in the banking industry. Spending time as both a credit analysis and a lender Rodman is excited to be a part of the SouthStar Bank team. An Austin native, Rodman is eager to share his knowledge of the area. “I enjoy relationship banking and helping achieve what is in our client’s best interest,” he says. “When I am able to approve a client’s loan that had been turned down at other banks, it is always a good feeling.” Rodman particularly enjoys learning from his clients. “The opportunity to learn how people are putting money to work in new and creative investments or business models is the most interesting part of my job,” he says. Rodman, a Texas A&M graduate, specializes in commercial lending where he has handled a wide variety of loans including spec construction loans, small business lending, accounts receivable lending, and equipment loans. Since joining the SouthStar Bank team, Bo has added consumer mortgage lending to his list of services available to his clients. Rodman is involved with multiple organizations including: Community Foundations Tax Prep, St. Luke’s UMC Board of Trustees, Bachelors of Austin, and Anthropos Arts. In his free time, he also enjoys spending time outdoors fishing, hunting, doing lawn work, and slalom skiing. NMLS #1909096