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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Employee Spotlight – JW Smith

JW Smith, Senior Vice President & Branch Executive| SouthStar Bank Round Rock Branch JW Smith is Senior Vice President of Lending and Branch Executive for the Round Rock Branch. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, JW has been with SouthStar Bank for the last five and a half years. Over his 17-year career in community banking, JW has learned many tips and tricks for balancing the customer’s needs while protecting the bank’s investment. He prides himself on his customer service, and the ability to approach each loan in a unique way. Outside of work, JW is a member of the Hill Country Bible Church where he teaches Sunday School, which is the highlight of his week. He is also the past President of the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation and a board member of Workers 2 Work. JW enjoys spending time with his two daughter Ely and Peach. He also likes to play golf and paint landscapes. JW hopes to one day attend The Masters golf tournament and would love to visit Japan, so that he can eat sushi in old fish markets and visit the high-tech cities. NMLS# 1022470

Employee Spotlight – Greg Vesely

Greg Vesely, Senior Vice President & Branch Executive| SouthStar Bank Steiner Ranch Branch Greg Vesely is Senior Vice President and Branch Executive at the Steiner Ranch Branch. A Southwest Texas Alumni, he holds over 25 years of experience in the banking industry and has been with SouthStar Bank for the last four years. Greg also holds multiple licenses including the Series 6, 63, and Group 1. Greg enjoys being his clients’ trusted advisor. By understanding their needs, he is able help them achieve growth and success. One of Greg’s career highlights was being named a Top Mortgage Producer in the Austin Metro Area by Austin Business Journal.  Greg is proud to have called Steiner Ranch home for the last 19 years. A former Marine, he enjoys contributing his time to his community whenever he can. Some of the organizations he is passionate about include March of Dimes, Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots, and United Way. Greg enjoys spending his time traveling across the U.S. with his wife Kay and daughter Kaylee, who plays competitive golf. Two places he hopes to go one day with his family are Fiji and Africa. NMLS# 621784

Welcome Jeremy Bernal

Jeremy Bernal, Information Technology Speicalist I | SouthStar Bank Harker Heights Annex Welcome Jeremy Bernal! The SouthStar Bank IT Department is expanding with the addition of Jeremy Bernal as Information Technology Specialist I. Jeremy has worked in the Information Systems Industry since 1997 and will be located in the Harker Heights Annex. His favorite part of his job is being able to help and meet new people. Jeremy has many hobbies outside of work including going to the gym, Bible study, spending time with his family, and saltwater fishing. One of his biggest career achievements is being able to keep up with all of the changing technology since his start in the industry.

Employee Spotlight – Gary Mobbs

Gary Mobbs, Senior Vice President & Area Manager| SouthStar Bank Gonzales Branch Gary Mobbs has been an employee of SouthStar Bank for 15 years and has an additional seven years’ experience in the banking industry. Gary is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the Southwest Graduate School of Banking. One of his favorite things about his job is helping people with his problem-solving skills. He also enjoys educating people on finance and credit. One of Gary’s biggest career achievements was starting the SouthStar Bank Loan Production Office in Gonzales and helping expand it to a full-service branch. Gary enjoys being an active member of the Gonzales community and supporting the local youth. He currently serves as a board member for the Gonzales Area Development Corporation and the Gonzales Youth Center. He also serves as Region Director for the Texas High School Rodeo Association. When he is not working, Gary loves to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing, working cattle and horses, and teaching his kids about  animal husbandry. He one day hopes to visit Australia to see the countryside and a large ranching operation. Gary prides himself as being good with his hands and able to do multiple tasks around the farm and ranch. NMLS# 586586

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