Congratulations Claudia Gonzales! Claudia was named the winner of the Best Teller category in the 2021 Kerr County Readers Choice awards. She is located at the SouthStar Bank Kerrville branch and has been with the bank for the last four years. Since starting her career in banking, Claudia has strived to always provide her customers with top notch service. Hoping to move up in the banking industry, Claudia enjoys learning about all aspects of banking including lending and new accounts. In her new role as a Personal Banker, she is excited to be able to assist her customers further with their banking needs.
Congratulations Jeff Harris! Jeff was named runner-up in the Best Mortgage Lender category for the 2021 Kerr County Readers Choice Awards. He is a Vice President of Lending at the SouthStar Bank Kerrville location. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Jeff prides himself on his commitment to his customers, community, and country. All of his clients are treated with professionalism and compassion as they achieve their dreams of homeownership, whether they are first-time home buyers, someone moving to the community, or a second homeowner. NMLS# 1678994
A recap of the Kerrville Ribbon Cutting SouthStar Bank celebrated its newest full-service branch, located at 1101 Junction Hwy, on September 24. Following the branch ribbon cutting conducted by the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, guests enjoyed barbeque and live music by Max Flinn. SouthStar Bank specializes in residential mortgage, real estate and construction lending, now operating 16 full-service branches across Central Texas. The team includes Kent McKinney, Business Development Advisor, Jeff Harris, Vice President of Lending, Donny Lehmann, Vice President of Lending, Kyla Gesell, Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager, Shelby Mossman, Loan Assistant, Sherri Steadham, Loan Assistant, Meghan Jackson, Personal Banker, Sche Kehner, Personal Banker, Claudia Gonzales, Personal Banker, Brittany Selement, Personal Banker. Combined they offer an impressive 89 years of experience in the financial industry. All are deeply invested in the Kerrville community, serving as leaders in local organizations such as Rotary Club of Kerrville, Hill Country Crisis Council, and Together with Hill Country Veterans. “I cannot tell you how excited I am to be part of the SouthStar Family,” said Jeff Harris. “This is a wonderful change for not only the staff, all of which are still with us, but for our community! The involvement, of a true community bank, that I have witnessed thus far is amazing and is only going to continue to grow in our home town of Kerrville and surrounding areas. The banking family that we have now is just that…family. It’s nice to be part of an organization that is like family — one that shows they truly care for not only their employees but their customers as well.” SouthStar Bank was honored to have the Schindler family and other shareholders join the celebration. The Raymond G. Schindler family of Houston, TX purchased controlling interest in the Bank in 1981 through its holding company, Southern Bancshares, Inc. Operations under the current name, SouthStar Bank, S.S.B., began on January 1, 2015 following the merger of Lone Star, First Star and Texas Star banks with David R. Kapavik being named President and CEO after previously serving as President of Lone Star Bank. The name SouthStar Bank was ultimately selected for its strong reference to the bank’s deep southern heritage, warm hospitality, and recognition as a bright star in the communities it serves. “I appreciate the warm welcome from everyone in Kerrville. Community is a huge part of our organization, and I can tell from those I’ve met that there’s a strong spirit. Our focus is always to provide friendly, flexible financial services where we live and work, and I’m looking forward to bringing that Texas Style of banking to the Hill Country region,” said David Kapavik, President and CEO at SouthStar Bank.