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Monthly Archives: February 2022

Employee Spotlight- Clayton Swift

Clayton Swift, Junior Credit Analyst | SouthStar Bank Loan Administration Building Clayton Swift is a Junior Credit Analyst located out of the SouthStar Bank Loan Administration Building in Leander. Clayton joined the team during the height of the Paycheck Protection Program in May 2020 as a Lending Intern. After the completion of his internship, he was promoted to a full-time Personal Banker role in the Leander branch. He was eventually promoted to his current position, where he works on spreading financial statements and doing basic underwriting of loan packages. Clayton’s favorite thing about working in the banking industry is getting to work with and assist small businesses. “I am most proud of my time spent helping our various PPP customers through the process,” he says. “It helped grow my passion for helping the local businesses that make up our communities.” Outside of the bank, Clayton volunteers with the Austin Wildlife Rescue. The non-profit is committed to helping save orphaned and injured wildlife. They also work to educate the public on how to coexist with Central Texas wildlife. Clayton enjoys spending his free time with his fiancée, Brittney. Claytons’ hobbies include hiking, fishing, birding, and kayaking. A fan of travel, Clayton’s favorite place he has visited is Rocky Mountain National Park where he proposed.

Welcome Back Brianna Bracamontez

Brianna Bracamontez, Junior Credit Analyst | SouthStar Bank Loan Administration Building Welcome back Brianna Bracamontez! After working as a Banking Intern at the Georgetown location in the summer of 2021, Brianna is returning to SouthStar Bank as a Junior Credit Analyst based in the Leander Loan Administration Building. A recent graduate from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, she is looking forward to aiding in the continuous growth of the bank. Away from the bank, Brianna enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling, reading, and running.

Welcome Dawson Sulak

Dawson Sulak, Junior Credit Analyst | SouthStar Bank Loan Administration Building Dawson Sulak is joining the SouthStar Bank team as a Junior Credit Analyst. He will be based in the Loan Administration Building in Leander. Dawson is a graduate of Texas State University and is excited to bring his energy and hard work to the team. During his free time, Dawson likes to golf and travel. His favorite travel destination is Whistler Ski Resort in Whistler, British Columbia where he enjoys snowboarding. Welcome Dawson!

Employee Spotlight- Claudia Gonzales

Claudia Gonzales, Personal Banker | SouthStar Bank Kerrville Claudia Gonzales has been in the banking industry for the last four years. She currently serves as a Personal Banker, based in the SouthStar Bank Kerrville location. One of Claudia’s biggest professional accomplishments was when she won the 2021 Best Teller award in the Best of Kerrville awards. “I always try to leave my customers happy and super satisfied. Knowing that they have had that positive experience enough times to vote for me makes me proud,” she says. Helping her customers is one of Claudia’s favorite things about her job. Getting to listen to their unique stories and assist with their banking needs always makes Claudia’s day. In her time away from work, Claudia enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies. One of her favorite hobbies is catching up on the latest movies and television series. She particularly enjoys watching features that involve paranormal activity. If Claudia could meet one person dead or alive she would choose her favorite actor, Gary Oldman.

Congratulations Amanda Aaron! 2022 Emerging SBA Lender of the Year

Amanda Aaron has been named a 2022 Emerging SBA Lender of the Year by Coleman Publishing, which is a Nationally recognized publication of SBA information to small business bankers. Amanda joined SouthStar Bank in July 2019, bringing in over 15 years of financial experience to the team. Beginning her career in credit and quickly working her way up to a seasoned loan officer, Amanda expertly guides her clients through the entire lending process and makes them feel comfortable in what can seem a daunting endeavor. Amanda is levelheaded, compassionate, and practical when it comes to SBA lending. She takes the time to learn the client’s business and identify the best loan option for their financial needs. Keeping the borrower’s utmost success in mind, she quickly becomes a trusted advisor and partner. With small-town roots, Amanda is passionate about small business and its crucial effect on main street America. This passion drives her ongoing pursuit to be the subject matter expert for all things SBA, even in an ever-changing environment. This was especially crucial during the frenzy of PPP lending where Amanda remained up to date on the latest guidelines. As a valued member of the SouthStar Bank SBA Team, Amanda actively shares her knowledge with new and seasoned loan officers.  Amanda is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and the Central Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (CTAGGL). Coleman Publishing is the leading provider of information to small business bankers. They produce and distribute training courses, webinars, and newsletters to help assist small business bankers in their lending decisions. Every year Coleman Publishing hosts the SBA Lender Professional Awards to honor SBA lenders and their exceptional contributions to the SBA lending community. Congratulations Amanda! Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender | NMLS# 1819235

Welcome Miguel De La Riva

Miguel De La Riva, Vice President of Lending | SouthStar Bank Leander Miguel De La Riva is a Vice President of Lending serving both the communities of Leander and Harker Heights. With over 20 years of industry experience, Miguel has funded everything from small business loans, home loans for first-time buyers, and multi-million-dollar commercial real estate transactions. Most recently he led a team of lenders in originating international mortgages for United States citizens. He specializes in using his strong analytical and problem-solving skills to find solutions for complex loans. “ I always look forward to helping more people accomplish their goals and realize their dreams,” he says. “Helping the clients who were told ‘it cannot be done by everyone else is one of the best parts of my job.” Miguel is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and bilingual in Spanish. He enjoys serving his community and looks forward to getting involved with the local charities and organizations. Outside of work, Miguel enjoys spending his time in the great outdoors enjoying various bodies of water with his dogs and family. Welcome Miguel! NMLS# 980470

Employee Spotlight- Christine McGinnis

Christine McGinnis, Senior Mortgage Processor | SouthStar Bank Leander Christine McGinnis has worked in the banking and finance industry for over six years. With SouthStar Bank for the last year and a half, Christine quickly made an impact as a Senior Mortgage Processor. In her first full year with the bank, she was recognized by the executive team for her hard work and dedication and was awarded the Rising Star award for the support lending team. Christine’s favorite part about her job is building relationships with and helping customers through the loan process. In her community, Christine is a member of Bulverde United Methodist Church. When she is not at work, Christine enjoys walking, playing with her dog Milo, traveling, and spending time with her family. Christine’s favorite destination that she has traveled to are the four major Hawaiian islands. Each island’s uniqueness and beauty made the trip extra special. An interesting fact about Christine is that she loves riding roller coasters! A Harry Potter fan, her favorite rollercoaster is Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure at the Universal Studios Theme Parks in Orlando, Florida. NMLS# 2026848

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