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Monthly Archives: January 2023

Employee Spotlight- Meghan Rabel

Meghan Rabel, Personal Banker | SouthStar Bank Kerrville Meghan Rabel is a Personal Banker at the SouthStar Bank Kerrville branch. She has been with SouthStar since the acquisition of the Kerrville branch and holds over a decade of experience in the finance industry. Meghan greatly enjoys building relationships with her customers. She strives to form trust and familiarity to provide the best banking experience possible. Off the clock, she is a busy mother of two boys and many cats and dogs. However, when she can get a moment to herself, she enjoys doing puzzles or catching a movie (preferably a chick flick). Meghan also loves the outdoors and has a great appreciation for nature. Her favorite destination is the mountains in Wyoming, and she dreams of seeing the Northern Lights one day.

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Customer Spotlight – Cockrum Custom Homes

Cockrum Custom Homes is locally owned and operated by Bradley and Marian Cockrum. Established nearly three decades ago, the Cockrums are intimately familiar with Williamson County market, witnessing significant growth in Georgetown and its surrounding communities.   Bradley was keenly interested in home building from an early age. Helping frame homes with his grandfather who was a German carpenter, Bradley began his home building career at the age of 16. He has passed on his passion for craftmanship to his entire family that now works by his side. His son, Garrett Cockrum, working as superintendent and project manager at Cockrum Custom Homes, and daughter, Amber Cockrum, who manages the most recent expansion of their business, Cockrum Commercial. His eldest daughter, Haley Waggoner, a licensed residential real estate agent with Keller Williams, manages the real estate transactions.    Cockrum Custom Homes remains a niche business dedicated to quality custom homes. A full-service, residential custom home builder, the team specializes in 1+ acre homesites in Williamson County. Clients appreciate their attention to detail and personal approach to home building.  Bradley values personal relationships and local expertise, and so found SouthStar Bank to be a fit for his financial needs. SouthStar Bank is able to provide a full relationship including commercial accounts as well as lending services for spec homes. From the personal attention by Stephanie Weaver, Branch Manager, in retail and commercial banking to knowledgeable insights from lender, Jesica Garza. “Their professionalism and service can’t be beat,” says Bradley.  Ready to build your custom home with Cockrum Construction? SouthStar Bank provides financing for lot purchase and construction with one-time-close. If your dream home is on acreage or otherwise unique, look to Jesica Garza and the team of expert lenders who specialize in flexible, common-sense financial solutions to meet your needs.  CONTACTS  Cockrum Custom Homes  200 Sedro Trail  |  Georgetown, TX 78633 sales@cockrumhomes.com  512.930.1130  SouthStar Bank  4535 Williams Dr.  |  Georgetown, TX 78633 512.688.5093  Jesica Garza, Vice President & Branch Executive | NMLS# 1508061 jesica.garza@southstarbank.com | m: 512.966.7342  Stephanie Weaver Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager stephanie.weaver@southstarbank.com  |  m: 512.217.7605 

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Customer Spotlight – Jonathan Twaddle

Jonathan Twaddle Homeowner After months of searching for a lender who would finance a self-employed, 27-year old first-time homebuyer, I was on the verge of giving up. After many exhausting ‘NO’s’, an associate recommended I visit with SouthStar Bank. I was immediately impressed with their ability to look beyond the standard paperwork and consider the individual behind the application. Other lenders said ‘you don’t quite fit the box and should start small’. The team at SouthStar Bank assured me that because they set their own lending criteria, the jumbo loan I needed was quite workable. We’ve enjoyed our new home for several months now! If you’ve been turned down because a banker doesn’t ‘get’ your vision, give SouthStar Bank a call!

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Customer Spotlight – Daniel and Christie Dance

Daniel and Christie Dance Almighty Rentals Our support network advised us to ditch the big bank and partner with a regional institution that remembers names, recognizes potential and has the resources to support growth. SouthStar Bank embodies these characteristics. They took the time to understand our goals and offered invaluable perspective. We value our relationship.

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Customer Spotlight – Rudy and Ramiro Yepez

Rudy and Ramiro Yepez After years of dealing with faceless people and bureaucratic attitudes we were looking for a bank with a personal interest in our financial matters. SouthStar Bank’s professional approach and personal touch really makes the difference. They took the time to understand our banking needs and provided working capital for our student housing project.

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Customer Spotlight – Joel Walker

Joel Walker This was my first SBA loan and the team at SouthStar Bank help me understand the process and work through my to-do list. I heard stories about the SBA, but the experienced professionals at SouthStar Bank submitted a thorough application and our loan was approved soon after. I’ll be opening another store soon and will definitely use SouthStar Bank again.

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Customer Spotlight – Gary and Janie Gray

Gary and Janie Gray When we decided to build our ranch home and needed funding we knew we wanted to deal with Norman Koch at First Star Bank, which is now known as SouthStar Bank. We knew from the many years of previous bank/business dealings that he could be trusted. He reassured us he could make the deal happen. He put us in touch with Joe Scarpinato at the Hearne branch assuring us we would like working with him and have no problems. We are happy to say Norman was right. Joe and Norman worked together and made what can be a tedious process go very smoothly and kept us in the loop on progress. It was a happy day for us when we were able to begin building. Thanks to Joe and Norman for making this such a smooth transaction.

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Customer Spotlight – David Archibald

David Archibald Owner, Mudd Creek Country Store and Chop House Mudd Creek Country Store was established in 2014 to provide Franklin, TX area residents and travelers with food, drinks, fuel and a friendly place to drop in for a visit. The bankers at SouthStar understood our vision and recognized the project’s incredible potential. Together, we worked through the details and SouthStar financed the project. SouthStar lived up to their reputation as flexible, common-sense bankers. Our Mudd Creek Chop House and Chicken Express restaurants have been particularly well received by the community. Come in and have a taste! We look forward to a long, prosperous relationship with our community and SouthStar Bank.

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Customer Spotlight – Karl Haussmann

Karl Haussmann Realtor / Developer, NW Austin Office Warehouse Complex SouthStar has been an incredibly vital asset and a loyal partner for many years now. As our project continues to grow and change ─ adding phases to meet market demand and increase profitability ─ they have been unwavering in their willingness to fund land acquisition, site development, and vertical construction. We are grateful to have such a strong personal banking relationship within our community.

Congratulations Gillian Bowman!

Congratulations, Gillian Bowman! SouthStar Bank would like to recognize Gillian Bowman for completing the process to become a Certified Fraud Examiner! The process included four separate exams, which covered the topics of Financial Transactions and Fraud Schemes, Law, Investigation, and Fraud Prevention and Deterrence. Gillian joined the Audit department for SouthStar Bank in April 2022. During her short time with the bank, she has already made a huge impact and was awarded the 2022 Rising Star award for Support Operations. As a valued member of the team, SouthStar Bank is looking forward to Gillians’ continued success with the company.

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