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Congratulations Curtis Wren! New Executive Vice President

Congratulations to Curtis Wren on his promotion to Executive Vice President! Curtis has spent the last four decades in banking and finance. He has been with SouthStar Bank for the last eight years, where he has made a significant impact on the Bank’s loan approval process as a Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. In his role, Curtis is responsible for the Credit Administration Group and the administration and maintenance of the Bank’s Lending, Appraisal & Evaluation, and Environmental policies, and the adherence to them in analyzing, underwriting, and approving loans. Prior to his promotion, Curtis was awarded the 2021 President’s Award, which is given to the individual who has made the organization’s strongest contribution over the past year. As Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Curtis will continue to share his extensive knowledge and experience with the loan officers and credit analysts. “I don’t look at lending just from the viewpoint of the collateral and cash flow,” he says, “I look at lending in the context of the request and as making a smart investment in the people behind the request, and I will continue to share that philosophy.”  A proud member of the Georgetown community, Curtis is involved with several local organizations including Main Street Baptist Church, Ducks Unlimited, and the Coastal Conservation Association. He has also held leadership positions with the Georgetown Rotary Club where he was the Director and the Sargent-at-Arms. In his free time, Curtis enjoys barbecuing, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends, particularly his four grandchildren. Two of  his most significant personal accomplishments are his marriage to wife, Charis, for 38 ½ years and the wonderful family they have raised. A surprising pastime is that he enjoys making renovations to his 1890s home and yard. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender | NMLS# 680305

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

Congratulations Jeff Harris! New Branch Executive

Congratulations to Jeff Harris on his promotion to Branch Executive! Jeff Harris has been promoted to Branch Executive at our Kerrville Branch. In banking since 2017, Jeff specializes in mortgage and consumer lending. A proud US Marine Corps. Veteran, Jeff has a passion for helping his fellow Veterans and families obtain the ultimate goal of homeownership. The values instilled in the USMC have influenced Jeff’s passions, which include active involvement in his community and building strong, trust-based relationships. “I am committed to helping clients achieve their dreams of owning a home; whether they are a first-time homebuyer or a high-net-worth investor, they will experience the same level of professionalism and compassion.,” he says. While Jeff will be taking on a new role, he plans to remain active in his community. Currently, Jeff serves as President for The Rotary Club of Kerrville and sits on the board of The City of Kerrville Planning & Zoning Commission.  He is also the Vice President of the Hill Country Crisis Council, a Director for Together with Hill Country Veterans, and is currently enrolled in Leadership Kerr County Class 36. When he is not working, Jeff loves spending time with his wife Kristy, who is also a Veteran, attending Church, going salt-water fishing, attending symphony concerts, sporting events, and playing golf. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender | NMLS# 1678994

Congratulations Amber Gallagher! New CRE Draw Manager

Congratulations to Amber Gallagher on her promotion to CRE Draw Manager! Amber Gallagher was promoted to CRE Draw Manager of the SouthStar Bank Commercial Real Estate Department. In the industry for over 15 years, Amber started as a Personal Banker. Since her transition to lending, she has been instrumental in the closing and servicing of some of the most complex and high-dollar transactions in SouthStar Banks’s portfolio. Amber enjoys working closely with clients on their loan needs and assisting loan officers in carrying out smooth transactions. Her expertise and attention to detail are just two of the many reasons she has been chosen to take over as CRE Draw Manager. She will continue in her role as Vice President and Commercial Loan Closing Coordinator handling a broad range of business, from agriculture and commercial loans to mortgage financing. Amber and her husband enjoy spending time with their kids and watching them grow in their college education pursuit and new adventures. During her time away from the office, Amber and her family enjoy spending time outside on different lakes boating and surfing. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender | NMLS# 1691626

Congratulations Larry Weisinger! New Branch Executive

Congratulations to Larry Weisinger on his promotion to Branch Executive! Larry D. Weisinger was promoted to Branch Executive of the SouthStar Bank Bee Cave Branch. With nearly two decades in the commercial and residential banking sector, Weisinger provides vast expertise to the local community. A graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas, he quickly excelled with a passion for consulting clients in reaching their financial goals. Weisinger has developed a proven strategy for success, built on traditional customer service and a unique understanding of the mortgage loan process and local market. He has shown strong leadership and performance in his role as Senior Vice President of Lending and will be an asset in guiding the team at the Bee Cave location. Weisinger will continue to specialize in mortgage loans, including traditional home loans, bank-held portfolio loans, and construction financing. A native Texan, Larry enjoys spending time in the great outdoors hunting and fishing. A 20-year resident of Lake Travis, Larry has been married to his wife Tracie for 29 years. They raised two children in the LT school district, both excelled academically and athletically. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender | NMLS# 299096

Congratulations Claudia Gonzales! 2021 Best Teller

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! 2021 Best Mortgage Lender Runner-Up

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

SouthStar Bank Kerrville Ribbon Cutting

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.

SouthStar Bank Acquires Community First National Bank, Kerrville Branch

It’s Official: SouthStar Bank Joins the Kerrville Community MOULTON, TX, August 27, 2021 – SouthStar Bank has purchased the Kerrville branch of Community First National Bank with the full approval of the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The branch, located at 1101 Junction Highway in Kerrville, TX, will be open for business as a SouthStar Bank branch on Monday, August 30th.  The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting celebration on September 24th at 3:30 PM. BBQ will be served and there will be live music from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The event is free, family-friendly, and open to all. SouthStar Bank has been a fixture in Texas banking since 1920. It’s headquartered in Moulton, TX and now has 16 locations throughout Central Texas (including the new Kerrville branch).  According to SouthStar Bank President & CEO David Kapavik, the sale represented a strategic initiative for both organizations. “The Kerrville branch is a perfect fit. Community First National Bank built a strong reputation for local, friendly service. These values are in line with SouthStar Bank’s mission to provide friendly, flexible, common-sense financial solutions—Texas style! Their values are aligned with ours as a true community bank. We are excited to grow the Bank’s footprint into the Hill Country area.” SouthStar Bank retained the Community First National Bank Kerrville team at the branch, including Brittany Selement (Personal Banker), Claudia Gonzales (Personal Banker), Jeffery Harris (Vice President of Lending), Donny Lehmann (Vice President of Lending), Kent McKinney (Business Development Advisor), Kyla Gesell (AVP/Branch Manager), Meghan Jackson (Personal Banker), Sche Kehner (Personal Banker), Shelby Mossman (Loan Assistant), and Sherri Steadham (Loan Assistant).  When speaking of the Kerrville team, Kapavik said: “The local team is strong, helping to make the transition as seamless as possible both internally and for the new clients we are bringing into the SouthStar Bank family.” Kent McKinney, Business Development Advisor and former Community First National Bank Senior VP feels the team will be in great hands. “During the transition, I have had the opportunity to meet many of the SouthStar Bank people, from owners, to managers, to staff members at several levels. Without exception they are some of the nicest, most pleasant, most dedicated individuals you could hope to meet. There will always be some changes resulting from this kind of transition, but what you won’t see is a decrease in friendly, efficient customer service.” McKinney notes that the staff has been looking forward to the change, and praises SouthStar Bank for the investments they’ve made in local nonprofit organizations. “SouthStar Bank looks forward to a long-term presence,” adds Kapavik. “Extending our 100-year history of helping local residents reach their financial goals.” For more information, visit  * * * ABOUT SOUTHSTAR BANK SouthStar Bank, S.S.B., specializes in residential mortgage, real estate, and construction lending, operating 16 full-service branches across the Central Texas region. Established in 1920, the bank continues to focus on community involvement and personal relationships. […]

Congratulations Amber Minnick! New Portfolio Manager II

Congratulations to Amber Minnick on her promotion to Portfolio Manager II! Amber Minnick has been promoted to Portfolio Manager II for our Specialty CRE Team. She joined SouthStar Bank in 2020 and made an immediate impact on the team, closing over 180-unit loans and reorganizing the Homebuilder Finance department. Amber will continue to manage the builder lines of credit and oversee the procedures and processes for HBF. She will also manage the closings for lot development loans, review the quarterly loan covenants, and complete quarterly market analyses for the portfolio. Amber is the most excited to develop a deeper understanding of the acquisition and development process of Homebuilder markets in her new role. Amber enjoys spending her free time with her boyfriend and their families. Some of their favorite activities include boating on Lake Travis, taking road trips, and visiting local Hill Country wineries, breweries, and distilleries. NMLS # 2026848

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