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Employee News

Welcome Jorden Caudle

Jorden Caudle, Credit Analyst | SouthStar Bank Leander Annex Jorden Caudle has joined the SouthStar Bank family as a Credit Analyst. Jorden received her degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has one year of experience in the banking industry. Jorden is looking forward to learning and growing in her position with SouthStar Bank and hopes to contribute to the growth of the credit department. Outside of the office, Jorden enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing volleyball, and visiting the lake in the summer months.

Welcome Brittany Mantey

Brittany Mantey, AVP & Branch Manager | SouthStar Bank Round Rock Brittany Mantey has joined the SouthStar Bank Round Rock branch as an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. Brittany brings with her 12 years of experience in the banking industry, including a decade at her previous financial institution, where she worked her way up from her original teller role to her final position of Branch Manager. Her previous experience at a small-town community bank taught her the value of building lifelong relationships with her customers. Brittany is excited to join the SouthStar Bank family and looks forward to building relationships within the community and bank-wide. Outside of the office, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family, competing in BBQ cookoffs, and traveling, with their favorite destination being Destin, Florida. She spends much of her time with her children, accompanying them to sporting events and even coaching their softball team.

Welcome Hayley Harris

Hayley Harris, Personal Banker | SouthStar Bank Franklin Hayley Harris has joined the SouthStar Bank Franklin team as a Personal Banker. Hayley is new to the banking industry and, being a hometown Franklin girl, is excited to bring excellent customer service to the community she has grown up in and help all the familiar and new faces around town! Outside the office, Hayley enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite travel destination is Florida. A fun fact about Hayley is that gift-giving is one of her many hidden talents. She loves putting lots of time and thought into finding the perfect gift to make people feel special and appreciated.

Congratulations Trip Ray! New Chief Credit Officer

Trip Ray has been promoted to the position of Chief Credit Officer. He has been with SouthStar Bank since 2016 and has served as the bank’s Chief Risk Officer since 2020. In his time with the bank, Trip has made tremendous contributions, including creating an Enterprise Risk Committee and actively working to build risk assessments across all departments of the bank, ensuring top quality and safety for our customers. Trip naturally gravitated toward the lending side of the institution in his role as Chief Risk Officer, making him an ideal fit for the Chief Credit Officer position. In his new role, Trip will be responsible for providing support, direction and developing credit information and loan policies to ensure the overall quality of the bank’s lending portfolio. He will oversee the Underwriting and Credit Administration Department and continue to work with the Audit Committee as well as internal and external loan review teams. When Trip is out of the office, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing golf, and spending time outdoors. Congratulations Trip!

Welcome Jason Herbert

Jason Herbert, Vice President of Lending & Branch Executive | SouthStar Bank Leander Jason Herbert joins the SouthStar Bank Leander branch as a Vice President of Lending and the Branch Executive. He is an alumnus of California State University San Marcos and brings over 20 years of experience in the banking industry with a focus on Residential Lending. In his position, Jason is looking forward to assisting clients with personal mortgage loans and expanding into the realms of commercial and construction lending. In his career, Jason is proud of his ability to help families become homeowners, particularly when they were told they could not do so. One of Jason’s crowning achievements across his career is the 600+ families and the 75+ active and retired military families he has assisted in their journeys to homeownership. He is a father of two and a member of the Leander Dad’s Group. He spends much of his time attending the various sports his children are involved in, including soccer, gymnastics, dance, and Ninja Warrior. When Jason can get some time to himself, he enjoys going to the golf course to unwind. NMLS#633039

Welcome Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor, Personal Banker | SouthStar Bank Leander Emma Taylor has joined the SouthStar Bank Leander team as a Personal Banker. Emma has one year of experience in the banking industry. The one thing she is most excited about bringing into her new role is her customer service skills, positive attitude, and dedication. In her free time, Emma enjoys writing and spending time with her dog. Welcome Emma!

Welcome Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, Vice President of Lending/Community Manager | SouthStar Bank Ivan Garcia joins SouthStar Bank as a Vice President of Lending and Community Manager. Ivan brings 14 years of experience in the lending industry and will be focused on expanding SouthStar Bank’s presence along the IH-35 corridor. Ivan prides himself on being able to provide opportunities for home ownership in historically underserved communities. Ivan covets the personal connection and relationship-building aspects of the lending process, striving to develop trust between lender and customer and navigating first-time home buyers through the sometimes complex mortgage process Ivan is also fluent in Spanish and is heavily involved with the Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). One of his most significant professional achievements was when he was named one of the NAHREP Top 100 Regional Loan Officers in 2021. Outside of the office, Ivan enjoys spending time with his family, who began fostering children four years ago.

Welcome Rubi Perkins

Rubi Perkins, Personal Banker | SouthStar Bank Hearne Rubi Perkins has joined the SouthStar Bank Hearne team as a Personal Banker. She is most excited to bring her stellar customer service skills to her new role. In her free time, Rubi enjoys painting and traveling. Her favorite place she has traveled to is Niagara Falls.  Welcome Rubi!

Congratulations Stephanie Weaver! New Branch Manager

Stephanie Weaver has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at the SouthStar Bank Georgetown branch. Prior to her promotion, Stephanie was a Personal Banker at the Georgetown location. During this time, she was responsible for opening new accounts, running transactions, and verifying customer information. In her new position, Stephanie will be responsible for growing new and existing relationships between the bank and its customers. She is most excited about speaking with her customers to learn how her team can better serve them. Another aspect that Stephanie is excited about is taking over the training of new employees in preparation for their next steps within the banking and finance industry. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies, bowling, and traveling to San Antonio to visit her younger sibling.

Welcome Ibrahim Madni

Ibrahim Madni, Personal Banker | SouthStar Bank Steiner Ranch Ibrahim Madni has joined the SouthStar Bank Steiner Ranch team as a Personal Banker. Ibrahim has two years of customer service experience. The one thing he is most excited about bringing into his new role is his communication and customer service skills. In his free time, Ibrahim enjoys listening to podcasts and reading books. Welcome Ibrahim!

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