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Congratulations Riley Martine! New Assistant Vice President

Riley Martine has been promoted to the role of Assistant Vice President at the SouthStar Bank Southwest Austin branch. She will continue in her role as Portfolio Manager and will also be taking on the official role of Executive Assistant to the Chief Lending Officer. Her initiative, positive attitude, and ability to multitask have given Riley a great reputation amongst her coworkers and clients. Riley is looking forward to continuing to assist in the management and growth of the bank’s portfolio. “I love learning and SouthStar never ceases to give me the opportunity to do so,” she says.

In her free time, Riley enjoys running, reading, and going to concerts. Her biggest personal achievement was when she completed the Austin Half Marathon in April 2021.

Congratulations Riley!

Employee Spotlight- Kristen Hendry

Kristen Hendry, TMLP Clerk | SouthStar Bank Calvert

Kristen Hendry has been a member of the SouthStar Bank team for about a year as a TMLP clerk in Calvert. In her role, Kristen is responsible for communicating with the other mortgage companies. She enjoys getting to know the people on the other end of the line and learning about the differences in economies. Her friendliness and professionalism have allowed Kristen to build lasting professional relationships that she is proud of. Although Kristen is new to the industry, she is proud of the professional growth and confidence that she has gained over the year. She constantly strives to learn something new and continue to grow in the TMLP department.

Outside of work, Kristen spends her time with her husband and their daughter, Hailyn. They enjoy fishing, playing outside, reading, painting, cooking, and taking care of the family chickens. A personal goal of Kristen’s is to one day plant and successfully grow her own garden to enjoy.

Employee Spotlight- Kimberly Watson

Kimberly Watson, Senior Vice President/Branch Executive | SouthStar Bank Southwest Austin

Kimberly Watson currently serves as Senior Vice President of Lending and Branch Executive at the SouthStar Bank Southwest Austin Branch, specializing in portfolio mortgage loans, lot loans, and construction lending. She’s worked for the bank for 9 years in various roles.  Her ability to build long-term relationships with her customers has led her to over 20 years of success in the banking industry. Helping clients put together a financial plan to build, buy or refinance their home is Kim’s favorite part of her lending job. She loves being the guide in her customer’s journey to the home of their dreams.

Kim enjoys being involved in the Dripping Springs community as an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. In May of 2022, Kim completed the Leadership Dripping Springs program which gives participants a deeper knowledge and understanding of community challenges and opportunities.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys spending her free time at home with her husband, daughter, and extended family. They also enjoy fishing, boating, and hot rodding with friends. One item on Kim’s bucket list is to enjoy a chartered trip on a yacht like her favorite tv show, Below Deck.

Kimberly Watson, NMLS# 794827

Congratulations Miguel De La Riva! New Branch Executive

Congratulations to Miguel De La Riva on his promotion to Branch Executive of the Harker Heights branch!

Miguel De La Riva was promoted to Branch Executive at the Harker Heights Branch. He joined SouthStar Bank at the beginning of 2022 with over 20 years of industry experience. In his long career, Miguel has funded everything from small business loans, home loans for first-time buyers, and multi-million-dollar commercial real estate transactions. In his new role, Miguel is excited to continue working with the team in Harker Heights, or as he calls them, the Harker Heights Heroes. He also enjoys serving his community and is looking forward to continuing to get to know the citizens of Harker Heights and the communities surrounding Ft. Hood.

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. Outside of work, Miguel enjoys spending his time in the great outdoors, enjoying various bodies of water with his wife and loyal dogs.

Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender | NMLS# 980470

Employee Spotlight- Kerri Gonzalez

Kerri Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager | SouthStar Bank Leander

Kerri Gonzalez is the leader of the SouthStar Bank Leander Operations team. She joined the bank as the Branch Manager in the Summer of 2022, bringing over 19 years of industry experience to the team. In her role, Kerri enjoys working with people, both customers and coworkers, to improve their quality of life. “Helping someone achieve their financial goals and seeing how that makes a difference in their situation is priceless,” she says. Kerri is also proud to be a leader and spokesperson for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is always striving to learn more about how to bring people together in understanding and knowledge, and in 2017 she achieved Platinum level in the Masters of Diversity Awareness program through Comerica Bank.

When Kerri isn’t working, she is spending time with her three kids at the pool, watching movies, and reading as many books as she can. Along with her other hobbies, Kerri also enjoys traveling anywhere with a beach. Her favorite travel destination is Destin, Florida, for its beauty and all of the happy memories that have been made by her family. She hopes to one day take her travels away from the coast and across the pond to Scotland, England, Austria, and Italy. Something that most people don’t know about Kerri is that she participated in and completed the California CrossFit Games in 2009 and 2010.

Employee Spotlight- Keely McCarthy

Keely McCarthy, Marketing Coordinator | SouthStar Bank Round Rock

Keely McCarthy is the Marketing Coordinator at SouthStar Bank. She started with the bank as a Marketing Intern in January 2020 and was promoted to her current position after her graduation from Sam Houston State University. Keely’s favorite aspect of her position is getting to work and interact with a variety of team members across the bank. She enjoys getting to continuously learn something new by assisting all of the bank departments. Her biggest career highlight was receiving the 2021 Rising Star Award, which is awarded to those who have been with the bank for less than two years and have exhibited exceptional growth and leadership.

Away from the bank, Keely enjoys reading, watching movies, and completing jigsaw puzzles. One of Keely’s passions is traveling, some of her favorite past travel destinations include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Boston, and La Jolla, California. While she has not taken her travels internationally yet, she hopes to one day add stamps from Canada, Ireland, and Europe to her passport. A fun fact about Keely is that her favorite way of touring a new city is via Segway, and she hopes to someday travel the United States via train. 

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