Congratulations South Central Region Top Lenders!

Region VI - South Central Region  - May 30, 2018

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Congratulations South Central Region Top Lenders of the Year

Six lenders were applauded for leading the delivery of critical small business funding in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Central Region, during the annual Mid America Lender's Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas April 15-17. In addition, each District Director in the Region recognized an Impact Lender of the Year, spotlighting their contributions to local lending.

“We are able to deliver on our agency promise to power American small businesses through the commitment and dedication of our lenders,” said Acting Regional Administrator Dottie Overal.  “By working together with our lenders in calendar year 2017, we approved more than $3.7 billion in funding to 6,955 small businesses which helped create over 34,000 jobs, and retain over 41,000 jobs in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas,” she said.  

The following lenders led the Region in the delivery of SBA lending programs for the rating period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017.  The lenders were rated based on the number of loans approved. The awards are presented by Overal:

Greg Clarkson, BBVA Compass Bank

Top Region VI National 7(a) Lender of the Year

BBVA Compass Bank, Alabama

Approved 966 loans for $183,276,600 in the Region

Accepting the award is Executive Vice President Greg Clarkson.

Top Region VI Small Bank 7(a) Lender of the Year

Wallis State Bank, Texas

Approved 77 loans for $64,234,000

Accepting the award is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Nasr Khan, center, and Chief Executive Officer Asif Dakri. 

Wallis State Bank - Nasr Khan, EVP/Chief Lending Officer and Asif Dakri, CEO
Carol Clayton, Senior Loan Closer, Spirit of Texas Bank.

Top Region VI Large Bank 7(a) Lender of the Year

Spirit of Texas Bank, Texas

Approved 140 loans for $53,710,600

Accepting the award is Senior Loan Closer Carol Clayton.

Region VI 504 Lender of the Year

Capital Certified Development Corporation, Texas

Approved 87 loans for $78,844,000

Accepting the award is Executive Director Thomas Braasch.

Thomas Braasch, Executive Director, Capital CDC
Rocio Vallejo, Director of Lending, Education & Training PeopleFund

Region VI Community Advantage Lender of the Year

PeopleFund, Texas

Approved 80 loans for $8,583,000

Accepting the award is Director of Lending, Education & Training Rocio Vallejo.

Region VI Microlender of the Year

LiftFund, Inc., Texas

Approved 246 loans for $3,524,654

Accepting the award is Vice President, North Texas Region, Isaac Elizondo.

Isaac Elizondo, VP North Texas Region LiftFund

* District Impact Lenders of the Year *

Arkansas District

First Service Bank

In less than three years, First Service Bank has made 25, 7(a) loans for more than $14.8 million. Although the bank had previous experience with FSA lending they had not been involved with SBA loan programs prior to 2016.  In 2017, First Service Bank of Greenbrier was approved as an Express Lender and in the first months of 2018 became a Preferred Lending Partner.

Dallas-Fort Worth District

Affiliated Bank

For the rating period, Affiliated Bank, a small institution, approved 16 loans for $15.1 million. This represents an increase of 203.1% and 128.5% respectively in dollars and units compared to the same period last year.  Affiliated Bank has a strong and longstanding commitment to the SBA lending program.

El Paso District

BBVA Compass Bank

BBVA Compass Bank approved 14 loans for $475,000 during the rating period.  BBVA continues to provide funding to very small businesses averaging $33,928 per loan.  BBVA has demonstrated consistency having loan approval averages over the last two years of $51,789 and $39,687.

Houston District


Liftfund has a major impact on the Houston District.  They are constantly holding outreach to educate existing and prospective small businesses, they are a top producer of smaller loans often passed over by other lenders, and they are a strong partner by their consistent presence at District lender matchmaking and other events.  In addition, Liftfund and Richard Gianni continue to have an impact by working with the State of Texas and the Susan and Michael Dell Foundation to help start the Rebuild Texas Fund, which makes 0% interest loans up to $25K available to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey.   

Louisiana District

Fidelity Bank 

Fidelity Bank takes advantage of the suite of SBA loan products in an effort to fit their customers with the product that best suits their capital needs.  Over the past few years, Fidelity Bank has gained a tremendous comfort with SBA lending and has established itself as the “go to” lender for SBA loans in south Louisiana. This community lender has made over 58 SBA loans totaling $13 million and is Louisiana’s top 7(a) lender.

Lower Rio Grande Valley District

Inter National Bank

During the rating period, Inter National Bank, because of their commitment to SBA loan programs, generated four loans for almost $2.6 million in the District, increasing the number of loans by 300%, and lending dollar value by 61% from last year during the same time period.  

Lubbock District

Lubbock National Bank

Lubbock National Bank (LNB) has been a faithful SBA Lender for nearly 30 years consistently serving the West Texas small business community and providing affiliate branch banking services throughout the state of Texas.   In calendar year 2017, LNB made 11, 7(a) loans within the 71 county West Texas District valued at $3.4 million.  This effort resulted in the creation and preservation of 126 jobs.  LNB is admirably a frequent user, and strong advocate of the 504 loan program.  

New Mexico District


WESST, a Women's Business Center and SBA Microlender is a statewide small business development and training organization committed to growing New Mexico's economy by cultivating entrepreneurship.  During the rating period, WESST assisted 62 businesses with Microloans totaling more than $726,000.  Using the SBA Microloan program, WESST was able to retain and/or create 400 jobs in New Mexico. 

Oklahoma District


For the rating period, BancFirst approved 117 loans for $42.7 million.  This represents 42% more loan approvals than the next largest lender in loan numbers, and 47% more in loan dollars, than the next top lender in the state.  BancFirst has held the position of Oklahoma District Top SBA Lender for more than 20 years, and they participate 100% in all District Lender/Borrower Matchmaking events. 

San Antonio District

Horizon Bank

For the rating, Horizon Bank increased their 7(a) loan dollar volume by 281% over the same period last year. The San Antonio District Office is proud to recognize Horizon Bank for such an accomplishment. 

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Arkansas Director Edward Haddock

Arkansas District

Edward Haddock, Director

Herbert Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth Director

Dallas-Fort Worth District

Herb Austin, Director

Phil Silva, El Paso Director

El Paso District

Phillip Silva, Director

Tim Jeffcoat, Houston Director

Houston District

Tim Jeffcoat, Director

Michael Ricks, Louisiana Director

Louisiana District

Mike Ricks, Director

Angela Burton, Lower Rio Grande Valley District Director

Lower Rio Grande Valley District

Angela Burton, Director

Calvin Davis, Lubbock-West Texas District

Lubbock-West Texas District

Calvin Davis, Director

John Garcia, New Mexico District Director

New Mexico District

John Garcia, Director

Dottie Overal, Oklahoma Director

Oklahoma District

Dottie Overal, Director

Anthony Ruiz, San Antonio District Director

San Antonio District

Anthony Ruiz, Director