Solera National Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: SLRK), the holding company for Solera National Bank, today announced that Lindsay Sandham has joined its executive management team as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. Sandham will be replacing Larry Heesch who will be retiring at the end of the month.
“As we wish Larry a long and happy retirement, we are excited to welcome Lindsay to our executive team,” said Douglas Crichfield, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Lindsay’s valuable perspective on credit analysis and risk management developed over the course of 22 years in the banking industry makes him a strong fit for Solera National Bank.”
Among his many credentials, Mr. Sandham is past President of the local chapter of the Risk Management Association, a widely recognized and long-time national professional trade organization for bank credit officers. A veteran of the banking industry, he has extensive experience across a broad range of risk management and lending activities with some very notable financial institutions including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Royal Bank of Canada. In his most recent position as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Native American Bank, Sandham created and administered the bank’s loan policies and procedures while overseeing the bank’s credit risk and exposure. Prior to joining Native American, Mr. Sandham was Chief Credit Officer at Federal Trust Bank, and held senior level positions at Seacoast National Bank and SunTrust Bank.
“Throughout my career, I have worked at a wide variety of banks and I understand the importance of establishing internal loan controls and managing a bank’s loan portfolio,” said Mr. Sandham. “I see that commitment to risk management and solid asset quality at Solera National Bank, and I’m excited to be joining such an innovative company and seasoned leadership team.”
Solera’s total assets were $154.7 million at September 30, 2012. Solera recently reported net income of $168,000, or $0.07 per share, in the first nine months of 2012, compared to $76,000, or $0.03 per share in the like period a year ago. In the second quarter of 2012, Solera National Bank was recognized as the “Diversity Corporation of the Year” by ColoradoBiz magazine, for their focus and service to the diverse business community in Denver.
Lindsay was born in London, England and immigrated to Canada with his parents at a young age. He did his schooling in Montreal before moving to the Toronto area for university and the start of his banking career. He relocated to the United States in 2003 to continue his career. He met his wife Lori in 2005, and while vacationing in Colorado in early 2008, they decided they wanted to make Colorado their home.
About Solera National Bancorp, Inc.
Solera National Bancorp, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 to organize and serve as the holding company for Solera National Bank which opened for business on September 10, 2007. Solera National Bank is a traditional, community, commercial bank with a specialized focus serving the Hispanic market. It prides itself in delivering personalized customer service — welcoming, inclusive and respectful — combined with leading-edge banking capabilities. The Bank is also actively involved in the community in which it serves. For more information, visit http://www.solerabank.com.
Douglas Crichfield, President & CEO
Robert J. Fenton, EVP & CFO
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