Category Archives: New Hires

Junior Roman Joins Bank of Tucson

Junior Roman CroppedWe’re pleased to announce that Junior Roman has joined Bank of Tucson as Vice President and Relationship Manager. This former Chicago White Sox professional minor league player is batting for our team, now!

Junior comes to us by way of Bank of America, where he served as Financial Center Manager, and Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union before that. In total, he has 13 years of banking experience.

Junior, who has risen quickly through the ranks during his banking career, attributes his success to going the extra mile to support his clients.

“I really care about all of them,” he says. “They see me as an advisor and become confident taking my advice.”

In fact, it was Junior’s close business relationships with his clients that led him to Bank of Tucson. After he heard about our bank and culture, and even lost some deals to us, he says he jumped at the opportunity to join us when a position opened up.

In addition to his work with Bank of Tucson, Junior is pursuing a degree in business management and finance with an eye toward further developing a long-term career in banking and helping Bank of Tucson grow.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Junior says his minor league baseball experience allowed him to learn about American culture. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Junior learned about differences with food, language, social habits and more.

Since moving to Arizona, he has always been eager to engage with his Tucson community, He has volunteered with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Pima Probation Partnership, the Eric Hyde foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson and Youth on Their Own.

As for his hobbies, it’s no surprise that he counts baseball among them. Two of his three sons play baseball, Junior coaches a Little League team and he’s a volunteer for professional baseball clinic for kids of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

We’re excited to have such a well-rounded, dedicated professional joining our team. Welcome, Junior.

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Lilly Pulido Joins the Team at Bank of Tucson

Lilly PulidoWe’re excited to have added Tucson banking professional Liliana (Lilly) Pulido to our team as a client service specialist.

Lilly has 12 years of management experience and has proven herself a consummate people person. She’s fluent in both English and Spanish, so she can help our customers find creative banking solutions in both languages!

“I think the thing that has stood out the most since joining Bank of Tucson is how genuine everyone is about wanting to help,” she said. “The first week I arrived, our president, Mike Hannley, personally welcomed me and wanted to get to know me. Everyone else was like that too, and I didn’t even feel nervous about joining the lunch room my first day.”

Lilly says that she’s seen that same dynamic between Bank of Tucson’s employees and clients.

“The customer is our number one priority. No one has to wait to be served, and we even have a receptionist who makes sure everyone who calls gets to speak with a person…and never to a computer.”

Lilly says she’s looking forward to growing with the bank and getting to know the clients.

“It amazes me to see all the businesses that bank with us,” she said. “I recognize our customers all over town.”

Having lived in Tucson since 1989, Lilly understands the importance for a business to maintain a reputation of trustworthiness and superior service.

“I interviewed at several banks, and all my other interviewers told me that Bank of Tucson is their main competition,” she said. “I can already see why.”

When she’s not working, you might see Lilly at the gym, a concert or a museum. She loves to visit the Children’s Museum with her niece and nephew and was excited to learn that the museum banks with Bank of Tucson. She’s also an animal lover and has rescued four dogs from the streets.

“I love helping, and even if I don’t have the means, I’ll find a way to make a difference,” she said.

We think that she is a great fit for Bank of Tucson and our clients. Welcome, Lilly.

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Erika Lee Joins Bank of Tucson

Lee Erika CroppedAs our new Executive Assistant, Erika Lee will have a key role in interacting with our clients and our staff, as well as providing our ever-busy President, Mike Hannley, with the support he needs to make sure Tucson businesses have the banking services and counsel they need to thrive and grow.

Erika came to us from COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services, where she interacted with policyholders and agents and acted as a liaison between the agents and their office network, as well as providing general support. She’s fluent in English and Spanish, and she is a self-described people person.

“I really enjoy interacting with people,” she said. “I can be very social, but I’m also very observant.”

One thing Erika’s noticed since she started working at Bank of Tucson is the high level of customer service and positive energy that “stands out in my work history.” She’s already been quick to hit her stride at Bank of Tucson, saying, “They welcomed me so quickly that I feel like I’ve been here for years.”

Erika has expanded her community involvement through her work as a board member with Cascade Foundation of Southern Arizona, with a mission that is focused on providing a local support system for the bleeding disorder community in Southern Arizona. While she has volunteered in the past with Susan G. Komen and the American Diabetes Foundation, Cascade is her first experience serving on a board.

“When I began volunteering with the Cascade Foundation board, I was intrigued by how they give back – not just to a great cause, but also to one that’s exclusively focused on Southern Arizona. Through my board service, I’ve learned so much about hemophilia and the need to help people who have to deal with this genetic bleeding disorder.”

Erika encourages anyone who may want to volunteer with Cascade Foundation to contact the organization or even serve on its board. “This board is a great group of dynamic people, and we’re always looking for Tucsonans who want to make a difference in our community,” she said.

When she’s not working or helping charitable organizations, Erika likes to seize any opportunity to spend time with her family, including her teenage daughter, who has a talent for softball. “I’m at the ballpark most weekends, rooting her on,” she said.

Erika has her own fans here at Bank of Tucson. We’re excited to have her on our team, and we hope you have the chance to meet her.

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Welcome, Christina Lynn!

christina-lynnWe’d like to extend a big welcome to Christina Lynn, who has joined Bank of Tucson as a financial service representative.

Christina has had her eye on our bank for a while now. She heard great things about working here from a friend and former co-worker, so when she saw an opening posted, she wasted no time in submitting her qualifications.

Christina’s past experience working as an assistant branch manager for a credit union gives her a great foundation for helping Bank of Tucson clients open new accounts. At the credit union, Christina focused mostly on opening personal bank accounts, so she’s enjoying shifting her focus to business accounts now.

Christina is a Tucson native and a graduate of Rincon High School (go Rangers!), and she has supported our community by volunteering with several local nonprofits, including Children’s Miracle Network, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

She loves to camp and fish with her husband and two teenage children, and she enjoys crocheting when she can carve out some time for herself.

We hope you get the chance to meet Christina and find out for yourself why she is a great addition to our team.

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Roger M. Laverty Named President of Grandpoint Bank

grandpoint_rocky_laverty_993_cropPlease join us in welcoming the new president of Grandpoint Bank, (of which Bank of Tucson is a division) Roger M. “Rocky” Laverty. Rocky, a member of the Bank’s board of directors since its inception in 2010, has a distinguished business career, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmer Bros. Co. He is also the former President and CEO of Smart & Final, Inc. and Diedrich Coffee, Inc., and he was a founding member and Chairman and CEO of Prime Advantage, Inc.

“Rocky is a remarkable businessman, and we are fortunate to have his leadership in guiding our bank’s growth across all of our markets,” says Don M. Griffith, Chairman and CEO of Grandpoint Capital, Inc., and Grandpoint Bank. “I’ve known Rocky for years, and his business acumen, his ability to identify and cultivate strategic growth opportunities and his track record of building successful businesses will be a tremendous benefit to Grandpoint.”

Rocky will remain on the bank’s board of directors.

“I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the bank’s growth as a member of the board,” says Rocky. “It is now exciting to be on the frontlines, working with an exceptionally talented group of regional executives and their teams. I’m looking forward to contributing the experience I’ve garnered over the course of my career to support the bank’s internal growth and develop new product strategies.”

Rocky is a member of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Bureauscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am and for the Jean Perkins Scholarship Foundation,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am which provides college scholarships to children of LA County Sheriff Deputies. He also serves on the board of the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am which provides ocean therapy to wounded warriors and veterans as well as at-risk youth.

Rocky attended Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

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Carmen Malsbury Joins Bank of Tucson

Carmen 6-16We’re happy to introduce you to our new team member, Carmen Malsbury. She joins us as an underwriter, with a career full of experience, and we are lucky to have found her. Through her diverse experience in banking, she understands the loan approval process very well, and the importance of taking into account a variety of factors beyond just numbers when evaluating loan applications.

Carmen was born and raised in Montana. After graduating from Montana State University, she taught first grade for three years and then decided to become a banker, following in her father’s footsteps. She started her career with First Bank Systems in Billings, Montana, where she worked as a commercial teller, consumer lender, commercial lender and credit administrator until moving to Seattle, Washington, with her husband. Her banking career in Seattle was also varied, including roles as a commercial lender and starting two new banks as the chief credit officer.

In 2014, she and her husband began to discuss retirement and where they would live. After a few trips to Tucson, they made the decision to sell their home and move south. The transition took over a year, with vacations spent working on their new house in Tucson. After finally making the move, Carmen decided that she wasn’t really ready to retire.

“I really didn’t know what to do with my time after I retired,” said Carmen. “I enjoyed setting up our new house and doing some hiking, but I wanted more of a purpose.”

She applied at Bank of Tucson, and the rest is history. She has her sense of purpose back and is enjoying getting to know her coworkers and the Bank of Tucson clients.

“I love the customer base at Bank of Tucson. When you work with small businesses, you have a chance to know the owners and to get to know more about their companies.”

Outside of work, Carmen and her husband enjoy spending time with their grandkids (even though they currently live in London), hiking, playing golf and wine tasting.

“Coming from Seattle, I’m especially enjoying the warmth and sunshine,” she said, “as well as how welcoming everyone at Bank has Tucson has been.”

Providing the right team of experts to help our clients succeed is very important to us, so we’re pleased to add Carmen to our team.

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