Celtic Bank Blog

JUN
30

Michael Johnson Joins Celtic Bank's SBA Lending Team

Michael Johnson Joins Celtic Bank's SBA Lending Team
Salt Lake City, UT (June 30, 2015) — Celtic Bank is pleased to announce that Michael A. Johnson has been hired as Vice President of Business Development in the bank’s SBA and Commercial Lending Department.  Johnson will be based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Johnson joins Celtic Bank with more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Johnson began his career as a consultant for a mortgage banking and real estate company in New York.  Most recently, Johnson worked as an independent commercial loan broker originating SBA 7(a) and 504 loans for small business owners throughout the country.  “Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with Celtic Bank on numerous occasions.  I have always been impressed with the Bank’s operational structure and levelheaded approach to underwriting.” said Johnson.  “I am thrilled that Michael has joined our nationwide SBA lending team,” said Christy Lester, Senior Vice President of SBA Lending at Celtic Bank.  “Michael’s financial services background and his experience consulting with small business owners will serve us well as he works to increase the bank’s SBA loan production.” Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting Management from Western Michigan University and an MBA...
MAY
20

Celtic Bank is Named Utah's Top Dollar Volume SBA Lender

Celtic Bank is Named Utah's Top Dollar Volume SBA Lender
Salt Lake City, UT (May 20, 2015) — Celtic Bank has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the SBA Utah District Office as the Top Dollar Volume Lender in Utah for FYE 2014.  Celtic Bank was presented with the award during the Utah Small Business Awards luncheon hosted by the SBA Utah District Office on May 5, 2015.  Celtic Bank is currently the sixth largest SBA lender in the nation for FY 2015. “We are thrilled to receive this award,” said Wade Newman, President of Celtic Bank.  “Small business is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and Utah continues to be one of the friendliest states in the nation for small business.  It is exciting to work for a company that is committed to helping small business owners throughout Utah and the nation to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.  I am proud of our business development professionals, underwriters and operations teams who consistently deliver exceptional customer service to our small business borrowers.”
MAR
11

WILL FLOYD AND JOSEPH AMATO JOIN CELTIC BANK SBA LENDING TEAM

WILL FLOYD AND JOSEPH AMATO JOIN CELTIC BANK SBA LENDING TEAM
Salt Lake City, UT (March 11, 2015) — Celtic Bank is pleased to announce that Will Floyd and Joseph Amato have been hired as Vice Presidents of Business Development in the bank’s SBA and Commercial Lending Department.  Floyd will be based in San Diego, California.  Amato will be based in Lynchburg, Virginia. Floyd is a 12-year veteran in the finance and banking industry and will team with Liz Schaper, Senior Vice President of SBA Lending, to enhance the customer experience and deliver even faster turnaround times.  “Celtic’s ability to take sometimes complicated SBA loans and take a more common sense approach was very appealing to me,” said Floyd.  “I look forward to many years of successful SBA lending at Celtic Bank.” Amato joins Celtic Bank with over 14 years of commercial lending experience working with small business and middle market clients.  Amato’s background includes developing, underwriting and packaging commercial financing opportunities using government-guaranteed funding programs.  “Celtic Bank will allow me to capitalize on my extensive business development and commercial lending experience on a nationwide platform,” said Amato.  “I have joined a group of lending professionals that are sincerely focused on providing financing opportunities for small business.” “We are delighted to...
MAR
03

Celtic Bank Named 2nd Largest SBA Lender in Georgia!

Celtic Bank Named 2nd Largest SBA Lender in Georgia!
Panama City Beach, FL (March 2, 2015) —  Celtic Bank is pleased to announce that the SBA Georgia District Office named Celtic Bank as the 2nd largest SBA 7(a) lender based on the number of loans closed.  During the first quarter of FY2015,which runs October 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015, Celtic Bank closed 36 SBA 7(a) loans in Georgia.
MAR
01

Dallas/Fort Worth SBA Lender's Report - February 2015

Dallas/Fort Worth SBA Lender's Report - February 2015
  Salt Lake City, UT (March 10, 2015) —  Celtic Bank is pleased to announce that the SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office released their February 2015 Lender’s Report showing Celtic Bank is up 196.53% in dollar volume after the first 5 months of FY 2015 compared to FYE  2014.  Celtic Bank originated $7,960,300 in SBA loans during the first five months of FY 2015 (October 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015) compared to $2,684,500 in SBA loans originated during FYE 2014.
JAN
27

Visit the Celtic Bank Booth at the 2015 NACLB Conference!

Visit the Celtic Bank Booth at the 2015 NACLB Conference!
Celtic Bank is a sponsor of the 2015 National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers (NACLB) Conference  taking place March 8-10, 2015 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas!  Visit the Celtic Bank booth and enter to win a free iPad!
DEC
11

Celtic Bank Named #1 SBA Lender in Utah and 8th in the Nation

Celtic Bank Named #1 SBA Lender in Utah and 8th in the Nation
Salt Lake City, UT (December 11, 2014) —  Celtic Bank is pleased to announce that it was recognized by the SBA Utah District Office for being Utah’s #1 SBA lender for FY 2014, surpassing all other lenders in the state of Utah for dollar volume.  Celtic Bank was also recognized for being the most active medium-size lender (assets of $200 million to $1 billion) in the Utah District Office 7(a) lending category.  Celtic Bank was presented with the awards during an event hosted by the SBA Utah District Office on November 20, 2014.  Celtic Bank was also named the 8 th largest SBA lender in the nation for FY 2014. “We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Reese S. Howell, Jr., Chief Executive Officer for Celtic Bank.  “Contributing to the growth and success of Utah’s small business community has always been a priority for our company. We are very fortunate to have a well-respected and dedicated team of small business financing professionals that are committed to helping Utah’s small businesses get the financing they need to grow and thrive.”    
NOV
17

Celtic Bank Selected as a Top Workplace along the Wasatch Front

Celtic Bank Selected as a Top Workplace along the Wasatch Front
Salt Lake City, UT (November 17, 2014) —  Celtic Bank is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a Top Workplace along the Wasatch Front. The Top Workplace finalists were selected based solely on employee feedback from a survey conducted earlier this year by Workplace Dynamics, LLP on behalf of The Salt Lake Tribune.  The Salt Lake Tribune published the complete list of Top Workplaces on November 16, 2014. “We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Reese S. Howell, Jr., Chief Executive Officer for Celtic Bank. “Celtic Bank’s employees are the backbone of our company and their commitment to excellence has fueled our growth, particularly here in Utah.  Celtic Bank was recently named the number one SBA lender in Utah and the eighth largest SBA lender in the nation, which is a direct result of the dedication and professionalism our employees put forth each and every day.”
SEP
02

Celtic Bank Receives Rising Star Lender Award

Celtic Bank Receives Rising Star Lender Award
Salt Lake City, UT (September 2, 2014) — Celtic Bank was presented with the Rising Star Lender Award by the SBA San Antonio District at the 2014 Mid-America Lenders Conference held August 18th-20th, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognized Celtic Bank for being an up and coming SBA lender in the San Antonio community and increasing production with thirteen SBA 7(a) loans totaling $3.5 million dollars.