July 22, 2021

Delaney Sexton
Contributing Editor

Coleman Movers & Shakers- Susan Just, Christopher Morin, and George Hewett

Susan Just is the New Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Santa Cruz County Bank

Krista Snelling, President and CEO comments, “We are excited to welcome Susan as Chief Credit Officer and as a valued member of our Executive team. Susan’s extensive background in credit risk, her well rounded experience in portfolio management and knowledge in regulatory compliance are essential for managing the increasing complexity of a loan portfolio for a growing bank of our size. We look forward to Susan’s contributions to the Bank and the communities we serve.”

Ms. Just has an extensive background in commercial lending, structured finance, and credit risk management, including loan review, regulatory compliance, and ALLL. She has held senior credit roles at major banks across the country including JPMorgan Chase, Northern Trust, and Bank of Montreal.  Ms. Just’s 30-year career includes credit portfolio management of loan portfolios up to $8.5 billion. 

Commenting on her new appointment, Ms. Just states, “Santa Cruz County Bank is known in the industry as a well-managed bank with exceptional financial ratings. I’m honored to join the executive team and look forward to contributing to the bank’s growth and continued success. As a former competitive sailor, I am drawn to the Monterey Bay area and am very excited to become part of the local community.”

Technology Credit Union Announces Christopher Morin as Vice President of Commercial Banking

“Chris has a strong background in commercial banking and relationship management skills that perfectly align with our needs,” says Joe Anzalone, Chief Commercial Banking Officer at Tech CU. “I have known Chris for many years, and he has developed an excellent reputation as a skilled commercial banker with strong ties to the bay area business community. We are very excited to have Chris join our team and get our new C&I program off the ground.”

An industry veteran, Morin has spent the past 25 years providing small business administration (SBA), commercial credit, commercial real estate, and ABL financing solutions to small and medium size privately held companies in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, contracting, services, transportation, and wholesaling. Prior to joining Tech CU, Morin held senior positions at California Bank of Commerce, Scott Valley Bank, City National Bank, Citibank, and Cupertino National Bank. 

“Tech CU has a talented group of team-oriented commercial bankers and is committed to growing its commercial banking program,” says Morin. “I am excited to lead Tech CU’s C&I lending program and look forward to helping Tech CU achieve that growth.”

George “Tony” Hewett, SBA Specialist at Davis Malm, Died of Cancer

“Tony will be forever remembered for his passion for his work, clients, family and the firm,” Amy Fracassini, Davis Malm president, says in the statement. “He was an SBA authority throughout New England with a highly respected reputation in the banking industry, and he was an instrumental part of our firm.”

Hewett was an SBA-approved specialist, focusing on closing and servicing SBA loan transactions, including the 7(a) SBA guaranteed loan program. He worked for Boston-based Davis Malm Attorneys for 37 years, the law firm says in a statement, adding that he had extensive experience handling all phases of commercial lending transactions. A Hingham resident, Hewett died on June 7.

Davis Malm says Hewett had an integral role in the firm’s community outreach initiatives, including leading the firm’s participation in the annual back-to-school and winter coat drives for the Bedford Veterans Hospital.

His family set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000 to donate in Hewett’s name to the Sarcoma Foundation of America and for gifts to pediatric cancer patients. The campaign has already raised more than $23,000.

Davis Malm says Hewett “beamed with pride when speaking about his colleagues, who had become friends and family over the years. He happily spoke about how Davis Malm provided him the independence to run his practice and service his clients as he needed to do so, and how the firm was ‘like no other,’” the statement says. “Tony’s impassioned speeches will forever echo in our hallways.”