December 23, 2021

Delaney Sexton
Contributing Editor

Coleman Movers & Shakers – Vishakha Deora, Jeff Carpenter, Asumahu Suka, and Ruth Jimenez

Origin Bank Hires Vishakha Deora and Jeff Carpenter as Commercial Relationship Banker, EVP

“I’m pleased to have Vishakha and Jeff join the Origin Bank team,” says Regional Chief Operating Officer Jody Proler. “Their experience and passion for serving will have a tremendous impact on our personal, small business, and commercial banking customers.”

Vishakha Deora joins the bank as Commercial Relationship Banker, EVP. With nearly 20 years’ experience in financial services, she specializes in commercial real estate lending, new business development, underwriting of large corporate loans, and debt restructuring. Deora earned a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mumbai.

Jeff Carpenter joins the bank as Commercial Relationship Banker, EVP. He has over 44 years of experience in financial services, specializing in commercial real estate lending, revolving lines of credit, and equipment for middle market companies, with an emphasis on new business development. He and his wife have been residents of The Woodlands since 1990.

Asumahu Suka Joins First Home Bank as VP Lending Officer

“Asu has extensive training and wide-ranging experience overseeing all facets of client SBA loans, which will prove vital as she moves into this national role at First Home,” says Tom Zernick, president of CreditBench. “We are excited to see her drive results and increase our overall impact on small businesses across the country.”

Prior to joining First Home Bank, Asu served as vice president of government guaranteed lending at WSFS Bank in Maryland where she delivered SBA loan production results totaling more than $15 million annually and was responsible for identifying and soliciting new SBA 7(a) opportunities from referral sources, assembling loan packages and providing SBA and Credit Training to commercial and business bankers in the region. She is also formally credit trained by JP Morgan Chase, SunTrust Bank, PNC Bank, and WSFS Bank.

Ruth Jimenez Appointed Manager of Ocean Bank’s Brickell Branch

“This is a sort of professional homecoming for Jimenez, having worked at several institutions in and around Brickell for years,” says Pedro Max, executive vice president and head of business banking and branches.

A resident of Brickell Key, Jimenez started her banking career in 1992 and most recently served as vice president and manager of Ocean Bank’s South Miami branch. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University