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Lendistry announced today industry veteran Kathy Gonzales has joined their team as Executive Vice President of Sales. Ms. Gonzales previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Director of Branch Banking at Bank of Southern California before joining the small business lender.

“It is important for me to work for a company that is committed to strengthening entrepreneurs in a meaningful way,” Ms. Gonzales said on joining Lendistry. “Helping our communities thrive and creating social and economic change is the backbone of what Lendistry does. The people, processes, and performance of Lendistry are unmatched due to the creative and thoughtful business model.”

Her extensive banking experience includes the roles of Executive Vice President & Director of Branch Banking at Plaza Bank, Chief Banking Officer at Farmers & Merchants Bank, and Senior Vice President of Retail Banking at Provident Bank. Ms. Gonzales also held leadership positions at Arrowhead Credit Union Bank, Countrywide Home Loans, Bank of the West, Sanwa Bank, Citizens Business Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.

“While we are an innovative, technology-based lender, our credit culture is based on traditional banking values,” said Lendistry’s CEO, Everett K. Sands. “In addition to Kathy’s passion to be of service to our communities, she also brings years of valuable banking experience. We’re excited for her to be leading our sales team in the next stage of our company’s growth.”

Ms. Gonzales began her banking career in 1980 at Security Pacific National Bank and subsequently Bank of America following its acquisition of Security Pacific, where she rose to the position of Assistant Vice President, Commercial Credit Officer and focused on compliance, credit review and special assets. Ms. Gonzales is a graduate of the Business Management certificate program at Mount Saint Mary’s University and the Pacific Coast Bank School at the University of Washington.