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Guaranty Bank seeks to expand its SBA lending with the latest hire.
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Guaranty Bank seeks to expand its SBA lending with the latest hire.

Guaranty hires another Regent staffer

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With banker Travis Beazley on board, Guaranty Federal Bancshares Inc. (Nasdaq: GFED) has hired at least three former Regent Bank employees since April.

Beazley joined the Guaranty Bank operator as senior vice president and director of U.S. Small Business Administration lending, according to a news release issued this morning. Beazley's LinkedIn profile indicates he started at Guaranty this month after leaving Regent in June.

“Travis has gained significant knowledge and experience in all SBA lending programs and has a proven record of success," Guaranty Bank President and CEO Shaun Burke said in the release. "He brings considerable loan generation and portfolio management skills that will allow Guaranty Bank to continue leading southwest Missouri in SBA lending.”

Guaranty Bank led southwest Missouri SBA lending during the federal agency's fiscal first quarter, issuing 11 loans totaling $3.1 million through Dec. 31. OakStar Bank was No. 1 in southwest Missouri lending for the SBA’s previous fiscal year, with loans totaling $20.9 million. Guaranty Bank was No. 2, reporting 45 loans totaling $12.5 million for the fiscal year, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

Beazley previously worked for nearly two years as senior vice president and SBA lending managing director at Regent Bank. He has past experience in SBA lending at OakStar Bank and Liberty Bank, according to his LinkedIn profile.

At Guaranty Bank, Beazley joins former Regent Bank colleagues Craig Dunn and Mike McGoldrick. Dunn was hired in April as executive vice president and chief commercial banking officer, and McGoldrick joined in May as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager, according to past SBJ reporting.

Dunn previously led Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Regent Bank's Springfield office. Regent has since hired Mick Nitsch, former regional president at The Bank of Missouri, for the job.

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