Category Archives: New Hires

Douglas Metzger Joins The Biltmore Bank of Arizona

Metzger Douglas cropped 300x300 03_2017We’re always looking for top achievers to provide the best service to our clients. We’re happy to have found one in Douglas Metzger, who has just joined The Biltmore Bank of Arizona as Senior Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager. He is responsible for supporting and expanding client relationships and providing our clients resources and products they need to support their businesses.

Previously, Doug worked for M&I Bank/BMO Harris Bank in Phoenix as a relationship manager and team lead and for First Interstate Bank/Wells Fargo Bank, also in Phoenix, before that. He has extensive experience working with machining and construction companies but has also worked with a wide range of industries represented in the Phoenix market.

“Our bankers have a deep understanding of Phoenix business,” said Rich Endicott, president of The Biltmore Bank of Arizona. “Doug’s history banking local businesses and his community ties further strengthen our bank.”

Doug spent 10 years as chairman of Friendship Retirement Corporation’s foundation, an organization that provides a broad continuum of high quality senior services. He is a graduate of the banking management program at Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington and currently resides in Glendale.

“I’m looking forward to leveraging my deep banking experience in the Phoenix market to help grow The Biltmore Bank of Arizona and spread the word about its services,” said Doug.

Some of you may know Doug from his years of membership in Glendale Chamber of Commerce or the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. If you like to hit the links, you might spot him there, too, though this golf fan says his favorite courses are in Montana, where he loves to visit and play with his dad. Also a fisherman, Doug recommends the fishing spots along Mogollon Rim in Arizona, where he says the lakes and trout streams are remarkable.

We think we’ve made a great catch in adding Doug to our team, and we hope you have a chance to meet him soon.

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Roger M. Laverty Named President of Grandpoint Bank

grandpoint_rocky_laverty_993_cropPlease join us in welcoming the new president of Grandpoint Bank, (of which The Biltmore Bank of Arizona is a division) Roger M. “Rocky” Laverty. Rocky, a member of the Bank’s board of directors since its inception in 2010, has a distinguished business career, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Farmer Bros. Co. He is also the former President and CEO of Smart & Final, Inc. and Diedrich Coffee, Inc., and he was a founding member and Chairman and CEO of Prime Advantage, Inc.

“Rocky is a remarkable businessman, and we are fortunate to have his leadership in guiding our bank’s growth across all of our markets,” says Don M. Griffith, Chairman and CEO of Grandpoint Capital, Inc., and Grandpoint Bank. “I’ve known Rocky for years, and his business acumen, his ability to identify and cultivate strategic growth opportunities and his track record of building successful businesses will be a tremendous benefit to Grandpoint.”

Rocky will remain on the bank’s board of directors.

“I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the bank’s growth as a member of the board,” says Rocky. “It is now exciting to be on the frontlines, working with an exceptionally talented group of regional executives and their teams. I’m looking forward to contributing the experience I’ve garnered over the course of my career to support the bank’s internal growth and develop new product strategies.”

Rocky is a member of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Bureauscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am and for the Jean Perkins Scholarship Foundation,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am which provides college scholarships to children of LA County Sheriff Deputies. He also serves on the board of the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am which provides ocean therapy to wounded warriors and veterans as well as at-risk youth.

Rocky attended Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

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Nathaniel Spatz

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 10.29.04 PMWe’re always on the lookout for top banking talent, and our new underwriter, Nathaniel Spatz, certainly fits the bill.

Nathaniel has always been a hard worker. In high school, he was part of a team that won the state tennis championship. He was also part of the honor society, snagged a chance to perform at Carnegie Hall with his school’s chorale group and was in a band that won a spot to open on the Fender Stage for Fender Guitar’s 60th Anniversary celebration at the Tempe Music Festival.

He kept that momentum going in college. Nathaniel worked toward earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the same time, while also working as the assistant to the CFO of a community bank. Once he started his full-time banking career, he was given a senior title by age 28.

Now, as an underwriter for The Biltmore Bank of Arizona, Nathaniel is responsible for assessing and underwriting credit applications, working closely with our chief credit officer and our relationship managers. Nathaniel likes learning about different kinds of businesses by reviewing the credit applications.

“As an underwriter, I have the chance to go beyond just the numbers and also consider the story of the company when we’re reviewing a credit application,” he said.

Prior to joining our team, Nathaniel worked as a senior credit analyst at First Scottsdale Bank, an accounting specialist at Western Alliance Bancorporation and a finance intern at Torrey Pines Bank.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Point Loma Nazarene University and his Masters of Divinity degree in theology from Southern California Seminary. Nathaniel is a member of the Risk Management Association, and he spends one night a week giving a Bible study lecture through Community Bible Study.↗

His other interests include reading political thrillers, playing tennis (of course!) and hitting the gym. While he spent his college years in San Diego, Nathaniel grew up in Scottsdale and has no plans to leave the Phoenix area again, especially since he has so much family in the area. The great weather and relative lack of natural disasters helps too, he says.

We’re glad to hear it, Nathaniel. Welcome to the team.


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