Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Martin P. May
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. May joined the company in August 2015 as President and CEO. Prior to that, he served in senior executive roles at Front Range Bank, Colorado Capital Bank, and most recently as President of First Western Trust’s Cherry Creek (Denver) Colorado office. He has played an active role in the Denver area business community. Mr. May holds a certificate from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco.
Melissa K. Larkin
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Larkin joined Solera National Bank in September 2007 as Vice President, Controller. In July 2014, Ms. Larkin was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company and Solera National Bank. Prior to joining the bank, Ms. Larkin was a Regional Controller for WestStar Bank, a subsidiary of Vail Banks, Inc. from November 2004 to December 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Larkin was a Senior Auditor with KPMG in their Denver office. She also spent one year working as a post- graduate technical assistant for the Financial Accounting Standards Board after completing her Masters of Accountancy from the University of Denver in June 2001. Ms. Larkin passed the CPA exam in May 2001.

Board of Directors

Robert J. Fenton
Mr. Fenton joined the Bank project in January 2005 as an Organizer and as a full-time consultant in April 2005. Prior to this, he was the CFO of Visa Debit Processing Services (DPS), a division of Visa USA. At the time, DPS was the 2nd largest processor of Visa transactions in the world. He served in that capacity from October 2002 through July 2004. Prior to joining Visa, Mr. Fenton was the CFO of E*TRADE Bank from January 2001 through October 2002. At the time, E*TRADE Bank was a $15 billion savings bank, the fifth largest OTS-regulated bank in the country. Before joining E*TRADE, Mr. Fenton held several leadership positions, domestically and internationally, during his 15 years with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup). In his final role at Citi, Mr. Fenton was the CFO of the Travel and Business Strategic Business Unit, an operating unit of Citi Cards North America. The business unit managed approximately three million accounts and $10 billion in credit card receivables and was responsible for the Citibank AAdvantage card, the premier co-branded airline reward card in the industry. Prior to his tenure at Citigroup, Mr. Fenton spent five years with PepsiCo in various finance roles, as well as two years at Price Waterhouse (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers). Mr. Fenton is a CPA (inactive license) and has an MBA in Finance from Pace University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.
Melissa K. Larkin
Ms. Larkin joined Solera National Bank in September 2007 as Vice President, Controller. In July 2014, Ms. Larkin was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company and Solera National Bank. Prior to joining the bank, Ms. Larkin was a Regional Controller for WestStar Bank, a subsidiary of Vail Banks, Inc. from November 2004 to December 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Larkin was a Senior Auditor with KPMG in their Denver office. She also spent one year working as a post- graduate technical assistant for the Financial Accounting Standards Board after completing her Masters of Accountancy from the University of Denver in June 2001. Ms. Larkin passed the CPA exam in May 2001.
Martin P. May
Mr. May joined the company in August 2015 as President and CEO. Prior to that, he served in senior executive roles at Front Range Bank, Colorado Capital Bank, and most recently as President of First Western Trust’s Cherry Creek (Denver) Colorado office. He has played an active role in the Denver area business community. Mr. May holds a certificate from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco.
Rene Morin
Mr. Morin joined the board of directors in July 2014. Mr. Morin is a petroleum engineer, a career he started after graduating college in 1978 and joining Chevron USA Inc. Currently, he is Vice President and Partner of RIM Operating, Inc., a company he helped form in 1991 to acquire oil and gas properties. He is also owner of Bluebonnet Energy Corporation which he started in 1985. Additionally, Mr. Morin is Vice President of RIM Offshore Inc. and General Partner of RIM LLLP and RIM Nominee Partnership. Mr. Morin was an original investor in the Company and is very involved in the Hispanic community in Denver. He has served on the Latin American Education Foundation (LAEF) Board of Directors since 2007 and was President of LAEF in 2014.
Michael D. Quagliano
Mr. Quagliano was appointed to the board of directors in June 2014. Since 1982, Mr. Quagliano has owned and operated various businesses and investments, including restaurant franchises and real estate investments. Such businesses are conducted under various names, including Best Buy of Hiram, Inc., Best Buy of Cedar Rapids, Inc., BBQ Too, Inc., Serendipitous, Inc., Rainmaker Management, Inc., Wenco of Carbondale, Inc., Wenco of Palmyra, Inc.,Wenco of Hannibal, Inc., Win Mgmmt, Inc., A Shapiro, LLC, QHQ Partnership and in Mr. Quagliano’s own name. Mr. Quagliano has been involved with the Company since its inception including serving on the Company’s Board of Directors from December 5, 2008 to May 21, 2009.
Philip J. Randell
Mr. Randell joined the Boards of Solera National Bank and Solera National Bancorp, Inc. in September 2016, after retiring from a lengthy banking career that began in 1978 with Illinois National Bank. Mr. Randell currently continues to manage his family farm operation located in East Central Illinois, as he has done since 2007, upon the death of his father. He is also a Faculty Member with Cash Flow Engineering, LLC, a firm that provides consulting services to businesses to help them drive consistent, predictable and sustainable cash flow. Mr. Randell’s banking career most recently included Commercial Market President for CoreFirst Bank & Trust in Denver, CO a position he held from April, 2009 until his retirement in March, 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Randell was Executive Vice President and Denver Regional President for Community Banks of Colorado from June, 2006 to February, 2008 where he started a commercial lending group that specialized in commercial and industrial (C & I) loans for working capital, equipment, and owner-occupied real estate. Additionally, he also provided consulting services to the bank in the areas of renewable energy financing and conservation easements. While at Community Banks of Colorado, Mr. Randell and his team of lenders and bankers managed a portfolio of $300 million in loans and $350 million in deposits. Additionally, Mr. Randell was the State Commercial Banking Manager for Commercial Federal Bank in Denver, CO from November, 2001 to December, 2005, where Randell and his team of lenders and bankers managed a loan portfolio with over a billion dollars of loan commitments and over $800 million in loans outstanding. Mr. Randell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from Illinois State University. He also completed the Graduate School of Banking in 1987 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Randell is a past member of the Economic Development Group with the South Denver Metro Chamber and has served as the Treasurer and Board Member for Bonfils Blood Center Foundation.
Richard M. Thorne
Mr. Thorne's impressive career began serving as a bank examiner at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and as a senior credit auditor at Norwest Bank. For the last 18 years, Mr. Thorne has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in their Denver Branch where Mr. Thorne was the Assistant Vice President of Examinations and Inspections. Mr. Thorne was responsible for supervision and regulation of State Member Banks and Bank Holding Companies located in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. During his time at the Federal Reserve, Mr. Thorne developed a number of key initiatives including horizontal reviews of financial institutions with high concentrations in Commercial Real Estate lending. Mr. Thorne has a bachelor's of science in business administration with a concentration in finance from Southwest Texas State University.
Alan D. Weel
Mr. Weel joined the board of directors in July 2015. He is currently Senior Vice President – Commercial Real Estate for North Shore Community Bank, ($1.3 billion in assets), which he joined in 2009. He manages a team of six people responsible for a $285 million loan portfolio. North Shore Community Bank is a charter of Wintrust Financial Corp, a $22 billion publicly-traded holding company headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois. Prior to joining North Shore Community Bank, he was Senior Vice President – Commercial Real Estate for MB Financial Bank from 2002 – 2009. Mr. Weel holds two Bachelor’s degrees from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, one in business administration and one in physical education.