LAKEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Solera National Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Solera National Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB:SLRK), today announced the addition of Gregory J. Bianchi as Vice President, Commercial Banker. As part of the commercial lending team, Bianchi will primarily be responsible for cultivating Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for the bank in the Denver area. "We are pleased to have Greg join our commercial lending group. His depth of experience in SBA lending complements our existing team, and we look forward to leveraging his vast skill-set to better serve the needs of our customers," said John Carmichael, President and CEO. "Greg has a strong track record of developing loans and full depository relationships with customers, which is an important element of our growth strategy." Most recently, Bianchi was Vice President, Business Development Officer in Denver for T Bank, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Bianchi brings a wealth of knowledge to the position with over 11 years of banking experience throughout Colorado, primarily focused in commercial banking and business development. In the last year and a half, Bianchi has been developing SBA 7(a) and 504 loan opportunities in the Denver metro area. With Solera National Bank's Preferred Lender status, SBA loans will continue to be a primary focus for Bianchi. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and has post-graduate professional management training from the Western States School of Banking and the School of Banking at the University of Colorado. Bianchi is licensed in both credit and lending. In addition to his board involvement with the Western States School of Banking, Bianchi is active with the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Group. He is very involved in both family and community, volunteering his time with Junior Achievement and Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.