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Meet the Team: Allegiance Bank Sugar Land

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Allegiance Bank is Houston’s largest community bank, serving the greater Houston area and its surrounding counties with pride. At Allegiance, our talented team is our greatest asset, which is why we’re so excited to highlight the members of our Sugar Land team.

Meet the Professionals

Mihir Patel – Senior Bank Office President

Mihir has deep ties to the local community, having lived in Sugar Land/Fort Bend County for most of his adult life. When the Sugar Land office opened for business in February 2019, Mihir jumped at the opportunity to work in the office and give back to the community that has given so much to his family. In a typical day, Mihir manages the Sugar Land team, oversees goals and budgeting, and ensures Allegiance customers receive top-notch service from the moment they walk through the door.

Ash Puthuchirayil – SVP, Commercial Lender

Ash’s role is focused on helping customers through new commercial loans and deposit relationships, as well as the management of new and existing customer relationships. Ash strives to create value for Allegiance customers by understanding their needs and providing customized banking solutions that fit those needs. Ash has lived in the Sugar Land area since he was six months old and continues to put down roots in the community with three kids.

Trina Howard – VP, Commercial Lender

Trina is responsible for the development, portfolio management, and client experience, while procuring new clients through a proactive credit and internal partnership process. Trina loves that Allegiance is a progressive organization that fosters and encourages volunteering in the communities. She appreciates that an innovative and inclusive culture thrives at Allegiance Bank.

Roshan Patel – VP, Office Manager

Roshan helps manage the daily activities of the Sugar Land office, ensures transactions are properly handled and assists in the opening of accounts. Roshan especially appreciates the Sugar Land office “family.” When times were tough at the beginning of COVID-19, Roshan is thankful for Allegiance Bank not turning a blind eye, but embracing the change and making sure employees felt safe and loved.

Frank Edosomwan – AVP, Commercial Lender

Working directly with existing customers, Frank strives to listen keenly to understand exactly what the customer is wanting to accomplish. He puts himself in the customer’s shoes in order to see from their perspective and strategically problem solve or accommodate requests. Frank also works to develop new business relationships in the Sugar Land community.

Zeenie Garrison – AVP, Commercial Lender

Zeenie and her family have lived in the Sugar Land area for over 10 years. At Allegiance, her role analyzes the financial information of any company applying for a loan to determine their credit worthiness. She also structures deals, performs risk assessments and annual relationship reviews. Zeenie values the ability to help Allegiance customers achieve their business ownership dreams.

Claude Leatherwood – Business Development Officer

Claude works to source new business prospects and to effectively determine their banking needs, objectives and goals. Having lived in Sugar Land and worked in banking for many years, when Claude saw the Allegiance Bank Sugar Land office open, he knew he had to join the team. As a career banker, Claude describes working at Allegiance as the best banking organization, from the top down, for which he has ever worked.

Maria Bengochea – Senior Lending Assistant

Although mainly involved in the lending process, Maria prides herself on establishing good relationships with Allegiance Bank customers, in order to provide an extraordinary banking experience and exceptional service beyond lending needs. She describes the Sugar Land office as a “family” that works together as a team to support the needs of their customers.

Amanda Hulsey – Universal Banker III

As a Universal Banker, Amanda assists customers with the opening and maintenance of their new accounts, as well as provides support to the Lending Team and Customer Support. Amanda started her career as a Teller and her passion was recognized as she continued to grow within the company. She loves being the “face” for Allegiance Bank by welcoming the customers and striving to show excellence in all that she does.

Kate Chernosky – Senior Credit Analyst

Kate works alongside the lending team, assisting with the loan origination and renewal process. You will often find her working beyond regular business hours to assist customers with their time-sensitive requests. She strives to embody “The Allegiance Way” by going that extra mile.

Jackie Gosnell – Assistant Office Manager

Jackie wears several hats as Assistant Office Manager, including assisting in opening accounts, problem solving with customers, answering phones, helping Tellers, counting cash, and working with online banking. Jackie describes Allegiance Bank as proud, flexible, reliable and rewarding. She enjoys the ability to cultivate truly personal relationships with customers.

Sharon Hill – Teller Supervisor

Sharon has raised her five children in Sugar Land and is proud to call the area her home. At the bank, she ensures that the daily teller responsibilities are met and provides excellent service to customers. If needed, Sharon serves as a backup to the office manager, and appreciates that the Sugar Land team is willing to jump in and assist other departments as needed.

Rene Adame – Teller

Involved in Lobby Services, Rene describes Allegiance Bank as dedicated, reliable, and flexible. Rene appreciates Allegiance Bank for their commitment to taking care of their employees, their volunteer efforts in the local community, and providing a safe and clean work environment.

Please stop by and meet our talented and diverse group of team members at our recently renovated Sugar Land location. We can’t wait to meet you!

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