AVANA Capital Taps Matt Hunt as Chief Credit Officer
Mar 19, 2015

Matthew Hunt, who is a known leader in the small business administration market and a demonstrated risk manager, will join the AVANA Capital team in March, 2015. Hunt is coming to AVANA from Zions Bank in Utah, one of the top SBA 504 lenders in the country. He will help oversee AVANA’s growing portfolio and new wholesale lending program and manage over $1 billion in SBA 504 volume based on commitments received from global credit funds.

Hunt brings years of expertise in commercial real estate lending at Zions Bank – National Real Estate Group in Salt Lake City, Utah. As senior vice president, he managed all aspects of the bank’s national commercial real estate lending business including budgeting, pricing, regulatory compliance, loan production, credit, construction lending, loan documentation, loan servicing and portfolio management. While at Zions, Hunt was also responsible for managing a portfolio of commercial real estate loans as large as $5.2 billion and oversaw a staff of 115. He also worked directly with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, internal credit examiners and internal audit.

Hunt earned his masters of business administration at the University of Utah in 2010, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. In 2005, Hunt completed a master’s level extension program in banking at the University of Washington’s Pacific Coast Banking School.

“We’re thrilled that Matthew is joining our team,” said Sanat Patel, Managing Partner of AVANA Capital. “His deep expertise in managing huge commercial real estate loan portfolios will be a tremendous benefit to AVANA. We look forward to working with him as we continue to grow.”

Hunt said that AVANA Capital’s track record as a successful commercial real estate lender, combined with its new wholesale lending program and nationwide expansion, made the new position an inviting challenge.

“AVANA Capital is aggressively looking to expand its portfolio across the United States, so it is a unique opportunity to join the company at a time when it is really growing its client base,” Hunt said. “I am looking forward to working with the AVANA team to make sure its expansion means helping more entrepreneurs across the country realize their dreams and help grow our economy.”