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Mountain View Bank of Commerce
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Team Bios

Read about the community-minded individuals who make up the Mountain View team and work directly with each and every client to help them find the banking services they need to be successful.

Andy Ellison, President and CEO

What kind of person opens a new bank in 2008 as the American economy was descending into the Great Recession?

Answer: A person not afraid of hard work, who believes deeply in the community and building a strong team; a leader with a vision to create “More Than A Bank” for clients and those who choose to be part of this new venture of Mountain View Bank of Commerce.

 So the story begins… Colorado native and CU-Boulder graduate, Andy Ellison – along with Stephen Faillaci-- teamed up in 2006 to embrace a dream in spite of many challenges raising $8-million dollars in initial capital to launch Mountain View Bank of Commerce.

 “I knew early on that we could serve our clients in many ways in addition to banking,” Andy says. “We’re able to give advice and direction on a number of topics, especially financial guidance. Mountain View is here to do more, to be more – that’s our responsibility as a community bank.” 

 With hard work and quality service has come reward; Mountain View grew through the Great Recession, doubled in size over the past five years, and looks to double again in the next five. To accommodate this growth, Mountain View will move to a  new home at 120th Avenue and Pecos in Westminster and  have more space in a great location to provide our individualized service to even more clients.

 Mountain View’s community service has also flourished over the years. Andy speaks with pride about the bank’s Make A Difference (MAD) days where the staff, divided into three teams, donates half-a-day, twice a year – while on the clock – to give back, “We’ve worked on behalf of kids, the elderly, animal causes – you name it, our people have lent a helping hand to non-profits region-wide.” 

 In 2018, An opportunity arose that  is especially close to Andy’s heart. “We worked with CU-Boulder and Realities for Children Boulder County to provide a full-ride scholarship for a young woman living in foster care who otherwise would not even be considering college. I’m so proud that the bank can help change the future for this young lady and her family for generations to come. I want to do more of that, where Mountain View can make a true difference in peoples’ lives.”

Andy and Mountain View have both grown in the last 10 years, and his current focus is how best to help his team members become better leaders. “I want to build something that will outlast me, that everyone can be proud of for decades to come. My passion is to develop team members’ leadership skills to provide the best service possible to our clients . . . to always be looking for ways to make real contributions.”

 Throughout this journey, Andy’s anchor is his family. He married his junior high school sweetheart over 20 years ago and has two teenage daughters. Andy is also  an avid workout enthusiast who lives for the “endorphin rush.” It’s a rush that’s served the region well as Mountain View continues to grow its legacy of being “More Than A Bank . . .”  


Personal Deposits Team

Brent Barstad, Assistant Vice President, Treasury Management

You see banks making promises all the time; the best this, the lowest that-–but what’s fact and what’s fiction? Who can you really trust as a banking partner for your business?

At Mountain View Bank of Commerce, it’s about truth and transparency and how the team works for you. Brent will show you a suite of banking services that will maximize your company’s cash management and save you time and money. “We shine in remote banking,” he says, “skip the trip to the bank and focus on your business. We have the best small business checking account around and pay more on deposits. We’re state champs with our money market rates, and because of the MoneyPass network, every ATM is your ATM. It’s a simple truth. We’re here to invest in you, to minimize your expenses, and to use technology to make it all easier.”

To those truths add this one–Mountain View Bank of Commerce ranks in the bottom 10% of banks in the amount of fees they charge their clients . . . a statistic clients love! That’s just one of many reasons why MVBoC is a Colorado Top 5 Small Bank of the Year from MultiFunding and

That’s an impressive opening act but it’s just the beginning; Brent is more than a banker. He’s a professional Cheer Dad for his two high school daughters, both accomplished athletes. He rocks the stage with his band friends and serves on Boards that help at-risk youth and develop the leaders of our community in the Metro North region. He cares about caring.

With 20-plus years of experience in all facets of the industry, Brent has chosen his leadership team. “I gave up an annuitized business to be part of this awesome banking family-–that’s how much I believe in what we do here.”

“There’s a special, authentic vibe you’ll feel when you come in to Mountain View Bank of Commerce,” he says. “We’ve got a great team of experts ready to go to work for you. And we’ll find that individualized solution that’s best for you and your business. Check us out and you’ll quickly see the difference we’ll make for you.”

The truth doesn’t get more real, or caring, than that.

Commercial Loans Team

Stephen Faillaci, Market President, Boulder 

As co-founder of Mountain View Bank of Commerce, Stephen knows all-too-well what complex, hard work is all about.

He embraced that challenge in 2006 when he and partner, Andy Ellison, made the decision to start a new community bank. It motivated him then and it’s the juice that drives him today to take care of clients.

Stephen’s specialty is the tough loans . . . the more complex the better.

“I really love putting the pieces of the loan puzzle together. Where I excel is when it’s hard. Let’s be unique and creative and find a solution that brings the puzzle together for a successful outcome. It may be tough, but together we’ll figure it out. That’s when it’s fun. That’s why clients come to me.”

Stephen runs MVBoC’s Boulder office. 95% of his business is on the commercial side but also does some residential and other consumer lending. He’s built his reputation “one relationship at a time,” a formula that’s worked well: “70% of my business comes from existing clients or their referrals.”

As part of a community bank without the big name or the big brand, Stephen knows that being more than a banker is much more than a value statement. “We go out and earn each relationship we have. We put the miles in; we take care of our clients. I’ll battle for them, and they know we’ll hit the closing date. So when we do the job well, they come back and also tell their friends.”

Making the complex come together for you. That’s the hard work that inspires Stephen and works for you.

When he’s not solving loan puzzles, Stephen spends his time with his wife, two children, and their two bulldogs. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with an MBA from the University of Denver, he’s into Crossfit and the mountains of Estes Park.

Benjamin Martin, Vice President, Senior Commercial Lender

Whether you’re just starting your business or it’s a multi-million dollar operation you’re looking to expand, you need money to get the job done. But more than money, you need a commercial lender who “gets you,” someone who understands your business opportunity. That someone is Ben Martin.

Ben helps your business get to the next level, whether that’s providing you with tools to help better manage your deposits or by growing your business with a new loan or line of credit. But your meeting with Ben won’t be just another bank meeting. Mountain View Bank of Commerce is not a “big box” bank and Ben is more than a banker which means he offers you a unique, customized approach to help meet your business goals.

“I’m not here to just be your banker,” Ben says, “but rather a trusted adviser to meet the ongoing needs of your business. For me, it’s about the why. We take a holistic approach at MVBoC; I get a 360-degree view of where you are with your business and serve as a consultant as we get to know one another. I ask questions as part of a thorough review of your situation, exploring the needs you have and the various ways we can help.”

It’s all part of building a relationship to best serve you, the client. With solid knowledge of where your business is–-and where you want it to go–Ben will put together a loan package to facilitate your success. “That’s the bottom line,” he says, “we want to help our clients succeed.”

A Colorado native, Ben, his wife, and young daughter are avid outdoor people. They enjoy backcountry skiing, biking, and hiking (Ben’s already climbed 21 fourteeners). He also enjoys music--you’ll find him at Telluride Bluegrass Festival every summer.

Your business is your livelihood. You want the best supporting cast you can get. As Ben says, “we’re here for you, working to help grow your business together.” It’s a team approach that lets your dollars make sense.

James Ocken, Vice President, SBA Loans

A lot of people call themselves specialists in a given area, but the proof is in the proverbial pudding.

With 35 years of Small Business Administration (SBA) loan experience, Jim's proof is rock solid.

“I work with existing businesses that seek basic operating funds or dollars to expand their company. That includes real estate loans as well. The SBA world is my specialty.”

There are two types of SBA loans, the 7(a) and the 504, and Jim knows both inside out. “The 7(a) can provide a business with a longer term note with less collateral. The 504 is a two-tiered real estate, or equipment, loan that has a partially fixed rate for 20 years, with the client coming up with 10-15% down, so we’ve got options depending upon what the client’s looking to do.”

What many bankers won’t tell you is that the 7(a) loan nets the bank a heftier profit than does the 504, often making 7(a)’s the other bank’s SBA loan of first choice. But not Jim, he’s more than a banker, and what he will tell you up front is that it’s about a loan that fits, one that works for your business. “I’ve always been focused on the client, whatever their needs are. Here at Mountain View Bank of Commerce, we’re not looking only at the bank’s bottom line first, but also what’s best for the client.”

That’s a refreshing approach in today’s me-first culture and is also at the heart of Jim’s community service work through MVBoC. “We’re very community-minded here, going out in teams for our MAD [Make A Difference] Days to lend a helping hand. Those work days put us more in touch with the community and put grateful smiles on the faces of those we help. We all come away better people through those experiences.”

Jim’s married, enjoys golf, and studies the Bible. He attended college in Nebraska and is also a graduate of the Colorado School of Banking.

With his 35 years of SBA study, and a keen eye for what’s best for small business, Jim will find a fit that’s exactly what you need . . . what works best for your business. It’s a you-first attitude you can count on every time.  

Mortgage Loans Team

Darren Hunstad, Mortgage Sales Manager

Buying a house can be intimidating if not downright scary. Once you’ve found the right home, next comes the big challenge–which lender will finance the property. The right mortgage loan is crucial, but equally vital is finding the right person to walk with you through each step of the loan process to ensure the successful outcome you envision–-that’s HUGE.

At Mountain View Bank of Commerce there’s more than a banker to accompany you on this important journey. Your personal mortgage navigator, Darren Hunstad, is a seasoned professional with the background, experience, and creative know-how to make your homeowner dreams come true.

Darren and his team work with several types of residential loans: conventional, government, USDA, FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and construction loans-–anything to do with a structure that has four living units or less under one roof.

As Darren says, a successful loan process is about much more than nuts, bolts, and numbers.

“Our culture here is different . . . the way we best serve you is by establishing a personal relationship. We ask questions, we listen closely, we treat you like you’re a member of the family because you are. From that relationship comes trust; the core principle that we will perform to our utmost to earn your respect, secure your home loan, and earn your future business. It’s a natural approach that fits me well personally and one that MVBoC is very proud of because it works for you and for us.”

A California native who graduated from CU-Boulder, Darren enjoys playing sports and coaching sports for his four children. While a relative newcomer to the Mountain View team, Darren’s success has been impressive. “We’ve got a strong division and we’re growing. I love being part of this family because we give it our all to achieve our clients’ goals. Our success on their behalf allows us to achieve the bank’s goals.”

 Now that’s a navigator with a plan. That’s more than a banker who will get you home safe and sound.