Dana D. Chestnut
SVP/Chief Loan Officer
As Chief Lending Officer, Dana Chestnut is an executive leader directly involved with all sales and business development functions. In his role as Chief Lending Officer, Mr. Chestnut is an executive leader of sales, marketing, and business development; responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive Business Development strategy to realize loan growth, community impact, and organizational sustainability. Accountabilities include sustainable growth, acceptable risk, and enhancement of CHC's brand.
Previously, Mr. Chestnut served as First Vice President for SunTrust Bank Community Development Lending, one of the nation’s leading financial services companies with a solid commitment to building strong communities by helping to create successful developments in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. Primary responsibility was to expand the Banks’ lending platform throughout the Southeast market by maintaining and expanding existing relationships while strategically identifying prospects for expansion.
Mr. Chestnut has also served as First Vice President and Southeast Regional Manager of Community Development Banking for Washington Mutual Bank, where he was responsible for oversight of all sales and business development functions, including sales and deposit generation. Provided team training, coaching, and mentoring to a group of 8 associates located in Atlanta, Orlando, and Miami.
Mr. Chestnut has more than 25 years of development and finance experience in the affordable housing sector. He has been directly responsible for the financing and or underwriting of over $5 Billion of development projects with a significant emphasis on affordable housing, tax-exempt bond financing, and new market tax credits. Mr. Chestnut worked twenty-two years in the banking sector with his most recent experience as First Vice President for SunTrust Community Capital.
Mr. Chestnut holds a Bachelor of Arts, degree in Economics, from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, Florida.