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United Community Bank Strengthens SBA Operations in Florida

  • Posted on December 09, 2020
United Community Bank is proud to have recently grown its SBA team in Florida with the addition of two bankers with specialty in government guaranteed lending. Joining the bank are Rick Khan and Hunt Dawkins, both of whom will serve as Business Development Officers for United’s SBA team. These additions are both related to United’s recent acquisition of Florida-based Seaside Bank and Trust on July 1 and the plan to increase presence in the state. Khan and Dawkins will work with potential borrowers across the entire state of Florida.
“We are excited for the opportunity to welcome two very talented bankers to our SBA team,” said Beth Hallock, President of SBA for United Community Bank. “With more than 50 years of combined experience and a strong knowledge of the Florida business community, I am certain they will be pivotal to our overall growth and success as we seek to grow our presence in the state.”
Hunt Dawkins transitions to United from Seaside Bank and Trust where he was previously responsible for providing SBA service to clients in Central Florida. Throughout his career he has served as a Commercial Loan Officer, Area Retail Manager and Market President for a variety of regional banks throughout the state. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and Seminole State College of Florida. He will remain primarily focused on the Central Florida market.
Rick Khan comes to United with 25 years of banking experience. His past roles include time spent as a Mortgage Specialist, Business Relationship Manager and SBA Business Development Officer. He most recently served as a Community Development Loan Officer for Florida Community Loan Fund. Khan will complement Dawkins’ area of experience and primarily focus on the Coastal and South Florida markets. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from St. John’s University in New York.
Earlier this year, United Community Bank and Seaside Bank and Trust collectively funded more than $241 million in PPP loans to support 922 businesses and non-profits in the state of Florida. Dawkins and Khan look forward to continuing to support Florida businesses through this challenging economy with SBA lending solutions.

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