About Your Las Vegas RMA Board
David R. Navarro
David R. Navarro is a Las Vegas native born and raised. He currently works at Enterprise Bank & Trust serving as the Nevada Regional President. David has spent most of his career in the field of commercial banking serving a diverse group of clients in the Las Vegas area as well leading teams of commercial bankers. He started his career at a regional bank and has since worked for some of the largest banks in the country holding a variety of positions ranging from credit analyst to his current role.
David is a proud graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, holding his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the field of accounting. He is also very involved in the banking industry and in his community. David has served or continues to serve in the following roles: President of the Risk Management Association’s Las Vegas Chapter; member of the Risk Management Association’s Academic Committee, which helps universities nationwide develop curriculum for the field of commercial banking; former American Bankers Association’s Emerging Leaders Council member; serves as a Board Member for the Nevada Bankers Association, serves as an advisory board member for UNLV’s Commercial Banking Program; and serves on the UNLV Alumni Association’s Board of Directors as Treasurer. In the past, David was involved with the following organizations: Vegas Young Professionals, Toastmasters International, and Junior Achievement.
Outside of work, David spends most of his time with his wife, Marvelyn, and their two children, Mia Isabella, and Christian Alexander. In his spare time, his hobbies include working out, running, volunteering, traveling, going to concerts, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.
1st Vice President, Education Committee Chair, Past President
Walter Hashimoto currently works as Director, Commercial Banking for Bank of Nevada, a division of Western Alliance Bank. He serves clients primarily in the Southwest part of the country as one of the Commercial & Industrial lending team leaders for the bank and is also in charge of Healthcare Lending for the division. Mr. Hashimoto has over 30 years of banking industry experience and has held multiple positions in banking ranging from retail, sales, and lending. For over 20 years he has developed a specialty in the Healthcare sector of banking. Walter is active in the community, serving on numerous nonprofit boards including Las Vegas HEALS and serving as the current Treasurer for the Nevada State College Foundation Board. Currently serving as the Vice President for the Risk Management Association’s Las Vegas Chapter, Walter has served on the RMA Las Vegas Chapter Board for several years and was Past President of the chapter in 2018-19. He has also assisted the Risk Management Association Healthcare Lending Forum steering committee for events in multiple cities. Walter continues to work with additional nonprofits and charities in the community to help make the Southern Nevada community a better place to live and work.
Sponsorship Committee Chair, Programs Committee Chair
Marcel Bloomer is a Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for the Nevada Market in Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this capacity, her responsibilities include leading a team of specialists focused on understanding each client’s unique needs to deliver strategic financial guidance and solutions. Marcel’s mission is to help local companies thrive by achieving their business goals, no matter how simple or how complex.
Bringing 25 years of experience, Marcel joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 1990. She has also served as a Small Business Banking Manager, Consumer Market Manager and Banking Center Manager. Throughout her banking career, Marcel has served mid-sized companies throughout the California and Nevada area to support their commercial banking needs.
To help create a more sustainable future for the companies and communities she serves, Marcel volunteers with not-for-profit organizations focused on Education. Marcel is currently on the Executive Board of the Natural History Museum. Marcel is currently on the Vice President of the RMA Las Vegas Chapter. Marcel also partners with Three Square Food Bank which provides food to seniors and children. Marcel also serves as a mentor for teammates across Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a member and leader. Marcel currently serves as Co-Chair for Lead in Las Vegas and as the Champion for Business Integration.
Paola Gonzalez is currently employed with Nevada State Development Corporation as executive vice president, chief operations officer. Prior to joining NSDC her banking career spanned over 19 years at small community banks to mid-sized banks. Gonzalez started her career in retail banking as a teller and after moving up the ranks and serving as a branch manager at Nevada State Bank went to work for their corporate banking department as an assistant relationship officer. Paola has served as vice president, commercial lender with Bank of Las Vegas and advanced to senior vice president, relationship manager with First Security Bank of Nevada before joining Bank of Nevada as their senior vice president, senior commercial loan officer.
Paola is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas-Lee Business School, where she earned a degree in finance. In 2015, she graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School, the Premier National Graduate School of Banking. Developing Leaders Institute-NAIOP Southern Nevada, Class of 2016 and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Henderson.
Paola is active with Make a Wish Foundation as a wish granter, granting wishes to children suffering with life threatening illnesses. Board Chair of Nevada Prep, a 5-8th grade public charter school and Treasurer for the Las Vegas Chapter of RMA.
Gonzalez originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina speaks fluent Spanish.
Membership Committee Chair, Golf Event Committee Chair
Bob Stewart is an Assistant Vice President | Account Manager with Old Republic Title Company. He works in the Commercial Division focusing on Developers, Lenders, Brokers and Attorneys. Bob started his career in the title and escrow industry in 2001. Previously Bob was a licensed insurance agent in California and Nevada.
Bob has made Southern Nevada his home since 1994. He is involved in ALS of Nevada (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Nevada. Bob is a Past President of the RMA Las Vegas Chapter and involved with NAIOP, CCIM and CREW.
Bob and his wife Gay enjoy scuba diving, traveling and motorcycle riding.
Candace C. Carlyon, Esq.
Candace C. Carlyon, Esq.,has over three decades of legal experience, including representation of a myriad of constituencies in commercial reorganization and credit restructuring matters. Candace is a tenacious litigator, representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including fraud, contract, deficiency, business disputes and receiverships. She also conducts mediations and serves as a pro tem short trial judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court. She has been certified as a Commercial Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Commercial Rights Specialists since 1994 and is a past president of that organization. She has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America since 1996, and has held an A-V rating, the highest available, since 1989. Ms. Carlyon is a founding member of Carlyon Cica, Chtd. CCClaw.Vegas
Secretary, Chapter Administrator Communications Committee Chair
Dee Simpson is a CRA Program Administrator for Zions Bancorporation locally housed at Nevada State Bank. She has been with the Zions Bancorporation family of Banks for 10 years.
Member at Large
April Wilson has over 25 years of banking experience with eight being in portfolio management. Starting with Lexicon Bank in 2019 as a Vice President, Underwriter, she now serves as Vice President, Relationship Manager. April holds certifications in Banking, Finance, Lending and Merit Time Management. She earned her certificate in Advanced SBA Collection and Liquidation from the American Institute of Banking and the Professional Development Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Darwin L. Hopwood
Darwin Hopwood has extensive financial and business management experience. Darwin has worked in the investment industry, for a large regional bank and for an agency of the U.S. Treasury Department as a bank regulator.
In addition, Darwin owned his own business in Las Vegas for 18 years. Darwin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in business administration, and a Nevada real estate license and business broker permit. Darwin consults with small business owners on the use of planning and financial management tools to grow their business and develop exit plans. Darwin is an adjunct professor at the Lee Business School at UNLV where he teaches finance, commercial banking, and management and leadership and serves as coordinator for the Lee Business School Commercial Banking Program. Darwin also teaches the Emerging Leaders program for the Las Vegas office of Small Business Administration.
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