About Your Las Vegas RMA Board
David R. Navarro
President, Programs Committee Chair
David R. Navarro, CRC, is a Las Vegas native born and raised. He currently works in Pacific Premier Bank’s Commercial Lending Group as a Senior Vice President / Director of Commercial Banking. David has spent the last several years of his career in the field of commercial banking serving a diverse group of commercial banking clients in the Las Vegas area. He started his career at a regional bank and has since worked for some of the largest banks in the country. He has held several positions in banking ranging from credit analyst to his current role.
He is a proud graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, holding his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the field of accounting. David is also very involved in the banking industry and in his community. David currently serves as the President of the Risk Management Association’s Las Vegas Chapter, served on the Risk Management Association’s Academic Committee, which helps universities nationwide, develop curriculum for the field of commercial banking, serves on the American Bankers Association’s Emerging Leaders Council, serves as an advisory board member for UNLV’s Commercial Banking Program, serves on the UNLV Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee. In the past, David has also been involved with the following organizations: Nevada Bankers Association, Vegas Young Professionals, Toastmasters International, and Junior Achievement.
Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Marvelyn, and their young daughter, Mia Isabella. In his spare time, his hobbies include working out, running, volunteering, traveling, going to concerts, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Immediate Past President, Education Committee Chair
Walter Hashimoto is Vice President, Senior Loan Officer, for Bank of Nevada a division of Western Alliance Bank. He serves clients throughout Nevada as a team leader for the commercial and industrial lending and the medical lending groups. Mr. Hashimoto has over 30 years of banking industry experience and is active in the community, serving on numerous nonprofit boards.
Vice President, Sponsorship 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.
David C. Williams
Academic Committee Chair
David C. Williams joined the RMA Board in Summer 2010. A former commercial (trust department, real estate lending/REO and credit analysis) and investment banker (equity research) both in the US and abroad, his consulting firm Explorateur Ventures, Ltd advises startup and growth-oriented companies with a finance and operations emphasis. Since 2009 he is an Adjunct Faculty member at UNLV, where he teaches at the Lee Business School and Boyd Law School, in entrepreneurship with a finance and management focus. He is a CPA in the States of Nevada and Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Kansas and MBA in Finance and International Business from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas. Dave is a Life Member of both universities’ alumni associations.
He has been a resident of Las Vegas since early 2006 and is active in the community. An avid outdoor and fitness enthusiast, Dave has completed the Las Vegas and St George, Utah marathons.
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 Commercial 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 a current member of 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.
Secretary, Chapter Administrator Communications Committee Chair
Jodi Johnson is a Senior Loan Risk Grade Analyst in the Credit Administration Department of Nevada State Bank. She has been with the Zions Bancorporation family of Banks for 20 years. Jodi graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Jodi paddles on the Desert Dragons competitive traveling dragon boat team and serves on their Board of Directors.
Rachelle Crupi was born and raised in Las Vegas, a UNLV Finance and Pacific Coast Banking graduate I started my banking career in 1984. Most of my career was in commercial lending focusing on real estate. One of the highlights of my career was being a founding employee at Nevada First Bank (acquired in 2006 by Bank of Nevada), reaching profitability just 6 months after opening. The bank grew to approximately $200 million in assets within the first five years. After leaving Nevada First Bank, I joined BankWest of Nevada, now known as Bank of Nevada as Executive Vice President and Regional President. My first big assignment was to open Bank of Nevada’s new Hualapai location, a stunning building that blends in beautifully with the environment, and which became profitable immediately after opening. During my time at BON I have expanded my job to oversee five additional branches.
Although I really enjoy my banking career, my true passion is volunteer work and travel. Currently I am Board President of The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, Southern Nevada Affiliate. Our mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. I am also on the board of the Nevada State Development Corporation, which is a non-profit organization licensed by the SBA to underwrite, process, fund, and service loans through the 504 Loan Program. We have helped nearly 1,500 businesses obtain approximately $1.8 billion in real estate and equipment financing, leading to the creation of approximately 1,900 new jobs. Previous boards have been the Risk Management Association and American Disabilities Association. My husband of ten years (News 3 reporter Steve Crupi) and I have a passion for international travel. We enjoy traveling to Southern Africa to view endangered wildlife and assist with conservation efforts. Traveling outside of the United States helps me to both appreciate what we have here at home, and expand my understanding of how things can be improved for the future.
A few quotes that I enjoy:
“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”
– From The Great Law of The Iroquois Confederacy
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”
-The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss
Anna is the Business Banking Market Executive for Nevada where she is responsible for the overall performance of all Business Banking activities.
Anna is new to Bank of America. Prior to her new role with Bank of America, Anna had been a Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo in Southern Nevada for the last 12 years. She led a team of business bankers who worked to satisfy the deposit and lending financial needs of businesses in Southern Nevada. Prior to that position, she had worked in roles with increasing responsibility in the Wells Fargo Business and Government Banking division since the year 2000. In total, she has more than 27 years of experience in the banking industry in Las Vegas. She has also functioned as the Southern Nevada Chapter President of the Risk Management Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.
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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