Gurin receives STAR award



Steve Gurin (center), senior vice president and team lead/business banking at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, received the first ever STAR (Special Thanks for Achievement Reward) Award from the Maine District Small Business Administration office. Presenting the award are (left) Marilyn Geroux, Maine’s SBA district director and (right) Seth Goodall, SBA’s Region 1 administrator.

Steve Gurin (center), senior vice president and team lead/business banking at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, received the first ever STAR (Special Thanks for Achievement Reward) Award from the Maine District Small Business Administration office. Presenting the award are (left) Marilyn Geroux, Maine’s SBA district director and (right) Seth Goodall, SBA’s Region 1 administrator.

Steve Gurin, senior vice president and team lead/business banking at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, received the first ever STAR (Special Thanks for Achievement Reward) Award from the Maine District Small Business Administration (SBA) office at the SBA Lender Awards Ceremony in Waterville on Nov. 17.

The SBA Maine District office, in conjunction with SCORE Maine, hosted the annual Lender Awards Ceremony to honor Maine’s top performing SBA lenders for fiscal year 2015.

Gurin worked for more than six months with the Maine District Office, SBA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as a multitude of outside resources to figure out a way to structure the loans that a Maine-based company needed.

This financing allowed the employees of the business to buy out an exiting owner and to keep the business operating on the coast of Maine, saving jobs that otherwise probably would have moved out of state.

In addition to this one sizable loan, Gurin has worked on a multitude of equally important deals with the Business Banking team at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, producing a 47 percent annual increase in the number of SBA loans and 145 percent increase in SBA dollars approved in 2015 as compared to 2014.

Gurin’s office is located in the Ellsworth branch at 125 High St.

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