updated 6/14/2011 4:45:45 PM ET 2011-06-14T20:45:45

LAKEWOOD, Colo., June 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Solera National Bank, the operating subsidiary of Solera National Bancorp, Inc. (OTCBB:SLRK), is the community bank that is focused on serving Denver's ethnically diverse and dynamic communities and today announced Roy Alexander has joined its President's Community Advisory Council.

Mr. Alexander, a CPA, was formerly the Executive Director and CEO of Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA).  Since retiring from CHFA, Roy has remained committed to the community, and is active in a number of civic organizations. CHFA, a public purpose financial enterprise, is the premier affordable housing entity in Colorado. CHFA issues bonds and provides mortgage financing for first-time homebuyers, multi-family apartment developments, and small businesses. It also operates its own portfolio of apartments for lower income tenants.

Prior to joining CHFA, Roy was a financial manager with a major medical instruments manufacturer. He served as a senior audit manager with Touche Ross, a former big-eight, international accounting and consulting firm, with client responsibility in a variety of industries, and in SEC registration and reporting.

"We are delighted to welcome Roy to the Solera team. His reputation and background will complement our already extensive community outreach efforts. He will be a great asset working with my President's Community Advisory Council as Solera continues on its growth path," said Doug Crichfield, President & Chief Executive Officer of Solera National Bank.

"I love the Bank's commitment to the community. I'm looking forward to helping build new relationships with diverse community stakeholders, including the various ethnic communities, small businesses and the private sector, such as foundations, corporations and non-profit organizations," added Alexander.

The President's Community Advisory Council brings together community leaders to assist Solera National Bank in its community outreach, developing and implementing financial literacy programs and a wide variety of counsel on the banking needs of small businesses and individuals in the greater Denver market. The following members are currently serving on the Council: 

  • Roy Alexander, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, retired Executive Director and CEO
  • Tamara Banks, Taz Media, President & Freelance Journalist
  • Patricia Barela Rivera, PBR Solutions, President
  • Sr. Alicia V. Cuarón, Centro San Juan Diego, and Director, Bienestar Family Services
  • Donna Evans, Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO
  • Elinor Greenberg, EMG & Associates, President
  • Carl Griffin, Fine Line Consulting, President
  • Joshua Hanfling, The Amma Group, CEO
  • Elsa Holgúin, Rose Community Foundation, Sr. Program Officer
  • James Perea, RAC Transport & Trucking, President
  • Alberto Sanchez, Northland Holdings  
  • Nonie Willisch, Hispanic Contractors and CRS Insurance, Board Chair
  • John Wright, Asian Chamber of Commerce, President

Solera National Bank is a traditional, community commercial bank with a core-competency in understanding and servicing the culturally diverse and dynamic Hispanic market in the greater Denver market.

CONTACT: Mr. Doug Crichfield, President & CEO
         Solera National Bank
         Tel: 303-937-6429
         Email: DCrichfield@Solerabank.com

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