Area Manager – El Paso
Lorena is Senior Vice President at Far West Capital’s El Paso office. In her role, she is responsible for managing client relationships, new client contracts, collections, deposits, and sales at the El Paso office.
Prior to joining Far West Capital in 2008 as a Senior Account Manager, Lorena was the Senior Account Manager at Sierra Finance for three years. At Sierra Finance, she was responsible for a variety of services including creating factoring schedules and managing QuickBooks.
Lorena is passionate about providing superb customer service, which can be seen through Far West Capital’s long-term client relationships. Lorena is fluent in Spanish and uses this skill to connect with new and existing clients in the El Paso area. Lorena is also a member of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Senior Account Manager
Don Stricklin is the chairman of Far West Capital. Prior to joining Far West Capital, Don was President and CEO of State Bank and Texas United Bancshares in La Grange, Texas. Texas United grew from $80 million in 1997 to more than $1.8 billion in assets by February 2007, with 41 locations prior to its merger with Prosperity Bancshares. Texas United operated under four subsidiaries: State Bank, GNB, Gateway National Bank and Northwest Bank. Prior to joining Texas United in 1996, Don was Senior Vice President at Bank One Mortgage in Dallas. He also served in several management positions with Bank One in the community bank division, including President and CEO of Bank One in Abilene, Texas. Don served on the board of Prosperity Bancshares, Inc., formerly Texas United Bancshares, until he joined Far West Capital in 2007.
Don was a national bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and received his commission in 1985. He is a former Director of The Independent Bankers Bank (TIB) in Irving, Texas and was recently named one of the finalists competing for the Stevie Award as Best Executive at the 2005 American Business Awards in New York City.
Don holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas State University.
President & CEO
Cole Harmonson is President and CEO of Far West Capital. Prior to Far West Capital, Cole was the Founder and Senior Vice President of State Bank’s Working Capital Finance Group (WCFG), the asset based lending and factoring division of State Bank. In 1996, Cole joined State Bank to start the WCFG, where he managed the business until the sale to Prosperity Bank in February 2007. Prior to joining State Bank, he was Vice President at The National Bank of Texas in Fort Worth.
Cole is currently a board member of the Central Texas Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, the American Factoring Association, Entrepreneur’s Organization, and the Association for Corporate Growth. He is a member of the Commercial Finance Association, the Independent Banker’s Association of Texas, the Texas Banker’s Association, the International Factoring Association, and the Association for Corporate Growth. He is the past chairman of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Access to Capital committee.
Cole holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University.