Name: Michael Chatas
Title: SVP - Capital Solutions
Year Joined: 2015
Where did you work before Oxford Bank? Doing what? Prior to joining Oxford I was the Ypsilanti District President at the Bank of Ann Arbor. I was responsible for fostering new relationships and opportunities within the Ypsilanti community that would generate revenue for the Bank.
What was Oxford Bank like when you first joined? What has changed? I was in charge of credit when I first joined, and for a while there was only one underwriter. Supporting Mark Morrison and his sales team was like trying to drink water from a firehose! Now that the Loan Fulfilment team has been established, it seems much less chaotic than it did just a few years ago.
What has been your proudest moment at work? Two months ago I helped a client achieve his long-standing dream of owning his own company. I’ve done many buyouts in the past, but this one was different. Perhaps because of how passionate and laser-focused he was; he knew exactly where he wanted to be and was willing to put everything on the line to do it; and we helped him get there!
What does working at Oxford Bank mean to you? Opportunity. For me it’s like the Blues Brother’s movie when they were putting their band together one musician at a time. That’s how I feel about Oxford Bank: The best RM’s, Underwriters, Closers, Managers and Bankers working together to achieve a common goal.
What is something about yourself most people wouldn't know? I collect and hand-polish Petoskey Stones, fossils and other mineral-based stones.
Tell us a little about your life outside of work. I am married, and have a son, daughter, and step-daugher, all ranging from the age of 18 to 26. I also enjoy fly-fishing, working out, and watching college football.