Shaza Andersen Organizer - Director, and Chief Executive Officer
Shaza Andersen serves as the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Trustar Bank. Trustar Bank serves the Greater Washington market focusing on delivering personal service, responsiveness and a willingness to tailor products and services to meet the needs of our customers.
Trustar Bank is the first Virginia based bank to be chartered in over a decade.
Most recently, Ms. Andersen served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Sandy Spring Bank. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Andersen founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of WashingtonFirst Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. Ms. Andersen’s leadership grew the Bank from a single De Novo branch to over $2 billion in assets, with 19 branches in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Ms. Andersen completed the sale WFBI to Sandy Spring Bancorp (NASDQ: SASR) for $489M in stock, which equates to 256% of its tangible book value. By dollar value, it is the largest banking deal in the Mid-Atlantic region and ranks among the 10 largest deals in the country.
Ms. Andersen serves on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Amalgamated Casualty Insurance Company and a past member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where she was the Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Housing Committee and also served on the Treasury Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Ms. Andersen founded the Trustar Youth Foundation (formerly the WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation), a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the physical, social, and mental well-being of children in the Greater Washington area. In addition, Ms. Andersen donates her time and talent to organizations that focus on children, entrepreneurship and education including: the INOVA Foundation Health Board, Artists and Athletes Alliance, the National Association of Women Business Owners Leadership Circle, the Executive Board of the Blitz for the Better Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, the George Mason University Dean’s Advisory Council, the International Women’s Forum of Washington, DC, and the Global Good Fund Advisory Board. She previously served on the Board of Trustees for Youth For Tomorrow, the Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, and was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Recognized by American Banker as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch and named a Top Banker by SmartCEO Magazine (twice), Ms. Andersen has also been honored with an ABC7 WJLA-TV & Toyota Dealers’ Tribute to Working Women award. She has been named one of the Top 100 Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine and designated by the Washington Business Journal as one of their Power 100 (twice), 50 Fastest Growing Companies (twice), Women Who Mean Business, and Most Admired CEO. Capitol File Magazine recently selected Ms. Andersen for “The List” of prominent business and community leaders in the Washington, DC area. A favored and sought-after authority on banking and capital market issues, Ms. Andersen has appeared on CNBC and Fox News, and been featured in Forbes Magazine, the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine.
George W. Connors - Director, President, and Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Connors most recently served as EVP and Division Head of the Virginia and Washington D.C. commercial markets for Sandy Spring Bank. Prior to this position, Mr. Connors was a founding director and served as President and Chief Credit Officer of WashingtonFirst Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. Under Mr. Connors’ leadership, the loan portfolio grew to $1.8 billion in the 14 year history from its start with a lending limit growing from $1.6 million at inception to $40 million in its 14 year history. The loan quality was held to a high standard with NPA’s consistently kept well under 1%, including during the times of acquisitions of other banks.
Mr. Connors serves as Chairman of United Cerebral Palsy of Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia (serving on Board since 2002). He is currently a member of the faculty of the National Commercial Lending School under the Center for Financial Training (faculty member since 2001), where he also serves on the Board (since 2004). He is active in his community serving as the Treasurer of The Falls Church Anglican as well as the Treasurer of 6565 Arlington Boulevard, LLC, the real estate entity that manages the Church, a 144,000 SF office building and a 560 parking space garage (since 2013). He was active in the scouting community in Arlington, VA serving as Pack Master and Life to Eagle Coordinator for Pack 641 and Troop 106, respectively.
Since 2016, Mr. Connors has served as a US Trustee to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, an organization that raises funds and develops sustainable projects in disaster stricken regions of the world; and Treasurer for WashingtonFirst Youth Foundation. More recently, he was appointed to the Virginia Bankers Association as a member of the Lending Executives Committee and to the Board of Advisors for Junior Tennis Championship Center in College Park, MD.
Mr. Connors graduated from Centre College with a BS in Economics and holds an MBA from George Mason University.
Anthony Fabiano - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Fabiano has over 25 years of banking experience, most recently serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Hollywood, Florida based Coastal Community Bank, NA (In Organization). Prior to this position, Mr. Fabiano served as the Chief Risk Officer for Stonegate Bank in Pompano Beach, Florida from 2010 – 2017 which was acquired by Home BancShares, Inc. (operating as Centennial Bank) in September 2017. Mr. Fabiano assisted Stonegate Bank in growing its balance sheet from $500 million to $3.1 billion in total assets prior to its sale. As a key member of the pre-acquisition and due diligence teams, he was instrumental in helping Stonegate Bank navigate through seven bank acquisitions during his tenure. From 2008 – 2010, Mr. Fabiano served as the Chief Financial Officer for American National Bank in Oakland Park, Florida, and from 1995 – 2008, Mr. Fabiano served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance for BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which was later acquired by BB&T.
Mr. Fabiano earned an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from St. John’s University in New York City and a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany. He has been a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) since 1999.