Management Team

Ciaran McMullan

Ciaran McMullan - President / CEO

Ciaran is a native of Northern Ireland, who grew up in the rural and agricultural north east of the country. He held senior roles in the banking sector in both Europe and Australia, before moving to the US, where he has served as Chairman of the Great Western Bancorporation and Chief Executive Officer of National Australia Bank Americas in the Midwest, and has been a Managing Director with Cappello Capital Corporation in California. His expertise is in agriculture and supporting the growth of small business. He is a graduate of both Stirling University and Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, and has attended the Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program in Agribusiness.

Peter Nutz

Peter Nutz - Chief Credit Officer

Peter grew up in Southwestern Germany near Stuttgart and moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend graduate school. Prior to joining Suncrest, he held senior risk positions with Rabobank in the US and Europe, most recently as Risk Executive for Retail and Small Business in Poland. Previously, he served as Executive Director for Special Assets and as Senior Ag Credit Officer for Rabobank's Rural & Retail Division while located in Fresno, California. Earlier in his career he worked for the Farm Credit System in St. Paul, MN and was also Director of Finance for the Offutt Companies, a vertically integrated agribusiness headquartered in Fargo, ND. He holds Masters degrees in Economics, Mathematics and Combinatorics from the University of Minnesota and from the Universität Ulm, Germany.

Jean Carandang

Jean Carandang - Chief Financial Officer

Jean started her career as a certified public accountant and auditor with KPMG LLP in Los Angeles, Ms. Carandang then spent the next twelve years in various finance and risk roles at Quaker City Bank in Whittier, CA before joining PFF Bank and Trust, Rancho Cucamonga, CA in 2005 as Senior Vice President and Financial Controller. In 2008, she joined NASDAQ listed Simplicity Bank in Covina, CA, serving as Chief Financial Officer until its merger with HomeStreet Bank in 2015. Ms. Carandang holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles.


Nathan Halls

Nathan Halls, Deputy Chief Credit Officer

A life-long valley resident, members of Nathan's family have been in business (Banking, Insurance and Agriculture) in Visalia for four generations. Raised in Sanger, Ca. Nathan is a graduate of California State University Fresno and Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle. Nathan, his wife and two children reside in Visalia where he is active in the United Way of Tulare County, Reaching Higher, Visalia Chamber of Commerce, The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, AYSO Soccer and Visalia Bible Study Fellowship.

Dustin Della

Dustin Della, Porterville Branch President

Dustin is a native of Porterville, and grew up on the family dairy farm just west of Porterville. Dustin attended Strathmore High School and graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2004. He began his banking career at Fresno Madera Farm Credit, and then moved back to Porterville to take a position with Bank of the Sierra. Dustin spent 8 years with Bank of the Sierra becoming VP Senior Loan officer, specializing in both Agricultural and Commercial loans. He is involved in several community organizations, including Porterville NJB, the Porterville Fair and Porterville High School's Academy of Business to name a few.

Craig Howells

Craig Howells, VP Government Guaranteed Lending

Craig is a native of Clovis and is a graduate of the University of the Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business in Stockton. He is currently enrolled in Fresno State's Executive MBA Program. Craig began his career with Wells Fargo Bank in Stockton in 1988 and has worked for both small and large institutions in the Central Valley. Craig also worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration at their Commercial Loan Servicing Center in Fresno. His expertise is in SBA and USDA financing.