what we do

Not only are we experienced, but we are passionate about the industry.
Specializing in the placement of Banking & Financial Services professionals

Bankers1st is more than just a Financial Executive Recruitment Firm. We are dedicated to connecting top-tier Banking & Finance Professionals with commercial banks across the nation to ensure the perfect match. Not only are we experienced, but we are passionate about the business. With expert staff, we focus on top of the line candidates who can deliver the results you seek. Our goal is not only to meet the growing business needs of commercial banks and financial companies across the U.S., but to provide quality professionals with 5+ years experience on whom our clients can rely. Just like you, we are in the financial services industry to provide excellent service when it comes to both candidates and clients.

  • SBA LENDING PROFESSIONALS

    Business Development Officers, Underwriters, Portfolio Managers, Closers

  • COMMERCIAL BANKING PROFESSIONALS

    C&I Lenders, Middle Market Lenders, Business Bankers, Community Bankers, Specialized Lenders

  • EQUIPMENT LEASING
  • FINANCIAL WEALTH ADVISORS

    Private Banking, Trust Officers

Who We Are

Not only are we experienced, but we are passionate about what we do.
Fred Paprin
President
Fred spent a bulk of his career as a brand marketer and entertainment licensing executive. Supporting his wife in relocation to expand her career, Fred came to Atlanta & brought his marketing and sales expertise to the world of commercial banking. In his free time, he enjoys binge watching TV with family.
Ben Sillins
Chief Recruiting Officer
A senior-level executive search professional with 30 years of experience in Financial Services, Ben is a co-founder Bankers1st. He is a connoisseur of fine food, wine, world travel and is actively involved in a number of regional and national charities.
Kendall Calver
Vice President
Since 1998, Kendall has built a healthy professional recruiting network based on trust, humor and the gift of gab.  Kendall’s other passion is her family, which includes her husband, son and two dogs.  She loves reading, wine tasting and traveling.  “Do what you love, love what you do!”
Shari Judenberg
Operations Manager
After a long career in HR, Shari brought her expertise to Bankers1st and has become the ultimate resource for company knowledge. When not at work, Shari donates her time to various charities and sits on several boards. She loves spending time with her family and sitting on a beach with a book.
Don Householder
Senior Consultant
Donald has worked in the financial services industry for over 42 years. He is a avid coin collector & enjoys meeting people from different walks of life.
Oscar Trujillo
Executive Recruiter
After spending 5 years as a recruiter in the U.S. Marine Corps, Oscar joined the Bankers1st team. An experienced recruiter, he was recently elected to the Board of Planning and Zoning in Minneola, FL. Oscar is also a big fan of Marvel, DC Comics and is a Star Wars geek.
John Yenney
Managing Director-Commercial Lending
John has over 20 years of recruitment expertise and specializes in placing Commercial Lending, Commercial Real Estate and SBA Professionals. He lives within sight of Mt. Hood in Portland, Oregon and enjoys spending his free time playing golf and hiking in the Cascades.
Frederic St. Laurent
Senior Executive Recruiter
Frederic has more than 20 years recruiting experience in Financial Services and Banking. He has four children, two grandchildren and has been married to his best friend for more than 30 years. His passion is connecting exemplary people with life changing opportunities. He enjoys fishing, cooking and date nights.
Ashley Pope
Social Media Coordinator
Ashley Pope is a Georgia State University graduate, and is currently working on her MBA in Entrepreneurial Management. She enjoys writing and is a huge fan of movies. Her dream is to travel the world and enjoy life.

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