The Banker

Stephanie Castagnier Dunn is a national small business lender with over 20 years of experience and a clear passion for serving business owners. Ranked among the nation’s top ten small business bankers for over 20 consecutive years,  Dunn has worked in the top ranks of the nation’s leading SBA Banks, helping to create innovative ways for her institutions to enhance operating efficiencies, scale digital processes, and provide needed access to capital to countless small businesses across the U.S. 

Dunn is a native of Montreal Canada, fluent in English and French with a business degree from McGill University. She moved to America and began her financial career as an advocate for small business owners.

Currently Dunn lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband Chris and their beautiful busy twins.  Both side of their families comes from a long line of proud hard-working entrepreneurs.  They understand the dynamics of family business and how best to provide financial solutions that make sense.


For over twenty years Dunn has had the opportunity to help build various national leading banks from General Manager/Director of SBA Channel Partners at Live Oak Bank, SBA National Sales Manager for First Bank NC, and currently SBA Department President for Incredible Bank.


As SBA National Sales Manager for First Bank based in Southern Pines, NC., Dunn was responsible for building the SBA team nationally and closed over $275 Million in SBA 7(a) loans in the second year of operations.  As SBA Department President for Incredible Bank based in Wausau, WI, in less than 18 months, Dunn established and built a national SBA department currently ranked in the top 2% of SBA loan production nationally.

Within these varied management positions, she has consistently produced an average of over $150 Million in SBA 7(a) loans annually.












There are many ways to describe the bi-lingual, multi-faceted Dunn. She is an astute businesswoman, small business champion, philanthropist, author, and national speaker. Her accomplishments and societal contributions include:

  • SBA Department President at River Valley Bank / Incredible Bank

  • SVP / SBA National Sales Manager at First Bank NC

  • Director / General Manager at Live Oak Bank

  • National Sales Manager / Founding Shareholder at SBA Complete

  • Contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice with Donald Trump – 2010 / Executive Director of the Trump Network

  • SVP/President’s Circle at Temecula Valley Bank

  • SVP/President’s Circle at Excel National Bank

  • Board Member and Finance Committee Member for Coastal Horizons Center North Carolina           

  • Past Board of Director Member for the National Alliance for Grieving Children

  • Past Board Member of the NHRMC Hospital Foundation in North Carolina

  • Past Founding Board of Director Wessex 504 CDC in Chicago IL

  • Past Board Member of Somercor504 CDC in Chicago, IL

  • Past Board Member of the Primo Center for Homeless Women and Children