First National 1870 Creates Specialized Business Banking Team In Santa Fe

Tara Block-Archuleta

SANTA FE – First National 1870 has hired Tara Block-Archuleta and Randy Lucero to create a new Business Banking group in Santa Fe. Located at 62 Lincoln Ave., the Business Banking group is part of the local Commercial team and delivers specialized service solely focused on building relationships with small and medium-sized businesses in Los Alamos and Santa Fe.

Randy Lucero

“We are very pleased that Tara Block-Archuleta and Randy Lucero have joined us to provide Business Banking services and expertise to Santa Fe and Los Alamos,” said Dolores F. Overton, Market President for Los Alamos and Santa Fe. “Having these experienced and knowledgeable Business Bankers on our team enhances First National 1870’s ability to support the growth of the small and medium sized businesses that are the backbone of the economy in this region.”

Through Business Banking, qualified clients benefit from a credit structure and streamlined approval process. Business Banking also delivers customized support to the healthcare and professional services industries. First National 1870’s healthcare program covers a broad range of specialties including dental, veterinary, and ophthalmology. The program’s benefits include lower-than-traditional financing rates, strategies for practice acquisition, growth, and succession, and a partnership with the bank’s Treasury Management team to provide cash management services that create revenue cycle and back office efficiencies.

Block-Archuleta is Vice President, Business Banker and brings more than 20 years of experience in banking in Santa Fe. She has a deep background in business banking, consumer lending and branch management, and is also a licensed real estate professional. Block-Archuleta was most recently a Business Development Officer for a community bank in Santa Fe working with businesses of all sizes to help them maximize their business potential through various channels and connections. She is an active member of the Santa Fe community and is currently a board member of the St. Michael’s High School Foundation and a director of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

Lucero is Assistant Vice President, Business Banker and has more than 15 years of experience in financial services. His previous responsibilities include business and commercial banking, as well as personal banking and branch management. Most recently Lucero was a Business Relationship Manager/Commercial Lender in Santa Fe for a national bank working with clients with annual gross revenues of $5MM-$20MM. Lucero has been an advisor on the Small Business Advisory Council of the Santa Fe Business Incubator since 2014, is an active member of the local Chambers of Commerce, and coaches youth sports.

About Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank, First National 1870, and Guardian Mortgage have come together to elevate the community banking experience by providing relationship focused financial solutions to meet personal, business and wealth management objectives. With 56 personal banking locations, approximately $4 billion in assets as of June 30, 2018, and headquarters in Denver, Colo., the company operates as Sunflower Bank in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Arizona, and First National 1870 in New Mexico and Texas. Guardian Mortgage is its dedicated home mortgage provider serving the company’s entire banking footprint and additional geographies. First National 1870 and Guardian Mortgage are divisions of Sunflower Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. To learn more visit,, or

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