Grandpoint Bank Promotes Christine Tonello to Senior Vice President

Tonello headshotAs with many things in business, it takes a team to process our customers’ loan requests from inception to execution, and we’re happy to report that we just promoted one of those team members to Senior Vice President and Senior Underwriter.

Christine Tonello originally thought she wanted to be a nurse, but a pesky case of “blood injury phobia” swayed her to try banking instead. Clearly, she excelled. The nursing spirit still courses through her veins, though. She says one of her primary drivers in both her work and personal life is to make “people feel special and important.”

Christine has always worked on the credit side of banking, and when it comes to processing loans, she says, “Nothing is about the individual. Everyone on our team pitches in. What’s important is that the loan got booked; the customer was taken care of.” She added that her favorite part of her job is watching a group of people work together toward a common goal.

She also appreciates the diversity of the people and businesses served by Grandpoint’s Encino office, where she works. “No loan is ever the same,” she said. “Nothing is ever cookie-cutter, and I never get bored.”

Her behind-the-scenes work to help others succeed hasn’t been limited to Grandpoint Bank. Through her service with Rotary Club of Ventura, she was named Rotarian of the Year and twice as a Paul Harris Fellow – a fellowship that recognizes achievement in funds donated to or raised for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. She also served on the board of Ventura Boys & Girls Club and Ventura Boys & Girls Club Foundation.

After many years of supporting her daughter Michelle in her equestrian pursuits (her daughter was a National Sportsmanship Award winner and trained with a nationally-recognized coach) and supporting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Christine now enjoys putting their family pooch, GQ, through agility training for competition.

While she appreciates fun activities like working with GQ and spending time with her family, Christine values the good things in her life all the more after seeing her daughter through two near-death experiences – one occurring while Christine was attending and graduating from Pacific Coast Banking School with honors. Happily, Michelle recovered fully from both, and Christine remains grateful and proud of what she and her family have accomplished.

She concedes, though, that she couldn’t do one tenth of what she does in her life without her wonderful husband Paul’s support. She also says she envies the impact her husband and her daughter have on the lives of others through their work as social science teachers, but we know that plenty of people would say the same about Christine. We’re certainly proud to have her on our team.



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