New Mexico Market President
Raymond Baer joined the WestStar Team in June of 2019, and in 2021 Baer was named New Mexico Market President. In this role, Raymond is focused on growing the bank’s presence not only in the Las Cruces area, but the entire New Mexico market. He is responsible for leading the commercial lending team that serves New Mexico with an emphasis on increasing loan growth throughout the state.
With over 41 years of banking experience, Raymond is a seasoned executive and proven leader. He began his banking career in 1981 serving for 20 years in the El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM markets. Prior to joining WestStar, Raymond served as a Regional Division Manager for a major national bank where he was responsible for the business banking teams in the state of Arizona.
Throughout his career, Raymond has also been an active member in various communities serving on boards in El Paso (TX), Tempe (AZ), Tucson (AZ), and Seattle (WA).
Raymond is a native of New Mexico and is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.