Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer (CLO)
Raymond Baer joined WestStar as Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer in June of 2019. Raymond leads a team of approximately 30 experienced bankers comprised of commercial, construction and consumer lending as well as our personal bankers.
With over 38 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. Most recently, Raymond served as a Regional Division Manager for a major national bank responsible for the business banking teams in the state of Arizona.
During his career, Raymond has been an active member of the community serving on boards in El Paso, Tempe, Arizona, Tucson, Arizona and Seattle, Washington.
Raymond is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.