When Dr. Kierian Kuklok made the decision to branch out and begin his own practice, Carmel Mountain Oral & Facial Surgery, he was faced with the decision of what bank to choose for his Small Business Administration loan.
After numerous interviews with various banks, Kuklok chose Banco Popular, primarily due to the efforts of Liz Schaper.
Banco Popular is a 112-year-old bank with its own in-house construction loan group. The bank provides both 504 and 7(a) loans to small businesses of all types — from retail to manufacturing. Schaper is the vice president, business development officer of the SBA Division and has distinguished herself by creating a niche with medical practitioners.
Through Banco Popular, Kuklok was able to receive 75 percent financing for his new office facility off Carmel Mountain Road in San Diego. The new office reunited an experienced staff, which had worked together in the past at a large, oral and maxillofacial surgery group practice. The SBA loan gave everyone a chance to choose each and every feature put in the new office.
“I felt most comfortable with Banco Popular and Liz Schaper while I was in the process of interviewing,” Kuklok said. “Liz was able to fit time into her schedule and conducted business with a personal touch. We signed the papers on a Saturday at Starbucks. Even today, Liz in always available to talk to about any questions and concerns I may have.”
The new facility has been open since September of 2004 and the future continues to look bright for Carmel Mountain Oral & Facial Surgery.