Banking & Lending

Samantha McElhaney | Commercial Banker


About: As a History major at Rhodes College, Samantha really had no clue what she wanted to be “when she grew up” like all the confident students around her in Memphis. What she did know was that she loved working for the bank and helping families with their financial needs. She was graduating with a business minor so she thought she could put that to use by staying on with the bank and training under other managers. Twenty-five years later, she has worked in the areas of retail branch banking, Learning and Development, Management, Business Banking and Commercial Banking for four banking institutions.

After being in the financial services industry for almost 25 years, Samantha has realized this job is about connecting the right people together because every human’s calling in life is to PAY IT FORWARD. Sometimes that can mean connecting them to someone not in the financial services arena - NOTHING TO DO WITH BANKING! By placing her client’s needs first, she is gaining their trust and becoming a more important part of their overall team. This is what she loves most about her job and has since the first day in supermarket branch in the early 1990’s.

Specialties: Samantha’s title is Commercial Banker which means she can help a company with their loan request, deposit account, or cash management solution. Most importantly, Samantha enjoys asking a few more questions of the owner, or key decision maker, so that she’s not only solving for the immediate need of the client, but also solving for the long term needs/requests/priorities of the company. Therefore, Samantha is known for bringing partners (inside and outside) of the company to her meetings with clients and prospects to aide in gathering information, formulating options, and providing solutions and next steps. Without partners, Samantha cannot be successful and neither can her clients towards meeting their goals and dreams - personally or professionally.

Quote: “Choose a job title that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” - Confucius

Connect: Contact Samantha at or at (678) 626-3829, or visit her website below!


Christine O'Brien | Senior Loan Officer


About: With many years of experience in the mortgage banking industry, and extensive practice in originating home loans for both purchase and refinance, Christine is a firm believer in excellent customer service and offering the most competitive pricing.

When working with Christine and New American Funding you’ll receive:

  • Professional advice and support in making your home financing decisions

  • A full spectrum of loan products from which to choose

  • Consistent communication and follow up throughout the loan process from myself and New American Funding’s in-house operations team

  • Industry leading close times

Connect: Contact Christine at or at (770) 298-0555!