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Welcome Michael Donato

Get to know Michael:

Name: Michael A. Donato
Current title: Senior Vice President and Managing Director of SBA Lending at Univest Bank and Trust Co.

What is your specialty or area of focus?
I specialize in SBA Lending. SBA requires great detail and “crossing every T and dotting every I” makes my heart sing. I’m very much a people person and enjoy the interaction with the borrower and providing solutions to their needs.

Tell us about your professional experience.
Most recently, I was with Citizen’s Bank as the National Director of SBA Sales. I have 34 years of experience with 23 of them dedicated exclusively to SBA lending. Essentially, I’ve been in banking my entire career. I graduated from Villanova University (GO CATS!) with a degree in finance and a minor in accounting.

Are you actively involved in your community?
I’ve been on the Board of Directors of the Arden Theatre Company since 1999. I’m currently the Treasurer and have held that role for more than 10 years.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Nags Head, NC is my happy place. Once our car gets on the bridge connecting the Outer Banks to the mainland, my stress dissipates. This summer’s goal is to master our new wood fired pizza oven. Why wouldn’t we install a temple to carbohydrates post-pandemic?

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by? 
“Bring your attention to the place you are and the people you’re with.” It serves as a constant reminder to be present.

Personal details?
I live in Limerick with my best friend and husband of 4.5 years, Edward, and our English Lab, Tessa. Fun fact:  Edward is a Licensed Massage Therapist and I hate massages.


Univest Bank and Trust Co is Member FDIC,  Equal Housing, Opportunity and SBA Preferred Lender.