CapStar forms health care group

Team looks to double $100M in commitments

CapStar Bank has created a health care team that will look to make its mark with the region’s biggest sector.

CapStar officials say they have more than $100 million in commitments in place to health care companies. Senior Vice President Tim Fouts, on the left in our photo, is leading the group and said he is focusing on companies with renewable revenue streams, such as those providing dialysis, behavioral health, technology or hospice services.

Also part of the health care group are VP Clif Tant, who will be a principal, and Senior Risk Officer Julie Varner. Like Fouts, they have been with CapStar since it opened its doors in July of 2008.

“The leadership trio at the helm of our new health care group has been building the lending portfolio for this sector over the past several years,” said President and CEO Claire Tucker. “They are expected to double the health care portfolio for CapStar over the next three to five years.”

Fouts, who came to CapStar from JPMorgan Chase, said that growth will likely mean adding bankers to his team, both from inside and outside the bank. CapStar has in recent months recruited several high-profile names, including former Fifth Third regional president Dan Hogan, although those hires have focused on the bank’s executive suite.

Tucker and Fouts also are looking for CapStar to play a larger part in the syndication market, where it can chip in on large loan packages. Today, the bank’s house limit stands at $8 million. Growing that number will be a sign of success for Fouts.

“With our rapid growth,” he said. “We hope for some latitude on that in the next 12 to 24 months.”