Location: Washington, DC
Practice areas: Commercial banking and small business lending
Last year, the Washington Business Journal ranked State Bank of India (California) as the 13th-largest SBA lender in the Washington market. “This is a great achievement for a bank that has been in the market only a couple of years and previously had almost no visibility, except among some in the diaspora,” says Rokas Beresniovas. “One of [our] most recent loans helped create 30 local jobs in Washington, DC. We also host interns from around the world at the bank. Participation in the community is one of the most foundational ways of gaining the trust of others.” In 2007, Beresniovas joined the Georgetown Business Association, and in 2012, he was named president. He has also served on the board of directors for Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, the Georgetown Ministry Center and Global Tassels, which provides college opportunities for underprivileged youth.
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“Rokas provided valuable advice and offered key business introductions to help me develop my business plan. Without his initiative and insights, it would have been difficult to achieve the right ‘lift-to-drag ratio’ to launch my small business. If you are looking for an advisor who is thinking about your needs and potential solutions even before you realize them yourself, you should select Rokas as your banker.” – Hemant Bakshi, Partner, Axxis Capital Group