SANTA ROSA/INLAND EMPIRE - AltaPacific Bancorp, the parent company of AltaPacific Bank, today announced the opening of a new  branch in Rancho Cucamundo.

Russ Scranton has been hired as senior vice president and regional manager of the Inland Empire Region and Frank Basirico is in the position of president, Southern California Region.

“It is wonderful to once again be working with Charlie Hall, the bank’s president and CEO, as well as members of the board of directors, many of whom I have known for several years,” said Mr. Scranton. “Charlie has been a long time friend and former business colleague. The board of directors and management of AltaPacific Bank have done an excellent job in growing and developing the bank during these turbulent economic times. The bank continues to be profitable, has excellent asset quality and the capital ratios are among the highest in the state. It is quite obvious that they have implemented a very successful business plan.”

The branch is located at 9373 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga.

"We are very excited to launch our expansion into the Southern California market under the leadership of Frank Basirico and Russ Scranton. These are great men who serve as excellent examples of community bankers dedicated to serving the needs of the customer,” said Mr. Hall. “Russ has assembled an excellent team and I know they will all be successful in attracting new business relationships.”

Santa Rosa headquartered AltaPacific was founded in 2006 and has assets in excess of $83 million. The bank has 16 employees.