[caption id="attachment_43102" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Tom Rose joins Circle Bank as vice president/area manager for Sonoma County"][/caption]

NOVATO/SONOMA COUNTY – Novato-based Circle Bank has hired long-time community banking executive Tom Rose for the newly created position of vice president and area manager for Sonoma County.

Mr. Rose will manage the bank’s two Sonoma County branches, in Santa Rosa and Petaluma. He spent more than two decades working at banks including Mechanics Bank, Home Savings of America and Citibank, and comes to Circle after 10 years in the 24-branch Fremont Bank.

“As a recognized leader among local banks and with a strong history in SBA lending, we are poised to expand our presence,” said Erick Kostuchek, senior vice president of branch administration.

Circle Bank operates six branches, with $316.7 million in total assets, and reported its 49th consecutive profitable quarter on Sept. 30.