February 10, 2014
As the popularity of craft beer continues to increase in the North Bay and beyond, so too have the efforts among lenders to provide expertise and capital for the industry’s growth, according to brewers, bankers, advocates and advisers of the craft beer industry.
January 27, 2014
Leaders at North Bay lending institutions, listed in alphabetical order: AltaPacific, American River Bank, Argent Bank, Bank of America, Bank of Marin, Bank of Napa, Bank of the West, Comerica Bank, Exchange Bank, First Community Bank, First Northern Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Luther Burbank Savings, Mechanics Bank, North Valley Bank, Presidio Bank, Rabobank, Redwood Credit Union, State Assistance Fund for Enterprise Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO), Silicon Valley Bank, Summit State Bank, Travis Credit Union, Umpqua Bank, Union Bank, U.S. Bank, Warren Capital Corp., Wells Fargo and Westamerica Bank.
October 28, 2013
Santa Rosa’s First Community Bank has partnered with Marin Clean Energy to launch an on-bill repayment program for energy-efficiency improvement projects, offering what the power agency said is a convenient and cost-competitive financing option for its power customers in Marin County and the city of Richmond.
September 16, 2013
SANTA ROSA — First Community Bank is realizing a sustained financial turnaround since its recession-related losses peaked two years ago, restoring profitability and improving asset quality while attracting new demand for loans.
September 16, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Financial regulators told Santa Rosa’s First Community Bank this month that they have ended a period of heightened scrutiny that began during the peak of the bank’s recession-related losses almost two years ago.
August 14, 2013
The Business Journal on Wednesday announced a record 75 recipients for its eighth annual Best Places to Work.
More than 6,000 employees completed the required anonymous online satisfaction survey, and thousands of comments were collected in the process.
July 22, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power, the local program to buy and produce electricity, may be one of the most exciting opportunities for Sonoma County businesses in years. We often talk about voting with our wallets and supporting local businesses, well this is our chance to walk our talk!
July 11, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Santa Rosa’s First Community Bank announced that North Bay marketing veteran Rhoann Ponseti has joined the bank as director of marketing. Her new role began today.
June 24, 2013
Debbie Fakalata, executive vice president and COO, First Community Bank
May 27, 2013
Sixteen of the North Bay’s leading women will be honored at North Bay Business Journal’s annual “Women in Business” awards gala this July, joining a select group of female executives and entrepreneurs to receive the prestigious designation.
April 1, 2013
April Hines has been named chief financial officer at First Community Bank. …
The Santa Rosa-based bank also hired Jonathan Graves as its vice president and commercial loan officer. …
Bob Bourdet, vice president and electrical division manager for Novato-based W. Bradley Electric, Inc., received the educators award from the Association of General Contractors. …
Josef Brinckmann, vice president of sustainability for Sebastopol-based Traditional Medicinals, was recently recognized by the American Herbal Products Association with an Herbal Insight Award. …
A new board of directors has been named for the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. …
March 25, 2013
Bank of Marin donated $25,000 to SchoolsRule–Marin, part of its pledge to allocate 35 percent of its total corporate giving to education-related organizations in 2013. …
After joining the board of directors for the Oakland-based Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, Kimberly Kaselionis has worked to restart a specialized loan program for women entrepreneurs in Marin County that she helped launch while chief executive of the former Circle Bank. …
Santa Rosa’s Exchange Bank celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Trust & Investment Management department this month. …
Santa Rosa native Jonathan Graves has joined First Community Bank as vice president and commercial loan officer. …
March 11, 2013
First Community Bank in January hired April Hines as chief financial officer and Jonathan Graves as vice president and commercial loan officer. …
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors elected Rolf Nelson, senior vice president of Exchange Bank, as 2013 chairman-elect. …
Brent Ainsworth, editor of the Novato Patch community news website and a former Marin Independent Journal reporter and editor, will join the county of Marin as public information officer. …
To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation, a volunteer-based organization whose goal is to ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone, appointed Jeanne Capurro the new president of its board of directors, and Rebecca Spencer and Gerard Bourguignon, Ph.D., as new board members. …
W Property Management hired Donna Nordby as North Bay director of management and leasing. …
Luann Scally joined 5th Street Financial in July as the sales manager as well as a mortgage loan office. …
Joe Scaramella joined Santa Rosa-based 5th Street Financial and W Real Estate as business development officer. …
Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards hired Robert Hawk as regional manager for the Great Lakes territory. …
January 28, 2013
Featured in this spotlight on commercial lenders are executives at American River Bank, AltaPacific, Bank of America, Bank of Marin, Bank of Napa, Bank of the West, Comerica Bank, Exchange Bank, First Community Bank, First Northern Bank, Luther Burbank Savings, JP Morgan Chase, Mechanics Bank, Presidio Bank, Rabobank, Silicon Valley Bank, Sonoma Bank, State Assistance Fund for Enterprise Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO), Summit State Bank, Travis Credit Union, U.S. Bank, Umpqua Bank, Union Bank, Warren Capital, Wells Fargo and Westamerica Bank.
October 29, 2012
The volume of small business lending backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration in the Bay Area reached an all-time high during the last fiscal year, and volume for such loans in three North Bay counties grew by more than one-third.
August 13, 2012
After leading Sonoma Bank, formerly Sonoma Valley Bank, for 26 years, long-time local banker Deborah Meekins assumed the role of president and CEO of Santa Rosa’s First Community Bank on Aug 1.
Ms. Meekins discussed her move with the North Bay Business Journal.
July 12, 2012
SANTA ROSA – First Community Bank has named Deborah Meekins as its new president and CEO, succeeding founding president and CEO, Kathy Pinkard. Ms. Meekins joins the bank from her former role as executive vice president and California market president for Spokane Washington-based Sterling Financial Corporation, which owns Santa Rosa-based Sonoma Bank.
January 16, 2012
While building homes for low-income families remains a part of Habitat for Humanity’s mission in Sonoma County, local volunteers say they’ve found a cost-effective alternative in the current economy – purchasing and renovating foreclosed houses.
December 5, 2011
NORTH BAY — Santa Rosa-based First Community Bank loaned the greatest amount of dollars to small businesses in the North Bay through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 7(a) program in the 2011 fiscal year, jumping 10 places ahead to No. 1 and joining a wave of lending both locally and across the country.
July 11, 2011
SANTA ROSA — The high cost of complying with burgeoning regulation will be the cause of even more bank consolidation than has occurred as a result of the recession, experts say.
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