Wine industry veteran DeLuca joins Wells Fargo

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SANTA ROSA -- Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) announced the hiring of Perry DeLuca as industry head and team leader for the Wine, Food & Beverage group in its Santa Rosa-based North Coast Commercial Lending Office.

In that role, Mr. DeLuca, a 10-year veteran of wine industry finance, will provide lending and other banking services to middle market industry companies with revenues over $25 million for the San Francisco-based bank, with emphasis on western states.

Mr. DeLuca joins the group after 15 years in financial services. For the past decade, he has focused on financial services to wineries, beverage companies and the food and agricultural industry, according to a release from the bank.

“I am thrilled that Perry has joined our organization and brings such strong industry expertise to our customers and prospects in the wine, food and beverage sectors,” said James Kimball, senior vice president and regional manager for the North Coast commercial banking office. “I know that his advisory skills and deep relationships will be huge factors in helping us achieve our goal of increasing our lending to these important industries.”

In his most recent role, Mr. DeLuca served as a director at Cleveland-based KeyBank’s Capital Markets division, where he was the national head of Wine & Spirits/Beverage Distribution. He also served at San Francisco investment banking firm WR Hambrecht + Co. and in middle market commercial banking at Washington D.C.-based Riggs Bank. Mr. DeLuca also served in the nation’s capital as a press secretary and legislative assistant for California 13th District Congressman Pete Stark.

Born and raised in San Mateo, Mr. Deluca has spent the last decade in San Francisco. A graduate of the Haas Graduate School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, he is an associate member of the California Wine Institute.

The Wells Fargo North Coast Commercial Banking Office focuses on the territory from Marin County to the Oregon border.

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