John Polen, President and CEO of Premier Business Bank is pleased to announce that Debbie Richardson has joined the bank as Senior Vice President Corporate Development. Premier Business Bank is a six year old community bank headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, and recently launched its second office opening in Torrance to serve the South Bay region. Ms. Richardson has over thirty years experience in managing retail banking operations, marketing and community relations in the South Bay. Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer of The Bank of Palos Verdes (I.O.). Prior to that, Ms. Richardson served as Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Banking of Malaga Bank for 21 years where she was instrumental in opening branches and expanding their presence in the communities it serves. "She is a long-time resident of the South Bay and is very active in many local community and non-profit organizations. We are very excited to have Ms. Richardson on our executive management team to expand the bank's presence in the South Bay area," commented Mr. Polen.
Premier Business Bank has an experienced management team with extensive backgrounds that have held executive positions in local South Bay community banks, including Malaga Bank and Bay Cities National Bank. They include John R. Polen, President and Chief Executive Officer; Randall Hata, EVP and Chief Financial Officer; Debbie Richardson, SVP Corporate Development; Kristy Smith, SVP Compliance & Operations Officer; and Eiji Yamanishi, SVP Regional Loan Manager; all of whom reside in the South Bay.
Premier's business model focuses on small to mid-sized businesses, real estate investors, entrepreneurs and individuals seeking business credit and real estate financing in the communities they serve. They believe every individual and every business is different, as is every loan request. Their unique approach to lending involves reviewing each loan transaction with an open mind and staying focused on the client's goals so as to find them the right product. "We don't try to fit you into a box, we don't like to say NO to our clients, and we do make all of our decisions locally. Our goal is to help individuals and businesses in our communities prosper and grow," stated Mr Polen.
Premier is a client centric bank – centered on service. "I am delighted to be once again associated with this exceptional team of banking executives. Today people want to know their bankers and feel confident that their business relationship is valued. At Premier, they place great value on knowing the local business environment and understanding the clients' unique challenges. They proactively partner with their clients to learn about their businesses and industries so they can offer creative solutions to help them attain their goals. I find it very rewarding to be working with a bank that has the same service philosophy that I have always embraced...building long term relationships with clients through proactive communications, performance, and being a reliable strategic resource that they can always count on." commented Ms. Richardson.
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