IRVINE, Calif. – July 23, 2012 – Opus Bank (the “Bank”) announced today its San Diego County Banking team, which is located at the Bank’s San Diego County hub office in the University Town Center (“UTC”) in La Jolla. The UTC office serves as the regional hub for the Bank’s Commercial Business Banking and Income Property teams of San Diego-based bankers including Steve Lopez, Director Client Manager – Commercial Business Banking; Ric Schroder, Director Client Manager – Commercial Business Banking; Dale Tice, Director Portfolio Manager – Commercial Business Banking; and Christopher “C.J.” Donovan, Director – Income Property Banking.
The San Diego - UTC banking office is located at 4365 Executive Drive, Suite 660, San Diego, CA 92121 between Genesee Avenue and Executive Way.
Stephen H. Gordon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Opus Bank stated, “Supported by bankers with long-term relationships and experience with entrepreneurs, business owners, real estate investors, professionals, and consumers, Opus Bank is committed to delivering high-quality relationship-based banking products, services, and solutions in San Diego County.” Mr. Gordon added, “We believe that maintaining proximity between the bankers in our Commercial Business, Income Property, and Retail Banking divisions magnifies the benefits to our clients, as we are better positioned to bring together, and deliver, the necessary resources across the Bank’s entire spectrum of depository, lending, and cash management products and services.” Mr. Gordon concluded, “The addition of our new Del Mar banking office and the combined experience, market intelligence, and significant client relationships of Steve Lopez, Ric Schroder, Dale Tice, and CJ Donovan in their respective markets will have an immediate and progressive impact on the company’s deposit growth, loan origination volume, and market share.”
Dino D’Auria, President of Opus Bank’s Commercial Business Banking division stated, “The new San Diego Commercial Business Banking team brings total county coverage to all of the Bank’s current and prospective San Diego clients. While the members of our San Diego team are based in UTC hub office, they hold strong ties to each of San Diego’s distinct market areas. This team of Bankers has the unique and extensive local market experience that is highly valued and sought after by San Diegans.”
Steve Lopez, a 21-year banking veteran, joined the bank most recently from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as Vice President, Business Development Officer. Earlier in his banking career, Mr. Lopez served in senior business development officer roles with San Diego National Bank, 1st Pacific Bank of California, First National Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.
Ric Schroder, a 26-year banking veteran, joined the bank most recently from Small Business Capital, a specialized Small Business Administration lender focusing on 7(a) loans, where he served as President of its San Diego Region. Earlier in his banking career, Mr. Schroder served in senior business development officer roles with Bank of Southern California, Temecula Valley Bank, 1st Pacific Bank of California, and First National Bank.
Dale Tice, a 10-year banking veteran, joined the bank most recently from Pacific Western Bank, where he served for four years as Vice President, Corporate Banking Officer. Earlier in his banking career, Mr. Tice served in business development roles with Security Business Bank, San Diego Community Bank and within the Premier Banking Group of Wells Fargo Bank.
CJ Donovan joined the bank most recently from JPMorgan Chase where he served as Loan Consultant, Commercial Lending Team. Earlier in his career, Mr. Donovan served as a business development officer the San Diego Newspaper Group and as a Project Manager for M2000.
About Opus Bank
Opus Bank, headquartered in Irvine, CA, is an FDIC insured California-chartered commercial bank with $2.4 billion of total assets, $1.6 billion of total loans, and $1.9 billion in total deposits, as of March 31, 2012. Opus Bank provides high-value, relationship-based banking products and exceptional service to its clients comprised of small and mid-sized commercial businesses, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, professionals, and consumers. Opus Bank offers a wide range of loan products, including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, multifamily residential, conforming and jumbo single-family residential, and consumer loans; and is a Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Preferred Lender. Opus Bank operates 47 banking offices, including 24 banking offices in California and 23 in the Seattle/Puget Sound region in Washington. Opus Bank has announced plans to open new banking offices in Gig Harbor, located in Pierce County; and Mount Vernon, located in Skagit County, Washington. For additional information about Opus Bank, please visit our website: www.opusbank.com.
Mr. Stephen H. Gordon
Chairman & CEO
Mr. Jeff L. Leonard
SVP, Director of Communications
Telephone: (949) 250-9800
Facsimile: (949) 250-9988