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New Senior VP For Sunwest Bank

Sunwest Bank, one of the healthiest community banks in the Western Region of the United States, has hired leading Orange County banker Matt Rogers as Senior Vice President and Team Leader in the Commercial Banking group.

Rogers will manage a team of lenders specializing in rediscount lines of credit for specialty finance companies, along with traditional commercial and industrial business lending. Rogers will be based in Sunwest’s Anaheim office, but will also work frequently with the Flagstaff, Ariz. branches of the bank as well.

“Matt’s banking and leadership experience make him the perfect fit for this Team Leader role at Sunwest,” said J. Chris Walsh, President of Sunwest Bank. “With the strong organic growth the bank has experienced in deposits and business loans over the past several months, it is vital to our success to hire key executives like Matt in order to keep the bank performing at its highest level, and to ensure that our entrepreneurs and business owners receive the best service possible.”

Rogers’s most recent Commercial Banking assignment was with 1st Heritage/Mutual of Omaha Bank in Newport Beach, where he served as Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer of Commercial Lending. During his tenure with 1st Heritage Bank Rogers was the top producer for the last three years of his term.  Rogers also served at Textron Financial Corporation, City National Bank, and Imperial Bank among other banking institutions. Rogers received his Masters degree in Finance from Brigham Young University and his Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations from BYU as well.

“Sunwest is a stable and growing banking institution that not only weathered, but thrived, during the recent economic downturn,” explained Rogers. “Being able to work for Sunwest at this time in its history is a wonderful opportunity, and I am looking forward to leading my team toward the bank’s future growth.”

With nearly 40 years in business, Sunwest Bank, one of the strongest banks in California, partners with entrepreneurs to personally take their businesses to a new level of success.  The bank’s solid balance sheet includes significant liquidity, resulting in an ability to lend in an environment where many banks are unable or unwilling to do so.  Sunwest Bank has branch offices in Tustin, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Laguna Hills, San Clemente, Encinitas California, in addition to three branches in Flagstaff and one in Cottonwood Arizona.  The bank specializes in meeting the credit and cash management needs of small and mid-size businesses.  Additional information can be found at  “http://www.sunwestbank.com”>

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