SOURCE: Bridge Capital Holdings

Bridge Capital Holdings

March 27, 2014 10:00 ET

Bridge Bank's Technology Banking Division Welcomes Joel Gragg as Team Leader in Its San Francisco Office

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 27, 2014) - Bridge Capital Holdings (NASDAQ: BBNK), whose subsidiary is Bridge Bank, a full-service professional business bank headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices located nationwide, announced today that it welcomes Joel Gragg as senior vice president and technology banking team leader for its San Francisco Technology Banking team.

Joel will lead Technology Banking in San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest regions of the U.S., where he will be responsible for managing a team of bankers focused on providing growth capital and other banking solutions to venture backed start-ups and emerging growth technology companies.

"I'm thrilled to join the Bridge Bank team at a time of such robust growth and expansion across both the broader bank and the Technology Banking Division," said Joel Gragg, senior vice president and team leader in Bridge Bank's Technology Banking Division. "The bank has deep roots in the entrepreneurial and venture capital ecosystems, having successfully established itself as one of the leading technology banking partners in the market today. I look forward to helping contribute to this continued growth as we seek to partner with leading technology companies across all stages of their lifecycle."

"Joel not only brings tremendous industry knowledge to Bridge Bank but also the creative mindset that we look for in our 'different breed of banker,'" said Mike Lederman, senior vice president and technology banking manager in Bridge Bank's Technology Banking Division. "Our San Francisco based Technology Banking team will benefit from his experience and leadership, and we look forward to seeing the team continue to grow and thrive with him."

Throughout his more than 12 years in banking and private equity, Joel has held positions in lending, direct investment, portfolio management and fund management among other roles within the middle market and technology sector. Most recently he worked for Wells Fargo & Company as a senior relationship manager in the technology and venture banking division, and as a principal for Huntington Capital, a middle market private equity firm. Joel graduated from the University of California at Davis with a B.S. in Managerial Economics and earned his MBA at San Diego State University.

About Bridge Bank, National Association

Recognized by The Findley Reports as a Super Premium Performing Bank, and designated "Superior" by BauerFinancial and IDC, Bridge Bank is a full-service professional business bank founded in the highly competitive climate of Silicon Valley in 2001. From the very beginning, our goal has been to offer small-market and middle-market businesses from across many industries a better way to bank. Our technology banking division provides a broad range of financial solutions to venture-backed and non-venture-backed companies, enabling us to meet our clients' varied needs across all stages of business life. It's how we go about doing so that differentiates us from our competition. Bridge Bank's product offering includes growth capital, equipment and working capital credit facilities and treasury management solutions, along with a full line of international products and services and financing secured by domestic, government and foreign receivables. Learn more at the new Follow us @BridgeBank.

About Bridge Capital Holdings

Bridge Capital Holdings is the holding company for Bridge Bank, National Association. Bridge Capital Holdings was formed on October 1, 2004 and holds a Global Select listing on the NASDAQ stock market under the trading symbol BBNK. Bridge Bank Holding Company was recently admitted to Sandler O'Neill's Class of 2012 "Sm-All Stars" -- a select group of 25 top-performing publicly traded banks and thrifts from throughout the U.S. with market capitalization of up to $2 billion. For additional information, visit the Bridge Capital Holdings website at

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