SOURCE: First California Financial Group

First California Financial Group

July 22, 2011 16:30 ET

First California Appoints Chief Banking Officer

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 22, 2011) - First California Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCAL) today announced that Gilbert J. Dalmau has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of First California Bank.

Dalmau will be responsible for production and management of loans and deposits for the bank. As such, he will be at the helm of the Retail Banking Services division and the Business Banking division for all of the company's 19 locations.

"Gil is a tremendous addition to our team, bringing a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge in commercial and retail banking, positioning us well for further growth and development in both areas," stated C. G. Kum, President and Chief Executive Officer. "His role in our organization will help stimulate growth in our customer base, increase our deposits and loan portfolio, and heighten our capabilities in the recruitment of top banking professionals."

Dalmau, 54, is a 30-year veteran of the banking industry. Prior to joining First California Bank, he was President and Chief Executive Officer and a founder of Americas United Bank, in Glendale, the first Latino-owned bank to be formed in California in more than 30 years. Previously, Dalmau served as President of the Southern California Region for First Bank & Trust of St. Louis, Missouri, where he managed 36 offices and total loans of $1.5 billion and total deposits of $1.9 billion.

Kum added, "Gil will be a significant participant in strengthening, re-energizing and stimulating further growth in our Bank. We are thrilled to have him as a part of the FCB family."

About First California

First California Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCAL) is the holding company of First California Bank. Founded in 1979 and with nearly $2 billion in assets, First California serves the comprehensive financial needs of small- and middle-sized businesses and high net worth individuals throughout Southern California. Led by an experienced team of bankers, First California is committed to providing the best client service available in its markets, offering a full line of quality commercial banking products through 19 full-service branch offices in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. The holding company's website can be accessed at www.fcalgroup.com. For additional information on First California Bank's products and services, visit www.fcbank.com.

Contact Information

  • At the Company:
    Ron Santarosa
    805-322-9333

    At PondelWilkinson:
    Robert Jaffe
    310-279-5980

    Corporate Headquarters Address:
    3027 Townsgate Road, Suite 300
    Westlake Village, CA 91361