SOURCE: First California Financial Group

First California Financial Group

September 28, 2011 07:00 ET

First California Bank Promotes Stacy Peterson to Market President for Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2011) - First California Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First California Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCAL), today announced the promotion of Stacy Peterson to Market President, a newly created position responsible for overseeing the bank's commercial banking activities in Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties. First California Bank currently has six offices in Ventura County and one office in the City of San Luis Obispo.

"We are excited to have someone of Stacy's caliber and experience leading our business banking efforts from Ventura County to San Luis Obispo. Since joining the bank, Stacy has proven to be a strong and effective leader who is also highly respected by our business clientele. We are confident she will be highly successful in her new role of Market President," said Gilbert Dalmau, First California Bank's recently appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer.

"I look forward to my new role and, most importantly, to growing the bank's client relationships and presence in the Central Coast markets," said Peterson.

Peterson joined First California Bank in December 2009 as Senior Vice President - Regional Manager in Commercial Lending. Previously, she held senior management level positions with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust in Ventura County and Fleet Capital. She began her banking career with Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles. Peterson, a resident of Ventura County since 1982, earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.

Peterson currently serves on the Board of Directors and is a founding member of the Business Advisory Council at California State University, Channel Islands; and previously served on the boards of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA, the Alliance for the Arts, and the City of Thousand Oaks. In 2010 and 2011, Peterson was recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times as one of the Top 50 Women in Business in the Tri-County area of California (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties). She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Ventura County Family Court System and enjoys living in the Channel Islands Harbor and racing sailboats.

About First California Bank
First California Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First California Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCAL). 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.

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