SOURCE: Bridge Bank

December 06, 2007 16:30 ET

Keri Rees Joins Bridge Bank

Veteran Silicon Valley Banker Joins Bridge Bank's Commercial and Industrial Lending Division as Business Development Officer

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - December 6, 2007) - Bridge Capital Holdings (NASDAQ: BBNK), whose subsidiary is Bridge Bank, National Association, one of the fastest-growing full-service business banks in California and the Nation, announced today that veteran San Jose banker Keri Rees has joined the Bank as a Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer in the Commercial and Industrial Lending Division.

"We continue to attract highly experienced, talented bankers, and Keri Rees is one of the best in Santa Clara County," said Lori Edwards, Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer of Bridge Bank. "Keri and I have worked together in the past and look forward to her contributions in helping grow Bridge Bank's loan and deposit portfolio."

In her new position, Ms. Rees will focus on delivering banking products to small business and middle-market companies in the Silicon Valley.

"Bridge Bank has built a reputation of delivering a unique business banking experience to its clients and I look forward to offering that to my associates and friends," said Ms. Rees. "The Bank's teams of highly skilled bankers are truly committed to this community where I have lived and worked for the past twenty-eight years."

Prior to joining Bridge Bank, Ms. Rees was First Vice President and Manager of the Business Development team for Comerica Bank's Western Market. From 1994 to 2000, she was a highly successful Business Development Officer for Comerica Bank's Small Business Banking group. Prior to that, from 1986 to 1994, Keri was Branch Manager for the Winchester Office of Pacific Western Bank. She started her banking career in 1979 with Pacific Valley Bank, Pacific Western Bank's predecessor. She quickly went through the ranks of branch operations and was promoted to work in Custom Banking, the bank's division serving middle market businesses, title and escrow accounts, unions and high net worth individuals.

Ms. Rees has been actively involved in the community as a longstanding member of the Rotary Club of San Jose North, a member of School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County's resource development committee, and a member of the advisory board for the Regional Medical Center of San Jose. She is also a member of various other organizations, including the California Association for Nonprofits, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Ms. Rees is a graduate of SUNY College at Cortland in Cortland, New York, graduating with a B.S. degree in Education in 1979. She currently resides in Milpitas.

Since opening in 2001, Bridge Bank has been recognized as one of the fastest growing and best performing banks in California and the Nation. At September 30, 2007, the Company reported total assets of $790 million and year to date earnings of $8.2 million, an increase of 30% from the prior year.

Bridge Bank specializes in providing superior service and customized banking solutions to small and middle-market, and emerging technology businesses, in Silicon Valley, California, and the Nation. The bank's product offerings include 24/7 internet-based business cash and treasury management, on-line account statement and item imaging, remote deposit capture, commercial lines of credit, construction loans, Small Business Administration 7(a) and 504 loans as an SBA Preferred Lender Participant-accredited direct lender, and factoring and asset-based loans through its Bridge Capital Finance Group.

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 is listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the trading symbol BBNK. Visit Bridge Capital Holdings on the web at

About Bridge Bank, N.A.

Bridge Bank, N.A. is Silicon Valley's full-service professional business bank. The bank is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of small, middle market, and emerging technology businesses. Bridge Bank provides its clients with a comprehensive package of business banking solutions delivered through experienced, professional bankers. Visit Bridge Bank on the web at

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