SOURCE: Plaza Bank

Plaza Bank

June 29, 2015 22:00 ET

Plaza Bank Completes Merger With Bank of Manhattan, N.A.

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 29, 2015) - Plaza Bank, Irvine, California ("Plaza Bank") today announced the completion of its merger with Bank of Manhattan, N.A. As the resulting bank, Plaza Bank will have approximately $1.0 billion in assets, with deposits of approximately $850 million, and will have seven branches located in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Las Vegas. As part of the transaction, Plaza Bank has been reorganized as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plaza Bancorp, and the former shareholders of Plaza Bank are now shareholders of Plaza Bancorp.

"We are extremely excited about finalizing the merger with Bank of Manhattan," said Gene Galloway, President and Chief Executive Officer of Plaza Bank. "With a talented team of bankers, Bank of Manhattan brings a strong portfolio of similar clients and unique capabilities that will enable us to better serve more small businesses in a wider geographic area. The joining of these two like-minded banks creates an even more robust banking experience for both existing and new clients."

Chairman of the Board of Directors for Plaza Bank, Tom Rogers, remarked, "We are excited that the new Plaza Bank will have enhanced resources to serve its clients, provide greater opportunity for our employees and as a result, create greater shareholder value."

Added Rick Sowers, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Bank of Manhattan, "This merger is ideal for our clients, who will benefit from the enhanced management expertise, capital strength, product offerings, and responsive personal service to which both banks are deeply committed. It also presents greater opportunities for our employees as they develop their careers with an even stronger, growth-oriented bank."

Mr. Galloway will continue to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined bank and Mr. Sowers will join the Plaza Bank executive team as Chief Strategy Officer.

"We expect a seamless transition for our clients and our employees while we grow our combined business," added Galloway. "This merger will allow us to continue to grow while expanding our offering of products and services."

About Plaza Bank
Plaza Bank is a full service community bank serving the business and professional communities in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bank is committed to meeting the financial needs of small to middle market businesses and professional firms with loans for working capital, equipment and owner-occupied commercial real estate financing and a full array of cash management services. Our bankers are experienced, professional and knowledgeable. For more information, visit

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Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Gene Galloway
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (702) 277-2221 or (949) 502-4309
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    Erich Bollinger
    Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer
    (949) 225-3704
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