SOURCE: Plaza Bank

Plaza Bank

April 25, 2016 19:30 ET

Plaza Bank Hires Neal Baldon as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager and Anthony Lopo as Vice President, Branch Manager in Pasadena

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 25, 2016) - Plaza Bank (OTCBB: PLZZ) (the "Bank") is pleased to announce it has hired Neal Baldon as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager for its Pasadena Business Center. The addition of Mr. Baldon, who will focus on commercial, industrial, and SBA lending, as well as new deposit account relationships, continues Plaza Bank's rapid growth in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley market.

Prior to joining Plaza Bank in February 2016, Mr. Baldon was Vice President, Corporate Relationship Manager at BBVA Compass Bank, where he was responsible for business development and portfolio management within Commercial Banking. Before that, he was Vice President, Senior Client Manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Pasadena, and Vice President, District Manager at CalFirst National Bancorp/Leasing Corporation in Irvine. Throughout his career, Mr. Baldon has demonstrated continuous high performance, exceeding sales and production goals and leading teams to success.

"I'm excited to join a growing, industry-leading bank dedicated to helping clients succeed, working with the exceptional Pasadena staff to understand our clients' challenges and delivering the best possible solutions," Baldon said.

Mr. Baldon earned his Bachelor's of Science from California State University, Fullerton, and has achieved various sales and management certifications from accredited programs. He has served on several organizations' Board of Directors, including the Institution of Management Accountants, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Unforgettables Foundation, which supports children and families in need.

Plaza Bank is also excited to announce it has hired Anthony Lopo as Vice President, Branch Manager for its Pasadena Business Center. A key addition to Plaza Bank's branch management team, Mr. Lopo will oversee all operations, sales, and staff for the rapidly growing Pasadena location.

Prior to joining Plaza Bank in March 2016, Mr. Lopo was Vice President, Business Banking Officer for Rabobank in Ontario, where he was responsible for the business development, growth, and management of a large client portfolio across the Inland Empire. Before that, he held various business banking and leadership roles for Opus Bank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. Throughout his career, Mr. Lopo has consistently achieved top sales performance, while successfully developing teams, implementing process efficiencies, and maintaining high client satisfaction.

"It's an honor to part of such a talented, dynamic team of banking professionals who share a vision for client service, relationships, and results. The synergy across the entire bank is second to none," Lopo said. "I look forward to supporting the Pasadena Business Center and partnering with new and existing clients to help them manage and grow their businesses, helping Plaza Bank achieve new levels of success in this important market."

Mr. Lopo is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Management and Human Resources.

About Plaza Bank
Plaza Bank is 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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