SOURCE: Plaza Bank

Plaza Bank

January 12, 2017 15:51 ET

Rick Sowers Named President of Plaza Bancorp and Plaza Bank

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 12, 2017) - Plaza Bancorp (OTCBB: PLZZ) (the "Company"), the holding company of Plaza Bank (the "Bank"), is pleased to announce it has named Rick Sowers as President of both the Company and Bank, effective January 1, 2017. Gene Galloway, who has served as President and CEO since 2009, will remain CEO of the Company and Bank.

As President, Mr. Sowers is responsible for Plaza Bank's day-to-day operations, business strategy, and executive team leadership, focusing on continued growth in the best interest of the Bank's shareholders, clients, employees, and communities. All Executive Vice Presidents within the company will report to Mr. Sowers.

"I look forward to seeing Rick continue to build upon Plaza's strong past performance. He brings a sound and diversified background in banking which can only bring us greater success in the future," Tom Rogers, Chairman said.

"As someone with a diverse background in the banking industry with proven success, Rick is perfectly positioned to help lead Plaza Bank," Mr. Galloway said. "In his short time here, he has demonstrated strong management skills, delivering increased results for Plaza Bank and our clients. We will benefit immensely from his leadership as we embark on our next phase of growth."

Mr. Sowers joined Plaza Bank in 2015 through the merger with Bank of Manhattan, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Plaza Bank before being appointed Chief Operating Officer in July 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Sowers has helped build Plaza Bank's long-term strategy and brand, while leading expansion across key markets and services.

"I am extremely proud to serve as President for Plaza Bank and look forward to extending our reputation as a premier community business bank throughout Southern California and Southern Nevada," Mr. Sowers said. "We will continue to focus on client growth and retention through exceptional, personal relationships, while sustaining our financial strength, operational excellence, and community impact. Working with highly energetic, passionate professionals at all levels of our organization, I am excited to help shape the vision and future of Plaza Bank."

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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