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Former city manager to advise Sacramento bank

May 5, 2017, 2:45pm PDT

Mark Anderson, Staff Writer - Sacramento Business Journal

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​John Shirey, the former Sacramento city manager, has joined Golden Pacific Bank as an adviser to its board of directors.

It is the second high-profile addition to the bank's management in as many months. In April, Golden Pacific announced that Joe McClure, the current Sacramento district director of the Small Business Administration, will join the bank as its new chief business officer at the end of May.

Shirey is already working with the bank's advisory board, said Golden Pacific CEO Virginia Varela. Shirey said he will consult with the bank on local and regional issues and developments.

Shirey was city manager from 2011 until his retirement at the end of last year. Prior to joining the city, he spent a decade as executive director of the California Redevelopment Association.

Shirey is a graduate of Purdue University and earned his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Golden Pacific Bank is the primary subsidiary of holding company Golden Pacific Bancorp. The bank has branches in Sacramento, Live Oak and Yuba City. It earned $615,000 last year on assets of $130 million.

Golden Pacific Bank Announces SBA Veteran Joseph McClure As New Chief Business Officer

April 19, 2017

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SACRAMENTO, CA. Golden Pacific Bancorp and Golden Pacific Bank (“GPB”) are pleased to announce that SBA District Director Mr. Joseph (“Joe”) McClure will be joining the Bank’s executive ranks as their newly appointed EVP/Chief Business Officer. Mr. McClure has an impressive 25+ year career in small business lending and economic development, holding executive leadership positions for over 15 years.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Joe McClure to our team,” says Richard Claussen, Chairman of GPB. “Joe has vast experience with a variety of small businesses, and his involvement and dedication will be a valuable asset in helping GPB build a strong and vibrant community banking force in Northern California.” CEO Virginia Varela adds, “The Bank is poised to take advantage of the recent uptick in the local economy. Joe will enhance GPB’s already robust commercial loan program to meet the needs of growing small and medium size businesses.”

Joe’s oversight as Small Business Administration (“SBA”) District Director covers 22 counties in Northeastern California, serving over 3.1 million constituents. Under Joe’s leadership, in just three years SBA loan volume grew by over 30% from 700 to 928 loans, and total dollars grew by over 55% from $306 million to over $475 million, in 2013 and 2016 respectively. Before arriving in Sacramento, Mr. McClure was the SBA District Director in Montana.

Prior to his federal service, Mr. McClure worked in small business lending programs including overseeing a SBA 504 lending program at the Lancaster Economic Development Corporation, running the Los Angeles County Business loan fund for the L.A. County Community Development Commission’s Business Finance Center, and acting as the Executive Director of the Economic Development Collaborative in Ventura County.

In 2000, McClure resided in Billings, Montana, where he was Executive Director for a county wide Economic Development Agency and led a business recruitment effort for Yellowstone County that lured four new major employers to the community, including General Electric and Cabela’s, and created over 750 new high-quality jobs. Joe also created a privately funded Economic Development Corporation, launched a small business revolving loan fund, and developed a new SBA 504 Certified Development Corporation which has recently become the leading SBA 504 lender in Montana.

Mr. McClure commented, “I’m a true supporter of small business and excited to join Golden Pacific Bank. Sacramento continues to enjoy resurgence, and small business is at the heart of that exciting growth.”

Golden Pacific Bank www.goldenpacificbank.com is a full service community business bank committed to serving the small and medium size business community in and around the Sacramento region, with branches in Sacramento, Yuba City and Live Oak.

Tips From Sacramento Small Business Believers

April 10, 2017

Come hear from our Special Guest Speakers on tips to help your small business thrive and their outlook on the Sacramento economy. 
When: May 3rd, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Wine and Cheese with Golden Pacific Bank

April 10, 2017

We will be serving wine and light hors d’oeuvres, as we honor our Yuba City and Live Oak customers and business partners. Come celebrate National Small Business Week at Golden Pacific Bank!  We look forward to this exciting event and hope to see you there!

When: May 2nd, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Starting a Conversation on Bank Rules:

Mar 31, 2017 - Sacramento Business Journal

Published online Mar 31, 2017, 5:55am - PDT Banking & Financial Services

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No matter what your political stance, there is something that we should be able to agree on, and that is there are too many silly, outdated and overly restrictive laws affecting community banks and small credit unions, harming small businesses and their access to capital.

The Trump administration’s focus on regulatory burden is the start of a conversation that could lead to a more competitive business environment.

On Jan. 30, President Trump signed an executive order that will require federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new regulation they implement. Then on Feb. 3, the president signed an executive order directing a sweeping review of the Dodd-Frank Act, the 2010 law enacted in the wake of the financial crisis that brought the most significant change to financial regulation since the Great Depression. Under this directive, the Treasury Department is required to recommend changes that align with the administration’s goal of easing burdens on the financial industry.

From a banker’s perspective, regulations that are not well thought out can be a great cost in dollars and time. It’s well recognized that regulations, for U.S. community banks and credit unions, are imposing a much heavier regulatory and risk management burden than they were years ago.

There are many examples of regulations working against common sense. New rules affecting mortgages make it more cumbersome for banks and credit unions to offer nonstandard home loans. Regulators require banks to insist that borrowers provide detailed financial information on an annual basis even if borrowers are paying as agreed and are well known bank customers.

Banks spend crazy amounts of money and staff resources to comply with outdated rules that don’t address current threats to the U.S. financial system.

When confronted with too many regulations, managers can lose their ability to focus on serving customers. They take away a community bank’s ability to do what it is supposed to do to support the local economy. As financial institutions become increasingly concerned about compliance and risk management, they devote more time and resources to stave off potential issues, rather than activities to facilitate growth and performance. If the distraction is severe enough, there will be an increased likelihood of bank failures, a matter of concern to shareholders, employees, customers and American taxpayers, who ultimately may be asked to pick up the tab.

To be sure, there is reason to question how the president’s order will play out, with an approach that seems simplistic. I’m not sure there is a perfect two-for-one fit in the complex world of regulations and compliance.

But I strongly believe that there needs to be a deeper consideration of why we are imposing regulations, who they affect and whether regulations are successful in achieving their aims. I agree with former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chairwoman Sheila Bair who said in a recent interview that the president should focus on “smart regulation.” There is a need for balanced regulations to protect against risk of a financial crisis such as we experienced in the past decade.

If we can sit at the table for a discussion on scaling back regulations that are inefficient and ineffective, with emphasis on ongoing review of the usefulness of regulations and the administrative structure that governs them, it will be a good thing.

Virginia Varela is CEO of Sacramento-based Golden Pacific Bank.

2017 GALA

January, 2017

As proudly announced at the January 13, 2017 GALA, Golden Pacific Bank, winner of the Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD and 2016 Business of the Year SERVICE award. 

Business Awards Application recognizes organizations that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to service excellence.

THE YUBA SUTTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AWARDS

The Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce Business Awards is a program that honors the achievements and contributions of industry leading projects, initiatives, products and services.  Chamber member organizations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, technological achievement, sustainability and commercial success are invited to participate and be celebrated and recognized via a set of established business and product award categories.

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Fed Raises Rates

December, 2016

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.  Three more raises are expected in 2017. This increase in the federal funds rate was widely expected.

The prospect of a monetary tightening in 2017 contributed to a selloff in shorter-dated U.S. Treasuries and stocks. Yields on shorter-dated Treasuries hit their highest levels in more than five years.  U.S. stock prices fell in uneven activity. The dollar rose against other currencies. Gold hit its lowest level in more than 10 months.  Oil prices declined.

Yellen called this a "very modest adjustment".  It is an outcome of strong job gains and concerns of faster inflation. Wednesday's rate increase should be "understood as a reflection of the confidence we have in the progress the economy has made…" she said.

Trump is widely considered likely to replace Yellen when her term ends in early 2018.  Virginia Varela, President and CEO of Golden Pacific Bank headquartered in Sacramento, was previously an employee of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco while Janet Yellen was in charge.  “It was an exciting time for me, and I have the highest regard for Ms. Yellen, whom I consider to be a very intelligent and reasonable economist.”

Virginia also noted “Bankers are uncertain as to the incoming Trump administration's promises of tax cuts, spending and deregulation.  We don’t really know how the market will behave under the Trump administration’s rule, but in the short term these rate increases are good for our earnings and the franchise value of community banks is on the upswing.”

Golden Pacific Bank Announces New CFO Mr. Bradley J. Lyon

Sacramento, CA. - December 12, 2016

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Golden Pacific Bank announces that Mr. Bradley J. Lyon will be joining their team as the new EVP/Chief Financial Officer, and EVP/CFO of Golden Pacific Bancorp. Mr. Lyon has been a veteran in the financial services industry for more than 29 years and is well known and respected for his intelligence and experience with all aspects of community banking.  Mr. Lyon most recently was a Senior Associate Consultant with RLR Management Consulting, Inc., serving many financial institutions with his banking expertise. Mr. Lyon also worked at San Luis Trust Bank where he was CEO, President and/or CFO for more than a decade.  Mr. Lyon worked his way up from Assistant Controller to CFO at First Bank of San Luis Obispo over several years.  In the 1980s Brad was an Assistant National Bank Examiner with the OCC.

In addition to traditional CFO reporting and analytical responsibilities, Brad’s expertise includes asset liability management, investments and risk controls, all aspects of credit administration, vendor management and audits, loan compliance, loan servicing, CRA, fair lending, corporate activities, and policies and procedures. 

President and CEO Virginia Varela stated “I am very excited to work with Brad. He has great expertise and proven talents, and his efficient leadership will no doubt add to the caliber of Golden Pacific Bank’s overall operations and organizational success.”

Brad and his family are planning to move to the Sacramento area from their home of many years in San Luis Obispo, California. 

GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK ANNOUNCES 3rd QUARTER 2016 RESULTS

November 15, 2016 - Golden Pacific Bank, a Sacramento based community bank with $128 million in total assets, shows a dramatic improvement in financial condition.  In years 2010 to 2014, Golden Pacific Bank reported back to back quarterly losses with one exception.  Since 2015, Golden Pacific Bank reports seven profitable quarters.  Net income for the third quarter 2016 was $79,000, down from $101,000 in 2015.  Year to date 2016 profits is $606,000, up from a loss of $304,000 at this same in 2015.  

Golden Pacific Bank President and CEO Virginia Varela states “I am proud to report the progress of the Bank that I attribute to our able staff and wonderful customers.”

BizWorks

Golden Pacific Bank offers its building and other backing to the Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce and others as part of its continued support of the Golden Pacific Bank Business Center, a one stop shop resource bank for small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs–all in one place and at minimal cost.  Located in downtown Marysville, the Golden Pacific Bank Business Center is a perfect hub for training, networking, and inventing.  Businesses have access to work space and professionals for consultation about lending, cash management and other financial services, marketing, staffing and other business tools. 

Says Golden Pacific Bank President and CEO Virginia Varela, “The collaboration and cooperation between Golden Pacific Bank, the Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers, the SBCDs, District SBA, BizWorks, Cal Cap and other programs has been great. Our interests are strategically aligned which makes for a winning combination.  Golden Pacific Bank’s continued support is also an opportunity to demonstrate to the local community that we are committed to growing businesses and job growth.”

 Golden Pacific Bank is happy to continue its support of this vitally important resource for small business owners and start-ups.  As a small, locally owned and run business ourselves, Golden Pacific Bank uniquely understands and commits to supporting the special needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses.  We are proud to be part of this dream come true, and excited to watch Golden Pacific Bank Business Center create jobs and strengthen the local economy. 

The Advantage of Community Banking:

Nov 8, 2016 - Sacramento Business Journal

Published online Oct 28, 2016, 5:40am PDT Banking & Financial Services

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We’ve all heard about the scandal at Wells Fargo involving wrongful sales practices. This reportedly occurred in the Wells Fargo “Community Banking” unit, under the leadership of ex-chairman and CEO John Stumpf and community banking division executive Carrie Tolstedt, who are both now said to be walking away from the bank with tens of millions of dollars in stock and options.

Many Wells Fargo customers are irate and looking for another financial institution to bank with.

Yet, when deciding on a financial partner, customers may not consider, nor understand the important distinction between noncommunity “mega-banks” that are systemically risky institutions, such as Wells Fargo, and small, local, true community banks that offer many benefits and inherent risk controls.

Wells Fargo is one of those mega, “too big to fail” banks that by shear size come with their own set of issues. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., as of June 2016, four noncommunity banks held 41 percent of total bank assets in the entire U.S. Those banks were JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citibank. These banks are massive. Most consumer policies, procedures and practices are established at a remote location, according to corporate rules, with wide-scale ramifications that are hard to maneuver and risk-control.

In contrast, there are about 6,000 community banks in the U.S. Community banks are defined as those that focus on providing traditional banking services in their local communities.

Local bankers had nothing to do with the corruptive corporate sales culture at Wells Fargo. They are not and will never be a Wells. Community bankers pride themselves on accountability and intimate knowledge of their communities. They are held to high standards because community bankers live and work in the local communities that they serve. Community bankers are especially tied to the success of their communities and simply can’t afford to take advantage of their customers.

Community bank executives have a level of oversight that makes a scandal such as what happened at Wells less likely. They pride themselves on specialized knowledge of their local community and can respond with an approach especially tailored to that customer and community. Their work is building customer relationships at an intimate level at which the local customer comes first.

If something does come up, such as fraudulent practices, community banks have the ability to respond to complaints and issues quickly without layers of management and bureaucracy getting in the way.

When you are choosing a bank, consider all alternatives. You may not need a trillion-dollar bank for your asset needs. Maybe your choice is a local bank with immediate access to the decision makers and an on-site CEO.

Virginia Varela is CEO of Sacramento-based Golden Pacific Bank.

Bank on the Corner:

Nov 7, 2016 - INSIDESACRAMENTO.COM

Funding Local Business is its Mission... 

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As community celebrations go, it would be difficult to top Cecily Hastings’ new book, “Inside Sacramento: The Most Interesting Neighborhood Places in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” And since Cecily owns the publication you’re presently reading, she doesn’t need my help to cheer the small businesses highlighted in her book.

But as I flipped through “Inside Sacramento” and marveled at the story in pictures and words, I realized it was a blueprint for how a city comes of age. Which raises a question: Beyond the cultural vibrancy these businesses provide, how important are they to Sacramento’s economy?

It turns out they are extremely important.

Small businesses— enterprises such as Magpie Cafe on 16th Street and Bacon & Butter in Tahoe Park—are a cornerstone of the local economy. They can’t be underestimated or overlooked.

Sacramento has a unique relationship with small business. The community lacks Fortune 500 headquarters and the jobs they create. The city is not an industrial or manufacturing base. And Sacramento’s historic links to agriculture have been dwindling for 50 years

Small businesses—especially restaurants, bars and the hospitality sector—fill the void. U.S. Census data show food services and accommodations provide 22,000 jobs in the city of Sacramento. Most are clustered around the eight core neighborhoods featured in Hastings’ book. About 12 percent of the city’s workforce earns a living in the hospitality and retail service industries.

Sacramento relies on government jobs to provide the vast majority of local paychecks. With a population of about 480,000, the city has 96,000 residents working in what census authorities call “public administration.” That means government work.

Beyond public administration, the impact of small business becomes apparent on every street where people wander, shop and play. Small firms with fewer than 20 employees account for 41,000 jobs in Sacramento—23 percent of the workforce. That’s monumental.

To better understand the significance of small businesses in the community, I talked to someone whose work revolves around the dreams, ambitions and realities of local entrepreneurs: Virginia Varela, president and CEO of Golden Pacific Bank.

Varela has spent her career in banking. She served as a federal The Bank on the Corner bank regulator and U.S. Treasury official. These days, she runs a small community bank headquartered at 9th and J streets. Golden Pacific has retail operations in downtown Sacramento, Yuba City and Live Oak. The bank specializes in making smallbusiness loans.

“We think small is beautiful,” Varela says. “We are unique in comparison to big-box banks. There are three of us here in the office with loan authority who make almost every decision on small-business loans. Or we can reach out directly to our board members if we need more consultation. When you get a loan from us, it’s the CEO who’s approving your loan.”

Providing funds for businesses owned by women and minorities is a Golden Pacific subspeciality. Varela has seen how difficult it can be for women, young people and minority entrepreneurs to secure bank loans, forcing many into secondary financial markets that lack the regulation, oversight and competitive interest rates of a real bank.

“That’s a point of pride for us,” she says. “The small-business entrepreneur is a target customer for us. Being small ourselves, we know where they are coming from.”

Golden Pacific Bank supplied funds for several of the 101 businesses featured in “Inside Sacramento.” Befitting the community pride that comes from assisting a small business open its doors, Varela makes personal visits to the shops underwritten by Golden Pacific. When the CEO and Golden Pacific staff members buy products and enjoy meals and drinks, the bills they pay directly assist the enterprises they helped establish.

Funding small businesses can be a high-risk proposition. Few types of work are more difficult than running a small enterprise. And sometimes, small entrepreneurs fail.

Days before the presses rolled on her book, Hastings learned one of the featured retail shops had shut down. She removed the photos and copy and scrambled to add an 11thhour replacement. Readers won’t notice the difference, but the banker understands.

“It happens,” Varela says. “As much as we want to believe in the prospects of a small business, sometimes, for various reasons, they don’t make it.”

But many more do make it—and they thrive for decades. “Inside Sacramento” serves as a primer for success, featuring people such as Randy and Stacy Paragary, the Fat family, Matt and Fred Haines and Randall Selland, all of whose restaurants have been operating for decades. There’s Darrell Corti, whose family has been selling groceries since 1947, and Vic’s Ice Cream, which opened 69 years ago.

They endure because they evolve. And they evolve without losing their small-business spirit.

R.E. Graswich can be reached at reg@graswich.com

We are pleased to report GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK’S record earnings and awards recognition in 2016:


Golden Pacific Bank proudly reports record levels of earnings performance, achieving core profits for the first two quarters of 2016 of $537 thousand and .8 ROA, and yearend profits expected for the first time in many years, the best year yet!

On October 5, 2016 Golden Pacific Bank was recognized as a Top Ten Lender by the Small Business Association, making this the third consecutive year SBA recognized Golden Pacific Bank in its award celebrations.

In 2016 Golden Pacific Bank also ranks first in all of Northern California for SBA Export Lending, and fourth in the top California SBA export lenders as reported by the Office of International Trade and US Export Assistance Center.

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Golden Pacific Bank CEO and President Virginia Varela accepts award from SBA District Director Joe McClure.

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We support small businesses and pride ourselves on excellent service to all our customers.
Way to go, team Golden Pacific Bank!!!

LOCALLY BASED BANKS SEE ASSET GROWTH IN Q2

Sept 16, 2016 - Sacramento Business Journal

Locally based banks earned $27.4 million through the first half of this year, a 15.9 percent increase over the first half of 2015.

Locally based banks earned $27.4 million through the first half of this year, a 15.9 percent increase over the first half of 2015.

Assets also increased, rising 9.2 percent from the first half of last year to reach $6.4 billion under local management.

The growth, driven by an increasing volume of loans, is an indicator of increased strength in the local economy. The 10 local banks had net loans of $3.2 billion on their books at June 30, up 19 percent from the same period last year.

Increasing loan demand is a barometer of increasing business confidence. Companies typically borrow money when they are expanding, and when they are confident enough that they can earn enough to service the debt. For years after the financial crisis, companies avoided that risk. They paid off their balances and didn’t borrow again until conditions improved.

Increasing loan demand also is a good sign for the banks, which earn more from making loans than from investments, which in the current market pay very little return.

In the second quarter, local bank earnings totaled $13.8 million, which is an 8.3 percent increase over earnings in the second quarter last year.

Nationally, banks saw net income in the second quarter of $43.6 billion, up 1.4 percent, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. That means Sacramento banks’ earnings are trending ahead of the national aggregate.

Nationally, 4.5 percent of banks were unprofitable in the second quarter. In the Sacramento region, all banks earned money in both the second quarter and the first half of the year.

Banks locally are on track to earn a return on average assets of 0.86 percent this year, up from 0.81 percent at June 30 last year. A 1 percent return on assets used to be considered the benchmark of success in community banking, but few banks have come close to that since the near collapse of the banking system in 2008. Since then, new regulations and low interest rates have made banking less profitable.

The local aggregate ROA number is skewed by the 2.1 percent return on assets earned by Five Star Bank, which is a Subchapter S corporation and taxed as a partnership rather than as a corporation. That means the bank doesn’t pay federal taxes; its shareholders do.

The highest year-over-year growth in assets at local banks was 36.6 percent at Auburn-based Community 1st Bank, which grew assets from $232 million to $317 million.

AREA BANKS SHOW GROWTH


GOLDEN PACIFIC CEO LEADS TURNAROUND AT SACRAMENTO-BASED BANK

July 23, 2016 - Sacramento Bee

When banks are struggling to make a profit, their shareholders often call in turnaround specialists such as Virginia Varela as a consultant or as a leader. Varela brings with her 30 years of experience as both a federal bank regulator and senior banking executive.

For nearly three years now, she has worked with the board of Sacramento’s Golden Pacific Bank to improve the institution’s finances. The bank had reported only one profitable quarter since 2010 before Varela arrived. Now it has four consecutive periods of profitability.

“I was an examiner or regulator for about 24 or 25 years,” Varela told me. “I’ve been literally to at least 100 banks: meeting boards, seeing the way banks work. So I was afforded a great opportunity to see the way a lot of different banks worked after so many decades of working with them.”

Since leaving the U.S. Treasury Department in 2009, Varela has been an executive at Bank of Rio Vista and Bank of the Orient in San Francisco. She was a part-time consultant for four months at Golden Pacific before the board offered her the position of president and chief executive officer...

Full Sacramento Bee Article continued HERE


Congratulations, Heather Luzzi, for winning 2016 SBA Financial Services Champion of the Year! 

The Sacramento Business Journal and Small Business Administration recognized our very own Heather Luzzi for Financial Services Champion of the year at the annual Small Business Awards breakfast.  You can view the article here www.bizjournals.com

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admore here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cathie-anderson/article91413612.html#storylink=cpy

SPOTLIGHT SACRAMENTO: VIRGINIA VARELA

(Official Newsletter of Mayor Kevin Johnson, June 2016)

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FINISHING FIRST AT THE ANNUAL SACRAMENTO NIELLO CORPORATE RUN

Golden Pacific Bank won the top award at the Sacramento Niello Corporate Run on May 26, 2016 by finishing first in the Banking/Investments division. This is the second year in a row that GPB grabbed the first place prize for this category! GO TEAM GPB!!!

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CALIFORNIA BANKERS CONDUCT SUCCESSFUL WASHINGTON, D.C. VISIT


June 20, 2016 - The California Bankers Association, led by the association’s volunteer chair, Louise Walker, and president and CEO Rod Brown, and supported by VP of government relations, Jason Lane, and PAC/GR administrator Mary Boruff, gathered last week with, June 7-9, in Washington, D.C. for the association’s annual visit.

The trip started out on Tuesday with a welcoming dinner and briefing on key federal legislative issues delivered by the ABA’s EVP of congressional relations and political affairs, James Ballentine. On Wednesday, attendees met with a number of congressional representatives and/or members of their senior staff for the following California Representatives: Pete Aguilar, Xavier Becerra, Ami Bera, Judy Chu, John Garamendi, Janice Hahn, Darrell Issa, Doug LaMalfa, Barbara Lee, Kevin McCarthy, Doris Matsui, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters, Dana Rohrabacher, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ed Royce, Raul Ruiz, Linda Sanchez, Brad Sherman, Norma Torres, Juan Vargas, Mimi Walters and Maxine Waters. All of these meetings were important opportunities to discuss issues of concern to the California banking community including regulatory relief and tailored reform, examination of the credit unions’ federal tax exempt status, and farm credit system reform. That day, attendees also heard from Brian Brooks, EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary for Fannie Mae, who was also a CBA executive committee member when he held the position of vice chairman with OneWest Bank. That evening bankers attended a dinner hosted by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. On Thursday, the FDIC and the OCC conducted two separate briefings for the bankers, with Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig leading the FDIC briefing.


CBA would to thank all of the annual D.C. visit attendees whose participation made it a worthwhile and successful event: Dwight Alexander, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; Jeff Ball, Friendly Hills Bank; Kevin Blackburn, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; Cara Coon, Umpqua Bank; Joe Eisele, Wells Fargo Bank; Lesa Fynes, Sierra Vista Bank; Rick Ganulin, Pacific Enterprise Bank; Lon Goldstein, CIT Bank; Brian Holcombe, FirstBank; Bob Hughes, Pan American Bank; Mike Kimball, JPMorgan Chase; Dave Misch, Community Bank; Diedra Porche, JPMorgan Chase; Kenton Thompson, Charles Schwab Bank; Virginia Varela, Golden Pacific Bank; Louise Walker, First Northern Bank; and Dan Yates, Neighborhood National Bank.


WOMEN IN BANKING

June 9, 2016 - (American Banker) Turnaround Captain: Banking veteran Virginia Varela prides herself on her ability to "right a ship that's either going down or is lost at sea." That's what she has done in her current job as the chief executive of the $127 million-asset Golden Pacific Bank in Sacramento, Calif., transforming it into one of the largest originators of Small Business Administration loans in its market. "A community bank understands small businesses because a community bank is a small business," she says. Varela also was one of the first female bank examiners for the U.S. Treasury Department and has worked at the Federal Reserve and Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.


GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS DISCUSSION WITH GUEST SPEAKER DAVID ERNSTAM

Please join Golden Pacific Bank & guest speaker, David Ernstan, RHU, Insurance Agent, as we explore the topic of rising business health care costs.

David Ernstam

Small Business Worries

Rising Health Care Costs

SAVE THE DATE 

    

Date Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time 5:30pm - 6:30pm (refreshments provided)
Location

Golden Pacific Bank

620 North Walton Avenue

Yuba City, CA 96993

    

Topic of discussion will include:

  • What is my competition doing about benefits?
  • Employer Mandate: Does it apply to me?
  • Individual Mandate: How can I help my employees access coverage?
  • Managing Premium Costs vs Benefits (deductibles & co-insurance)
  • New IRS employer reporting requirements

RSVP to Sarah Carvalho or call (530) 740-7244


VIRGINIA VARELA TURNS AROUND (AND RUNS) BANKS

June 6, 2016 - (Sacramento Business Journal) “A community bank understands small businesses because a community bank is a small business,” Virginia Varela is saying over lunch at the Sutter Club, of which she recently became a member. She’s walked the few blocks here from Golden Pacific Bank, where she’s president and chief executive officer.  This lady knows her banks, from practically every angle, having run four of them as well as serving as a banking regulator. She was also one of the first women in the country to work as a banking examiner for the U.S. Treasury Department and put in time with the Federal Reserve and Federal Home Loan banks of San Francisco. San Francisco is not only her hometown but also that of her family’s previous four generations.

I was introduced to Varela several days before our chat and requested both the interview and that she send me her bio. I almost laughed when I received it: she has so much experience in her industry — here, in Washington, D.C., and in San Francisco.

Varela works in the industry’s adventure zone: she’s a turnaround artist, highly regarded for her ability, as she explains it, to “right a ship that’s either going down or is lost at sea. To me, my work is like solving a puzzle or reshaping something to make it functional.”

In fact, this is what Varela did at Golden Pacific Bank, turning an institution that focused on consumer banking into a community business bank, one that helps small companies get started or, when necessary, re-infused with needed funds. “We do some of the smaller-size business loans that other banks won’t do,” she says, “even as low as $25,000.” Golden Pacific no longer does personal mortgage loans, she explains, “but we do construction loans, which I really enjoy.”

Just don’t consign Golden Pacific to the kids’ table. At the end of 2015, it was the third largest originator of loans in its Small Business Administration district — just behind U.S. Bank (number one) and Wells Fargo (number two).

“Yeah, we’re pretty competitive,” she says, grinning.

Varela says while she’s not “in the weeds, I really am a hands-on manager. That’s one of the differences between a community bank and a big-box bank. You get to know your customers and your team. Banking is really about people and interconnecting and helping bring success."

Varela is one of six siblings. She and her husband of 10 years, Malcolm Hotchkiss, who’s also a bank CEO (of Community Business Bank in Oakland), live in Land Park. She has four stepchildren and 12 step-grandchildren.

“To tell you the truth,” Varela says in a conspiratorial tone, “money’s not very important to me personally. But I like having enough of it and a great job just so I can buy them stuff.”


GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK ANNOUNCES 1st QUARTER 2016 RESULTS

May 23, 2016 - Golden Pacific Bank, a small sized community bank with $128 million in total assets, reported a dramatic increase in earnings. The net income for the first quarter 2016 was $427,000, up from about $4,000 first quarter 2015. Total loans grew 13 percent to $100 million from March 31, 2015, to March 31, 2016; and deposits ended the quarter at $116 million.


GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK ANNOUNCES JOHN BARR AS NEW CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER

February 17, 2016 - Golden Pacific Bancorp and Golden Pacific Bank are pleased to announce that Mr. John Barr will be joining the executive management team as EVP/Chief Credit Officer. Mr. Barr brings over 30 years of banking experience, with extensive expertise in portfolio management, asset quality, commercial real estate lending, and financing to small and mid-sized businesses. Mr. Barr comes from Community Bank of the Bay in Oakland, California, a locally owned and operated relationship-oriented community business bank that is also a SBA Preferred Lender. "John has impressive credit skills. He's widely respected by peers and customers," stated President and CEO Virginia Varela. "We're excited to be working with John and we only anticipate continued successes under his leadership."

Mr. Barr successfully held positions at various financial services organizations throughout his career including Chief Credit Officer of Valley Community Bank in Pleasanton, California, and Chief Credit Officer of Opportunity Bank in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Barr was managing director of his own company, a national consulting firm specializing in assisting banks to improve asset quality. Mr. Barr has also serves as an expert witness and is a Receiver for the California Superior Courts. Mr. Barr holds a MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, a BA from University of San Francisco and a CCIM.

"I am excited to join Golden Pacific Bank" said Mr. Barr. "I look forward to advancing our team and serving the Bank's growing customer base. Downtown Sacramento and the surrounding areas are in a growth mode and we intend to provide excellent customer service to the emerging market."


 

GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK RANKS AGAIN AS THE TOP DISTRICT COMMUNITY BANK IN SBA LENDING!

February 3, 2016 - Golden Pacific Bank ranks again as the top district community bank in SBA lending, as third in District for total SBA loans funded, and second in District for SBA total dollar amount funded from Oct to Jan 2016, topped only by two mega-banks. Once again we prove that Golden Pacific Bank is the leading District community bank providing needed funding to small businesses!


 

BIG NEWS FOR GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK!

February 1, 2016 - History was made when Golden Pacific Bank and the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce partnered to form the "Golden Pacific Bank Business Center". The location in Marysville will be the first of its kind Business-Ecosystem and (a 2nd) home to YS Chamber, YS BizWorks (including incubator, / accelerator programs, & co-worker share spaces), YS SBDC, and much, much more.

More information coming soon — stay tuned!

Another way Golden Pacific Bank is working to support our community!


 

GOLDEN PACIFIC BANCORP ANNOUNCES BOARD CHANGES

January 15, 2015 - Virginia Varela, CEO of Golden Pacific Bancorp, announced today that Frank Washington, a founding Director and Chairman of the Bank, has stepped down as Chairman (but will remain a Director), and that Richard Claussen and David Roche have been elected new Directors, of which Mr. Claussen was elected interim Bank Chairman. Mr. Claussen was previously a founding Director of the Bank. Mr. Roche serves on the Board as a representative of Gapstow Capital Partners, a major investor in the Bank.

"We are grateful for Frank Washington and his years of dedicated leadership as Chairman of the Bank and for seeing us through some difficult times," said Varela. "As we move to better position the bank to successfully compete in the post-recession environment, we look forward to the contributions, expertise, and experience Mr. Claussen and Mr. Roche will bring to the Board in our efforts to enhance shareholder value – a multi-pronged process that will be ongoing through 2015."


 

GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK INTRODUCES MOBILE REMOTE DEPOSIT FROM DIGITAL INSIGHT

December 15, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, today announced that Golden Pacific Bank, a 27-year-old community bank in Sacramento, Calif., is rolling out mobile remote deposit capture as part of its mobile banking experience with Digital Insight, an NCR company. Consumers and small businesses banking with Golden Pacific will be able to deposit checks using their mobile banking app and their phone's camera.

"As a community bank, we base everything we do on strengthening our relationship with our customers," said Virginia Varela, CEO, Golden Pacific Bank. "When you are able to deliver products and services into your customers' hands – even on their phone – you are with them all of the time. Mobile deposit keeps our bank close at all times to our customers – especially small businesses that need fast access to their funds."

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GOLDEN PACIFIC BANK EARNS SBA PREFERRED LENDER STATUS

November 13, 2012 - Golden Pacific Bank, NA announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded Golden Pacific Bank with the SBA Preferred Lender designation.

As an SBA Preferred Lender, Golden Pacific Bank has the ability to close and service government guaranteed loans in a streamlined and expedited manner, responsibilities granted to the Bank by the Small Business Administration based upon the Bank's knowledge of SBA policies and procedures, as well as their demonstrated experience with government guaranteed lending. In the past year, Golden Pacific Bank has established itself as one of the top SBA lenders in the Sacramento Region and throughout Northern California.

"Golden Pacific Bank is proud to achieve this designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Our Bank is firmly committed to creating opportunities and providing the financial services to our business community that will help them grow and thrive in this challenging economy. With our Preferred Lender status we believe that we will be better able to serve this vitally important segment of our customer base," said Roy Malone, President of Golden Pacific Bank, NA.

Golden Pacific Bank offers SBA 7(a) and 504 loans, as well as United States Department of Agriculture Business and Industry Guaranteed loans (USDA B&I). Golden Pacific Bank's Government Guaranteed Lending department is headed up by Tom Sharp, VP/Government Guaranteed Lending. 

"Golden Pacific Bank is excited to expand our commitment to SBA Lending through SBA's 'Preferred Lender Program' or PLP," said Tom Sharp. "As a PLP lender, Golden Pacific Bank will enjoy 'delegated authority' to underwrite and approve SBA Loans on behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Businesses applying at Golden Pacific Bank for an SBA Loan will experience a streamlined and expedited process from application to close. Golden Pacific Bank looks forward to serving small business loan needs in Northern California through an excellent partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration."