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Brian Harrison Joins Regents Bank as SVP/Senior Relationship Manager

Brian Harrison headshot-croppedWe’re happy to welcome 25-year banking veteran Brian Harrison, who just joined our team as Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager.

Just like our Regional President, Stephen Friedman, Brian has the unique qualification of having served as a CFO for various corporations. Combined with his banking and investment experience, Brian’s time as a CFO influences the way he works with his clients.

“I’ve been on both sides,” said Brian. “I know what it’s like to raise capital, oversee mergers and acquisitions and even take a company public.”

When Brian saw a chance to join our team, he was attracted by our local decision making and community focus.

“I saw a chance to know my customers better and obtain quicker decisions on their behalf,” he said.

Before joining Regents, Brian provided banking services for several San Diego Port tenants, which he will continue to do. He also very much enjoys working with clients in technology and defense but finds just about any small business fascinating.

Speaking of small businesses, he and his wife own one south of the border. Brian’s wife is a doctor who runs an ob/gyn practice in Tijuana.

“Our kids and I go down there too on Saturdays, and I help out by answering phones and greeting patients,” said Brian. “What the kids and I like most, though, is the chance to eat at the Mexican restaurants while we’re there.”

Brian also keeps busy earning a degree from Pacific Coast Banking School, which he will complete this summer. As part of his studies, he is producing a management report entitled Artificial Intelligence Impact on Banking.

“Learning about other sides of banking you’re not usually involved with helps round you out,” says Brian, who has worked in oil and gas exploration, technology, banking and investment finance…and as a part-time volunteer receptionist.

He’s also a dedicated member of the Risk Management Association, having spent one-and-a-half years as president recently. While leading the organization, he helped resurrect its newsletter and line up informative speakers for monthly events.

What else keeps Brian well rounded? Sailing!

“I’ve taken sailing classes through Power Squadron, but I’m pausing for school,” he said. “I’d love to buy a boat, but for now, I go sailing with friends.”

He also enjoys hiking, biking and traveling when he’s not working or studying.

We think it’s safe to say that you may see Brian out at a business event, on the trail, out to sea or even in your office, offering a very well-rounded perspective. Welcome, Brian!

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Runoff Rockstars Nielsen Beaumont Marine Featured in Port Tenants Association Video

When San Diego Port Tenants Association Chairman Ken Franke and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Sanders decided to create a video tour of San Diego Bay, they included a visit to our client Nielsen Beaumont Marine’s boatyard. Located on Shelter Island in the America’s Cup Harbor, Nielsen Beaumont Marine, owned by Tom Nielsen and Don Beaumont, provides boat and yacht repair, maintenance and restoration.

Tom and Don have built the business since 1988, and many of their employees have been with the company for 15 or even 20 years. Overtime, they transitioned the business from focusing on yachts to also servicing small Navy vessels. Nielsen Beaumont has been praised by clients near and far for its attention to detail and high-quality work. Several years ago, a remodel of the boatyard Tom and Don opted to undertake earned Nielsen Beaumont Marine a Runoff Rockstar award from San Diego Coast Keeper’s for its storm water waste system.

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“Nielsen Beaumont has done a lot to become one of many port tenant environmental stewards of the Bay, which is just one example of how they’re always going above and beyond,” said Stephen Friedman, Regional President at Regents Bank.

Regents Bank works with many Port businesses and knows what waterfront businesses need to work well. In addition to boat yards, Regents has worked with sport fishing companies, military and yacht shipyards, marinas and more. Since ports are usually controlled by a public entity – the Port of San Diego, in this case – port tenants operate on ground leases. Such businesses are also subject to environmental regulations unique to waterfront properties. Regents understands the special circumstances under which these tenants operate and can leverage the knowledge base and resources at Regents Bank to provide the flexibility these tenants often need.

We are so happy to see Nielsen Beaumont featured in the San Diego Port Tenants Association’s video. We encourage you to watch the video, which will let you virtually zoom around the Bay and get to know more about Tom and Don!

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Corbin Dangerfield Joins Government Guaranteed Lending Department at Grandpoint Bank

corbinWe’re happy to announce that Corbin Dangerfield has joined Grandpoint Bank’s Government Guaranteed Lending Department as a business development officer. Corbin will be responsible for marketing and originating government guaranteed loan products for Grandpoint Bank.

Grandpoint offers a variety of government guaranteed loan products that provide alternatives if a traditional credit product is not well suited for a small or medium-sized business. These include loans through the SBA, USDA and Export-Import Bank of the U.S. These government-backed loans require less cash investment up front and offer longer loan terms than conventional loans.

“Government guaranteed loans can help bridge the gap for businesses that otherwise would not have access to capital,” said Leticia Scearce, Senior Vice President/Government Guaranteed Lending Manager. “Corbin has specific expertise in this type of lending, and we’re happy to have him join our team of professionals.”

Corbin served in the same capacity previously for Meadows Bank in Las Vegas. His experience also includes serving as a vice president and business development officer at Lehman Brothers and as a commercial real estate broker at NAI Commercial Real Estate.

“Many SBA loans are made in support of real estate investments,” said Corbin. “My experience as a real estate broker combined with my expertise in banking and finance is especially helpful to my clients, regardless of the type of government guaranteed loan that suits them best. In my new position, I’m excited to offer clients the full resources and capabilities of Grandpoint’s government guaranteed lending team.”

Another reason Corbin wanted to join Grandpoint’s SBA/Government Guaranteed Lending Department was to be part of a team that can fund qualifying loan applications at the pace business moves.

“I also appreciate that our team understands larger, more complex deals, and that we are able to offer the whole array of Government Guaranteed Lending programs, not just the 7a and 504 loans.”

When he’s not working, Corbin enjoys outdoor recreational activities, especially when it’s with his kids.

We’re glad to have him on board, and we hope Corbin may be of service to your business if you’re considering a government guaranteed loan.

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San Diego Composites on a Mission to Mars

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Regents Bank is pleased to have helped San Diego Composites, Inc. (SDC) secure new equipment to support its efforts to establish a new market position and outpace many competitors.

SDC provides high quality materials and structures technology, product development, testing services and production to the aerospace and defense community. The company is having its biggest growth year after developing its capabilities to compete with some of the largest aerospace companies in the country. SDC is currently at work on a contract to build components for a spacecraft bound for Mars, with test flight footage featured in the film, The Martian.

Formed in 2002, SDC is an aerospace company that provides in-house design and manufacturing for missile systems, propulsion systems, aircraft and spacecraft components. In the years since its inception, this small business has established a reputation for quality and performance, enabling SDC to compete with much larger competitors to secure contracts for landmark projects.

Today, SDC is working in partnership with Lockheed Martin to create components for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which is scheduled to fly around the moon in 2019 before making a mission to Mars in the next 10 to 12 years.  SDC fabricates hardware for the Orion spacecraft, including critical hardware for the spacecraft’s Launch Abort System.

As part of the Orion project work, SDC acquired a 16-foot diameter autoclave — or pressure chamber used for fabrication — which is the largest in Southern California. The autoclave works like a pressurized oven, curing composite materials while collecting data at high temperature.

SDC won the contract, with assistance from Regents Bank, on the basis of their capabilities and ability to purchase an autoclave large enough to complete the work.

SDC has been a Regents Bank client for 10 years. Regional President Stephen Friedman has worked with SDC President Robert Kolozs, Vice President Christine Benzie, Chief Technology Officer Ken Mercer and Chief Financial Officer William Eriksen, serving as a trusted advisor with banking insights to help SDC increase its capabilities and grow the company.

Since much of SDC’s business is highly classified, the trust aspect of the relationship is especially significant. Regents has provided SDC with financing for working capital needs, including equipment loans that enabled the company to grow. Regents provided the support to win the Lockheed Martin contract by working with SDC through the bidding, winning and performing phases of the process. This transaction is typical of the types of benefits that Regents is able to bring to clients by listening closely to their goals, and using our banking expertise to craft a customized solution that meets the client’s needs and timeframe.

Regents Bank also provided SDC with financial advice and professional referrals to assist with achieving SDC’s business goals, including referring the company to “best in class” valuation specialists to help them optimize their employee stock programs. Today, SDC operates from a 70,000 square foot production headquarters in San Diego.

In addition to its Autoclave work, SDC is busy with its David Sling Canister program, a missile canister used in missile defense. Not even the sky is the limit for SDC, and we’re proud to work with such a dynamic group of people.

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Holiday Help for our Communities

As a community-focused bank, we empowered each of our offices to determine which local organization(s) would benefit from our charitable efforts this holiday season. We know that our employees who live and work in those communities best understand the unmet needs of their neighbors.

While we wish we could support all the wonderful nonprofits working hard to brighten this holiday season, we’re proud to lend a helping hand to these groups mentioned below, and we encourage anyone who wants to help to either participate in our drives or contact these nonprofit groups directly.

Our Vista office is hosting the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree gift drive. You’ll find Angel Trees in the bank lobby with gift tags for specific, requested gifts. The requests come from hundreds of area children, ages infant to 12 years old, who would otherwise have no gifts to open this holiday season. Families in need that sign up for the program must meet Federal minimum poverty guidelines to qualify.

Each angel on our trees has the name, age, gender and gift request of a child in need. You can “adopt” a child and purchase their (unwrapped) Christmas gift wish to deposit in the barrel we have displayed onsite. Our Vista office is also providing a Salvation Army food donation barrel to help families who don’t have enough food to put on their table this holiday season. For more information, visit Salvation Army’s website.

Our Escondido office is also supporting Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree gift drive, with trees displayed in the bank lobby. In addition, the office is collecting nonperishable food items for the Fallbrook Food Pantry and adopting a family through the Pantry. Our downtown office will adopt a family through this organization, as well. Established in 1991, The Fallbrook Food Pantry is one of our many wonderful nonprofit clients and is the largest agency of its kind in the unincorporated areas of Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow, De Luz and Pala. In 2016, the Pantry distributed 929,970 pounds of food, serving 24,589 families in need. For more information, visit fallbrookfoodpantry.org.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am

For residents of Fallbrook and Bonsall, the need for food and many other services will increase as a result of the recent wildfires. In addition to our support of the Food Pantry, many of our staff have made donations to the Red Cross to help provide comfort and support to Californians affected by these fires. If you would like to add your support as well, call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Our downtown and La Jolla offices participated in OPERATION: TROOP CARE, a food drive sponsored by Women Benefitting the Community for the families of the young men and women who are new military recruits in training. We collected nonperishable food items and grocery gift cards for the volunteer drivers to pick up in advance of the holiday season.

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San Diego Office employees Claudia Sanchez, Kim Flores, Pam Cummins, Darla Clark, Andrea Kardos & Donna Provencher with food & gift cards collected for OPERATION: TROOP CARE!

Our Vancouver, Washington office has been hosting its annual food drive for the Clark County Food Bank over the last month.  We’ve had contributions from staff and clients alike, overflowing the red wagon we’ve been filling in our office. Clark County Food Bank is a regional food bank that distributes six million pounds of food and five million meals a year, partnering with over 35 local agencies and programs to serve those in need in the Vancouver community. For more information, visit clarkcountyfoodbank.org.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am

Screen Shot 2017-12-19 at 10.53.06 AMOur Vancouver team also adopted a family through Share Vancouver, a nonprofit organization that works to “lead the hungry and homeless to self-sufficiency by providing food, shelter, housing, education, advocacy and compassion through the strength of our community.”

We’ve “adopted” a family through Share Vancouver’s ASPIRE/transitional housing program and its Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program. Our bank received a list of gift items requested by the family to purchase that we will have delivered to Share Vancouver. For more information, visit sharevancouver.org.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am

Wherever you are, we hope your holidays are warm and bright and that you have the opportunity to make the holiday better for those in need.

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Carlsbad Education Foundation – Enriching the education of Carlsbad Unified School District students

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Congratulations to Carlsbad Educational Foundation for a successful 17th annual Carlsbad Golf Classic, a benefit for the Foundation and for students of the Carlsbad Unified School District. Funds raised are directed to music and STEM programs at the 14 District schools.

Regents Bank was proud to sponsor this great event, which included not just a golf tournament, but also a buffet-style dinner, silent auction, raffle prizes and live music by the Naked Saturdays Band. Raffle participants tried their luck at winning the grand prize of a week-long vacation to Poipu Beach, Kauai or the first prize of a one-week vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Other raffle prizes included hotel stays, meals, dinners, entertainment and a chance to be in the audience at Wheel of Fortune.

Carlsbad Education Foundation has been a Regents Bank client for years. In addition to its annual golf tournament, we also support its annual Pedal for a Purpose event, a stationary bike-a-thon that raises tens of thousands of dollars for the school district.

Carlsbad Education Foundation is a unique 501(C)3 organization. Every donation is put directly into the Carlsbad Unified School District schools because of the Foundation’s earned income, revenue generating programs.

These programs include:

  • Kids’ Care – a Foundation-managed before-and-after-school licensed childcare program at every District elementary school.
  • SOAR – a Foundation-managed after-school licensed childcare and enrichment program for middle school students.
  • Summer Enrichment – half-day student enrichment programs offered by the Foundation throughout summer
  • High School Summer Academy – a Foundation-operated, accelerated summer school program for high school students to earn advancement credits

Parents and business leaders started Carlsbad Education Foundation 30 years ago. Its earliest fundraising effort supported a high school library. Today, the nearly 11,000 students of Carlsbad Unified School District benefit from weekly music instruction with new musical instruments, hands-on science programs and extra enrichment programs like Junior Achievement’s BizTown, the Lux Art Institute’s “Valise Project,” an iPad Pilot Project and more.

We look forward to our continued partnership with this dynamic organization. To learn more about how you can help Carlsbad Education Foundation support Carlsbad Unified School District students, visit carlsbaded.org.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am

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Thanksgiving

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With crisp air and colors on the trees, we know another year is soon behind us. But first, we gather to celebrate, count our blessings and reflect. Thanksgiving is unlike any other holiday we celebrate. It’s a day to gather with those we love and the friends we hold dear; a day to share a meal and to share each other’s company.

Whether your Thanksgiving celebration is near or far, large or small, we at Regents Bank wish you a wonderful day, filled with cheer and the warmth of the holiday season.

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Grandpoint Bank donates $10,000 to U.S. Vets

U.S. Vets intranetMembers of our Grandpoint Bank family, which includes Regents Bank, recently toured the Long Beach campus of U.S. Vets, an organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life by providing housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support. Our visit included the presentation of a $10,000 donation to the organization.

According to U.S. Vets, about 50,000 vets in our nation are homeless – men and women who have served valiantly for our country and now find themselves sleeping on the streets.

“Beyond the essentials, what I saw during our visit is that U.S. Vets is giving veterans back their self-respect,” says Darlene Esquerra, Senior Vice President & Community Development Office of Grandpoint Bank. “Everyone is treated with kindness by staff members and volunteers, who, in many cases, have had the same experiences as the veterans.”

U.S. Vets is the largest organization of its kind addressing the needs of homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in the U.S. Their Long Beach facility is located on 25 acres of former Naval housing and offers a variety of permanent and transitional housing – including a building for women veterans with up to two children and housing for homeless vets — dining facilities, community center, clinic, classrooms, recreational facilities and even an urban forest where residents can pick fruits and vegetables.

“Grandpoint Bank’s support of our programs across Southern California makes it possible for us to fill the gaps and really meet the unique needs of each one of the veterans we serve,” said Laney Kapgan, Vice President of Development and Communications for U.S. Vets. “With more service men and women coming home than ever before, this investment will help us continue to expand not only housing but also key employment and mental health programs for our veterans.”

Grandpoint was introduced to U.S. Vets through our Executive Vice President and CCO Mark Phillips, who struck up a conversation with U.S. Vets National Director of Programs, Larry Williams, on an airplane. Mark was so impressed with the program, he referred the information for consideration as a Grandpoint Bank Community Reinvestment Act-qualified donation. The rest, as they say, is history.

You can find more information about U.S. Vets on their website usvetsinc.org.

We’re proud to salute U.S. Vets for helping so many vets and their families, and we thank all the members of our armed services, past and present, for their dedication and selflessness.

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Helping build careers in construction

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We are proud to support many terrific, non-profit organizations in the communities we serve. Recently, we had an opportunity to present a scholarship check from Women’s Construction Coalition (WCC) San Diego to a Patrick Henry High School student, Adrianna, who hopes to pursue a career in construction. We were given this honor because of a grant we made to WCC to support the work they do affirming and sustaining the professionalism and success of women throughout the San Diego construction industry.

Specifically, we asked that our donation be used to help fund educational events for female students in low- to moderate-income schools to gain knowledge about the construction industry and also to support WCC’s Julia Morgan Society clubs. The purpose of the clubs is to mentor high school girls and boys and expose them to careers in construction, architecture and engineering.

Our executive vice president and regional manager Darla Clark presented the scholarship check during an installment of WCC’s Leadership Seminar, which featured a talk from Nancy Novak, who served as national vice president of operations for Balfour Beatty before recently joining Compass Datacenters. Nancy, who flew out from Texas for the event, has a national reputation for her work advancing opportunities and support for women in construction and technology.

Nancy shared some valuable insight at the event about closing the gender leadership gap, saying, “If we can figure out how to close the gap between potential versus credential, we will have made good progress in advancing women into leadership positions.”

She advised attendees about personal advancement as well, saying, “You need to figure out how to get to know your leadership and your peers on a personal and professional level in order to build advocates at the decision-making levels.”

Nancy’s comments and the entire event program created a lot of positive buzz among attendees.

“We were really honored to play an instrumental role at this exclusive and exciting event,” said Darla. “Supporting the non-profit organizations that are working hard in our communities to better the lives of others is a top priority for our bank. We’ve even developed services and products specifically geared to the unique needs of our non-profit clients.”

In addition to awarding scholarships, WCC provides assistance to high school and college students through its Mentoring Page, a resource to “help students, educators, counselors and parents understand and navigate through their career paths.” The mentoring resource includes descriptions of jobs and related salaries; education options with local colleges and universities; direct links to high schools with construction-related programs; and information about apprenticeship training programs.

Additionally, WCC holds a monthly lunch meeting at Santana High School, Patrick Henry High School, San Diego High School and Hoover High School for interested students (female and male) to learn more about careers in the construction industry. The lunches feature guest speakers who talk about how they got their start, what they do and some of the challenges they’ve overcome. The students also get information about scholarships, building their resumes, jobsite visits and opportunities for internships and summer jobs.

Beyond its work to educate students about construction-related careers, WCC also provides member education events for working professionals, industry advocacy, networking opportunities and more. For more information or to join WCC, visit wccsd.org.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am

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Tami Nesburg Joins Lewis & Clark College Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

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Tami Nesburg, who leads our Vancouver, Washington office, has joined the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Lewis & Clark College. She will help the Center further its mission of “igniting liberal arts education with entrepreneurial spirit.”

With more than 30 years of banking experience in Clark County, Tami, who now serves as regional manager and executive vice president, launched Regents Bank’s Vancouver office as a start-up banking operation in 2003. She brings that experience and entrepreneurial mindset to her client relationships, helping small to mid-sized businesses overcome challenges and grow their companies.

In addition to the Center for Entrepreneurship advisory board, Tami serves as treasurer and an executive board member for Identity Clark County; as past-president of Vancouver Public Facilities District Board; and as treasurer for Gifts for Our Community, serving low- to moderate-income families through grants in the community. She is also a former Royal Oaks Country Club finance committee member and served as its chairwoman in 2004.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the great team of professionals at Lewis & Clark,” said Tami. “I’m especially enthusiastic about the effort afoot to create an even stronger entrepreneurship curriculum and culture at the school.”

The Center for Entrepreneurship’s programming is designed to add experiential opportunities to the college experience. Programming is open to all Lewis & Clark students, regardless of whether they are enrolled in an entrepreneurship class. The Center leverages its location in a world-class, progressive and collaborative city to bring leaders onto campus to discuss their industry, trends and opportunities. Programming includes Lunch with a Leader, Winterim and workshops.

“With Tami’s banking knowledge and experience in the Northwest market, she will be an important partner in the Center’s efforts to foster both the academic and practical side of entrepreneurship and business creativity,” said Bruce Willison, Grandpoint Bank board member, Life Trustee of Lewis & Clark College and former CEO of First Interstate Bank of Oregon.

Way to go, Tami!

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