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Stephen Friedman Named Regents Bank Regional President in San Diego County

Stephen Friedman headshot NEWIt’s official! Longtime San Diego banker and business executive Stephen Friedman has been promoted to Regional President in San Diego County. Stephen will oversee operations at our four San Diego offices, which include locations in downtown, La Jolla, Escondido and Vista. Stephen, who has been with Regents Bank since 2009, will continue to work from the La Jolla office.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the charge for Regents Bank in San Diego going forward,” says Stephen. “Having been part of the leadership team here for many years, Regents Bank’s brand of what we call consultative banking is in my DNA. We have a seasoned team that is focused on providing customized banking solutions crafted to meet each client’s unique circumstances, but we don’t stop there. We seek to understand our client’s short- and long-term goals so that we can direct them to relevant resources to help them. My primary objective is to provide the leadership and support our team needs to execute on our mission of serving our clients at the highest level every day.”

As the former CFO of Bruegger’s Bagels – the national bagel chain, the former CFO of the Westwind Group – a large Burger King franchisee, and the former owner of a local commercial bakery, Stephen thinks entrepreneurially.

“Stephen combines his 20 years of banking experience with his past business experience to provide a unique level of business understanding not normally found in a banker,” said Rocky Laverty, President of Grandpoint Bank. “He has demonstrated leadership and success in consistently growing Regents Bank, primarily due to his ability to deliver valuable services and advice to Regents’ clients.”

Stephen is a resident of Carmel Valley and has been an active member of ProVisors, the Association for Corporate Growth of San Diego, the Rancho Bernardo Professional Group, Renaissance Executive Forums, the Business Executives Council and Chairman’s Roundtable. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Vermont, followed by a master’s degree in business administration from Boston College and a graduate banking degree from University of Colorado at Boulder.



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Hanaa Zahran: An Influential Woman


Congratulations to Hanaa Zahran, Senior Vice President in our La Jolla office, for being chosen as one of The Daily Transcript’s 2017 Influential Women in San Diego!

One quality that distinguishes Hanaa is her determination. Born in Egypt, she took on many challenges and learned to thrive in the U.S. Today, she is an important role model for women in finance, immigrants to our country and those motivated to contribute to the civic vitality of our community.

Hanaa serves on the annual conference committee for the Treasury Management Association of San Diego, she’s an active member of Business Executives Council, a member of the Risk Management Association and is heavily involved with Athena San Diego, the premier professional organization for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hanaa also served as a board member at La Jolla Playhouse for nearly 10 years and participated on their finance, investment and audit committees.

Hanaa has joined both the steering committee and corporate involvement committee for a new STEM program the San Diego Fleet Science Center is launching for children interested in STEM disciplines. Fleet Science Center’s STEM Ecosystem Initiative is a program that brings executives in education, science and business sectors together to give students greater access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

With a strong understanding and affinity for STEM disciplines, Hanaa has forged relationships with industry sectors new to our bank, including biotech and medical device firms. Her consultative banking approach has resonated with companies within these industries, as life science and technology firms are often led by researchers, scientists and engineers who rely on strong service providers to help them round out their business skills and strategies. It doesn’t hurt, either, that Hanaa speaks English, Spanish, French, Russian and Arabic, her native language.

Most importantly, Hanaa has also raised a remarkable son, who is now attending a global immersion college program at NYU Shanghai. Way to go, Hanaa.