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Hanaa Zahran: An Influential Woman

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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.

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An Entertaining Group of Ukulele Players and a Patron of the Arts

In La Jolla, we celebrated the holiday season and our 15th anniversary by teaming up with our client La Jolla Music Societyscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am to host a client appreciation reception followed by a holiday performance at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. We enjoyed wonderful Greek food by Eclat Cateringscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am and wine before walking over to the museum across the street to enjoy the unique and amazing music of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am as they performed their “Holiday Show.”

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The evening also featured a special appearance by Kristin Lancino (third from left), president and artistic director of La Jolla Music Society and festive caroling by Full Measure. Third from right: Regent Bank’s Hanaa Zahran.

As La Jolla Music Society described The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, they have “entertained British Royalty, jammed with George Harrison, performed with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and rocked out at Glastonbury Festival…their hilarious, entertaining dash through all genres of music has led to sold out shows all over the world from the Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House via Carnegie Hall.”

Our guests have since shared with us:

What a unique and memorable performing group!  I think I smiled nonstop through the entire concert!”   

“The concert was outstanding! Thank you for including us!”

“Great memory!!!!!”

“We had a fabulous time. I could not stop smiling and I am still enjoying the ukulele.”

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We’d also like to acknowledge our wonderful relationship manager and senior vice president, Hanaa Zahran, who established our relationship with La Jolla Music Society. Hanaa was recently featured as one of San Diego Business Journal’s finalists for Women Who Mean Business this past year, partly because she is tremendously involved with arts and education outreach programs.

Hanaa has joined both the steering committee and corporate involvement committee for a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program the San Diego Fleet Science Center is launching for children interested in STEM disciplines. The committees are supporting the Science Center’s endeavor to unite STEM programs throughout the city. The organization will act as a clearing house for corporations, parents and kids that want to be involved with or learn about K-12 STEM programs. Hanaa believes that San Diego’s kids can and should have access to the best STEM training and resources, and she is committed to making it happen.

Hanaa also served as a board member at La Jolla Playhouse for 10 years, only just recently leaving her role on the board. She also served on the theater’s finance, investment and audit committees. Of particular significance was her contribution on the Playhouse’s finance committee, which she chaired for four years. During that time, she developed the idea to create a royalty reserve account as a way to build up reserves from show royalties.

She is also involved with Water for Africa and Lifeline. She has boosted the fundraising activity of both organizations and spent nearly five years on the gala committee for Water for Africa. The organization has played a pivotal role in the development of sustainable water projects in over 120 villages in Africa. These organizations are especially important to Hanaa because she originally hails from Egypt.

Hanaa is thrilled to partner with the La Jolla Music Society. And as everyone who attended our client appreciation reception knows, this is an organization very deserving of San Diego’s pride and admiration. Cheers to a wonderful 2017 and our next 15 years!

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Regents Bank’s Darla Clark with carolers

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Jim & Colleen Coffman with Darla Clark

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(l to r) Rachel Maurais & Stephen Friedman, Ash & Lata Israni, Luis & Sally Maizel

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(l to r) Randy & Jennifer Minnier, Kim Poole, Michelle & Brian Hudak

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(l to r) Richard Leung, Hanaa Zahran, Isaac & Loraine Levy

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(l to r) Tamara Lafarga, Roger Joseph, Steve & Lori Sefton

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Regents Bank Welcomes Hanaa Zahran as Senior Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager

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Do you prefer to converse with your banker in Spanish? How about French? Arabic? Russian? We’re very pleased to welcome the multi-lingual and remarkably accomplished banker Hanaa Zahran to our Regents Bank team. Hanaa joins us as a senior vice president and senior relationship manager in our La Jolla office.  While she is prepared to speak with you in five different languages, working capital cash flow lingo is by far her favorite!

Hanaa looks forward to promoting and practicing the Regents Bank philosophy of advisory relationship banking within the San Diegan business community. She has worked extensively with clients in the technology and government sectors, but says that she enjoys being a generalist. “The opportunity to add value to many types of businesses and see the impact of the advice I share is tremendously exciting,” she said. “As bankers, we help our clients from the outside looking in, but if you really take the time and care, you can become an even more valuable asset to your client; you become part of your client’s team.”

No stranger to San Diego, Hanaa has worked at local offices of Bank of America/Merrill Lynch as a global treasury management advisor and senior vice president, as well as Union Bank of California and Silicon Valley Bank. She is a Certified Treasury Professional with extensive background in global treasury management, advisory sales, business development and relationship management.

Hanaa has applied her training and experience in treasury management to help her clients more effectively manage their cash flow. Hanaa believes that the impact of ineffective working capital management can be disastrous to a business. Hanaa states, “It is our duty as bankers to guide our clients into effective working capital management practices and help them navigate and mitigate risk.”

When not at work, theater goers may find Hanaa at La Jolla Playhouse,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am where she has served as a board member for nine years, also serving on the theater’s finance, investment and audit committees. She is an active member of both the national and regional Associations for Financial Professionals, Business Executives Councilscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am and supports various local charities. She has a soft spot for helping children specifically in the areas of health, safety and education.

Hanaa is originally from Alexandria, Egypt and earned her degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Alexandria. She earned her accreditation as a Certified Treasury Professional from the Association of Financial Professionals.

If our Mandarin-speaking friends are asking why Hanaa doesn’t speak Mandarin too, fear not, she’s currently studying the language…and trying to keep up with her high school-aged son who is already fluent.

Welcome, bienvenudos, bienvenue, Marhaba and Dobro Pozhalovt, Hanaa! (Um, we’re still working on our Mandarin, too.)

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