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Welcome back, Ben!

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 12.10.04 PMWe’re pleased to announce that Ben Price has rejoined Regents Bank. After a brief time away exploring another career path, Ben decided that community banking is his true calling. We were sad to see him go but wished him well. Now, we’re overjoyed to have him back!

Ben has a long history with Regents – having joined our team as a relationship manager 13 years ago. He works from our downtown office and has extensive experience banking small to mid-sized businesses, including Port of San Diego tenants, technology companies and real estate firms. He also enjoys developing business and real estate loans for his clients.

“I’m so happy to be back, and I feel like I’m returning with even more enthusiasm,” said Ben. “Being welcomed so warmly by my colleagues and my clients makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world.”

Ben came to us with a background in technology, as well as real estate investing, appraising, construction financing and sales, which gives him unique insight into what it takes to manage and run a business and connect with customers. It also means he knows a thing or two about the real estate acquisition process.

Ben is an active member of the San Diego-Tijuana Chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI), which is focused on land use and urban planning. He’s in charge of its membership committee and serves on its senior management committee. Ben is also a member of Friends of Downtown San Diego, which provides scholarship money to San Diego City College students who demonstrate not only economic need but also academic achievement and determination. Ben is considering a board position with Friends of Downtown because he likes “making good things happen for people.”

In his free time, Ben enjoys golfing and exercising. He also loves to spend time with his wife and two sons.

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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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