Bank of the West Strengthens its Retail Banking Group with Strategic SBA Business Developer Hires
SAN FRANCISCO | Aug 25, 2015
Bank of the West announced today the addition of three new Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Development Officers in its Retail Banking Group in California.
“The addition of these experienced business development officers demonstrates Bank of the West’s commitment to helping small businesses owners achieve their dreams,” said Don Mercer, senior vice president, SBA National Sales Manager at Bank of the West. “We are very excited to welcome our new team members who embrace the bank’s client first approach.”
Eric Li – Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer
Li joined the bank as vice president, SBA business banking officer in Los Angeles. In this role, Li is responsible for providing SBA 504 and 7(a) loans to small- and medium-sized business clients in the Pac Rim Market of Los Angeles.
With more than 10 years in the banking industry, Li has experience in SBA commercial, commercial construction, commercial & industrial and small business lending. Li received his bachelor of arts degree in International Studies from Indiana University and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Ron Short – Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer
Short joined the bank as vice president, SBA business banking officer in San Jose. In his role, Short is responsible for providing SBA 504 and 7 (a) loans to small-and medium-sized business clients in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Short has more than 22 years of commercial real estate industry experience in SBA and conventional lending, including 14 years of direct SBA lending experience. Most recently, Short was a senior vice president for SBA business lending at California Bank and Trust in Cupertino.
A resident of Los Gatos, Short received his bachelor of arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jeremy Wilson – Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer
Wilson joined the bank as vice president, SBA business development officer in San Diego. In this role, Wilson will provide SBA 504 and 7 (a) loans to small- and medium- sized business clients in San Diego and the surrounding areas.
Wilson has more than 16 years of commercial real estate industry experience in SBA and conventional lending. He received his bachelor of science degree in Business Management from California State University, San Marcos and resides in Vista.
About Bank of the West:
Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $72.5 billion in assets as of June 30, 2015. Founded in 1874, Bank of the West provides a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services through more than 600 offices in 22 states and digital channels. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 185,000 employees.
Ayele Ajavon, Bank of the West