Press Release

Bank of the West Strengthens its Mortgage Banking Division Team in Southern California with Key Hires
San Francisco, California | Apr 15, 2015

Bank of the West announced today the appointment of two key executives who have joined the organization in its Mortgage Banking Division team serving the bank’s Southern California market.  

Jim McCraw – Vice President, Regional Sales Manager
Jim McCraw joined as vice president and regional sales manager. In this role, McCraw will manage a team of mortgage bankers that specialize in working with individuals to purchase or refinance homes.

McCraw has more than 19 years of experience as a mortgage banking producer and manager. Most recently he was lending market manager for Citi, serving primarily wealth clients along coastal Los Angeles and Orange County.

McCraw holds a bachelor of administration in economics from Cal State Fullerton and is an active member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA). He currently resides in Huntington Beach.   

Ted Johnson – Vice President, Area Sales Manager
Ted Johnson joined as vice president and area sales manager for the Southern California region and Las Vegas. In his new role, Johnson will manage a team of mortgage bankers originating purchase and refinance loans for existing Bank of the West customers as well as new customers.

Johnson, who is fluent in Spanish, has more than 23 years of experience as a mortgage banking producer and manager. Most recently he was a senior lending manager for Citi serving customers in West Los Angeles and Orange County.

He holds an M.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California, and M.B.A. and a B.S. in business administration, both from the University of California, Riverside. He currently resides in La Habra Heights.

About Bank of the West
Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco with $71.7 billion in assets. 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.

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Ayele Ajavon, Bank of the West
Corporate Communications
415-432-3501<
Ayele.Ajavon@bankofthewest.com

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