IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - September 3, 2010) -  Plaza Bank (OTCBB: PLZB) announces that Lissette Duran has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Operations and Human Resources.

Duran has led operations and human resources for the Bank as Senior Vice President since the bank was organized in May 2005. She will continue to oversee compliance, bank security, the bank secrecy act and all human resources activities with a newly expanded scope caused by the Bank's recent acquisition of SouthwestUSA Bank of Las Vegas. 

Her role also includes legal and contract negotiations, bank-wide hiring and customer service training, and managing relationships with regulators (FDIC and DFI), auditors, board members and shareholders.

"I am privileged not only to have been involved in the opening of the Bank, but to be part of its growth and new recapitalization. It has been an amazing process, and I continue to admire Plaza's vision to exceed the expectations of its employees, clients, shareholders, community and regulators," Duran says.

Duran has over 30 years of banking experience and 18 years in business banking. Prior to joining Plaza Bank, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of Operations and Human Resources at CommerceWest Bank. Additionally, Duran has extensive management experience from previous service at Bank of the West, Washington Mutual, First Interstate Bank and Bank of America.

Duran is a resident of Corona, CA. She has served on the board of Pacific Choral and lent countless hours volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico for over fourteen years. Duran welcomes customer calls and questions and can be reached in the Irvine branch at (949) 502-4307 or by email at

About Plaza Bank

Plaza Bank is a full-service business bank headquartered in Irvine, California with an additional full service branch location in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The Bank is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of the small business customer with innovative diverse products and personalized service. For additional information, visit the Plaza Bank website at

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Contact Information:

Media Contacts:
Gene Galloway
President - Plaza Bank
(702) 277-2221 or (949) 502-4309