IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 20, 2015) - Plaza Bank (OTCBB: PLZB) (the "Bank") is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Kelleher as Vice President and Business Development Officer. With more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate financing, Mr. Kelleher further strengthens Plaza Bank's position as a premier community business bank serving Southern California and Southern Nevada. 

"I am excited to have Chris join Plaza Bank, as we continue to grow and seek new opportunities to serve our small business communities," said Gene Galloway, President and CEO of the Bank. "With a proven track record, deep expertise, and relationships in commercial real estate financing, Chris adds a new dimension to our sales team -- one that will translate into expanded lending options for both new and existing customers."

Prior to joining Plaza Bank, Mr. Kelleher was Business Development Officer for California Statewide Certified Development Corporation (CDC), a non-profit organization that provides commercial real estate financing to small businesses under the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 504 Loan Programs. Before that, he held similar roles with Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America.

At Plaza Bank, Mr. Kelleher brings his strong network of contacts, extensive credit analysis skills, and vast knowledge of SBA 504 lending specifically to provide owner-user commercial real estate financing -- for buying or refinancing -- on transactions ranging from $500,000 to $5 million-plus.

"Plaza Bank is an excellent fit for my skills, experience, and passion for providing small businesses with creative financing options," Mr. Kelleher said. "I'm fortunate to become part of a proven sales team that has historically been among the top 10 SBA 7a lenders in California, despite being smaller than many of our competitors. That's a tribute to Plaza Bank's dedicated staff, commitment to client relationships, and highly personalized service."

Mr. Kelleher earned his bachelor's degree in Management from San Diego State University and currently lives in Redondo Beach, where he enjoys live music, hiking, and cultural events, among other hobbies.

About Plaza Bank

Plaza Bank is full service community bank serving the business and professional communities in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bank is committed to meeting the financial needs of small to middle market businesses and professional firms with loans for working capital, equipment and owner-occupied commercial real estate financing and a full array of cash management services. Our bankers are experienced, professional and knowledgeable. For more information, visit or call President and CEO Gene Galloway at (949) 502-4309 or (702) 277-2221.

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Contact Information:

Media Contacts:
Gene Galloway
President and Chief Executive Officer
(702) 277-2221 or (949) 502-4309

Erich Bollinger
Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer
(949) 225-3704