IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 1, 2016) - Plaza Bank (the "Bank") (OTCBB: PLZZ) is pleased to announce it has hired two additional banking professionals for various roles at its Irvine and Montebello branches, as follows.

  • Agnes Kakihara, Vice President, Client Services Center Manager, Montebello -- Most recently, Ms. Kakihara was Assistant Vice President of Central Operations at Banc of California. She started her banking career as a teller with Bank of America and worked her way up into corporate management, primarily in branch operations and customer service. She also gained valuable industry experience as a consolidation manager and branch sales and service manager with both Bank of America and Union Bank. Ms. Kakihara, who graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor's in Communications, is married with three daughters.
  • Elsa Cardoza, Vice President, Branch Manager, Irvine -- Most recently, Ms. Cardoza worked for Wells Fargo, where she held various management roles leading teams of bankers, business development officers, branch managers, and district managers. Ms. Cardoza began her banking career in 1998 as Business Banker for North County Bank in San Diego, which was acquired by Wells Fargo. As a top producer, she was promoted to management in high-value areas including North County San Diego and Orange County Coastal. Ms. Cardoza's client focus and commitment to service, along with her supportive leadership style, will further benefit the Irvine team and operations.

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

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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