Bank of San Francisco Broadens Its Focus to the North Bay

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bank of San Francisco announces plans to expand its reach in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties through igniting Paul Barenfus, Senior Vice President.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, Bank of San Francisco announced plans to expand its reach in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties through the hiring of Paul Barenfus, Senior Vice President. Barenfus, who has extensive banking experience and deep local knowledge of the North Bay, will focus on developing banking relationships with businesses and families who call the North Bay home. 

“Bank of San Francisco’s high-touch service will be a great fit for the families and businesses of Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties,” noted Barenfus. “I look forward to introducing the Bank and its strong value proposition to this market.” 

Barenfus, a San Rafael resident and former Mill Valley Chamber Board member, spent many years at both Tamalpais Bank and Sonoma Bank. With roots in the Bay Area, Bank of San Francisco places great importance on understanding the unique environment that influences its clients and their banking needs. Amid increased economic activity and investment in the North Bay and throughout the Bay Area, Bank of San Francisco is well-positioned to provide the nuanced, highly personalized service that local individuals and businesses are craving.

“Paul is joining the Bank of San Francisco team at an exciting time,” said Ed Obuchowski, Bank of San Francisco’s CEO. “Our expansion into the North Bay is an important step in becoming a regional leader in business and personal banking.”

Bank of San Francisco Launches New Division to Help Small Businesses

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Government-Guaranteed Lending division to be headed by Katherine Zinsser.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Seizing the opportunity to expand assistance to small and mid-sized businesses, Bank of San Francisco has launched a new division dedicated to government-guaranteed/SBA lending. The Government-Guaranteed Lending division is led by the Bank’s Senior Vice President, Katherine Zinsser.

“By dedicating more resources to the cultivation of government-guaranteed lending, Bank of San Francisco will be able to assist more small and mid-sized businesses who are ready to make that jump to the next level,” said Zinsser.

With the Bay Area’s economy continuing to thrive, Bank of San Francisco recognized a strong desire among small business owners to take steps towards smart growth, and launched the Government-Guaranteed Lending division to assist them in this effort.

Government-guaranteed lending offered through local banks is often utilized by entrepreneurs who want to buy a business, acquire equipment, open a new location or hire staff to grow their business. Bank of San Francisco is a preferred lender through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA 7A) and Express programs and is also an active participant in the State of California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. These programs help small business owners take more bullish measures to expand at the optimal time.

“What we’re seeing now is a real demand for expansion capital – more so than I’ve ever seen throughout my career,” said Zinsser. “As the economy continues to strengthen, business owners are seriously investigating those opportunities to open up new locations or secure equipment to maximize output and efficiency. It’s a very exciting time.”

Zinsser is joined by Zachary Petry, who brings a keen understanding of the essential elements necessary for a business to be a sustainable enterprise. Prior to joining Bank of San Francisco, Petry served as the Director of Outreach and Intake for the nonprofit micro-lender, Youth Business America.