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Bank of San Francisco Recognized as One of the Strongest Financial Institutions in the Country

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rated 5-Stars by Bauer Financial

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Bank of San Francisco announces that in June, 2014, it secured the highest possible rating from Bauer Financial, long considered the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

“The coveted Bauer Five-Star rating is public confirmation that Bank of San Francisco is a top performer,” said Wendy Ross, Bank of San Francisco's President. "Our earnings, capital position and asset quality are considered superior by every accepted industry standard. This recognition reinforces the position of trust that Bank of San Francisco holds among fellow bankers, regulators and clients, alike."

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 throughout the Bay Area, Bank of San Francisco is well-positioned to provide the nuanced, highly personalized service that local individuals and businesses need to maximize business opportunities.

Bank of San Francisco Given Highest Performance Rating by Venerable Banking Publication

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Findley Reports’ annual bank rating designates Bank of San Francisco “Super Premier.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Bank of San Francisco announces that it was awarded the highest performance rating by the respected and widely-read The Findley Reports. For almost 50 years, The Findley Reports has been assessing the financial performance of the more than 200 banks headquartered in California and others, throughout the West.

“To be considered a top performing bank by The Findley Reports is an enormous achievement for a community bank of our vintage,” said Ed Obuchowski, Bank of San Francisco’s CEO. “A ‘Super Premier’ designation only goes to those banks with top earnings performance, excellent credit quality, healthy growth, and a strong balance sheet. This award means even more because it comes from such a knowledgeable industry expert.”

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 throughout the Bay Area, Bank of San Francisco is well-positioned to provide the nuanced, highly personalized service that local individuals and businesses need to maximize business opportunities.

BANK OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT, WENDY ROSS, MAKES THE “FOREVER INFLUENTIAL HONOR ROLL”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

San Francisco Business Times Recognizes Exceptional Women Leaders in business, non-profits and education.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Bank of San Francisco announces that its President, Wendy Ross, was inducted into the “Forever Influential Honor Roll” of exceptional women leaders by the San Francisco Business Times. Ross is being recognized for her 35 years of outstanding work in banking, her leadership of the Bank of San Francisco and her commitment to community service.

“Wendy is the consummate banker,” stated Ed Obuchowski, CEO of Bank of San Francisco. “Her skill and knowledge of community banking are without peer. Wendy has helped grow our bank and make it a source of pride and strength for the region we serve.”

Ross’ stellar banking career began at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ross has held major positions at Golden Gate Bank and Civic Bank of Commerce. She is a graduate of Leadership of San Francisco and has sat on the boards of Women’s Initiative for Self Employment and the San Francisco Rotary Foundation.

When asked about how she seeks to utilize the influence she has garnered over her years in banking, Ross responded, “Nothing gives me more satisfaction than helping our team members grow as individuals and our clients realize great success, which in turn helps our bank grow and thrive. I am also a strong believer in ‘giving back’ to my family, friends and community who have given so much to me over the years.”

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 throughout the Bay Area, Bank of San Francisco is well-positioned to provide the nuanced, highly personalized service that local individuals and businesses need to maximize business opportunities. 

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.