Plaza Bank Appoints Rick Sowers as Chief Operating Officer

Plaza Bank Appoints Rick Sowers as Chief Operating Officer
Plaza Bank Appoints Rick Sowers as Chief Operating Officer

IRVINE, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 30, 2016) – Plaza Bancorp and Plaza Bank (OTCBB: PLZZ) (the “Bank”) is pleased to announce it has appointed Rick Sowers to the new position of Chief Operating Officer, where he is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing all day-to-day operational activities of the bank, under the direction of President and CEO Gene Galloway. All executive vice presidents at Plaza Bank will now report to Mr. Sowers.

“We are excited to appoint Rick as Chief Operating Officer at Plaza Bank, a position necessary to sustain our growth and success,” Mr. Galloway said. “Rick’s leadership, management, and vision will ensure Plaza Bank continues to focus on a sound infrastructure to maintain our financial strength and operating efficiency as we continue to expand our business and serve our clients.”

“I embrace this new opportunity with enthusiasm. I am fortunate to work with an amazing executive team of professionals that is focused and energized,” Mr. Sowers said. “Working together with our staff, I look forward to ensuring we continue to focus on continued growth in the best interest of our shareholders, clients, employees, and our communities.”

Mr. Sowers joined Plaza Bank in 2015 through the merger with Bank of Manhattan, where he served in various leadership roles, including President and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Banking Officer. Currently he serves as Plaza Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, where he focused on building the Bank’s long-term strategy and brand, product development, and marketing. He has been instrumental in Plaza Bank’s recent expansion across key markets and services, helping to drive even greater results for the Bank and its clients.

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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