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Sunwest Bank Announces The Appointment Of John F. Tellenbach As Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer

IRVINE, Calif. (May 20, 2014) – Sunwest Bank (SWBC) (“Sunwest” or “the Bank”) announces the appointment of John Tellenbach as Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer to Sunwest’s commercial banking team in Irvine, California. Mr. Tellenbach will be responsible for managing the commercial banking group and expanding the Bank’s commercial client base in California, Arizona and Washington.

John Tellenbach has been actively lending in the Southern California region for over 24 years and has extensive executive management experience. During his career John has also served in many philanthropic roles, including 10 years as a Regional Council Member of the American Cancer Society. Mr. Tellenbach is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, as well as the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington. Raised in the San Gabriel Valley, he currently resides in Rancho Palos Verdes with his wife and two children.

“John has demonstrated not only strong commercial banking acumen, but an impressive ability to lead over the years. We are excited to have someone of John’s caliber as our Chief Banking Officer,” said Christopher Walsh, President and CEO of Sunwest Bank. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience and leadership credentials.  His business intuition is a valuable asset to our bank and the communities we serve.”

About Sunwest Bank

An established community bank, Sunwest Bank has offices in California, Arizona, Washington and Idaho. Sunwest Bank offers a wide range of financial products to individuals, professionals, homeowner associations, and small- to mid-sized businesses. The Bank’s solution-driven, relationship-based approach to banking provides accessibility to decision makers and enhances value through strong partnerships with our clients. For more information about Sunwest Bank, visit the company’s website at or call (800) 330-9890.

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For further information, please contact:

Nicole Smith

Sunwest Bank