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Caleb Willis appointed VP of Community West Bank

Posted: January 28, 2014 6:32 p.m.
Updated: January 28, 2014 6:32 p.m.

Caleb Willis


Caleb Willis has been appointed as vice president, SBA Business Development Officer, announced Community West Bank this month.

Willis is a longtime Valencia resident and has been an SBA Specialist for ten years, and will serve the Southern California market.

Using the SWOT analysis - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats - Willis will analyze a firm and provide the business owner with options based on the individual business model and circumstances, the bank said.

“Caleb’s primary focus is in providing small business owners with construction, purchase and refinance solutions for their commercial real estate needs,” said Michael Phlaum, senior vice president and community banking officer with Community West Bank.

“Caleb has a great reputation in the industry with a proven track record of success, and we are pleased to have him on our team,” Phlaum said.


SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT: Posted: January 29, 2014 10:42 a.m.

This reads like a "rip, read and print" press release.

Interesting to note that Mr. Willis did not remain in his employment with Mission Valley Bank very long, having only recently joined that Sun Valley-based bank in October 2012.

Mission Valley Bank does operate two retail branches in Santa Clarita.

Forward to January 2014. Mr. Willis moves on to Goleta-based Community West Bank which has no retail banking presence whatsoever in the Santa Clarita Valley. It appears the bank's holding company has leased small office space on Wayne Mills Place, and that appears to be an expansion of Community West's SBA loan program.

The question(s) I have anytime a commerical banking officer makes a sudden move did Mr. Willis have a "falling-out" with Mission Valley Bank? Has Mission Valley Bank scaled back it's "relationship banking" efforts in the Santa Clarita Valley? It's also worth noting that Mission Valley also originates a fair number of SBA loans.

On the other hand, maybe the other bank came a courting, and Mr. Willis decided to elope with Community West Bank.

Egg on the face of The Signal for posting a "rip, read and print" press release without stating as such.


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