Strategic acquisitions have also contributed to our growth during the last decade. In 2016, we acquired California-based California Republic Bank (CRB), a commercial and private lending institution augmented by a consumer auto-lending unit renowned for originating loans through dealers in multiple states. The addition of CRB opened new markets in Southern California and helped the bank expand its presence in the northern part of the state. Two years later, we grew to $6 billion in assets with the acquisition of the historic 150-year old Scott Valley Bank in Northern California.
Most recently, in September 2019, we acquired the retail, business banking, commercial real estate, mortgage and wealth management businesses of Rabobank, N.A., as well as its 100-branch office network. This strategic merger brought together two community-oriented, well-capitalized banks with common values and deep roots in California – and assets totaling more than $17 billion, and branches throughout the state.