Mechanics Bank Grows North Bay Commercial Banking Team - Wine, Food and Ag Depth Added

Friday, January 27, 2017

NAPA, CA - January 24, 2017 - Mechanics Bank ("MCHB" OTC) has added Samantha Foster and Debbie Watson, two experienced food and wine industry finance specialists, to it's North Bay regional commercial banking team based in Napa.

"Both Samantha and Debbie are seasoned bankers who bring tremendous expertise to our team" says Dan Aguilar, Senior Vide President and Regional Manager, North Bay Commercial Banking Group.  "They will help fuel our initiative to expand in one of California's premier agricultural areas."

Ms. Foster, who joins Mechanics Bank as Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, previously held a senior position in the Food and Agriculture Division of Rabobank, NA. Her 25-year career in commercial banking includes four and a half years at Wells Fargo Bank, six years with First Bank in San Francisco and nearly three years at Bank of the West.  Ms. Foster will continue to focus on providing financing solutions to food companies, wineries and vineyard owners located throughout the Norh Bay and greater SF Bay Area. 

Ms. Watson, who also joins as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, was previously Managing Director of First Republic's Wine Industry Group. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade with Wells Fargo, and previously held positions with City National Bank, Umpqua and Bank of the West. Her primary focus will be providing financing solutions to wineries and grape growers, as well as other wine industry-related companies. 

"Mechanics Bank has been lending in the North Bay for over 65 years, and we know wine, food and agriculture exceptionally well," Aguilar says. "This is a dynamic region on which Mechanics Bank is strategically focused. As we continue to grow our team in 2017 with talented and experienced professionals, our clients will derive even greater benefits from our high-touch client service model, expertise and innovative financial solutions."

About Mechanics Bank

Mechanics Bank, established in 1905, is an independent, full-service community bank. With more than $5.4 billion in assets, it is the largest bank headquartered in the Bay Area's East Bay region. A national indirect auto lender, It's 30 branch offices throughout Northern California, and five locations in Southern California provide a highly-personalized relationship banking experience that includes consumer and business banking services, commercial lending, commercial deposit and cash management services, and comprehensive trust and wealth management services.