Business Banking Group

We specialize in personal, local service. We're proud to be part of the community, and we're committed to helping small businesses reach their financial goals. Talk with one of our experienced Business Banking Bankers to see how we can help your business grow.

Northern Region

Samone Shafer

Business Banking Sales Manager


As a Business Banking Sales Manager for Mechanics Bank, Samone manages a team of dedicated bankers across the Bank’s California footprint. Samone values being a trusted banking and financial resource and strategic advocate for her clients. Building and maintaining lasting relationships, the Merced native holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Brian Kerfoot

Business Banking Team Lead | Sacramento Area


As a Business Banking Team Lead bringing more than 20 years of banking experience to Mechanics Bank, Brian has a long and successful history of building long-term productive relationships with local clients by taking time to understand their business operations and meet their banking needs.

John Collier

Relationship Manager | Sacramento Area


For over 16 years, John has brought his professional expertise to clients for commercial and business banking needs. His experience and knowledge, paired with his optimistic and direct approach, allow him to lead clients through the entire lending process with skill. John specializes in lending with a focus on real estate loans, purchase loans, business lines of credit, equipment lending, SBA programs, and treasury management for deposits.

Kevin M. Conners, MBA

Relationship Manager | Bay Area


Kevin has more than 10 years of banking experience. As a Relationship Manager for Mechanics Bank Bay Area branches, he builds relationships with his local business clients to understand their banking needs and provide them with a full range of customized financial services.

Southern Region

Kirsten Martinez

Business Banking Sales Manager


Kirsten Martinez, a Business Banking Sales Manager with more than 20 years of banking accomplishments, brings a wealth of retail and commercial banking insight to her clients. Committed to attentive, hands-on service, she values providing banking solutions that align with her clients’ business priorities. She is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, where she earned library honors. You’ll often find her at community events throughout Ventura County.

Melissa Canizalez

Business Banking Team Lead | Central Coast


Bringing more than 20 years of banking experience to Mechanics Bank, Melissa is a Business Banking Team Lead for the Central Coast Region. Active locally, Melissa is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the North County Chamber of Commerce (Paso Robles & Atascadero), and is on the SLO County Habitat for Humanity Finance Committee.

Eddie Palomar

Relationship Manager | Bakersfield


With more than 16 years of banking experience, Eddie is a Relationship Manager for Mechanics Bank’s Bakersfield branches. A graduate of California State University of Bakersfield with a major in Marketing, Eddie recently became a board member of the Bakersfield Downtown Association. He works closely with the Small Business Development Center and the Women’s Business Center to serve as a resource to the community.

Oscar Avalos

Relationship Manager | Salinas & Gilroy


A Relationship Manager with more than 12 years of banking experience, Oscar is a trusted advisor in the Salinas/Gilroy region, where he takes pride in guiding clients through their different business cycles. He is an active member in his community, serving as President of the Rotary Club of King City, Treasurer of the Salinas Valley Fair, and a Planning Commissioner for King City.


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With branches spanning everywhere from the Imperial Valley to the Cascades, and from the coastal cities and towns to the Sierra Nevada foothills, we serve California. Find your local branch.