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MECHANICS BANK APPOINTS DAVID P. MESSING AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT - CREDIT ADMINISTRATION, SPECIAL ASSETS



Richmond, CA, July 26, 2010 -- David P. Messing has been named Senior Vice President - Credit Administration, Special Assets Group at Mechanics Bank. He reports to the Chief Credit Officer, John Wells.

Messing is an experienced banker with 17 years of commercial real estate experience including both the debt and equity sides of the business. Most recently, he was SVP and Regional Manager for HSH Nordbank in San Francisco, managing an origination office covering the Western U.S., and a $1.4 billion loan portfolio. Previously in his career, David worked for two other foreign banks, an investment bank, and a commercial developer.

A graduate of Duke University with a degree in Economics, Messing received his MBA in Marketing from Columbia University. He is a resident of San Ramon, CA.

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About Mechanics Bank:

For more than a century, Mechanics Bank has been committed to helping people build prosperous communities as a trusted financial partner, forging lasting relationships through teamwork, respect and integrity. The $3 billion independent bank, headquartered in Richmond, California, offers personal banking, business banking, trust, brokerage and wealth management services through 33 offices across Northern California. For more information, please visit mechanicsbank.com.


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