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ZITTEROW JOINS MECHANICS BANK AS CORPORATE LENDING REGION MANAGER


Richmond, CA, October 9, 2007— Dave M. Zitterow has joined Mechanics Bank as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of the Business Banking Division.

Zitterow, 35, previously was a Vice President and Senior Commercial Banking Officer with Greater Bay Bancorp, which recently was acquired by Wells Fargo. His 14-year career in banking also has included positions with Bank of Agriculture and Commerce, Westamerica Bank and Wells Fargo.

“Dave brings a wealth of lending experience and expertise to Mechanics Bank,” said Cort O’Haver, Executive Vice President and head of the Corporate Banking Division. “As we continue to expand this important division in an era of unprecedented growth opportunity for us, he will play a critical role.”

“Community banking offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to local economic prosperity,” said Zitterow. “Mechanics Banks has been the premier community bank in Northern California—setting the standard for everyone—and I’m delighted to have a chance to be part of their success.”

Zitterow attended California State University in Fresno in Business Administration and Finance. He lives with his wife Gina and two children in Brentwood, California, and enjoys water-oriented recreational activities such as wakeboarding and fly-fishing.

Mechanics Bank is headquartered in Richmond, California. The century-old family-owned community bank is one of the largest independent banks headquartered in Northern California, with more than $2.7 billion in assets.



Press contacts:
Ms. Hatti Hamlin
925.872.4328
HattiHamlin@aol.com

Mr. David Louis
510.741.3328
David_Louis@mechbank.com