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Dominic Filardo Joins Mechanics Bank Consumer & Equipment Finance Group



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Richmond, CA, January 22, 2011 -- Dominic Filardo has been appointed Vice President, Senior Loan and Marketing Officer in the Consumer & Equipment Finance Group at Mechanics Bank. His responsibilities will include developing new and existing auto dealer financing relationships, as well as credit underwriting.

Mr. Filardo brings over 20 years of experience in the auto industry, including his previous post as an auto dealership account manager at Bank of the West, where he worked with over 200 dealerships in Oregon and Northern California. Prior to that he held similar positions at WFS Financial and Wells Fargo Auto Finance, among others.

“Dominic’s extensive experience and contacts in the auto financing industry will help us as we ramp up our indirect auto financing activities,” said Gary Staring. “We expect this to be a significant area of growth for the bank’s loan portfolio.”

Mr. Filardo has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves since 1993 and currently holds the rank of First Sergeant assigned to the 349 Aeroevacuation Squadron. In 2003, he was activated and mobilized in support of Operation/Enduring Iraqi Freedom.

A graduate of Ohlone College and St. Mary’s College, Mr. Filardo also holds an M.B.A. from National University in San Diego. He and his wife Monika live in Brentwood, CA with their three sons, where for past four years Mr. Filardo has coached youth tackle football for the Delta Patriots organization. He also has been a volunteer with Cub Scouts, and a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization.


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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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