PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Bank of Santa Barbara Welcomes Gail Jensen-Bigknife as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

The Bank of Santa Barbara, locally known as "The Bank", announces Gail Jensen-Bigknife as the newly appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer.

Gail Jensen-Bigknife
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Gail Jensen-Bigknife

With over 35 years of banking experience, Jensen-Bigknife will help maintain The Bank’s policies and procedures for granting credit to its valued customers.

We are thrilled to have Gail on-board,” said CEO Eloy Ortega. “Her proven background and her passion for professional and community involvement melds nicely with The Bank’s core mission.”

Jensen-Bigknife’s professional and community involvement includes active participation in The Risk Management Association (RMA), currently serving as a member of the National Board of Directors and as a member of the Community Bank Council.

Most recently, Jensen-Bigknife worked as EVP/CCO for Security Business Bank of San Diego, a bank she helped found 10 years ago, which recently sold to AmericanWest Bank.

The recipient of numerous personal achievement awards and honors, including the YWCA TWIN Honoree, “Woman of the Year” by the San Diego President’s Council and “Woman of Accomplishment” by Soroptimist International of San Diego, Jensen-Bigknife has a resume that speaks for itself.

The Bank is a 100% locally owned and operated community bank dedicated to providing state-of-the-art banking solutions and customer service reminiscent of the days when bankers knew every client personally. With local ownership and management, The Bank understands the Santa Barbara market and has the ability to offer fast, local decision-making and financial support to local businesses, non-profits and individuals. The addition of Jensen-Bigknife proves to continue that mission.

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