Janet Garufis named one of American Banker’s 25 Women to Watch

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Montecito Bank & Trust President & CEO Janet Garufis was recognized this week as a leader in the banking industry amongst a community that spans well beyond the tri-counties. Ms. Garufis was named to the American Banker’s 2015 list of the 25 Women to Watch, part of their annual national rankings of the most powerful women in banking and finance, one of the most prestigious honors in the industry.

Ms. Garufis said, “I am truly honored to be recognized with this group of extraordinary female industry leaders, each of whom has demonstrated their commitment to excellence.  I am grateful to American Banker for providing a platform that showcases the diversity of women in leadership roles who are changing not only the face of banking, but also the future of our industry.

This recognition is important because it also brings national visibility to the hundreds of community bankers whose mission it is to improve the economic vitality of their communities. It takes a village to successfully serve our stakeholders - community, customers, associates and shareholders - and this honor is a reflection of the dedicated people who make Montecito Bank & Trust a leader in Community Banking. I’m thrilled to be part of such a team who are committed to fulfilling our vision to make the communities we serve better places to live and work.”

The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance recognizes the professional achievements, personal tenacity, and overall influence of the industry’s top-performing female executives. The annual program, now in its 13th year, encompasses four lists: the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking™, the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance, the 25 Women to Watch, and the Top Banking Teams. The complete rankings will be featured in the October issue of American Banker Magazine, and the honorees will be celebrated at a dinner and

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awards ceremony on October 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. More details are available at

Montecito Bank & Trust received a 2014 designation of a Super Premier Performing Bank by The Findley Reports, an independent service which rates the annual financial performance of California banks. The Findley Reports has designated Montecito Bank & Trust as a Premier Performing or Super Premier Performing bank 29 times in its 40-year history.

Montecito Bank & Trust, an S Corporation, is the oldest and largest locally-owned community bank in the tri-counties. Founded in 1975, with branch offices located in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Montecito, Carpinteria, Ventura, Westlake Village and Camarillo, the bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and consumers, including business loans and lines of credit; commercial real estate finance; SBA loans; consumer loans; credit cards; merchant services; and online services, including mobile banking and cash management. Its Wealth Management Division provides full investment management as well as trust services for all branch office markets.


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