Pictured: Left to right: Brian Halle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Russell Smith, Chief Credit Officer, E. Allen Nicholson, Chief Financial Officer
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Pacific Enterprise Bank started in April 2007 with $31 million in capital and is privately held which affords it the ability to be responsive and open-minded to the various business banking needs of its clients. The Bank is an entrepreneurial bank and is always looking for ways to meet the needs of the underserved business community. Headquartered in Orange County, the Bank services Southern California. Like all businesses, success is heavily determined by the capabilities of its employees. Bank employees have both big bank and community bank experience which lessens the time spent in understand a clients needs and subsequently providing solutions. The Bank has over 70 employees dedicated to provide first class depository services/products with the assistance of the latest technology as well as provide lending solutions using common sense business minded decision making
Pacific Enterprise Bank’s lending group focuses on businesses with loan needs from $250,000 to $5,000,000. Financing is available for commercial real estate "investor and owner occupied", lines of credit, debt consolidation, start-ups, acquisitions, SFR flipping lines, letters of credit, diesel trucks, and bridge loans. The Banks cash management group has more of a private banking feel and offers an array of products including remote capture, merchant card processing, online wires, ACH, positive pay and online banking. External 3rd party programs are actively used to complement the Banks lending practices. External programs include SBA 7A Loans, SBA 504 Loans, Calcap loans, ARB Grant Program, Carl Moyer Program, and Voucher Incentive Program. The Bank is consistently one of the top SBA lenders in Orange County (504 loans and 7a loans).
The Banks executive team includes:
Brian J. Halle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Enterprise Bank and Bancorp, a resident of Santa Ana.
Mr. Halle has 22 years of banking experience. Before starting Pacific Enterprise Bank, Mr. Halle was the Senior Vice President and Manager of the Orange County commercial banking office of U.S. Bank and then he became Manager of Business Development for all of Commercial Banking. Prior experience includes middle market commercial banking and corporate banking roles at Bank of America, Union Bank and Sanwa Bank.
He has resided in Orange County since 1993. Mr. Halle completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu and a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University in Irvine.
E. Allen Nicholson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pacific Enterprise Bank and Bancorp, a resident of Yorba Linda.
Mr. Nicholson became the CFO of Pacific Enterprise on January 5, 2015, after serving as EVP/CFO of 1st Enterprise Bank from August of 2008 to November of 2014. He also served as EVP/CFO of Mellon 1st Business Bank, a $3.5 billion subsidiary of BNY Mellon, from July 2005 to August 2008. Mr. Nicholson was employed in various roles at BNY Mellon (and its predecessor Mellon Financial) from 1995 to 2008, including Business Line CFO for Wealth Management, Private Banking, and Mortgage Banking. Mr. Nicholson worked as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand LLP from 1992 to 1995 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1994.
Russell J. Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Pacific Enterprise Bank, resident of Agoura Hills.
EVP/Chief Credit Officer for Pacific Enterprise Bank has over 30 years of banking experience. Mr. Smith is responsible for the credit administration functions for the Bank. Mr. Smith obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Cal State University Northridge. He earned a Masters degree in Finance from Cal State University Northridge and a Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles.
During Mr. Smith’s banking career he has served as in credit management capacities with Charter Pacific Bank, Bank of Beverly Hills, Imperial Bank and Manufacturers Bank.
Prior to starting his banking career, he was in the U.S. Navy for nine years where he performed an array of jobs. He is a licensed attorney who has practiced banking law while self-employed in 1991 to 1992. He was active in coaching youth softball for many years in the Agoura area.