Bank of the West Hires Vice President, SBA Business Developmen​t Officer

Hayes will Lead Small Business Lending Efforts in the East Bay

OAKLAND, Calif. – July 22, 2014 – Bank of the West announced today that Cheryl Hayes has joined the company as vice president, SBA business development officer. In this role, Hayes is responsible for providing SBA 504 and 7(a) loans to small- and medium-sized business clients in the East Bay and surrounding areas.

“Cheryl brings a wealth of banking knowledge to our team. Her expertise in commercial real estate financing and SBA lending provides our customers with the highest level of service. I’m confident that Cheryl’s experience will strengthen our relationships with our customers and make an impact on the East Bay’s growing economy,” said Don Mercer, senior vice president, SBA national sales manager of Bank of the West’s Small & Medium Enterprise Division.

Hayes is a 20-year financial services veteran who has spent most of her career with GE Capital in various roles. The past 11 years of her career have been devoted to Commercial Real Estate Financing and SBA Lending, most recently serving as vice president, business development officer for California Bank and Trust.

Hayes holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BS degree in Economics from Purdue University.

About Bank of the West:
Founded in 1874, $68 billion-asset Bank of the West (, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 600 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 75 countries with 180,000 employees.

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