SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As it continues to grow its presence in the Central Coast, American Riviera Bank (OTC Markets: ARBV) welcomes Steven Harding to its leadership team as EVP/Regional President for San Luis Obispo County. With over thirty years of executive experience in banking, his lending background, management skills, and Central Coast market knowledge are deep. Harding began his duties at American Riviera Bank on January 13th.
“We are happy to welcome Steve as he joins our team to fill this crucial role,” said American Riviera Bank President and CEO Jeff DeVine. “I was witness to his hard work and dedication firsthand when we worked together at Mid-State Bank & Trust and then Rabobank in the early 2000s. Steve is very well known by the community, and I could not think of a better person to lead our expansion in San Luis Obispo County.”
A long-term resident of San Luis Obispo, Harding graduated with honors from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. Post-graduation, he went on to become VP/Branch Manager of the San Luis Obispo Production Credit Association, working in agricultural lending. Harding then served as an executive for 27 years with Mid-State Bank & Trust/Rabobank, based in Arroyo Grande. His most recent position was EVP/Chairman of Community Leadership Groups at Rabobank which consisted of 17 groups statewide with 96 employee participants that administered local budgets for sponsorships and donations as well as community outreach and volunteerism. Prior to that, Harding served as EVP/Regional President for San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties for both banks, overseeing 24 branches and 4 commercial banking centers from Paso Robles through Santa Maria.
“I’ve spent my life here in San Luis Obispo getting to know and work with the people of this county. My position at American Riviera Bank is the perfect continuation of this journey. I will continue to serve the local community helping people, families, and businesses reach their goals,” said Harding. “I am very excited to be part of the team.”
Harding is a board member and treasurer of the Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo County, a board member and treasurer of the Central Coast Economic Forecast Project, and serves on the Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors. He is also a member and past president of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. In his free time, Steven enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife Syndi and two adult children.
About American Riviera Bank:
American Riviera Bank is a full-service community bank focused on serving the lending and deposit needs of businesses and consumers on the Central Coast of California. The state-chartered bank opened for business on July 18, 2006, with the support of local shareholders. Full-service branches are located in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. The bank provides commercial, residential mortgage, construction and Small Business Administration lending services as well as convenient online and mobile technology. For nine consecutive years the Bank has been recognized for strong financial performance by the Findley Reports, and received the highest “Super Premier” rating from Findley for 2018 and 2017. As of September 30, 2019, the Bank was rated five stars by BauerFinancial.
American Riviera Bank is an FDIC Member as well as an Equal Housing Lender.
For more information, please visit www.AmericanRivieraBank.com.