American Riviera Bank brings community banking back to downtown San Luis Obispo

The architect and builder for the new branch in San Luis Obispo is the same duo that created the branch in Paso Robles. The SLO branch will restore the look and feel of the original building while modernizing it, similar to what was done in Paso Robles. (Contributed rendering)

SAN LUIS OBISPO —  Continuing with its commitment to offer “true community banking” throughout the region, American Riviera Bank has opened a loan production office in downtown San Luis Obispo. They will be expanding to a full-service branch at the same location in the spring of 2019.
“In the summer of 2017, we opened a loan production office in Paso Robles that has now become the fastest growing full-service bank branch in Paso, with a hand-picked, home-grown team, focused on the specific banking needs of the local community. Our plan for San Luis Obispo is exactly the same,” said Jeff DeVine, President and CEO. “We are committed to bringing back true community banking with a team empowered to make local decisions to best serve our clients’ needs.”
The core management team of the new office will consist of Jay Beck, SVP/Regional Commercial Banking Manager; Stephanie Marden, Vice President/Commercial Banking Officer and Gary Tanner, Vice President/Portfolio Manager. All three are long-time San Luis Obispo bankers and residents.
The architect and builder for the new branch at 1085 Higuera St. is the same duo that created the bank’s highly regarded branch in Paso Robles. The SLO branch will restore the look and feel of the original building while modernizing it, similar to what was accomplished in Paso Robles.
Joanne Funari, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “the American Riviera Bank motto is ‘Bank on Better’ and we want our clients in SLO to experience better banking the moment they come in contact with ARB. We are a local community bank and we invest in local people and businesses. We take the term ‘Community Bank’ very seriously.”
“We are excited to bring the community bank experience back to Downtown SLO,” said Jay Beck.  “American Riviera Bank invests in its people and its community and is dedicated to its clients. We are looking forward to sharing the ARB experience with all of San Luis Obispo.”
American Riviera Bank is a community bank focused on serving the lending and deposit needs of businesses and consumers on the Central Coast. The state-chartered bank opened for business on July 18, 2006 with the support of local shareholders.
For eight 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 2017.
As of Sept. 30, 2018, the Bank was rated five stars by BauerFinancial. Existing full-service branches are located in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta and Paso Robles with a new loan production office in Downtown San Luis Obispo and a full-service branch opening at the same location in spring 2019.
American Riviera Bank is an FDIC Member as well as an Equal Housing Lender.
For more information, visit www.AmericanRivieraBank.com.

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