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Santa Cruz County Bank Voted “Best Bank”!
The votes are in! Once again Santa Cruz County Bank was voted “Best Bank” in the annual Best of Santa Cruz County Good Times Readers’ Poll. Thank you to all Good Times readers and customers who cast their vote for us! The results mirror our mission to be the community’s bank of choice.
Santa Cruz County Bank is a 4-Star "Excellent" Rated Bank
Santa Cruz County Bank is rated a 4-Star “Excellent” bank by Bauer Financial, Inc. based upon its financial performance for the quarter ending December 31, 2014. Bauer Financial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. For more information on Bauer Financial, Inc. visit www.bauerfinancial.com. Santa Cruz County Bank has ranked as a 4-Star “Excellent” and 5-Star “Superior” bank every quarter in the history of our ratings from Bauer Financial.
Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative presents “California Dreaming"
When you think of California, what images come to mind? Opening February 20th, five local contemporary painters explore new frontiers of expression in California Dreaming in answer to that question. This large format exhibition offers a broad perspective of the mesmerizing beauty of the central coast.
Curated by Joan Blackmer, California Dreaming will be shown at all five Santa Cruz County Bank branches through August 7, 2015. The exhibit includes 55 works by artists John Crawford, John Maxon, Michael Mote, Charles Prentiss and Margaret Rinkovsky.
Promotion of Heather La Fontaine
Santa Cruz County Bank has promoted Heather La Fontaine to Chief Administrative Officer. Ms. La Fontaine joined the Bank in 2006 as Risk Management Officer and has been responsible for administering the Bank’s Human Resources, Compliance and Risk Management programs. Since joining the Bank she has been appointed Senior Vice President, and during her tenure, has served as its Enterprise Risk Manager, holding Officer positions responsible for Regulatory Compliance, BSA/AML, OFAC/FinCEN, S.A.F.E. Act, CRA and Human Resources management.
In her new position as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. La Fontaine will continue to manage Human Resources, Risk Management, Compliance and Legal matters with added responsibilities for Central Operations, eBanking and Branch Operations.
In addition to her Business Administration degree with honors in Finance and Psychology attained at California State University, Stanislaus, Ms. La Fontaine took graduate courses in substantive law application, criminal law, torts and contract law at Lincoln School of Law. Most recently, she is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS), a National Graduate School of Banking at the University of Washington in Bellevue, Washington and a graduate of the ABA National Compliance School. Ms. La Fontaine has over 18 years of banking experience.
Ms. La Fontaine was born in Santa Cruz and now lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with her husband and two children.
Celebrating 11 Years Serving Santa Cruz County
To commemorate our 11th year serving Santa Cruz County, we invite our community – customers, founders, directors, shareholders, and community partners to join us for a week-long celebration. Come in to any of our five banking locations for Customer Appreciation celebration week from February 2 – 6, 2015. We thank you for supporting our vision to be the local community bank of choice.
Santa Cruz County Bank Reports Record Earnings for 2014
Santa Cruz County Bank reported record earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. Compared to the year ended 2013, net income increased $1.1 million, 32% to $4.4 million, total deposits increased $53.7 million, 15% to $414.0 million, gross loans increased $57.5 million, 22% to $315.6 million, and total assets increased $60.7 million, 15% to $459.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.
David V. Heald, President and CEO, commented, “Our Board of Directors and Management team are to be commended for their commitment to the successful execution of our strategic and financial goals for 2014, resulting in another outstanding year. Key milestones achieved included surpassing $450 million in assets, $300 million in loans, $400 million in deposits, and $4 million in net income. In addition to accomplishing these financial landmarks, we maintained a high quality loan portfolio with no past due or non-performing assets at year end. We look forward to maintaining our strong community reinvestment and continuing to serve as the community’s bank of choice.”
To read more about the Bank’s performance, please visit our Investor Relations page, which includes quarterly and annual financial reports dating back to 2004.
Ventura D. León joins as Vice President and Branch Administrator
Santa Cruz County Bank is pleased to welcome well-known local banker, Ventura D. León, as Vice President and Branch Administrator.
In his 38 year banking career, Mr. León has established himself as a professional leader in the banking industry for branch operations, employee development, training and overseeing sales. His professional background includes Vice President and Branch Manager for Wells Fargo Bank’s Santa Cruz and Pajaro Valley offices from 1996-2012 and most recently as Branch Manager for U.S. Bank in Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz.
“I am very excited to work for a local community Bank that is actively engaged and committed to community outreach on an ongoing basis. Santa Cruz County Bank is well respected for its outstanding financial performance and ratings and I’m honored to be a part of it,” stated Mr. León.
David Heald, President and CEO commented, “Ventura is a well-known and respected banker in our community. He has built a reputation for developing loyal client relationships through his outstanding customer service. We look forward to his contributions to our bank and our community in the years ahead.”
Mr. León is a past board member of the California Grey Bears and Dientes Community Dental Clinic and a prior Rotarian for Santa Cruz and Watsonville Rotary clubs.
Mr. León is based out of the Bank’s Aptos office at 7775 Soquel Drive.
Best Bank in Santa Cruz County!
We wish to thank everyone who cast a vote to identify us as the “Best Bank” in Santa Cruz County in the Santa Cruz Sentinel's 2014 Readers Choice Awards poll. Our mission is to be the community’s bank of choice. According to the results of this poll as well as the Good Times readers poll, we have succeeded in our mission to be the community’s bank of choice.
Santa Cruz County Bank Ranks in American Banker Magazine’s Top 200 Best Performing Community Banks and Thrifts in the United States
Santa Cruz County Bank ranked 115th in American Banker Magazine’s Top Performing 200 Community Banks and Thrifts in the United States. A total of 851 institutions, with less than $2 billion in assets, were included in the nationwide ranking. Ranking was based upon 3-year average return on equity for the years ending December 31, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This is the second consecutive year Santa Cruz County Bank has ranked in the Top 200 Community Banks.
David Heald, President and CEO commented, “This outstanding performance ranking is the result of our focus and commitment to enhance shareholder value. Our Board of Directors, our Management team and our entire staff are to be commended for our performance.”
Santa Cruz County Bank Named Super Premier Performing Bank
Santa Cruz County Bank has been recognized as a Super Premier Performing Bank for its 2013 financial performance by The Findley Reports, Inc. a highly regarded financial industry consulting firm that has been recognizing the financial performance of banking institutions for over forty years. Gary Steven Findley, editor of The Findley Reports remarked, "Recognizing Santa Cruz County Bank as a Super Premier performing bank is becoming an annual event. This recognition only validates what we already know – Santa Cruz County Bank is an “Exceptional” Bank and a top performer amongst all California Banks.” In evaluating banks for recognition, The Findley Reports focuses on four components: growth, return on beginning equity, net operating income as a percentage of average assets and loan losses as a percentage of gross loans. Super Premier is the highest rating level established by The Findley Reports, Inc. David Heald, President and CEO of Santa Cruz County Bank commented, “This designation is the result of the hard work and dedication of our Board of Directors, our Management team and our employees to meet high service standards and deliver exceptional value for our shareholders.”
Be The Difference Award
One important mission for Santa Cruz County Bank is to offer continued support for our community. We are proud to provide volunteers, fundraising efforts and sponsorships throughout the county for various events. For more information regarding our community involvement visit our Community Involvement page.
In October, Santa Cruz County Bank received the 2013 Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz “Be The Difference” Business Award for leadership and volunteer efforts. We attribute the achievement to all of our employees, our Management team members and our Board of Directors, who are all actively engaged in reinvesting in our community.
Read the full story about Be The Difference Award recipients, nominees, groups, individuals and businesses, including Santa Cruz County Bank.
To view our Be The Difference Award Video, which includes a thank you to all of our Board of Directors and employees, click here
Green Minded Businesses
Meet some of the Green Minded Businesses that bank with us! We're pleased to have relationships with local businesses that have made a commitment to environmental practices. If you're a green minded business that would like to bank with Santa Cruz County Bank, let us know!