Bombara appointed Santa Clara Valley Bank Asst. VP/Director of Marketing

October 30, 2002
Santa Paula News
Devotion to community and to the principals of community banking has led to the appointment of Maria Bombara of Santa Paula as Assistant Vice President/Director of Marketing of Santa Clara Valley Bank (SCVB). “Maria has the focus and community knowledge that is so important to Santa Clara Valley Bank,” said SCVB President/CEO Michael D. Hause. “Maria is so well regarded in the community, both on a personal and professional banking level, that she will be an asset to our bank. The Board of Directors and staff are delighted she has joined the Santa Clara Valley Bank community banking family.”“I’m in love with community banking and missed the hands-on service and localized decision-making,” at other banks, said Bombara, a native of Oxnard and Santa Paula resident for 12 years. “At Santa Clara Valley Bank you can listen and respond to customers and - unlike a large, corporate bank - you can craft services to your particular community and its needs.”Bombara has 18 years of banking experience, and since 1986 has been professionally located “close to home” in the Santa Clara River Valley. Her experience includes 13 years as the Customer Service Manager with the Bank of America and five years as Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of First Western Bank’s Santa Paula - named the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2000 - and Fillmore branches. She oversaw the opening of First Western Bank - now merged with Union Bank - in Fillmore and soon assumed the leadership position over both river valley branches.Bombara is the President-Elect of the Santa Paula Rotary Club, has been active with various Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Clubs (Santa Paula and Fillmore) and Soroptimist International of Santa Paula and Fillmore fundraising committees; she has also participated in the clubs’ annual fashion shows.Bombara has also supported the Fillmore Grad Nite Alive, Aviation Museum of Santa Paula and was a participant in the recent American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; Bombara also volunteered for the Santa Paula Centennial Weekend Celebration.A Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce Director for four years, Bombara served on the chamber’s Golf Tournament Committee.
Bombara is a member of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts and Santa Paula Historical Society as well as Santa Clara Valley Hospice, where she has also served as a Docent for the organization’s annual Home Tours.“I just seem to do these things naturally, throw myself into whatever I’m doing 200 percent” said Bombara of her intensive volunteer and leadership activities. “I’m a great believer of community on every level, and the Santa Clara River Valley is a wonderful community to support; I really have a passion for our valley, that’s what drives me. Santa Clara Valley Bank is very supportive of my community involvement, on both a personal and business level. SCVB board directors and staff members have a strong commitment to community service, reflected by their firm commitment to customer service. They greatly support my involvement in the community and I share their philosophy of customer service being at the forefront of community banking.”Bombara and her husband, Michael, have two children, Christopher and Stephen.Hause also announced that longtime river valley banker Joan Largen has joined SCVB as Assistant Vice President/Business Development.Santa Clara Valley Bank, founded in 1998 after the only other community bank in the area was bought out, has branches in Santa Paula and Fillmore with assets of $39 million.

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