Santa Paula, California, October 1, 2008 -- Ojai Community Bank (OCB) today announced that Don Tello of Santa Paula has accepted the position of Division President of Ojai Community Bank (SPCB), . The new bank will officially open its doors on Monday, October 27, 2008.
A life-long resident of the Santa Clara Valley, Mr. Tello began his distinguished banking career in 1985. He has spent the last 12 years with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust where he served as Vice President, Manager and Relationship Manager and managed a portfolio of consumer and business relationships.
“We are very pleased to have Don joining our management team,” said Donald Scanlin, Chairman of the Board of Ojai Community Bank. “His strong banking background and his commitment to volunteering in the community will be valuable assets as we work to serve the residents and businesses of Santa Paula.”
Tello brings to Ojai Community Bank a broad knowledge of banking, with expertise in business and consumer banking. Prior to working with Santa Barbara Bank &Trust, he was with Bank of A. Levy, First Interstate Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and Citizens State Bank of Santa Paula.
He has been active in community affairs in the Santa Clara Valley for many years. He has volunteered as a board member with organizations such as Rancho Camulos Museum, Ventura County Leadership Academy, Ventura County Revolving Loan Fund and Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. Tello is a Fillmore High School business advisory member, a past president of the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club and past advisory board member of Women’s Economic Ventures of Ventura County. He has been a Rotarian since 1993.
Ojai Community Bank also announced that all of the current staff at the two Santa Barbara Bank and Trust offices will continue to serve the customers of Ojai Community Bank. The banks entered into a definitive agreement for the purchase of the branches in July, and the sale’s completion is expected in the fourth quarter of 2008.