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Pan American Bank Hires Business Development Veteran Mike Najera


Pan American Bank today announced that it has hired business development veteran Mike Najera to lead the Bank's business development efforts.

Mr. Najera, a successful entrepreneur and a former San Diego Port Commissioner, is also the grandson of the organizer of the first successful anti-segregation case that was won in the history of the United States (Alvarez v. Lemon Grove School Board). Mr. Najera was named “Small Business Person of the Year” by the San Diego District's Small Business Administration, “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and “Builder of the Year” by the Latino Builder Association. Further, Mr. Najera's previous venture was named one of the “5000 fastest growing companies in America” by INC Magazine. Mr. Najera was also inducted into the Southwestern Community College Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a former football player and his lifelong commitment to community service.

“We are thrilled to have Mike join the Pan American Bank team. Mike's experience as a successful entrepreneur and business development veteran will allow Pan American Bank to provide the type of consultative business development services that our local businesses require,” said Pan American Bank CEO Jesse Torres. “Mike has the capability to assist our current and prospective business clients with credit solutions that create financial and competitive advantages for the small business owner.”

About Pan American Bank

Established in 1964, Pan American Bank is California's oldest Latino-owned bank and the second-oldest Latino-owned bank in the United States. Headquartered in East Los Angeles, Pan American Bank has served the needs of the Latino communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties for nearly a half-century. Founded by the first Latina United States Treasurer, Romana Acosta Banuelos, the Bank has stayed true to its mission of transforming and empowering Latino communities through banking relationships built on trust, service, respect, communication, and guidance.

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Pan American Bank
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