Monthly Archives: July 2016

Meet one of our crown jewels: Jewel Marshall

marshall_jewelThis year, we’re spotlighting employees who have been with our bank for 20 years or more. Each one has played an important role in our company’s success, and we would like to honor them by telling you a little more about them and how they have helped not only our company but the countless companies we’re proud to call clients.

Our spotlight is currently shining on Jewel Marshall who just celebrated her 23rd year with Grandpoint Bank and its predecessor banks!

Jewel started as a temp, processing wholesale and retail loans. After she impressed her managers, she was hired on full time. Over the years, she worked her way up to Assistant Vice President and Client Service Officer.

“I really enjoy banking,” she says. “It’s not at all monotonous, because you get involved with the banking side, the operations and many types of client interaction.”

Jewel credits her coworkers and the Grandpoint clients for motivating her to work with the same team for so long. “They really made me want to stay here and do the best job I can do,” she said.

She’s seen many banking newbies come through the door over her 23 years, and she says her best advice to them is you have to earn anything you do, no matter where you are. Don’t just “plug-and-chug,” she says, but take ownership and make it yours.

She found her own success by taking pride in what she does and not only wanting to be successful herself, but wanting it for the bank as well.

Jewel espouses the same philosophy when it comes to her customers’ success.  She also makes a point of knowing them personally.

“We know all our customers and call them by their first names,” she said. “In many cases, I’ve seen their children grow and get married and start their own families.”

Jewel’s affinity for having a schedule and being part of a team means that she’s not considering retiring anytime soon. When that day eventually comes, she says that what she’ll miss most are the long-term friendships she’s created with coworkers and clients over the years.

When asked about her favorite work memories, Jewel says those are office celebrations where she gets to interact with people from departments throughout the bank for birthday parties, anniversaries and even baby showers. She also has fond memories of customer receptions where she’s had a chance to connect and reconnect with many of the people she’s helped over the years.

A self-described “people person” with a welcoming personality, Jewel’s mother used to describe her “as someone who would talk to a wall if she thought it would talk back to her.”

Outside of work, Jewel is likely to spend her time drawing, painting, jigsaw puzzling or traveling. “I’m such a content person that I even sometimes travel alone,” she said.

Knowing Jewel’s warm personality and friendly nature, we have a feeling that she finds new friends wherever she goes. Congratulations to 23 years with our bank, Jewell, and we look forward to many more.

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Twelfth Consecutive 5-Star “Superior” Rating for Grandpoint Bank and its Divisions

5-star-logo-MAR-2016Grandpoint Bank and its divisions, Bank of Tucson, Regents Bank and The Biltmore Bank of Arizona, received a twelfth consecutive quarterly 5-Star “superior” rating from independent rating and research firm BauerFinancial,↗ which is regarded as “the nation’s bank rating service.”

The five-star rating, which was based on March 31, 2016 financial data filed with the government, goes only to banks that are considered the strongest in the nation, as assessed for strength, stability and soundness.

According to BauerFinancial, to earn five stars, institutions are required to maintain a tangible capital ratio of at least four percent, a tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of at least four percent and a total risk-based capital ratio of at least eight percent. Other criteria evaluated include: profitability/loss trend, evaluating the level of delinquent loans and repossessed assets, the market versus book value of the investment portfolio, regulatory supervisory agreements, the community reinvestment rating (CRA) and liquidity.

Banks cannot pay to be rated nor opt out of being rated by BauerFinancial. Four- and five-star banks appear on BauerFinancial’s Recommended Report.

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Accomplished LA Banker Ryan Parry Likes Our Team’s Longevity!

GPB Parry headshotRyan Parry has joined Grandpoint Bank as Senior Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager in our Farmers Market office, located on Fairfax Avenue.

Ryan has more than 10 years of banking experience in Southern California. Recently he served as Vice President at First Citizens Bank in Encino. He earned his degree in marketing with honors from University of Glamorgan in Dublin, Ireland.

“Part of what attracted me to Grandpoint Bank was the breadth and scope of the lending I could offer to my clients, but what really stood out was the length of time so many of the Grandpoint staff have worked together,” Ryan said. “That was an indicator for me that people like working here.”

Ryan will be responsible for building and expanding client relationships as well as promoting the bank’s visibility within the community.  He will be providing a broad range of commercial banking services, including facilitating owner-occupied, investor, construction and equipment loans.

“Ryan is the caliber of banker we look for at Grandpoint,” said Jocelyn Pastore, Executive Vice President and Los Angeles Region Manager. “He has honed a broad range of skills in many sectors of banking and truly understands the concerns of our clients.”

Ryan resides in Granada hills with his wife and two (soon-to-be three) children. When he’s not busy helping our clients, he enjoys working in his vegetable garden and traveling, though as any parent could guess, he and his wife prefer shorter trips right now. For the time being, he says, trips back to his homeland of Ireland will have to be relatively infrequent.

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Happy Independence Day

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In observance of our nation’s birthday, we wish everyone a happy 4th of July.

In honor of the holiday, we’d like to share some history about the American flag with you from usa-flag-site.org↗:

On January 1, 1776, the Continental Army was reorganized in accordance with a Congressional resolution which placed American forces under George Washington’s control. On that New Year’s Day the Continental Army was laying siege to Boston which had been taken over by the British Army. Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above his base at Prospect Hill. It had 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner (the canton).

In May of 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first American flag.

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

Between 1777 and 1960, Congress passed several acts that changed the shape, design and arrangement of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to reflect the admission of each new state.

  • Act of January 13, 1794 – provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.
  • Act of April 4, 1818 – provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state, signed by President Monroe.
  • Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 – established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.
  • Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 – provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.
  • Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21, 1959 – provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically.

Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

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