September 27, 2023
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Community West Bank names new president


Goleta-based Community West Bancshares announced Oct. 4 that William Filippin, a 26-year banking industry veteran, has been promoted to president of Community West Bank.

Filippin’s responsibilities include day-to-day decisions about policy, procedure and process, according to a news release from Community West Bancshares. He began his new role on Oct. 1.

“Bill’s strategic contributions over the last six years have helped the bank expand its regional footprint and product offerings, and grow to over one billion in assets,” said Martin Plourd, CEO of the bank and president and CEO of Community West Bancshares, said in a statement.

Community West Bancshares is the holding company for Community West Bank, the largest publicly traded bank based in the tri-county region.

Filippin has been with Community West Bank since 2015, and he served as executive vice president, chief credit officer and chief administrative officer.

Before joining Community West, Filippin worked for Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bank, and Mission Community Bank until it was merged into Heritage Oaks Bank in 2014, holding various executive positions from 2010 to 2015.

Filippin holds a business management degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jason Beitz, who has served as Community West Bank’s deputy chief credit officer since June 2020, has been promoted to chief credit officer.

“Jason has done an excellent job as our deputy chief credit officer over the last 16 months, and we look forward to his continued success in his enhanced role,” Plourd said.