May 15, 2024
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1st Century Bank Continues California Growth with Expansion into Santa Barbara

1st Century Bank signed a lease to open its first branch in Santa Barbara at 1100 Santa Barbara Street. The branch opened on April 8, 2024 and will be led by seasoned banking professionals Karin Napel and Matt Keenan. With deep ties to the community and over 50 years of combined financial services experience, Napel and Keenan are fully prepared to deliver best-in-class service and meet clients’ banking needs.

Napel serves as the Vice President and Managing Director at 1st Century Bank and possesses over 30 years of expertise in the financial and banking industry. Most recently, she served as Managing Director at First Republic Bank, where she played an essential role in customizing wealth management and banking and lending solutions for both private and business banking clients.

Keenan works alongside Napel as Vice President and Managing Director and brings more than 23 years of financial and banking services experience to the team. Keenan spent the past 12 years serving as Senior Relationship Manager at First Republic Bank where he specialized in private banking and commercial real estate while also facilitating private wealth management.

Together, Napel and Keenan will provide a comprehensive suite of banking solutions tailored for high-net-worth individuals, real estate professionals, private equity, property management, and business and commercial clientele.  Their commitment to excellence encompasses an unparalleled level of service, dedicated support to client success, and experienced guidance; thus delivering the premier client experience for which 1st Century Bank is known.   

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