Posted on November 18, 2022
| 4:54 pm
Montecito Bank & Trust (MB&T) has received FDIC approval to open its 15th branch at 2125 S. Broadway, Santa Maria. A grand opening event is planned for January.
“We’ve been planning an expansion into northern Santa Barbara County for some time, but were waiting for the right team to handle it,” said Janet Garufi, chairman/CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust. “Now that we have the right local leadership. , Santa Maria is the perfect place for us to expand our services and philanthropy.”
“We are excited about our expansion into the Santa Maria market,” said George Leis, president/COO at Montecito Bank and Trust. “At MB&T, we lead with people. Having local community members leading our Santa Maria banking team allows us to provide unique solutions to this vibrant and diverse community.
“I am pleased to introduce Barbara Luis, our branch manager, and Karly Davis, our Vice President of commercial banking. This community is home to many of our associates and is a natural extension of the Montecito Bank & Trust banking experience.”
Luis, vice president/branch and community relations manager for Santa Maria, is a 40-year banking veteran focused on customer service excellence. His career at financial institutions such as Mechanics Bank, Union Bank and Bank of America has given him the ability to manage a variety of client needs while keeping his community a priority.
Davis has lived in Santa Maria for nearly 20 years. He studied agriculture with a concentration in finance and valuation at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Beginning his career in the title insurance industry, Davis transitioned into banking in late 2007 and continues to enjoy helping meet the lending needs of his clients and his community.
On joining MB&T Commercial Lending Group, he said he “looks forward to serving the community’s financial needs and providing the world-class experience that Montecito Bank & Trust is known for.”
The Santa Maria-based MB&T team will begin welcoming customers this December. In addition to Luis and Davis, Jen Napoli, MB&T’s SVP director of community banking, also calls Santa Maria home, with her family having owned and operated successful local small businesses for decades.
“Although Santa Maria’s growth has been very rapid, we still enjoy the benefits of a small town with personal service,” Napoli said. “Montecito Bank & Trust not only recognizes this but also understands the needs of the growing community.
“Our entry into the Santa Maria market will complement what the community has come to expect — world-class service. We are perfectly positioned to not only serve the community, but also to meet the increasingly complex financial needs that come with a growing community.”
Montecito Bank & Trust is the oldest and largest locally owned community bank in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Founded in 1975, the bank operates 11 branch offices in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Montecito, Carpinteria, Ventura, Camarillo and Westlake Village.