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Christopher Colella

Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer
Commercial Bank of California

Mr. Colella has over 15 years of Southern California banking experience with extensive knowledge of credit origination and business banking, and an additional 10+ years of banking regulatory oversight experience.  Chris oversees all credit administration functions, including developing credit offerings, establishing lending standards and guidelines, supervising loan underwriting activities, overseeing loan documentation and servicing functions, and ensuring compliance with lending-related governing regulations.   

Mr. Colella joined Commercial Bank of California in October 2013, following his employment with Wedbush Bank, Los Angeles, Calif., where he favorably served a similar role for three years commencing in October 2010.  Prior to his employment in the private sector within commercial banking (November 1998), Chris was employed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) within the Division of Supervision, concluding his regulatory employment as a Supervisory Examiner.   

Christopher Colella earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1987 at Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., whereupon he graduated with highest academic recognition (Summa Cum Laude).   In August 2003, Mr. Colella completed a graduate-level educational program with Pacific Coast Banking School, Seattle Wash., wherein he graduated with honors and then returned to serve as an Associated Director for the following August 2004 session.