Caroline Harkins Joins Bridge Bank as Senior Vice President, Southern California Regional Manager

By Market Wire,  June 03, 2014, 09:00:00 AM EDT


SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/03/14 -- Bridge Capital Holdings (NASDAQ:BBNK), whose subsidiary is Bridge Bank, a full-service professional business bank headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices located nationwide, announced that Caroline Harkins, a seasoned business banking professional, has joined the bank to manage its regional expansion into Orange County in Southern California. She will be responsible for assembling and managing an expert banking team to extend the reach of Bridge Bank's Corporate Banking, Technology Banking and Capital Finance divisions, in addition to accelerating the growth of its International Banking and Treasury Management Services portfolios in the region. Currently, Bridge Bank provides SBA lending solutions in Orange County and Los Angeles County.

"I'm excited to lead Bridge Bank's growth strategy in Southern California," said Ms. Harkins. "Having worked in the banking industry in this region for the past 30 years, I can confidently say that Bridge Bank has a tremendous opportunity to deliver its unique brand of business banking to Southern California-based businesses across multiple industries," she added. Most recently, Caroline held leadership roles at Beach Business Bank, where she was EVP and Orange County regional president, Imperial Bank, where she was regional vice president, Comerica Bank, and Irwin Union Bank, where she was market president. She has extensive experience in serving small-and-middle-market businesses at various stages of growth, and is skilled in a wide variety of banking products including commercial credit, asset-based lending, corporate finance and treasury management. Caroline is a graduate of Colgate University.

"Caroline exhibits the key qualities that help define our brand, and that drives loyalty among our client base," said Peggy Bradshaw, executive vice president and chief banking officer at Bridge Bank. "She is entrepreneurial and personally dedicated to the success of her clients, and with her experience as a banking leader in Southern California, she is the perfect addition to our team," she added.

Bridge Bank has a national presence through its network of loan production offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Pleasanton, Dallas, Reston, Boston, and Costa Mesa, and is headquartered in San Jose. Bridge Bank recently announced its expansion into Southern California through the opening of its newest office in Orange County, where it will serve a range of clients across a variety of industries through its specialized banking services.

Caroline Harkins can be reached at (949) 438-4001, and at caroline.harkins@bridgebank.com.

About Bridge Bank, National Association

Recognized by The Findley Reports as a Super Premium Performing Bank, and designated "Superior" by BauerFinancial and IDC, Bridge Bank is a full-service professional business bank founded in the highly competitive climate of Silicon Valley in 2001. From the very beginning, our goal has been to offer small-market and middle-market businesses from across many industries a better way to bank. We provide a surprisingly broad range of financial solutions, enabling us to meet our clients' varied needs across all stages -- from inception to IPO and beyond. It's how we go about doing so that differentiates us from our competition. Bridge Bank's product offering includes growth capital, equipment and working capital credit facilities and treasury management solutions, along with a full line of international products and services and financing secured by domestic, government and foreign receivables. Bridge Bank is a Preferred SBA Lender and a High Delegated Authority Lender through the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Learn more at the new www.bridgebank.com. Follow us @BridgeBank.

About Bridge Capital Holdings

Bridge Capital Holdings is the holding company for Bridge Bank, National Association. Bridge Capital Holdings was formed on October 1, 2004 and holds a Global Select listing on the NASDAQ stock market under the trading symbol BBNK. Bridge Bank Holding Company was recently admitted to Sandler O'Neill's Class of 2012 "Sm-All Stars" -- a select group of 25 top-performing publicly traded banks and thrifts from throughout the U.S. with market capitalization of up to $2 billion. For additional information, visit the Bridge Capital Holdings website at www.bridgecapitalholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are subject to the safe harbors created by that Act. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may." Forward-looking statements describe future plans, strategies and expectations. Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information, expectations, assumptions, projections, and management's judgment about the Company, the banking industry and general economic conditions. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date. Future events are difficult to predict, and the expectations described above are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty that may cause actual results to differ materially and adversely.

Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those presented, either expressed or implied, in this press release. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to successfully execute its business plans and achieve its objectives; changes in general economic, real estate and financial market conditions, either nationally or locally in areas in which the Company conducts its operations; changes in interest rates; new litigation or changes in existing litigation; future credit loss experience; increased competitive challenges and expanding product and pricing pressures among financial institutions; legislation or regulatory changes which adversely affect the Company's operations or business; loss of key personnel; changes in accounting policies or procedures as may be required by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other regulatory agencies; and the ability to satisfy requirements related to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulation on internal control.

The reader should refer to the more complete discussion of such risks in Bridge Capital Holdings' annual reports on Forms 10-K and quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Source: Bridge Capital Holdings



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