December 2, 2021

Delaney Sexton
Contributing Editor

Coleman Movers & Shakers – Blaine Lauhon, Deepak Bhakoo, and Erick Pereira

Central Valley Community Bank’s Blaine Lauhon is Promoted to EVP, Chief Banking Officer

“The success of Central Valley Community Bank is driven by our committed banking professionals and guided by our executive team to exceed the expectations of the clients and communities we are honored to serve,” says James Kim, CEO. “Blaine is, without a doubt, a trusted and experienced leader who will build upon our over 40-year legacy and will assist us in achieving new levels of success ahead.”

Lauhon, an experienced community banker highly regarded by his team and peers, will lead the strategic direction, management, and profitability of CVCB’s Banking Services division. He will continue to serve on the Managing Committee. His oversight includes deposit and lending generation and exceptional client relations for CVCB’s Commercial Lending, Private Business Banking and Cash Management Services, as well as Banking Center Operations for 20 full-service offices located throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Greater Sacramento region.

Lauhon joined CVCB in October 2017 as Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, and has served as Executive Vice President, Market Executive for CVCB’s northern region since July 2019. With over three decades of financial experience, he has gained extensive bank leadership, risk management, commercial lending, and retail banking expertise serving in the positions of Executive Vice President Chief Lending Officer, Executive Vice President Chief Credit Officer, and Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking for California community banks in Greater Sacramento.

Deepak Bhakoo Joins Bank of Marin as SVP and Commercial Banking Sales Manager

“We are thrilled to have Deepak join our senior leadership team. He will coordinate a strategic and rigorous approach to developing strong banking relationships throughout our expanded footprint,” states CEO Tim Myers. “His experience and presence in the Sacramento area, coupled with the strength of our existing team, will enhance our new client acquisition efforts in that critical market. His relevant experience and chemistry with our team is what makes him the right person for this dynamic role.”

Bhakoo will oversee its commercial banking growth initiatives spanning Northern California from the San Francisco Bay Area to greater Sacramento, the Novato-based institution announced. He has nearly 20 years of commercial banking knowledge. Bhakoo has an undergraduate degree from Golden Gate University and is continuing his graduate education with Pacific Coast Graduate Banking School at the University of Washington.

St. Mary’s Credit Union Hires Erick Pereira as Junior Commercial Lending Officer

“As a credit union dedicated to providing the highest level of service and responsiveness to our members, Erick brings more than 10 years of banking and financial experience to help our members make the best decision when it comes to their loan options,” says Sarah Day, SVP, Commercial Lending, St. Mary’s Credit Union. “His experience and skills will serve our members well, from the first phone call to the last payment.”

Pereira comes to St. Mary’s Credit Union from Berkshire Bank, where he served as Assistant Vice President, Senior Branch Officer, and oversaw two branch locations. He also served as Assistant Branch Manager at Commerce Bank, a Division of Berkshire Bank, at locations in Boston, Shrewsbury and Worcester. Pereira previously held the role of Financial Service Representative.

“With my experience in both corporate and retail banking, taking on this role at St. Mary’s Credit Union is a perfect next step forward in my banking career,” says Pereira. “I take pride in building strong relationships and will continue to provide St. Mary’s Credit Union members the exceptional service they have come to expect from our team.”