December 16, 2021

Delaney Sexton
Contributing Editor

Coleman Movers & Shakers – Clay Jones, Corky Strode, and Dean Baldwin

Clay Jones Promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Heritage Bank of Commerce

“Clay is an exceptional leader and his promotion to President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank places him in a key leadership role to preside over further growth and success of our Bank, and I look forward to working with him in this new role,” says Walter Kaczmarek, CEO. “Clay has more than three decades of proven experience growing community and commercial banking organizations. Most recently, as Executive Vice President/President of Community Business Banking at the Bank, he has shown his ability to lead during very challenging times. His customer, community, and employee focus is exceptional, and has been instrumental to our success as a company.”

Before joining the Bank in 2019, Mr. Jones served nearly a decade at Presidio Bank, assuming the role of President in 2018. Before that, he was the organizing and initial President and CEO of New Resource Bank, widely considered the first sustainably focused community bank in the nation. From October 1993 to May 2005, Mr. Jones served in ever-increasing corporate capacities for subsidiaries of Greater Bay Bancorp and Comerica Bank, including his position as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Cupertino National Bank and Executive Vice President and Manager of the Venture Banking Group.

Corky Strode Joins First Bank of the Lake’s SBA Lending Team as VP, SBA & USDA BDO

“We are excited Corky has joined our team,” states Annemarie Murphy, Executive Vice President and President of SBA Lending. “As we increase our lending presence nationwide, we continue to recruit top talent that align with our plan for continued growth. Corky is respected in the industry and brings proven success. His deep knowledge and expertise in the industry is an asset to First Bank of the Lake.”

Strode joined First Bank of the Lake’s SBA team in October 2021. He has over 28 years of financial experience, 12 years as an accounting manager, and over 16 years in banking, with the past 5 years focused on government guaranteed lending.

“In my role as an SBA and USDA Business Development Officer, I am a resource for CPAs, business brokers, loan brokers, and fellow bankers who have clients in need of funding to help them grow, start or acquire a business,” states Strode. “I will utilize my years of experience working with small businesses, to develop lending solutions that address the opportunities and challenges my clients face.”

Oak Valley Community Bank Announces Dean Baldwin as VP, Commercial Loan Officer

“Dean is a well-known and respected member of the commercial lending market segment with an impressive resume of experience in the Sacramento area,” states Gary Stephens, EVP Commercial Banking Group. “His passion for banking will complement Oak Valley’s dedication to delivering highly personalized service. We look forward to the contributions he will make to the growth and success of our business clients and the bank.”

Baldwin joins the Oak Valley team with nearly 30 years of experience in the banking industry. In his new role, he will be responsible for commercial lending, business development, and relationship management in the Capital region. Baldwin earned a Degree in Business Administration from Menlo College.