Five Star Bancorp Hires Three Commercial Banking Professionals

Five Star Bancorp hired a team of three seasoned commercial banking professionals in San Francisco to advance the company’s expansion strategy in the San Francisco Bay Area. This announcement comes ahead of the opening of the company’s full-service office at 345 California Street, San Francisco, which is expected in Q3/24. This also comes as the company celebrates numerous awards and recognitions.

“We’re pleased to welcome Chris Rudberg, senior vice president/managing director; Greg Kogan, senior vice president/managing director; and Desiree Ciochon, vice president/senior relationship manager,” DJ Kurtze, senior vice president, San Francisco Bay Area president of Five Star Bancorp, said. “As we expand our team, we continue to provide the San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneurial community with the high-touch and highly personalized concierge banking experience they expect. Our clients can count on our team to listen to and support their interests.”

In 2024, the company and its employees received numerous awards and recognition. The employee awards include:

  • James Beckwith, president and CEO, was listed on the Sacramento Business Journal’s Power 100 list.
  • Heather Luck, senior vice president, chief financial officer, received a Sacramento Business Journal C-Suite award.
  • Lydia Ramirez, senior vice president, chief operations officer and chief DE&I officer, received the National Association of Women Business Owners Outstanding Women Leader’s Executive award.
  • Lakhwinder Kaur, senior vice president, Sacramento Valley market president, received the Sacramento Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award.
  • Kurtze was listed on the Independent Community Bankers of America 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders awards 2024.

The company also received these awards:

  • The 2024 Greater Sacramento Economic Council’s Sustainability Award recognizing Five Star Bank’s support of industry growth in the Greater Sacramento region
  • The prestigious 2023 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup
  • The S&P Global Market Intelligence 2023 Top 50 Best-Performing Community Banks in the nation, ranking number 20 (banks with assets between $3 billion and $10 billion).

“These awards are emblematic of Five Star Bank’s recognition as a driving force for economic development, a trusted resource for our customers and a committed advocate for our community,” James Beckwith, president and CEO of Five Star Bancorp, said. “We are humbled and proud of our team’s accomplishments.”

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