Mission Bank Welcomes Regional President for Kern County

Mission Bank welcomes a new addition to its leadership team in the Kern County, Karen Heisinger of Cayucos. She comes with 35 years of experience in commercial banking and joins Mission Bank to lead the teams in Bakersfield and Shafter, California.

“This is an important role, and we had a clear idea of who we wanted leading the team in our largest market,” Bryan Easterly, chief banking officer at Mission Bank, said. “Karen brings a wealth of experience and deep existing relationships in Kern County. She’s going to do a fantastic job.”

Heisinger has relocated to Bakersfield and looks forward to building a strong connection to her team and the surrounding community. According to Heisinger, the similarity between the two areas will aid in the transition.

“I am lucky that the residents of Kern County are no strangers to the Central Coast. Many of my associates and friends have strong ties to industry here,” Heisinger said. “I look forward to settling in Bakersfield and being surrounded by familiar faces will make the process that much easier.”

“Our growth can be directly attributed to the high quality of our team members and it’s exciting to see strong leadership reflected across the entire organization,” AJ Antongiovanni, president and CEO of Mission Bank, said. “Up and down the state of California, we have the right people in place to serve our customers and achieve our goals.”

Heisinger began her career in banking in 1989 and holds a BS in business management and an executive MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

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