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Opus Bank Hires 17-Year Banking Vet as Los Angeles Market Leader

June 12, 2018, 07:10 AM

Opus Bank announced that Michael Milik, a 17-year banking veteran, has joined Opus as Senior Managing Director, Los Angeles Market Leader, and is responsible for expanding Opus’ commercial and corporate client base, as well as for leading, managing, and growing Opus’ Commercial Banking division’s impact and presence in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan market.

Jim Haney, Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking, stated, “We are excited to have Michael join Opus to lead our Commercial Banking team in the Los Angeles metropolitan region. Michael is a deeply rooted and experienced commercial banker in the Los Angeles market and has a long history of delivering tailored financial solutions to those entrepreneurs, businesses, and middle market companies with the vision and ability to expand and grow. Additionally, Michael has experienced considerable success in building, growing, mentoring, and leading commercial banking teams in the Los Angeles market.”

Haney added, “We look forward to Michael’s contributions as Opus continues to further build its commercial banking client base in Los Angeles’ diverse and vibrant markets.”

Stephen H. Gordon, Chief Executive Officer and President of Opus Bank, commented, “Opus has always maintained a strong commitment to Los Angeles County, the second most populous county in the U.S., through a dedicated team of bankers with approximately $1.4 billion of relationship-based client deposits and $2.4 billion of loans originated. We are pleased with the successes we are experiencing in our efforts to strengthen and expand our Commercial Banking team in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan market with the recent additions of new bankers and offices in Downtown Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and in the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Santa Clarita Valleys.”

Milik joins Opus most recently from First Citizens Bank, where from 2013 he served as Senior Vice President, Area Manager of Commercial Banking and earned First Citizens’ Top Commercial Banking Manager Award in each of the last four years. While at First Citizens, Milik was responsible for managing and growing a portfolio of business and commercial clients and professional services firms in the Los Angeles metropolitan market.

Earlier at First Citizens, Milik served as Vice President, Commercial Lender and focused on commercial real estate, C&I, and SBA lending opportunities and developing depository client relationships, earning First Citizens’ Top Lender Award in 2011 and 2012. Milik joined First Citizens in 2006 and initially served as Vice President, Financial Sales Manager focused on developing treasury management, business banking, and commercial client relationships.

From 2005 to 2006, Milik served as Vice President, Sales Development Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank, where he led the management training program for the bank’s Store Managers. Milik began his banking career with Wells Fargo in 2001, serving as a Business Banking Specialist and later as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager. Milik’s community involvement includes his service as Chief Fundraising Officer for Holy Resurrection Church, event organizer and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and volunteer work with the City of Hope and St. Johns Youth Club.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California.

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