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Email Compromise: the $26 Billion Scam!

This week we are going to shine the light on email account compromise (EAC) and resulting fraud losses.  It’s also been called the “business email compromise (BEC)” or the “CEO wire scam”, but it happens just as frequently to personal email accounts.  Non-profit organizations are increasingly reported as targets as well. 

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Social Engineering

Welcome to our new blog series, The Idea Vault, where you’ll hear from ARB subject matter experts on a variety of topics to educate you on all things banking!  We thought we’d launch the series with a few weekly posts on cybersecurity in honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness month.

American Riviera Bank’s Michelle Martinich named CFO of the Year

Santa Barbara, CA, October 1, 2019 - Michelle Martinich was announced as the Editor’s Choice CFO of the Year in the 50 Fastest-Growing Companies issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times, published on September 20. The honor is fitting, given that Martinich has played a key role in American Riviera Bank’s expansion throughout the years, having been a part of the team from its beginnings in 2006. American Riviera Bank (OTC Markets: ARBV) was also featured as one of the 50-Fastest Growing Companies in the same issue.

Dr. Elizabeth Cholawsky Joins American Riviera Bank Board

Santa Barbara, CA, September 23, 2019 - American Riviera Bank (OTC Markets: ARBV) is welcoming Dr. Elizabeth Cholawsky as the newest member of their Board of Directors. Dr. Cholawsky is an established executive leader in the technology industry, with over two decades of experience and accomplishments. She is the current CEO of HG Insights, a provider of technology intelligence software that creates revenue and growth opportunities for its clients. Dr.

American Riviera Bank Names Laurel Sykes New Executive Vice President/Chief Compliance & Risk Officer

Santa Barbara, CA, September 3, 2019 - Laurel Sykes has joined American Riviera Bank (OTC Markets: ARBV) as Executive Vice President/Chief Compliance & Risk Officer. As the Bank continues its growth in the Central Coast region, Sykes will bring her deep experience in the areas of compliance and risk management to the team at American Riviera Bank.

American Riviera Bank’s Tim Johnson Named One of the 40 Under 40 Business Leaders of the Tri-Counties

Santa Barbara, CA, August 26, 2019 - The Pacific Coast Business Times’ 40 Under 40 Awards named Tim Johnson, VP – Compliance and Risk Officer at American Riviera Bank (ARBV), as one of its 2019 honorees. The special report, published on August 23rd, noted Johnson’s stellar 16-year career in the local banking industry and his commitment to family and community. The awards dinner will be held on Monday, September 23rd at the Topa Tower Club in Oxnard from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

American Riviera Bank Partners with the Arthritis Foundation

Santa Barbara, CA, August 6, 2019 - Throughout the month of June, American Riviera Bank (OTC Markets: ARBV) partnered with the Arthritis Foundation on the annual ‘Dog Days of Summer’ fundraising campaign. A favorite with staff and clients, the month saw the Bank’s branches in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta and Paso Robles work to raise awareness for the topic of arthritis as well as funds. Customers visiting the branches supported the campaign by purchasing paper “bones” to benefit the Foundation.

American Riviera Bank Reports Strong Growth and Expansion

Santa Barbara, California (July 19, 2019) – American Riviera Bank (OTC Markets: ARBV) announced today unaudited net income of $3,274,000 ($0.65 per share) for the six months ended June 30, 2019. This represents a 16% increase in net income from the $2,827,000 ($0.64 per share) for the same reporting period in the prior year. The Bank reported an annualized return on average assets of 1.07% and return on average equity of 10.06%.

American Riviera Bank Welcomes Jen Napoli as Vice President, Regional Branch Banking Manager

Jenifer NapoliSanta Barbara, California - Jenifer Napoli joins American Riviera Bank (OTC Markets: ARBV) as Vice President, Regional Branch Banking Manager, where she will continue doing what she does best: building great teams and growing customer relationships. With 15 years of managerial experience in the region, Napoli’s expertise fits American Riviera Bank’s goals to deliver true community banking across our communities.

American Riviera Bank’s Barbara Caballero-Muñoz Honored in Latino Business Awards

Barbara Caballero-Munoz

Santa Barbara, CA - The Pacific Coast Business Times’ Latino Business Awards announced Barbara Caballero-Muñoz, VP, Loan Administrator at American Riviera Bank, as the honoree in the Banking & Finance category. The awards remarked on Caballero-Muñoz’s work ethic, contributions to the community, and her dedication to her family.