Press Release


Bay Area-Based Trans Pacific National Bank Names Veteran Financial Services Executive As New CEO/President

Bob Lussier Previously Led $2 Billion Community Bank With Branches in Illinois, Arizona

San Francisco, CAŚMay 6, 2015—Trans Pacific National Bank ( today announced the appointment of Robert F. (Bob) Lussier as CEO and president for the community bank which has offices in San Francisco, Alameda and Millbrae.

Lussier joins Trans Pacific after having served as president of Chicago-headquartered Parkway Bancorp, which has 32 branches in Illinois and Arizona and more than $2 billion in assets. At Parkway, he was promoted to president of the Bancorp in 2006, having held increasingly senior positions after joining the bank in 1991 as president of one of its community subsidiary banks.

“Bob’s experience and expertise will be the key component as we develop a new core strategy for our bank,” said Trans Pacific National Bank chairman Denis Daly. “He is a dynamic leader and, having previously built a broader franchise for a community bank, we are confident that his vision will help us become a leading financial institution, serving the needs of Bay Area small businesses.”

At Trans Pacific, Lussier will combine expertise in strategic development and operational experience in commercial lending and real estate as the Bank begins to reposition itself.

“This is an exciting period to be joining Trans Pacific,” he said.  “We have a presence in the key regions of the Bay Area, an unparalled commitment to serving our communities and, as a growing small business oriented community bank, a significant opportunity to become a leader in the robust Northern California economy.”

Lussier brings more than 25 years of senior level financial services experience to Trans Pacific.  Previously, he was the president of two start-up banks and led Parkway’s integration of an acquired Arizona bank, increasing the branch network to eight from a single location.

“I will focus on leveraging my broad background in commercial and community banking.  The Bay Area is an extremely dynamic region, providing major opportunities for a small business bank like ours where the customers can get to know the decision makers and talk to the president at any time,” he said.

During his career, Lussier has:

  • Generated new banking relationships, as president of two start-up banks in the 1990's, serving three distinct Chicago communities and managed customer retention and long term growth of two additional acquired banks
  • Grown Arizona assets from $35 million to over $200 million and expanded the bank from one location to an eight-branch network over an eight-year period.
  • Overseen the growth at Parkway from $1 to $2 billion in assets.
  • Served on the Parkway board committees overseeing strategic planning, loans, compliance, CRA advisory, insurance, ALCO and trust.

Lussier, a Tiburon resident, held senior positions at American National Bank and the Federal Maritime Commission.

He has an Economics degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA (Business/Finance) from DePaul University. He was on the boards of the Builders Association of Greater Chicago, the Northwest Association of Realtors and several Chambers of Commerce.

About Trans Pacific National Bank

Trans Pacific National Bank, a privately-held company founded in 1984, has three offices in the San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda, Millbrae and the Financial District in San Francisco. It provides a full complement of commercial and consumer financial services, with an emphasis on small business loans, SBA, 7(a) and 504, C&I, commercial real estate loans as well as cash management. Additional information can be obtained at ( or 415-543-3377.

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