May 12, 2000

Berenice Barahona Named President, Ana Lopez Named Treasurer of Hispanic Banker's Association

The Hispanic Bankers Association has installed Berenice Barahona, of Union Bank of California, as president and Ana Lopez also of Union Bank of California (UBOC), as Treasurer of its executive board for the organization's fiscal year 2000.

Barahona is vice president and branch manager of the San Ysidro office of Union Bank of California. She joined the bank in 1990 as an administrative assistant, completed the bank's Management Training program and was promoted throughout the organization before holding her current position.

In fact, the branch Barahona manages set bank records with more than 4,000 transactions in its first month of operation. During the first sixty days after opening, the bilingual branch had 771 accounts with more than $2.4 million in assets. "The reception by the community and our coordinated efforts with Emerging Markets (UBOC's diversity efforts and community outreach area that focuses on better serving Asians, Blacks and Hispanics in California) really contributed to our success," said Barahona.

Lopez is a financial services manager at the Santee branch of Union Bank of California. She began her career at Union Bank as a teller six years ago, went the company's management training program and has held various positions in the bank since then.

The San Diego chapter of the Hispanic Banker's Association has more than 50 members representing approximately 10 financial institutions. It serves to promote the professional development, growth and advancement of Hispanics within the financial services industries, as well as the Hispanic community by conducting financial service seminars for the community, sponsoring seminars on careers in banking, hosting a golf tournament and other activities. Other officers recently installed on the chapter's 2000 Executive Board, Hector Zatarian as first vice president, Eduardo Pedrosa as second vice president, Blanca Cummings as secretary, and Dan Guevara as legal counsel.

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