Opus Bank ("Opus") (NASDAQ: OPB) announced today that Volkan Salar has joined Opus as Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Administrator - Commercial Banking, responsible for the structuring and underwriting of senior debt financing solutions provided to Opus' Commercial and Specialty Banking clients. Stephen H. Gordon, founding Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Opus Bank, stated, "We are very proud to have Volkan Salar join Opus Bank's senior credit administration team. Volkan is a highly-regarded banking veteran with a deep understanding of, and significant experience in, structuring credit products, services, and solutions for middle-market businesses and corporations." Gordon added, "As we execute on our commercial banking focused strategy and leverage our deep banking presence up and down the West Coast, we will remain committed to strengthening and enhancing our risk management teams across our Commercial Bank, in this case building upon the talented credit administration team we already have in place." Mr. Salar, an eleven-year banking veteran, joins Opus Bank from BBVA Compass, where he served as Senior Vice President, Credit Products Market Manager within the Corporate Risk Management Group and oversaw the growth, risk management, and asset quality of a $2.5 billion commercial and industrial credit portfolio. Mr. Salar's responsibilities included running the West Coast credit products team, as well as underwriting and credit approval, credit exposure and risk analysis, covenant compliance, and risk rating assessment. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Salar served with Sterling Bank, prior to its acquisition by Comerica, most recently as Portfolio Risk Manager and oversaw the growth and ongoing portfolio management and asset quality of a $200 million commercial loan portfolio, including credit exposure and risk analysis, covenant compliance, and work-out resolutions for troubled loans. Mr. Salar holds a B.A. from Marmara University and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Salar also holds a Credit Risk Certification from the Risk Management Association.
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