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Partners Bank Hires Blue Gate’s Walsh

Partners Bank of California, a Mission Viejo based firm with $300 million in assets, has hired Chris Walsh as president.

The bank, ranked No. 15 on the Business Journal’s list of OC-based commercial banks, has connections to local hospitals, Walsh said.

“We’re looking to grow.”

Walsh was previously director of banking at Blue Gate Bank, a Costa Mesa bank being sold to Big Poppy Holdings of Santa Rosa, Calif., for an undisclosed price. Blue Gate will change its name to Poppy Bank.

Walsh said he left Blue Gate, ranked No. 17 on the Business Journal’s list, on amicable terms.

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Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan has been a journalist for 40 years. He spent a decade in Latin America covering wars, narcotic traffickers, earthquakes, and business. His resume includes 15 years at Bloomberg News where his headlines and articles sometimes moved the market caps of companies he covered by hundreds of millions of dollars. His articles have been published worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post; he's appeared on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He was awarded a Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University.
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