Western Bancorp Hires New Head of Production, Announces Western Region Expansion

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San Jose based mortgage lender hires executive leadership to lead future expansion.

“This is an exciting time to join Western Bancorp. We’re developing systems and exclusive technology that will enable wholesale and retail mortgage professionals to reach new levels of productivity.

Western Bancorp today announced the hiring of mortgage industry veteran Sharon Bitz as Senior Vice President and head of production for wholesale lending. Bitz previously held executive roles at Wells Fargo, Deutsche Bank subsidiary MortgageIT, Crossland Mortgage and Western Sunrise Mortgage.

The company is proceeding with plans to expand operations into Western states including Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. One of the key initiatives Bitz will take on is expanding the company’s operations beyond California’s borders.

“This is an exciting time to join Western Bancorp,” said Bitz. “We’re developing systems and exclusive technology that will enable wholesale mortgage professionals to reach new levels of productivity. We’re looking forward to working with the broker community in the Western region to grow this company and provide borrowers with a trouble-free mortgage experience.”

“We have invested heavily in developing our operations and exclusive loan management system technology,” said Western Bancorp CEO Rick Soukoulis. “Now our direction is to move forward and expand to serve brokers and borrowers in other Western states. We are proud to welcome a proven executive like Sharon Bitz to our leadership team. Her skills and track record in recruiting, team-building, and production growth are exceptional.”

About Western Bancorp
Western Bancorp is a San Jose based mortgage company serving borrowers in the Western region of the U.S. for home purchase and refinance loans. Western Bancorp includes wholesale and retail lending divisions and also produces loan management system automation technology.

The company offers a large selection of loan products, including Fixed-Rate Mortgages, Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM), Home Equity Loans, Mortgage Refinancing, jumbo loans and more at competitive rates. Western Bancorp began with the goal of creating a better loan source for California borrowers and continues that goal in expanding into Western states including Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

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