IRVINE, California, January 18, 2013 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Ms. Debby McDaniel as Head of Operations and IT with Mission Bank based in Bakersfield, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Rod McDermott, Managing Partner, and Brandon Biegenzahn, Principal Consultant, at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Biegenzahn, “Debby is an extremely dynamic individual who will be a great addition to Mission’s senior leadership team. She will play an integral role in the bank’s strategic growth plan.”

Ms. McDaniel has over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry which began in 1993 with a community bank in Washington State, where she started as a teller and worked her way up through the ranks of the organization gaining extensive operations experience. Prior to joining Mission Bank, she served concurrently as both the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer for Eastside Commercial Bank in Bellevue, Washington.

Ms. McDaniel obtained her Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of Phoenix.

About Mission Bank

Mission Bank ( is to become the community bank of choice that is locally owned, managed, and headquartered in Kern County. The company delivers professional personalized customer service and a wide array of financial products supported with value and purpose. They provide an ambiance of professionalism by creating and maintaining an environment, which promotes and rewards employee development, initiative and teamwork. Mission Bank supports the community through responsible corporate citizenship and supports the employees’ civic involvement. They achieve long-term commitment to shareholder value through quality asset growth and solid financial returns.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Technology, Financial Services, Energy, Manufacturing, Bio-Tech and Life Science, Retail, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and others. Founded by Rodney McDermott and Christopher Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull has worked with a large number of prestigious clients including Allergan, Advanced Medical Optics, Black & Decker, Harbor Freight Tools, Boeing, Aramark, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Conexant, Google, Invitrogen, Meggitt PLC, J.F. Shea, Comerica Bank, Silverado Senior Living, Honeywell, and Union Bank.