IRVINE, California, March 24, 2014 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Mr. D’Auria as Chief Banking Officer with Silvergate Bank, located in La Jolla, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Brandon Biegenzahn, Principal Consultant, at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Biegenzahn, “Dino’s strong track record of success building commercial banking operations, his relationships and history in the San Diego marketplace, and his insatiable desire to drive growth, position him well to make an immediate impact at the Silvergate Bank.”

Mr. D’Auria is a thirty five year commercial banker who demonstrates a consistent track record of building teams for growth and profitability. He most recently worked for Opus Bank where he was responsible for the growth and profitability of the Commercial Banking Divison. Prior to his time with Opus Bank, Mr. D’Auria has worked with US Bank/San Diego National Bank, Comerica Bank/Imperial Bank, and Wells Fargo in Senior Vice President roles.

Mr. D’Auria has served as past President and is currently on the board of the Association for Corporate Growth. He serves on the board of Junior Achievement and was Board Chairman of the organization. Mr. D’Auria was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Ashford University. Mr. D’Auria received his Bachelor of Arts, Real Estate Finance from California State University, Fullerton. He earned his Master of Business Administration, Corporate Finance from the University of Southern California, where he has also taught undergraduate classes. Mr. D’Auria also has his Real Estate Broker’s License.

About Silvergate Bank

Silvergate Bank ( is a San Diego-based bank that specializes in meeting the needs of small businesses through a comprehensive offering of lending products and personalized banking services. Silvergate Bank opened in 1988 and is a subsidiary of Silvergate Capital Corporation. Bank branches are located in Carlsbad, Escondido, La Jolla, and La Mesa.

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 Aerospace & Defense, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Industrial Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail and Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rod McDermott and Chris 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 Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank and Union Bank.