IRVINE, California, June 7, 2012 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Ms. Roxanna Smith as Senior Vice President of Agricultural Lending with Sunwest Bank in Tustin, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Rod McDermott, Managing Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search.

Ms. Smith is a leader with nearly 30 years of experience in agricultural lending and equipment financing. She was most recently the Vice President – Regional Marketing Manager for Westamerica Bank where she has been supporting the strategic goals of the bank by formulating and implementing business development and sales promotions in specific regions. Ms. Smith is also involved in improving the existing commercial and agribusiness lending sales activities and developing new initiatives as well.

Ms. Smith obtained her Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

About Sunwest Bank

Sunwest Bank (a href=””target=”_blank”>, headquartered in Tustin, California, and is the premier small and middle market business bank in Southern California. Their aim is simple – provide entrepreneurs with a banking experience akin to one found in a private banking environment. All facets of the institution, from its product offerings to its service teams, and from its banking locations to its streamlined lending process, are designed to help move small and middle market businesses forward. Sunwest Bank’s loyal customer base, which includes some of the most well-known and highly respected companies in the region, has grown due to their value-added approach to business banking.

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.