IRVINE, California, August 19, 2011 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Johnathan Choe as Community Banking Executive at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust in Santa Barbara, California.

According to Rod McDermott, Managing Partner at McDermott & Bull and Search Consultant for this search, “Johnathan has significant experience leading multiple facets in the banking industry. He has a consistent track record of meeting and exceeding aggressive goals, and coupled with his strong execution skills and clear strategic vision, he was the number one choice for this opportunity.”

Before joining Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, Mr. Choe was Executive Vice President and the Head of Retail Banking at Fifth Third Bank in Chicago, Illinois, for the past 6 years. Prior to Fifth Third Bank, Mr. Choe held multiple high level banking positions with Wells Fargo & Company in Los Angeles, California, including Senior Vice President, District Manager, Premier Banking Sales Manager, and Business Team Manager over his career.

Mr. Choe has his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis.

Santa Barbara Bank and Trust

Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, ( headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, is best known in the local area for their quality customer service. Whether their customers are saving, investing, borrowing, fully established, or just starting out, they offer all the personal and business services needed with a local, knowledgeable staff eager to provide a unique brand of personal attention. Santa Barbara Bank & Trust is also a very convenient place to bank with a network of full service neighborhood offices throughout the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, plus around-the-clock access to accounts through AllTime Banker ATMs, touch-tone telephone, and online banking services.

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 works 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, and Union Bank.