IRVINE, California, September 9, 2011 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced today the successful appointment of Leo Hamill as Personal Trust Manager at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust in Santa Barbara, California.

Leo is a dynamic and effective team builder in the investment and trust area of private banking. He has proved that he can establish and lead a thriving, sales driven team and we are confident that he will also establish a winning track record at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust,” commented Rod McDermott, Managing Partner and Search Consultant for this search.

Before joining Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Mr. Hamill was with Wells Fargo Bank in both North Central California and Nevada for twelve years serving as the Regional Director & Senior Vice President and Senior Regional Trust Director & Investment Manager. Prior to Walls Fargo, Mr. Hamill served as a Portfolio Manager and Leader of Quantitative Research at Morgan Stanley in Sacramento, California.

Mr. Hamill has his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California.

About Santa Barbara Bank & Trust

Santa Barbara Bank and Trust , ( in Santa Barbara, California, is best known in the local area for their quality customer service. Whether saving, investing, or 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 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.