Senior-Level Hires Strengthen Bridge Bank’s Growing Technology Banking Group

January 10, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO — Bridge Bank today announced that its Technology Banking Group has recently hired six senior-level team members who will work in technology hubs across the Western United States as part of the team’s ongoing expansion. 

The new team members will be based in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver to bolster regional presence and service clients of Bridge Bank’s growing Technology Banking Group in those geographies and nationwide. The group supports technology companies at all stages of their life cycles with customized banking services and credit solutions to help them navigate the rapidly changing environment.

“Innovative technology startups enter the market on a seemingly daily basis, and we are honored that new and existing tech companies seek out Bridge Bank to assist with everything from cash management to growth capital and venture debt to fund their growth and meet their goals,” said Mike Lederman, senior managing director in Bridge Bank’s Technology Banking Group. “We are excited to have these talented and experienced professionals join our team to support the group’s ongoing expansion.”

These six new hires were selected for their expertise and ability to deliver the relationship banking for which Bridge Bank is known: 

  • Greg Blount, senior vice president, San Francisco, has focused on commercial and technology banking for 12 years, including nearly a decade with Wells Fargo, prior to his recent tenure as director of originations for MUFG’s Technology Banking group.
  • Everardo Gomez, senior vice president, Los Angeles, has worked in banking, finance and risk management for 18 years, including time with Silicon Valley Bank and most recently with Hum Capital.
  • Lila Janakievski, senior vice president, Los Angeles, has served in various role working with technology companies, most recently as a venture lender with Espresso Capital.
  • Shayna Modarresi, senior vice president, San Francisco, has nearly 20 years of experience in investment banking and venture investing, and was most recently a venture lender with Runway Growth Capital.
  • Jay Wefel, director, Denver, has more than 20 years of experience originating and structuring senior and subordinated debt, venture capital and private equity capital for public and private companies, including time with Silicon Valley Bank.
  • Jon Weitzel, director, San Francisco, is a seasoned equity and debt investor with more than 20 years of experience across various sectors, including enterprise software, most recently with Orix Growth Capital and Monroe Capital.

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Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, delivers relationship banking that puts clients at the center of everything. Founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley, Bridge Bank offers a full spectrum of tailored commercial banking solutions, as well as specialized expertise focused on life sciences and technology and innovation companies, at every stage in their life cycle, through its offices in major tech hubs across the country. Bridge Bank also serves the private equity and venture capital communities and provides business escrow services. Bridge Bank is part of Western Alliance Bancorporation, which has more than $70 billion in assets. Major accolades include being ranked as a top U.S. bank in 2023 by American Banker and Bank Director. As a regional bank with significant national capabilities, Bridge Bank delivers the reach, resources and local market expertise that make a difference for customers.

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