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Pleasanton Weekly

- August 24, 2012

Union Bank opens 2nd branch in Pleasanton

4 named to management team in new building that features tightened security

by Jeb Bing

Union Bank opened its new branch Monday in Pleasanton's Gateway Center next to Safeway.

The Union Bank branch, the second one in Pleasanton, also features a new security system that requires customers to pass through a metal-detection screening device similar to those found at local courthouses and in airports. Once all metallic accessories are placed in a tray next to the screen and the customer clears the screening, a second inside door opens to allow the customer inside.

As part of its grand opening, the branch also is offering a $200 "bonus" for those opening checking accounts by Nov. 30 with conditions, and also will pay a guaranteed 1% interest rate for the next 12 months to those opening "High Rate" money market accounts, again with some conditions.

Diana Hock has been named vice president and manager of the new branch, with Kerry Malliaris serving as senior Priority Banking relationship manager for the branch's Priority Banking unit. Also on the branch bank's management team are Nia Osman, senior relationship banker, and Maryan Nader, manager of customer service.

"We are excited to open our second branch in Pleasanton to serve our existing and new clients in the community with our experienced team of bankers and customized banking solutions," said Union Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Elaine Genevro.

"Diana and our entire team bring tremendous expertise to this new banking office and are dedicated to helping clients achieve their financial goals," Genevro added. "Union Bank is committed to the Pleasanton community and we look forward to serving our clients in this important market."

Hock has 31 years of banking experience. Since joining Union Bank in 2001, she has served as branch manager in several area branches including the bank's San Ramon and Gale Ranch locations. Before joining Union Bank, she was branch manager of the San Ramon branch of Glendale Federal Bank-Cal Fed.

Hock serves on the board of the Alameda County 4-H Leaders Council and is a member of the Cornerstone Fellowship and the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce. She volunteers with Abbie 4-H of Pleasanton, Alameda County 4-H, and Junior Achievement.

Malliaris brings more than 30 years of industry experience to her role as Priority banker. Before joining Union Bank, she served as mortgage planner at Cherry Creek Mortgage Company in Pleasanton. Prior to that, she was vice president and senior premier client manager at Bank of America. She also volunteers with the American Heart Association and Junior Achievement.

Osman serves as senior relationship banker and has 10 years of banking experience. Before joining Union Bank, she was senior Citi gold banker at Citibank. Prior to that, she served as senior business banker at JPMorgan Chase.

Nader serves as customer service manager and has 13 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Union Bank, she was assistant branch manager, financial associate and customer service representative at Citibank. Before that, she served as financial associate at Bank of the West. Nader volunteers as a Sunday school teacher in the Pleasanton area.

The new Union Bank branch, located at 6774 Bernal Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The firm also has a second branch in Pleasanton located at 4747 Hopyard Road.

Union Bank operates 402 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, New York and Illinois, as well as two international offices. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.

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