Department of Financial Institutions Announces New State Bank – Security First Bank will open for business on February 12 in Fresno

Feb 9, 2007

(San Francisco, CA) The California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced today that the Department has approved the opening of a new state bank. Security First Bank will open for business on February 12, 2007 in Fresno with an initial capital of $17 million.

“I am pleased to welcome Security First Bank – the second new bank to open in 2007 – and to report that state-chartered banks continue to grow and prosper in California,” said Michael A. Kelley, Commissioner of Financial Institutions.

“California’s financial institutions are symbols of safety and soundness. Their role in business and industry are important to the economy and to our own personal well-being. Maintaining the integrity of financial services remains our primary mission as the industry continues to grow. During 2005, assets for our financial institution licensees grew from $249 billion to $290 billion,” added Kelley.

In 2005, 22 de novo state banks opened with DFI approval and in 2006, 21 were approved for opening. In addition, scores of banks expanded their operations by opening hundreds of branches throughout the state. Each new bank has its unique characteristics, which range from serving a small community or ethnic community to offering special services for small businesses and professionals.

Security First Bank is located at 3720 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA 93755. The bank’s phone number is (559) 225-1700. Their Web site address is

Edmond C. Lelandais will serve as President and CEO; Steve C. Jones as Chief Financial Officer; and Henry Fierro as Chief Credit Officer.

Like all California state-chartered banks, Security First Bank deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), up to $100,000 per depositor.

DFI supervises over 700 financial institutions. The Department is responsible for administering state laws regulating state-licensed financial institutions: banks, credit unions, industrial banks, savings associations, trust companies, offices of foreign banks, issuers of travelers’ checks and payment instruments (money orders), and transmitters of money abroad. DFI reports to Business, Transportation & Housing Agency Secretary Barry Sedlik (Acting) and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.