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2014

Awards and Distinctions Received in 2014

AWARDED TO UNION BANK

  • No. 6 of Top Ranked Healthiest Employers in Northern California Bay Area
    San Francisco Business Times

  • LEED Gold Certification
    For 350 California St., San Francisco Office Building
    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

  • Corporate Partnership Award
    The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

  • 26 Union Bank Retail Branches Receive 2013 EPA Energy Star Certifications
    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Business of the Year
    For 78,000 Volunteer Hours by Bank Employees in 2013
    Orange Cove Chamber of Commerce

  • Company of the Week
    Opening two student-run branches in Los Angeles
    Financial Services Roundtable

  • Funder Spotlight
    LISC – San Diego

  • Top Heart Walk Fundraising Team in the Country in 2013
    American Heart Association – Western States Affiliate

  • “Winners Circle” Ranking
    For Battle of the Buildings Competition
    Environmental Protection Agency

  • No. 4 of Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity and Inclusion
    Fourth Consecutive Year in Top 10
    Diversity Inc.

  • No. 9 of 10 Best Places to Work in the Northern California Bay Area For Companies With 1,500 Or More Employees
    Third Consecutive Year in Top 12
    San Francisco Business Times

  • 2014 William F. Noli Outstanding Service Award
    Fresno County Office of Education, Regional Occupational Program

  • 2014 Corporation of the Year
    Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce

  • One of the Top Ten Businesses in the Nation
    For Employee Resource Groups
    National ERG Summit

  • Civic Leadership Award
    Disabled Resources Center Inc.

  • No. 2 in Bank Reputation in Consumers’ Survey
    American Banker Magazine

  • Best Bank in San Benito County
    Hollister Free Lance

  • Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Award to MUFG
    B’nai B’rith International

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award
    Financial Services Roundtable

  • No. 19 of Top 75 Bay Area Corporate Givers in 2013
    San Francisco Business Times

  • Partner of the Month
    Community Housing Works

  • Corporation of the Year for Outstanding Growth
    Council For Supplier Diversity

  • 2014 Bank Enterprise Award
    U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

  • Company of the Week
    For Technical Resource and Assistance Center, Fresno
    Financial Services Roundtable

  • Angel of Peace Award
    Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

  • Collaborator Award
    Accion San Diego

  • Best Bank – Readers Poll
    San Diego CityBeat

  • Ranked No. 35 of Top 50 Corporate Philanthropists
    In Silicon Valley
    Silicon Valley Business Journal

  • 2014 PRism Award
    The Public Relations Society of America, Los Angeles Chapter

  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Perfect Score
    Human Rights Campaign

  • Ranked No. 3 Among 16 top SBA 504 Lender
    San Diego Business Journal

  • 2014 Award of Excellence
    Carmel Chamber of Commerce

  • Gold Award for Mobile Applications-Education
    Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts

  • 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year
    Homeaid Inland Empire

  • Champion of Business Diversity
    Business MatchMaking

  • Company of the Week – MUFG
    - Global Volunteer Month
    Financial Services Roundtable

  • Wellness Program Ranked No. 3
    San Diego Business Journal

  • Ranked No. 14 of Top 25 Corporate Philanthropists
    In Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles Business Journal

  • Ranked No. 14 of 25 Largest SBA Lenders
    In Orange County
    Orange County Business Journal

  • 2014 Gold Marcom Award for Excellence in Marketing
    Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals

  • 2014 Silver Davey International Award for Excellence in Cause Marketing
    Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts

  • AWARDED TO EMPLOYEES OF UNION BANK

  • Corporate Philanthropy Achievement Award
    Julius Robinson, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
    San Francisco Housing Development Corporation

  • 2014 Outstanding Outside Director of a Corporation
    Aida Alvarez, Director of Union Bank, N.A. Board of Directors
    The San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley Business Journal, and Ernst & Young

  • Champion Award
    Lydia Mendoza-Carmona, VP & Branch Manager, Arlington Branch
    Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council

  • Serving Seniors Award
    JR Raines, Foundation Officer, Union Bank Foundation
    Senior Community Centers of San Diego

  • 2014 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business
    Ranjana Clark, PMO & General Manager, Transaction Banking
    Elaine Genevro, Managing Director & Regional President, Northern California
    Annemieke VanDerWerff, PMO & General Manager, Human Resources
    San Francisco Business Times

  • 2014 Forever Influential Women in Bay Area Business
    Annette Billingsley, Managing Director, Community Development Finance
    Elaine Lindenmayer, SVP & Deputy General Counsel
    Mahla Shaghafi, SVP & Managing Director, Private Banking
    Aida Alvarez,former Union Bank Director
    San Francisco Business Times

  • Distinguished Alumni for 2014
    Tisa Jackson, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
    Emerson College

  • President’s Award
    Maureen Sinkiewicz, Vice President & Branch Mgr, Ramona Branch
    Soroptimist International of Ramona

  • Humanitarian of the Year
    Julius Robinson, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
    Educating Young Minds

  • William G. Ralston Award
    Julius Robinson, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
    San Francisco Museum & Historical Society

  • Community Leadership Award
    Julius Robinson, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
    California Journal for Filipino Americans

  • Dream Maker
    Leticia Aguilar, Managing Director and Regional Vice President, Community Banking
    Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Foundation

  • Extraordinary Leader Award
    Julius Robinson, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
    National Action Network – Los Angeles Chapter

  • Robert Largomarsino Award
    George Leis, Managing Director, Private Banking
    California State University, Channel Islands

  • Millennium Award
    Rana Sampson, Vice President, Community Banking
    Friends of Balboa Park

  • Advocate of the Year
    Richard Chacon, Director, Supplier Diversity & Development
    Latin Business Association

  • 2015 Diversity Leader Award
    George Ramirez, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer
    Profiles in Diversity

  • Women to Watch, 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking
    Bita Ardlan, EVP, Corporate Banking, Western Markets
    Wendy Breuder, Managing Director, U.S. Corporate Banking
    The American Banker

  • Women Who Mean Business
    Shaun Henry, Managing Director, Community Banking
    San Diego Business Journal

  • Special Distinction Award of Achievement for
    Community Service
    Rana Sampson, Vice President, Community Banking
    San Diego Business Journal

  • Visionary Award
    Masashi Oka, Executive Chairman, MUFG Americas
    Japan Society of Northern California

  • Community Leader of the Year
    Leticia Aguilar, Managing Director and Regional Vice President, Community Banking
    Southern California Leadership Network

  • Charter Honoree, Hall of Fame
    Richard Chacon, Director, Supplier Diversity & Development
    Business Matchmaking

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2013

Awards and Distinctions Received in 2013

AWARDED TO UNION BANK

  • Corporate Citizen Award
    Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County

  • 31 Union Bank Branches Receive 2012 EPA Energy Star Certifications
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Building For the Future Award
    West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation

  • 2012 Top Heart Walk Fundraising Team in the Country
    American Heart Association – Western States Affiliate

  • Nominated for Employee Volunteer Program of the Year
    For Small-Medium Size Businesses
    Volunteer Match

  • No. 7 of Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity
    Third Consecutive Year in Top 10
    Diversity Inc.

  • Corporate Citizen of the Year
    City Heights Community Development Corporation

  • Community Impact In Income Award
    United Way of Fresno County

  • Heart Walk Sponsor and No. 2 Fundraising Company
    American Heart Association – Orange County

  • Giving is Living Honoree
    OneOC, Volunteer Center of Orange County

  • Platinum AVA Digital Award for Season 2 Community Matters Public Service Announcements
    Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals

  • Readers Choice Award – Favorite Bank
    San Diego Downtown News

  • No.11 of 12 Best Places to Work in the Northern California Bay Area For Companies With 1,500 Or More Employees
    San Francisco Business Times

  • 1st Place Among 65 Finalists - 2013 Healthiest Company Award
    San Diego Business Journal

  • President’s Award
    Council For Supplier Diversity

  • 2012 Community Service Leadership Award
    Financial Services Roundtable

  • Named No. 1 In Bank Reputation in Consumers’ Survey
    American Banker Magazine

  • Ranked One of Five U.S. Retail Banks Having Highest Level of Consumer Advocacy
    Market Probe

  • Community Service 2013 Company of the Week
    Financial Services Roundtable

  • Leadership Award For Medium Business of the Year, with Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly and Commendation from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
    The Santa Clarita Valley Leadership Awards Program

  • 2013 Nicky Award for Outstanding Bank - Union Bank Northpark Branch
    Second Consecutive Year
    Annual GLBT Nicky Awards Program, San Diego

  • No. 8 2013 Best Companies for Diversity
    HispanicBusiness Inc.

  • 2013 Legal Department of the Year
    The Recorder, Northern California

  • Best Use of Blended Learning
    Brandon Hall Group

  • 2013 Community Reinvestment Visionary Award
    ASIAN, INC

  • 2013 Corporate Community Outreach Award
    NAACP – Long Beach

  • 2013 Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
    The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition

  • Certificate of Recognition in Honor of the Union Bank Technical
    Resource & Assistance Center in Fresno, CA
    Assembly of the California State Legislature

  • 2014 Diversity Leader Award
    Fourth Consecutive Year
    Profiles in Diversity Journal

  • Union Bank’s Media Partners’ Awards
    Creative Lift, Platinum Award for “Local Heroes” Logo Design
    Jim Yeager Media, Gold Award and an Honorable Mention for TV-Single Spots
    The Link Agency, Platinum Award for TV Broadcast & Cable-Public Service Announcement
    Marcom Competition Awards Program

  • 2013 Green Business Leader Award
    City of Palo Alto

  • Corporate Champion Award
    The YWCA of Greater Los Angeles

  • 2013 Bank Enterprise Award
    U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

  • Certificate of Recognition for Support of the Local Community
    City of Cypress

  • No. 16 Lender of SBA 7(a) loans in Northern California
    North Bay Business Journal

  • 2013 Financial Institution of the Year Award
    California Asset Building Association

  • Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality
    Human Rights Campaign

  • Readers’ Choice Award – Best Bank
    Tehachapi News 2013

  • No. 4 SBA 504 Local Private Sector Lender
    San Diego Business Journal

AWARDED TO EMPLOYEES OF UNION BANK

  • One of Orange County’s Most Inspiring Female Leaders
    Maryam Rakhshani – AVP & Branch Mgr., Quail Hill Branch
    Orange County Register

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
    George Leis – EVP & Regional President, Community Banking
    California State University, Northridge

  • Publisher’s Choice Award
    Frank Robinson – SVP, Business Diversity Lending, Community Banking
    Inland Valley News

  • Outstanding Contributor Award
    JR Raines, AVP & Foundation Officer, Union Bank Foundation
    Barrio Station

  • Special Recognition
    Richard Chacon, SVP Supplier Diversity & Development
    California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance

  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year
    Max Feldman, Foundation Officer
    Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

  • Advocate of the Year
    Richard Chacon, SVP Supplier Diversity & Development
    Council for Supplier Diversity

  • 2013 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business
    Mahla Shaghafi, SVP & Managing Director, The Private Bank
    Annette Billingsley, SVP & Division Head, Community Development Finance
    Elaine Genevro, EVP & Regional Executive, Northern California
    Elaine Lindenmayer, SVP & Deputy General Counsel
    Aida Alvarez, Union Bank Director
    San Francisco Business Times

  • Woman Worth Watching
    Heather Endresen, SVP, Government Lending
    Profiles in Diversity Journal

  • Woman to Watch, 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2013
    Bita Ardlan, EVP, Corporate Banking, Western Markets
    The American Banker

  • Woman of Distinction
    Rossina Gallegos, VP, Corporate Social Responsibility
    National College Resources Foundation and Black College Expo

  • Special Recognition
    Julius Robinson, EVP & Mgr., Corporate Social Responsibility
    100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc.

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2012

Awards and Distinctions Received in 2012

AWARDED TO UNION BANK

  • Banking and Financial Institution of the Year
    Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award
    Los Angeles Business Journal

  • In-House Counsel Diversity Award
    Bar Association of San Francisco

  • Corporate Champion of Diversity Award
    City of San Diego Human Relations Commission

  • Corporate Partner of the Year
    Greater San Diego Business Association

  • No. 10 of Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity
    Diversity Inc.

  • No. 12 Corporate Philanthropist in Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles Business Journal

  • Corporate Achievement Award
    100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc.

  • Diversity Leader Award
    Profiles in Diversity Journal

  • No. 6 Best Companies for Diversity Practices
    Hispanic Business Magazine

  • Healthiest Employer — No. 4 Among Regional Companies with Less Than 2,000 Employees
    San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal

  • Best Place to Work in the Bay Area — No. 4 Among Regional Companies with 1,500 or More Employees
    San Francisco Business Times

  • Ruby Award for Rehabilitated Housing Project of the Year
    Vista Grande Apartments, financed by Union Bank
    San Diego Housing Federation

  • 2012 Prism Award for Union Bank’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
    For Union Bank’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report
    Public Relations Society of America, Los Angeles Chapter

  • 2012 Davey Award for “Community Matters” video series
    International Academy of Visual Arts

  • Communitas Award for Community Partnership for “Community Matters” video series
    Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals

  • Gold Aurora Award for “Community Matters” video series
    The Aurora Awards

  • Voted Best Bank in Gilroy
    The Gilroy Dispatch

  • Nicky Award
    Annual GLBT Nicky Awards Program, San Diego

  • Greenwich Excellence Award Middle Market Banking — Financial Stability
    Greenwich Associates

  • Greenwich Excellence Award Middle Market Banking — International Service
    Greenwich Associates

  • Best Corporate Trust Bank in the U.S. for 2012
    Global Banking and Finance Review

AWARDED TO EMPLOYEES OF UNION BANK

  • Human Dignity Award
    Carl Ballton — President & Chief Operating Officer, Union Bank Foundation
    YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

  • Multicultural Leader Award
    Tisa Jackson — Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources
    California Diversity Council

  • Family of the Year Award
    Carl Ballton — President & Chief Operating Officer, Union Bank Foundation
    West Angeles Community Development Corporation

  • 2012 Corporate Counsel Award – Community Champion
    Morris Hirsch — SVP, Legal Division
    San Francisco Business Times

  • Volunteer of the Year
    Christine Harlin — Sales & Service Mgr., Business Banking
    Boys & Girls Clubs of South County

  • Man of the Year
    Carl Ballton — President & Chief Operating Officer, Union Bank Foundation
    100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc.

  • Business Leadership
    Masashi Oka — President & CEO
    Asia Society of Northern California

  • Most Influential Women in Business
    Annette Billingsley — SVP, Community Development Finance
    Elaine Genevro — SVP, Northern California, Retail Banking
    Mahla Shaghafi — SVP, Private Banking
    Debra Taylor — SVP, SF Peninsula, Retail Banking

    San Francisco Business Times

  • Uplift Honoree
    Carl Ballton — President & Chief Operating Officer, Union Bank Foundation

    Zeta Rho Foundation

  • Harry Meir Center Award
    Carl Ballton — President & Chief Operating Officer, Union Bank Foundation

    AbilityFirst

  • Honoree
    Masashi Oka — President & CEO
    Pacific Asia Museum

  • The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking
    JoAnn Bourne — SEVP, Global Treasury Management
    American Banker Magazine

  • Women to Watch
    Bita Ardalan — EVP, Specialized Industries
    Erin Selleck — SEVP, Treasury
    American Banker Magazine

  • One of 50 Influential U.S. Hispanics
    George Ramirez — EVP & Chief DiversityExecutive
    Hispanic Business Magazine

  • 2012 Corporate Counsel Award — Rising Star
    Manisha Merchant — VP & Sr. Legal Counsel, Legal Division
    The Los Angeles Business Journal

  • Woman Worth Watching
    Erin Selleck — SEVP, Treasury
    Profiles in Diversity Journal

  • 2012 Young Leader
    Terce Sandifer — SVP & Originations Mgr., Community Development Finance
    Affordable Housing Magazine

  • Plaque of Appreciation — For dictionaries provided to all San Carlos, CA third graders
    Tara Jaurique — AVP, Talent Development and Learning
    Rotary Club of San Carlos

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