American Riviera Bancorp CEO Jeff DeVine joined Steve Darling from our OTC Studio in New York City to share news about the bank's growth journey from a $200 million asset bank in 2016 to its current status with over $1 billion in assets.
Based in Santa Barbara, California, the community bank serves small to medium-sized businesses and medium to high-end consumers, capitalizing on the region's tourist attractions and upscale real estate.
DeVine highlights the challenges of the current banking environment, emphasizing the impact of the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes.
Despite a slower growth pace in loans this year, the bank strategically utilized the opportunity to overhaul its technology stack, enhancing online banking capabilities and operational efficiency.
Looking ahead to 2024, DeVine expresses relief at the potential pause in interest rate hikes by the Fed, foreseeing opportunities for refinancing in the coming years.
The CEO also commends the bank's partnership with the OTC, emphasizing the positive impact of upgrading to OTCQX, which has contributed to increased trading volume and investor satisfaction.
Overall, American Riviera Bancorp remains optimistic about its future prospects, navigating challenges and embracing technological advancements to better serve its community.