Board Spotlight: Michele McClure; V.P. Relationship Manager Pacific Western Bank

I am a Midwestern girl at heart!  I originally came to Bakersfield on an exchange program at Cal State Bakersfield in 1998 and ended up graduating here, at which point I was hired into Bank of America’s one-year management training program where I literally worked in every department of the bank.

Several years later I moved up north to the Bay Area to become a Compliance Analyst for Citibank. After 18 years away, I returned to Bakersfield as a bank Branch Manager in 2005, and except for a two-year “transfer” stint in Napa, I’ve been working with businesses large and small throughout Kern County. 

I guess you could say my Oildale roots originated when I was growing up in the Midwest with country music fanatics for parents!  I know almost every, if not all, of the songs from the Buck Owens and Merle Haggard catalogues. 

It is always my goal to hit a home run for clients in providing the best finance and deposit services options to businesses large & small.  However, if I am unable to do so, I always do my best to find a ‘pinch hitter’ to help clients get banking services I cannot provide.

Pacific Western Bank is a $ 24 billion bank based in Los Angeles.  We have 84 branches in California, as well as two divisions which allow us to finance SBA loans and commercial real estate anywhere in the United States.  I have one branch in Bakersfield but for all you beach-goers…practically one on every corner at the Central Coast.

Community service makes up a huge part of my being and I’m honored to be on the NOR Board of Directors as well as a Board Member for the Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club, and Habitat for Humanity-Golden Empire.  Additionally, I’m a Member of the Kern Economic Development Corporation and the Bakersfield Business Partners BNI Chapter that meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

“My passions are event planning, enjoying live music, travel with family and friends, and reading (audio books rock for long road trips!)  I have a book club with my two Granddaughters in Washington D.C. We read together monthly via FaceTime.”  

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