Tennessee Commerce Bancorp Inc. of Franklin announced that its president, Michael Sapp, added the titles of chairman and chief executive with the retirement of Arthur Helf on Dec. 31.

Sapp, who founded the $1.3 billion-asset company with Helf in 2000, has been the president of the company and its Tennessee Commerce Bank and chief lending officer of the bank since 2001. Before that he had been a division manager and senior vice president of the equipment finance division at First American National Bank in Nashville until 1997.

Helf had been chairman and CEO of the company and the bank since their inception.


First Financial Bank of Sweetwater, Texas, has promoted Kirby Andrews to chief executive officer.

Andrews has been the president of the bank since last year. He had been the senior vice president of the $131 million-asset First Financial in Eastland, Texas. Before that he had been an assistant vice president of commercial lending at a branch in Abilene. He began his career in 1990 as an internal auditor for the parent company, First Financial Bankshares Inc. in Abilene.


Citizens Business Bank of Ontario, Calif., has hired David C. Harvey as its executive vice president and chief operations officer.

Harvey had been an executive vice president and the commercial and treasury services manager for Bank of the West since 2008. He had worked for Bank of the West since 2000, when he was hired as a vice president and operations manager. Before that he managed the development of cash management services at First Nationwide Bank in Sacramento.

Citizens Business Bank has $6.5 billion of assets.

Private Bank of California in Los Angeles has hired David R. Misch as its chief executive officer.

Misch had overseen a private bank owned by Bank of New York Mellon Corp. since 2008, when Bank of New York bought Mellon Financial and, with it, his unit, Mellon 1st Business Bank. He had been chairman and CEO of Mellon 1st since 2006 and the chief operating officer and head of corporate strategy and development for Mellon Bank. He had worked for Mellon since 1989.

Misch succeeded Steven D. Broidy, who had been interim CEO since May 2008. Broidy, who had been chairman since 2005, retired; the new chairman is R. Todd Neilson.

Private Bank of California has $293 million of assets.

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