Taylor Capital Group Inc. of Rosemont, Ill., has appointed Mark A. Hoppe its chief executive officer.

Hoppe will also remain the president of the $4.3 billion-asset holding company and president and CEO of its Cole Taylor Bank, positions he has held since joining the company in 2008. Before that he had been the CEO of LaSalle Bank Midwest, a Troy, Mich., subsidiary of LaSalle Bank of Chicago, since 2005.

Earlier he had been an executive vice president at LaSalle Midwest since 2001. He joined the Chicago holding company in 1981.

Hoppe succeeded Bruce W. Taylor, who will remain the chairman of the board of directors and a member of the executive committee. Taylor had been the chairman and CEO since November 2006.


Carrollton Bancorp of Baltimore has hired Richard J. Hunt Jr. as a senior vice president and its chief lending officer for the company and its Carrollton Bank.

Hunt was a senior vice president and division head of business banking at Provident Bank. Before that he was the manager of small-business banking.

Earlier he was the director of banking for Spherion Corp. in Baltimore. Carrollton has $422 million of assets.

Avenue Bank of Nashville has hired Gail Sanford as a vice president and private client banker and promoted Rich Roddy to director of electronic payments and treasury management operations.

Sanford was a licensed senior financial specialist at Wachovia Bank. Before that she worked for Regions Financial Corp. She will be based in the bank's Cool Springs branch.

Roddy had been a vice president and the director of treasury sales since he joined the $484 million-asset Avenue in 2007.

Community & Southern Bank of Carrollton, Ga., has hired Rocky Lipham as president of its west Georgia region and Keith Caudell as its president of its north Georgia region.

Lipham was president and chief executive of First National Bank of Georgia. Before that he was a director, president and the CEO of West Georgia National Bank.

Caudell had been the president and CEO of the Bank of Hiawassee since 2008. Before that he was the president and CEO of two subsidiaries of Synovus, including Coastal Bank of Georgia. Earlier he worked for Wachovia.


Western Alliance Bancorp of Las Vegas has hired Kenneth A. Vecchione as its president and chief operating officer.

Vecchione will remain a director of the company. He has been a Western Alliance director since 2007 and also had been the chief financial officer of the asset management firm Apollo Global Management LLC since 2007. Before that he was a vice chairman and the CFO of MBNA Corp. from 2004-2006. He had been a director and the CFO of MBNA America Bank since 2000. He joined the bank in 1998 as division head of finance.

Western Alliance has $5.7 billion of assets.

Celtic Bank of Salt Lake City has hired Liz Schaper as a vice president and Small Business Administration business development officer for the San Diego and Inland Empire regions in California.

Schaper had been a vice president and business development officer for San Diego in U.S. Bank's SBA division since 2008. Before that she held a similar job at Ciena Capital in San Diego.

Celtic Bank has $209 million of assets.

City National Corp. of Los Angeles has hired Mark A. Nakamaru as a senior vice president and team leader in its private client services group in Beverly Hills.

Nakamaru was a senior vice president and market manager for private banking in the Southern California region and Arizona market at Comerica Bank.

Before that he worked for Union Bank where he assisted in the integration of two private banking offices from the Bank of California after Union bought it in 1987. He began his career with Bank of America in 1979.

He will report to Gwen Miller, the executive vice president and manager of the Los Angeles region for the $20 billion-asset City National's private client services division.

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