Southwestern Bank in Oklahoma City has hired Steve Florea as the senior vice president in charge of its commercial lending division.

The $118 million-asset bank lends to businesses in southern Oklahoma City.

Mr. Florea held a similar post at BancFirst in Oklahoma City. Before that he had held commercial lending positions at Banc One Oklahoma Corp., which he joined in 1994 when Bank One Corp. bought his previous employer, Friendly Bank of Oklahoma City.

Southwestern has also hired Laura Brooks as a commercial loan assistant. Ms. Brooks held a similar post at BancFirst in Oklahoma City. Before that she had worked at First Fidelity Bank in Oklahoma City. She started her banking career at American National Bank of Lawton. (Amquest Bank, also in Lawton, bought American National in 1997 and was itself bought by BancFirst a year later.)


Bankers' Bank of the West in Denver has promoted Mary Ann Elliot-Supples, who has managed its bank card division since being hired in 1998, from vice president to senior vice president.

She continues to report to Roger Reiling, president of the $174 million-asset bank.

Ms. Elliot-Supples had been a consultant for two years before the bank hired her. Before that she had been the president, also for two years, of the Minibank Network, an automated teller machine network provider owned by First Interstate Bank of Englewood, Colo.

Earlier she had been an assistant vice president at First Interstate, her employer for 21 years until Wells Fargo & Co. bought it in 1996.

Columbia Bank in Tacoma, Wash., the principal subsidiary of Columbia Banking System Inc., has hired Vince Hughes as the vice president in charge of private banking for southwest Washington.Mr. Hughes was the president and chief executive officer of Lower Columbia Mortgage Center Inc. in Longview. He has 14 years of financial services experience, including jobs at First Interstate Bank of Washington in Seattle, which Wells Fargo & Co. bought in 1996, and NationsBank Corp., now Bank of America Corp.

Columbia Bank has $1.5 billion of assets.

Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles has promoted Charles D. Kenny to president and chief operating officer.Mr. Kenny, 55, was an executive vice president of the $1.2 billion-asset bank and the head of its commercial banking division. He had joined the bank in 1996 and had also been its chief financial officer and chief administrative officer.

Before joining Manufacturers, Mr. Kenny was an executive vice president and manager at City National Bank in Beverly Hills. Still earlier he was an executive vice president and general manager of the support division in Los Angeles of the old Union Bank of California. He has 30 years of banking experience.

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