Heritage Bank of Commerce in San Jose, Calif., has lured a veteran small-business banker.

The $1.3 billion-asset subsidiary of Heritage Commerce Corp. (HTBK) said this week that it has named Ruth Brown senior vice president and SBA department manager.

Brown joins Heritage from Summit Bank in Walnut Creek, Calif., where she headed small-business lending. She previously held a series of small-business lending posts at First Republic Bank (FRC) and Bank of Walnut Creek, which First Republic acquired in 2006.

"Ruth is a valuable addition to our team with more than 20 years of SBA experience in community banking, and 10 of those years in a senior management role," Heritage Bank's chief executive Walt Kazcmarek said in a news release Monday. "We are confident that her impressive qualifications will help us grow our SBA business more aggressively, and we're excited to welcome her to the team."

Brown is expected to have an office at Heritage's branches in Danville, Calif., and San Jose.

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