Rallying under a new trust manager, Sumitomo Bank of California is looking for clients with less than $1 million to invest.

Donald C. Place Jr. recently joined San Francisco-based Sumitomo as a vice president in charge of trust from one of its local rivals, Imperial Trust. In a recent interview, Mr. Place said his most pressing task is to make Sumitomo's trust department "more profitable and get it back on track."

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