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Mechanics Bank names Dan Aguilar Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Commercial Banking in Napa

Posted on August 16, 2016

Mechanics Bank has strengthened its wine industry presence with the appointment of Dan Aguilar, a well-known banking professional whose 20 years of wine industry lending experience have included corporate finance, banking, lending, and cash management services to a wide array of West Coast wine enterprises.

Mr. Aguilar will serve as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Commercial Banking in Napa. “Mechanics Bank has deep roots in the Napa Valley, and we consider the North Bay to be a key component of our growth strategy in commercial banking. We are making a statement that we are investing in the resources to better serve this important market,” says Larry Fountain, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking at Mechanics Bank. “Dan’s reputation as a wine industry and commercial banking leader is extraordinary, and we are delighted he’s joining our team.”

For 20 years, Mr. Aguilar was the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division, where he gained renown as an industry expert. He served on the board of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers for nine years, and has been a sought-after speaker about wine industry profitability and performance benchmarking at industry conferences, including speaking annually at the UC Davis Extension OIV Wine Marketing Program. He also has partnered with Sonoma State’s Wine Business Program to provide important insights on what sets top performers apart from others in the industry and how wineries can adjust their operations to mitigate the impact of the Great Recession.

Mr. Aguilar also co-authored Benchmarking Winery Financial Performance in Wine Business Monthly, October 2010, cited frequently by industry experts. 

Prior to his position at Silicon Valley Bank, Mr. Aguilar was Vice President at Comerica Bank in San Francisco, and before that, Assistant Vice President at Bank of America. Fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish, he earned a BA in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and studied for a year at Universidade de Sao Paulo/ USP. He has an MBA in Finance from Berkeley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business.

About Mechanics Bank
Mechanics Bank, established in 1905, is an independent, full service community bank. With more than $3 billion in assets, it is the largest bank headquartered in the Bay Area’s East Bay region. Its 30 branch offices throughout Northern California provide a highly personalized relationship banking experience that includes consumer and business banking services, commercial lending, cash management services, and comprehensive trust and wealth management services. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. For more information, go to

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