By Marie Browning
Wilshire Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Wilshire Bank, announced that Chris Kong has joined its subsidiary bank as Senior Vice President and SBA Division Manager. In his new role, Mr. Kong will be responsible for leading all of its SBA loan production offices across the United States.
Mr. Kong brings with him more than 15 years of experience working in the Korean-American banking industry. He has served as SBA Manager for other major Korean-American banks over the past seven years. Prior to joining Wilshire Bank, Mr. Kong served BBCN Bank as Senior Vice President and also held several positions such as SBA Regional Manager and SBA Manager with the bank. In 2012 and 2013, when he was with BBCN, the bank ranked as the leading producer of SBA loans among Korean-American banks. He started his career as a Commercial Loan Officer at Center Bank before moving into the SBA department where he served as First Vice President and SBA Manager.
“Chris has done an outstanding job as an SBA Manager and SBA Regional Manager over the past seven years and is extremely well suited to lead our SBA lending division,” commented Jae Whan (J.W.) Yoo, President and CEO of Wilshire Bancorp. He added that Mr. Kong has extensive experience managing SBA loan production efforts in all of the Bank’s geographic markets.
About Wilshire Bank
Wilshire Bank is a community bank with a focus on commercial real estate lending and general commercial banking, with its primary market encompassing the multi-ethnic populations of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. It operates 35 branch offices throughout the USA, and is an SBA preferred lender nationwide. For more information, please go to www.wilshirebank.com.