Pacific Western Bank Expands Denver Commercial Real Estate and Banking Teams With Appointment of Russ Schmucker and Christopher Erickson

DENVER, CO - Pacific Western Bank is pleased to announce the addition of two senior leaders to their growing team in Denver, Colorado. Each will report to Colorado Market President, Jon Lorenz, who joined PWB in 2019 to lead the Denver expansion for the Bank. The Bank is pleased to be adding these two veterans, both with proven track records of success in its growing footprint.

Chris Erickson has joined as EVP, Regional Manager-Commercial Real Estate. He is a proven leader with over 20 years’ experience in all facets of real estate lending. Over the course of his career Chris has actively advised on financing strategies through varying real estate cycles. Whether development, stabilization or repositioning, Chris stands ready to structure commercial real estate loans to help clients meet their financial objectives.

Russ Schmucker - SVP, Regional Manager-Commercial Banking. Russ also brings with him years of experience and market knowledge that will allow Pacific Western Bank to pursue its objective of becoming the partner of choice for business owners, developers and entrepreneurs in Colorado.

“Together Chris and Russ give us the experience and market knowledge necessary to achieve the immediate impact we plan for Denver,” said Jon Lorenz, Colorado Market President, “Pacific Western Bank is actively lending and delivering banking solutions to clients nationwide. We’re pleased to have a great team in place to share our commitment to community and growth with deserving clients in Denver and throughout Colorado.”

In addition to Chris and Russ, Pacific Western recently added two Senior Relationship Managers to its Denver commercial banking team. The Bank has also added to its Colorado treasury management and loan administration teams.

About Pacific Western Bank: Pacific Western Bank is a commercial bank with over $26 billion in assets. The Bank has 74 full-service branches located throughout the state of California and one branch in Durham, North Carolina. Our Community Banking group provides lending and comprehensive deposit and treasury management services to small and medium-sized businesses conducted primarily through our California-based branch offices. We offer additional products and services through our National Lending and Venture Banking groups. National Lending provides asset-based, equipment, real estate and security cash flow loans and treasury management services to established middle-market businesses on a national basis. Venture Banking offers a comprehensive suite of financial services focused on entrepreneurial businesses and their venture capital and private equity investors, with offices located in key innovative hubs across the United States. For more information about Pacific Western Bank, visit


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