Citizens ramps up small business outreach |

Citizens ramps up small business outreach

Kevin Rappleye – a 24-year veteran of the banking industry – has joined Citizens Bank as senior vice president and officer for Small Business Administration government-guaranteed business development.

Rappleye, whose career includes 20 years of specializing in government-guaranteed lending, will be pivotal to the bank’s expanded commitment to SBA lending.

“Citizens Bank has been committed from our beginning in 1995 to providing SBA and other government guaranteed lending products in our communities” said Citizens Bancorp President and Chief Executive Officer Gary D. Gall. “Our bank has set the course to reach a preferred-lender status with the SBA, and Kevin’s deep experience with SBA 7a, 504 and USDA loans will help us accomplish this.”

“I am thrilled to return to the world of community banking, where helping small business has brought such tremendous personal and professional satisfaction,” said Rappleye. “The team we are building looks forward to serving the business people who make our country great.”

Rappleye recently worked for Sacramento Commercial Bank/Wells Fargo.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento.

An avid golfer, Rappleye was named to the NCAA Division II All-American Golf Team in 1980. Today, 30 years later, two of his sons are playing for the Hornets.

Citizens Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Citizens Bancorp, is based in Nevada City and has seven branches in Nevada and Placer counties.

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