Why Plaza Bank?


An idea that began with a conversation between two regional business leaders, Mike Sotelo and Cris Guillen, has become the most widely anticipated Bank launch in the Pacific Northwest.

Founded in early 2006, with a vision of creating the leading commercial bank in the Pacific Northwest, Plaza Bank’s story quickly captured the hearts and passion of some of the region’s leading business minds. From Jack Creighton, former CEO of Weyerhaeuser and United Airlines, to former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez, and nationally acclaimed salon operator Gene Juárez, the story of a bank founded to bring “class to the mass” simply could not be contained.

The passion that attracted the Bank founders was evident when the Bank’s senior management team was recruited, and the Bank attracted a team of leading bankers, each with an average of 31 years of experience. Armed with significant experience in both national and community banks, the founders and management team have created a foundation for success.

Located in Downtown Seattle, the Bank continues to evoke strong interest from potential team members, clients, and the media.

Plaza Bank’s focus on delivering a highly differentiated level of service to the general commercial market, combined with the founders’ understanding of the Latino marketplace will position Plaza Bank as the bank with the right strategy, the right people and the right time!