Rocky Bandzeladze
Head of Business Banking
Executive Vice President
Banc of California

Rocky Bandzeladze has over two decades of leadership experience in driving large scale growth in financial organizations. He has expertise in organizational transformation, strategic planning and implementation, P&L management and leading Business and Retail Banking networks. As an Executive Vice President, Rocky currently serves as the Head of Business Banking at Banc of California, where he is responsible for growth and profitability of the major business department of the bank.

Prior to joining Banc of California, Rocky worked seven years with California Bank & Trust. In the first three years, Rocky served the bank as Strategy Manager, leading strategic initiatives in a turnaround environment for a major division of the bank. In the last 4 years of his career at CB&T, Rocky led the Business Banking teams across Southern California. His efforts at CB&T produced double digit revenue growth and pre-tax profits, 90% employee retention (up from 35%), and “Best Bank in Orange County” as voted in the Orange County Register for six consecutive years.

Before joining CB&T, Rocky led De-Novo expansion at Comerica Bank where he significantly improved performance for the bank’s retail branch network in San Diego and Orange County, making the region #1 bank-wide in a 12-month period. Throughout his career with Wells Fargo Financial, Rocky has held several key positions including responsibility for area management, consumer lending underwriting functions, and oversight of Loan Processing Offices in a few Western States. His leadership consistently produced record sales revenue coupled with high employee engagement in all turn-around assignments.

Georgian native (former Soviet Union), Rocky came to the US at the age of eighteen. Shaped by his humble upbringing and multi-cultured background, Rocky brings a unique insight into the value of leadership in strategic decision making. As a competitive chess player, he founded ChessPowerKid, a non-profit organization that teaches children mental discipline, problem-solving, and creative thinking through the game of chess.  Rocky has given back to the community through non-profit participation with organizations such as Orange County Junior Achievement and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Rocky is currently pursuing the Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University. He holds an MBA from California State University, San Marcos and two BA degrees in Economics; the first earned at the age of 18, from Georgian State University, and the second from California State University, Long Beach. He resides in Huntington Beach with his wife and two children.


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