Rocky Bandzeladze


Rocky Bandzeladze

California Bank & Trust

Rocky Bandzeladze has over two decades of leadership experience in driving large scale growth in sales organizations. He has expertise in strategic planning and implementation, organizational transformation, process improvement, and leading multi-site branch networks for Business and Retail banking. As Senior Vice President at California Bank & Trust, Rocky manages the Greater Southern California South Region, encompassing Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, and the Inland Empire. In his previous role, Rocky served the bank as Business Strategy Manager, leading revenue generation and strategic process improvement initiatives state-wide. His efforts produced double digit revenue growth, 95% employee retention (up from 35%), double digit pre-tax profit generation, and “Best Bank in Orange County” as voted in the Orange County Register for four consecutive years.

Before joining California Bank & Trust, Rocky led De-Novo expansion at Comerica Bank where he significantly improved performance for thirty-one branches in San Diego and Orange County, making the region #1 bank-wide, in a twelve month period. He has held key positions throughout his career, including Credit Manager and District Manager at Wells Fargo Financial, leading LPO’s in the Los Angeles and Salt Lake City markets. Furthermore, as part of a VC-backed environmental company, Rocky directed operations for the organization’s call center, managing 150 Orange County associates.

As a Georgian native (former Soviet Union), Rocky came to the United States at the age of eighteen. Shaped by his humble upbringing and multi cultured background, Rocky offers unique insight and perspective on the value of leadership in strategic decision making and execution. A competitive chess player, Rocky recognizes the value of teaching strategic thinking through the game of chess. In 2007, he founded Chess-Power-Kid, a non-profit organization that teaches children mental discipline, problem solving, and creative thinking through the game of chess.

Rocky 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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