Hanmi Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: HAFC) today announced that its banking subsidiary, Hanmi Bank, has opened two loan production offices in Chicago, Illinois and Annandale, Virginia. These offices will expand Hanmi Bank's geographic coverage by providing SBA, real estate, commercial and industrial loans.
"We have built an excellent business franchise by providing superior, personalized service to our customers in California," stated Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D., President and CEO. "Our primary focus is meeting all of our customer' financial needs and growing with them, and we now have the ability to replicate this knowledge and expertise in these regions. We will continue to expand our business services by opening additional loan production offices throughout the United States."
The Chicago office will be managed by Jamie S. Choi. Ms. Choi graduated from the University of Chicago and has been involved in SBA and commercial lending since 1997. Prior to joining Hanmi Bank, Ms. Choi worked as a loan officer in charge of SBA lending for Foster Bank in Chicago.
The Annandale office will be managed by Yong Jae Park. Mr. Park graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been involved in SBA and commercial lending since 1999. Prior to joining Hanmi Bank, Mr. Park worked as a commercial loan department manager for Pacific City Bank in Los Angeles.
Hanmi Bank was among the largest SBA lenders in the United States as published by the U.S. Small Business Administration in fiscal 2004 (18th nationwide) and the fourth largest SBA lender in Los Angeles County as published by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2004. Hanmi Bank also has loan production offices in Santa Clara, California and Seattle, Washington.
Hanmi Bank is a preferred (PLP) SBA lender in the following SBA districts across the U.S.: Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Diego, Fresno, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Anchorage, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey and New York.