Chris Kong Joins Wilshire Bank as Senior Vice President & SBA Manager

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wilshire Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIBC), the parent company of Wilshire Bank, announced today that Chris Kong has joined its subsidiary bank as Senior Vice President & SBA Division Manager, where he will be responsible for leading all of its SBA loan production offices across the United States. Mr. Kong has more than 15 years of experience working in the Korean-American banking industry and has served as SBA Manager for other major Korean-American banks over the past seven years of his career.

Mr. Kong was previously with BBCN Bank, where he was a Senior Vice President and held the positions of SBA Regional Manager and SBA Manager while with the company. During his time there, BBCN ranked as the leading producer of SBA loans in 2012 and 2013 among Korean-American banks. Prior to BBCN, Mr. Kong served as First Vice President and SBA Manager at Center Bank from 2007-2011. Center Bank was the leading producer of SBA loans in 2010 and 2011 among Korean-American banks. Mr. Kong began his career as a commercial loan officer at Center Bank before moving into the SBA department in 2000. Mr. Kong holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics with a concentration in Business Finance from the University of Southern California.

"Chris has done an outstanding job as an SBA Manager and SBA Regional Manager over the past seven years and is extremely well suited to lead our SBA lending division," said Jae Whan (J.W.) Yoo, President and CEO of Wilshire Bancorp. "Chris understands our customer base exceptionally well and has extensive experience managing SBA loan production efforts in all of our geographic markets. We have built the strongest SBA lending platform of any Korean-American bank and we anticipate that we will continue to be highly productive under Chris' new leadership."


Headquartered in Los Angeles, Wilshire Bancorp is the parent company of Wilshire Bank, which operates 35 branch offices in California, Texas, New Jersey and New York, and 7 loan production offices in Dallas, TX, Atlanta, GA, Aurora, CO, Annandale, VA, Palisades Park, NJ, Newark, CA, and New York, NY, and is an SBA preferred lender nationwide. Wilshire Bank is a community bank with a focus on commercial real estate lending and general commercial banking, with its primary market encompassing the multi-ethnic populations of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. In 2014, Wilshire Bancorp was named one of America's 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies by Forbes. For more information, please go to


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