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Pacific Mercantile Bank Promotes Adrian Ward to Division Manager, Entertainment Industries Division

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Mercantile Bank ("the Bank"), the wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC), today announced that Adrian Ward has been promoted to Division Manager of the Bank's Entertainment Industries Division. Mr. Ward joined Pacific Mercantile Bank in 2013 as Senior Vice President in the Entertainment Industries Division, where he has been responsible for account management, business development, loan structuring, underwriting and related portfolio management duties for the Bank's clients in the film and television production industry.

"Adrian has been instrumental in making Pacific Mercantile one of the leading banks in entertainment financing," said Tom Vertin, President of Commercial Banking. "Adrian has proven to be a great thought leader in entertainment financing, and his role as a guest speaker at numerous film finance seminars and conferences has helped raise awareness of Pacific Mercantile's financing capabilities. Adrian's reputation and strong relationships in the film and television industry will be extremely valuable as we continue to grow our entertainment portfolio."

Adrian Ward has 23 years of experience in entertainment banking, focusing primarily on film/entertainment property financing. Prior to joining Pacific Mercantile Bank, Mr. Ward was Senior Vice President, Entertainment, Sports & Media at National Bank of California for four years, where he built and managed the bank's film and television finance department and was responsible for more than $100 million in loan production. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ward held relationship management positions in entertainment financing at Israel Discount Bank of New York, Imperial Capital Bank and The Lewis Horwitz Organization.

Mr. Ward has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

About Pacific Mercantile Bank

Pacific Mercantile Bank opened for business March 1, 1999. The Bank, which is FDIC insured and a member of the Federal Reserve System, provides a wide range of commercial banking services to businesses, business owners and business professionals through its combination of traditional banking financial centers and comprehensive, sophisticated electronic banking services.

The Bank, headquartered in Orange County, operates a total of nine banking offices in Southern California, located in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties. In addition, the Bank offers comprehensive online banking services accessible at www.pmbank.com. Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC) is the parent holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank.

Forward-Looking Information

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CONTACT: Robert Sjogren EVP & Chief Operating Officer 714-438-2500

Source:Pacific Mercantile Bank