Vice President Promotion & Nonprofit Board Appointments

Summit State Bank Announces Vice President Promotion and Nonprofit Board Appointments

Santa Rosa, CA – (May 12, 2014) – Summit State Bank (NASDAQ: SSBI) has promoted Cheryl Cruz to vice president and special assets department manager.

Cruz has 38 years of banking experience and has been with Summit for six years in the Special Assets Department. Her responsibilities include working with borrowers who have been especially challenged during the recent economic downturn. In addition, she assists with the qualifying and management of loans under the SBA loan program and will be taking on management of construction loans as well. She has served on several community Boards, including Sonoma County's July 4th Red White & Boom, Windsor's July 3rd Kaboom, and currently Santa Rosa's Wednesday Night Market.

In addition, two Summit employees have been appointed to Sonoma County nonprofit boards, bringing the total number of nonprofit board and committee positions to 27 for the bank

Elaina Hunt, Summit's vice president of marketing and community relations, was named to the Petaluma People Services Center Board of Directors. PPCS provides a variety of support services to the Petaluma community, ranging from youth counseling to senior care, and has served more than 7,000 people within the last year through its programs.

Deanna Schutz, assistant vice president and manager of Summit's Montgomery Village branch, has joined the Board of Directors for Verity, a Santa Rosa-based clinic and call center that offers crisis support and counseling services to combat violence and sexual assault.

Summit State Bank has total assets of $460 million and total equity of $63 million at March 31, 2014. Headquartered in Sonoma County, the Bank provides diverse financial products and services throughout Sonoma, Napa, San Francisco, and Marin Counties. Summit has been recognized as one of the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and Top Corporate Philanthropist by the North Bay Business Journal. In addition, Summit State Bank received the 2013 Rising Star Award from the California Independent Bankers, the 2012 Community Bank Award from the American Bankers Association for its nonprofit work, and has been recognized as one of the North Bay's Best Places to Work by the North Bay Business Journal. Summit has also been consistently recognized as a high performing bank by Findley Reports. Summit State Bank's stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol SSBI. Further information can be found at

Thomas Duryea
President and CEO
Summit State Bank
PO Box 6188
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
(707) 568-4920