Artesia Welcomes United Central Bank

Mr. Shafiq Khan, Regional Vice President of UCB (third from right) with UCB executives and members of various communities who attended the UCB function in Artesia

Artesia, CA: “United We Prosper!” is the placard and message that United Central Bank (UCB) brings with it as it enters California for the very first time. Headquartered in Garland, Texas, UCB continues its nationwide expansion and enters California as it sustains its dedication to serve multi-cultural communities. UCB’s message of serving diverse communities was very fitting for the occasion as the bank held the grand opening ceremony of its first California branch at City Plaza in the diverse city of Artesia on October 26, 2007.
The occasion was both vibrant and jubilant. The event was attended by a number of entrepreneurs and prominent figures of variouis ethnic groups besides executive members of UCB.
Mr. Shafiq Khan, a seasoned community banker and Regional Vice President of UCB, started the proceedings with a welcome speech which was followed by an introduction by Mohammad Younus, Executive VP, Chief Lending Officer, and Director. Mr. Keith Ward, CEO and President of UCB, introduced the bank to the community giving the attendees an idea of the bank’s history and its current service offerings and its position as a preferred SBA lender. Brief speeches were also given by both Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the board, Mr. James Yoo and Mr. Scott Tsai, respectively. Guests of honor included Mayor of Artesia, John C. Martins, who gave a speech about how fitting it was that a bank that serves multi-cultural communities brings its service to the City of Artesia, a city that embraces diversity. The Mayor wished success to UCB and its members and pledged to work alongside with UCB. Other honorary guests present were Morgan Chao, Deputy Director-General of Taipei economic and cultural office of Los Angeles and the Consul General of Pakistan, Syed Ibne Abbas,, who also initiated the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The common theme that resonated and was present throughout the ceremony was the need to serve the diverse cultural communities present in California.
Moving forward, UCB pledges to be an independent community bank that caters to the culture, special needs and languages of the customers in the communities they serve. This service niche is what many leading members of UCB feel is the source of UCB’s competitive advantage over their competitors.

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