Managing Director and Unit Manager
Transaction Banking Credit
Mr. Ford graduated from UCLA in 1992 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. He joined the Union Bank Management Training Program in January 1993 to become a Financial Services Officer in the Community Bank. After graduating from the 16-month program he accepted a position in the Bank’s Quality Assurance and Sales group in San Diego.
In 1996 Mr. Ford was given the opportunity to join the Bank’s Commercial Credit Training Program. Upon graduation in 1997 he joined the Bank’s Syndication & Placements group within Specialized Lending, assisting in the syndications of Energy, Oil & Gas, Entertainment, General Corporate, Communications Media, Real Estate and Equity Sponsor transactions. He later I took over as the lead syndicator for Oil & Gas, Entertainment, and Equity Sponsor Finance transactions.
In 2007 Gerald left Syndications to manage the Equity Sponsor Finance group (later called Structured Finance) which was part of National Banking. His responsibilities included managing business development officers, underwriters, and portfolio managers.
Currently, Mr. Ford manages the portfolio management team for Government Lending and the underwriting and credit management team for GTM Credit Management which includes financial institutions, Labor Union, HOA, and other credits. Responsibilities include managing the Bank’s $8 Billion in exposure in GTM, with nine direct reports in Los Angeles, Walnut Creek, and Atlanta.
Mr. Ford has served on the Board of Directors of the Urban Financial Services Coalition (formerly Urban Bankers)- LA Chapter and the fundraising golf committee for the Children’s Bureau in support of abused children in Los Angeles. Mr. Ford has been married over seven years and has two children- a six year old daughter and a three year old son.