Community 1st Bank (now First Foundation Bank) has named Ulrike Lapkass, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the banking industry, as a new Senior Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager for the bank.
An Auburn resident, Lapkass joins the Community 1st team to bolster the bank’s commercial lending services. She will work with business owners and investors throughout Northern California, primarily focusing on their financing needs.
“Our economy has made some positive strides in the past year, so this is a great time for any business owner to be looking for financing,” Lapkass said. “I am excited to join the dynamic team at Community 1st Bank.”
Lapkass began her banking career with Wells Fargo, where she was a Premier Client Manager for many years. She was also a Vice President/Business Client Manager and Business Development Officer for six years with Bank of America in Auburn and Grass Valley, and held a similar position with California Bank & Trust in Roseville from 2005 to 2010. Lapkass spent the last three years in a relationship manager position with JPMorgan Chase Bank in Sacramento.
“Ulrike Lapkass brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Community 1st Bank,” said Robert Haydon, President & CEO of Community 1st Bank. “She is very skilled at helping companies and individuals with their financing, deposit, and cash management needs.”
Lapkass has a passion for animals and serves as a volunteer for Scooters Pals, which is a local animal rescue organization.
A native of Heidelberg, Germany, Lapkass has resided in the Lake of the Pines area for many years. She is married to Paul Lapkass and has three children, Matthew, Kevin and Logan.