Daily News: August 28, 2019

Union Bank Strengthens Technology Finance Team with Four Key Hires


Union Bank has hired four technology industry specialists to join the Technology Banking Group, all based out of the San Jose office. Michael Spaay, Gavin Tripp, Joshua Biehn and Steve Cordani are the new team members.

Tripp joins as director and business development officer, overseeing the business development efforts for the emerging markets and technology practice, with a focus on early stage companies that have successfully achieved venture capital rounds of funding. Tripp has 25 years of experience and was previously a business development officer for Wells Fargo, serving as team lead for all business development officers in the West region.

Spaay joins as director and senior relationship manager, responsible for managing, developing and providing insights for emerging and middle market technology companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Spaay also joined from Wells Fargo, where he served as a senior relationship manager for the Commercial Middle Market Technology Group for 17 years focused on early stage, venture capital-backed technology companies.

Cordani joins as director and senior credit administrator, responsible for overseeing high quality credit underwriting and portfolio maintenance in support of the Commercial Banking business. Cordani has 19 years of experience and was previously a credit officer within Wells Fargo’s Technology practice.

Biehn, CTP joins as vice president of Business Development for Transaction Banking, responsible for growing emerging and middle market technology relationships as well as advising both corporate clients and prospects on treasury and banking solutions. Biehn has more than 17 years of experience in treasury management and has previously held roles at both Silicon Valley Bank and East West Bank.

The four new hires join existing technology practice bankers Ron Drobny, director, and Bill Bloore, managing director, based out of the Walnut Creek and San Jose offices, respectively.

“With the addition of Gavin, Michael, Steve and Joshua, we will provide a deeper level of expertise within our technology practice and partner with our clients along their journey to provide customized lending solutions, superior relationship management, an industry-leading treasury management platform and a range of deposit solutions and foreign exchange capabilities,” said Anthony White, managing director and Commercial Banking Market president for the South Bay region.