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When the Lights Come Back On: The Santa Barbara Bowl

Podcast August 10, 2021 by Regional Pulse Podcast

The Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat amphitheater, located in Santa Barbara, California. The Bowl is normally open for concerts from approximately April through October with an average of about 27 concerts per season. Since 1991, the Santa Barbara Bowl has been managed by the…

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Financial Literacy Part 2: Providing Financial Education in Meaningful and Effective Ways

Podcast May 11, 2021 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Laurel Sykes, Executive Vice President, Compliance and Risk Manager at American Riviera Bank, continues our two-part series on financial literacy with special guests Robb Schiff, longtime educator and AVID Coordinator with the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Chelsea Duffy, Executive Director…

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Financial Literacy Part 1: Learning Challenges During the Pandemic

Podcast April 13, 2021 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Laurel Sykes, Executive Vice President, Compliance and Risk Manager at American Riviera Bank, facilitates a two-part series on financial literacy with special guests Robb Schiff, longtime educator and AVID Coordinator with the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Chelsea Duffy, Executive Director…

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Keeping the Arts Alive During a Pandemic: Santa Barbara's Historic Lobero Theatre

Podcast April 5, 2021 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Jeff Devine, President and CEO of American Riviera Bank, sits down with David Asbell and Brandon Mowery of Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre to discuss the historic theatre and the what the future may look like as things begin to open up both locally and globally. The mission of the Lobero Theatre Fou…

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A Unique Approach to Affordable and Sustainable Eating: Teaching Kids to Cook

Podcast March 9, 2021 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Michelle Martinich, Chief Financial Officer, sits down with Nancy Martz, Executive Director of Apples to Zucchini Cooking School, to learn about her nonprofit initiative to tackle hunger on the Central Coast one child at a time, by providing the tools kids need to prepare delicious, nutritious, aff…

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Unemployment, Education and Small Business: A Look at the Local Economy with Peter Rupert

Podcast February 4, 2021 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Michelle Martinich, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at American Riviera Bank sits down with Peter Rupert, Professor of Economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara to discuss the economy on the Central Coast, including the pandemic's impact on unemployment, local…

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The Impact of the Pandemic on Residential Real Estate on the Central Coast

Podcast November 29, 2020 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Lori Murray, Senior Vice President and Residential Lending Manager at American Riviera Bank and Nancy Hamilton, of Calgano & Hamilton Real Estate Partners in Montecito, discuss the residential real estate market on the Central Coast during the pandemic - from an influx of buyers from cities like Ne…

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Supporting Local Business in a Pandemic Environment: Downtown SLO

Podcast October 16, 2020 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Dustin Reese, Assistant Vice President, Banking Relationship Officer, sits down with Bettina Swigger of Downtown SLO to talk about their innovative efforts to keep downtown San Luis Obispo vibrant and thriving during the pandemic. As the CEO of Downtown SLO, Bettina leads the staff serving the comm…

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Flexibility, Innovation and Virtual Reality: Reopening a Family Entertainment Center During COVID-19

Podcast July 2, 2020 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Jason Wilson, Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer, sits down with Sam Walters of Zodo's Bowling and Beyond to talk about the short- and long-term changes they have made in light of the pandemic. From new cleaning protocols to take-out orders to their brand new Virtual Reality studio, Walters…

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Reopening During COVID-19: An Optometrist's Perspective

Podcast June 25, 2020 by Regional Pulse Podcast

Michelle Martinich, Executive Vice President at American Riviera Bank, sits down with Dr. Joanne Gronquist to talk about the process of reopening her practice during COVID-19, including retaining staff, procuring personal protective equipment, and establishing new protocols for scheduling patients.…

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