About CommerceWest Bank

Bigger is Not Always Better

Conventional “wisdom” used to indicate that when it comes to Banks, bigger is better.  At CommerceWest Bank, we could not disagree more.  What really matters are core values such as consistency, creativity and reliability; and above all a dedication to the highest level of personalized service standards for our clients.

We have always been forward thinking and ahead of the industry when it comes to defining a bank business model with a digital platform.  Our unique business model and fortress balance sheet allows us to service our clients in an engaging, effective and efficient manner.  More banks are starting to move towards this concept.  However, CommerceWest Bank pioneered this business model, while continuing to improve upon it and turned it into a recipe for success.

A True Business Partnership

We are established financial experts strategically collaborating with clients to create a true business partnership.  CEOs, CFOs, CPAs, Business Owners, Consultants and Attorneys have valued our guidance, honesty and way of conducting business. The Bank is often sought after to provide financial guidance, banking advice, economic updates and a refreshing prospective towards business.

Most bankers today lack the ability to fully understand their clients’ financials, business model or assist with future growth plans. CommerceWest Bankers apply our knowledge to properly structure your debt, manage growth and most importantly drive profits for our clients. The philosophy stated simply is that the Bank believes when you win, we win.


During the era of big bank mergers and acquisitions, Ivo Tjan envisioned “Bank on The Difference”, a commercial bank that embodies a culture of Bankers whose only objective was to deliver unparalleled service to the business community vs. being all things to all people like most banks today. By being all things to some people, the Bank can provide customized and personally tailored banking services to businesses throughout California. A business bank that will become a profitable banking franchise by combining the personal touch of an earlier era, that is no longer evident in most banks, with modern technology.

Based on his vision, CommerceWest Bank opened on September 24, 2001 in Newport Beach, CA after completing one of the fastest Initial Public Offering in banking, raising nearly $11 million in less than 60 days.

The Hallmark Services of CommerceWest Bank includes our NetBanker Online Experience, Mobile Banking App, Customized Loan or Deposit Proposals, Treasury Managment Products and overall digital banking platform. These services have been an integral part of our organization’s aspiration to be known as one of the nation’s most respected financial institutions. Our innovative and customizable products are consistently evaluated to ensure they add value to our clients, which results in making businesses that bank with us more successful.

At CommerceWest Bank you will notice a difference in our attitude, professionalism, and overall way of conducting business. Each client is assigned to a team of Bankers who are empowered to make decisions, take character into account, and tailor-make every loan or customize each treasury management product. Bankers meet with clients by appointment at their office or outside of normal business hours if it is more convenient. We want to provide you with an experience where you can “Bank on The Difference.”

Today, CommerceWest Bank services businesses throughout California with an emphasis on clients in Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. Its Corporate Headquarters is located in Irvine, California in a facility that will accommodate the strategic and consistent vertical growth of the company.

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Career Opportunities

CommerceWest Bank prides itself on the quality and capabilities of our employees. Our team consists of passionate and determined individuals that believe in our vision and making a difference. We value our employees and reward them for their contributions. As part of our strategic growth plans, we are always looking for qualified and motivated individuals that enjoy working in a professional, innovative, and team-oriented culture.