Local Banker Joins Heritage Oaks Bank - 04/20/09

For Immediate Release
8:00A.M. PT, April 20th, 2009
Mitch Massey, SVP

(Paso Robles, CA) - Heritage Oaks Bancorp (Nasdaq:HEOP), the parent company of Heritage Oaks Ban, today announced that Bill Filippin has joined the bank as Senior Vice President/Commercial Lending Group Manager. In his new role, Bill will be responsible for overseeing the bank's lending activity in northern San Luis Obispo County.

"Bill brings to our organizatino a wealth of experience with over 20 years of knowledge in lending. His expertise in understanding the local market helps us continue to solidify our position as a market leader and complements our talented base of loan officers," stated Paul Tognazzini, Executive Vice President/Chief Lending Officer..

Bill earned his degree from Cal Poly State University, where he majored in Agricultural Business Management with a concentration in Finance and Appraisal. Bill is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Before joining Heritage Oaks, Bill most recently was Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer for American Principle Bank in San Luis Obispo. Bill also served 14 years with Santa Lucia Bank as Branch Manager and Senior Vice President/Credit Administrator

Bill is a founding member of the Paso Robles Optimist Club. He is a past President of the Paso Robles Kiwanis Club and a past Chairman of the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce.

Celebrating TWENTY SIX years of dedicated service, Heritage Oaks Bancorp is the holding company for Heritage Oaks Bank which operates as Heritage Oaks Bank and Business First, a division of Heritage Oaks Bank. Heritage Oaks Bank has its headquarters plus one branch office in Paso Robles, two branch offices in San Luis Obispo, single branch offices in Cambria, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, San Miguel, Templeton, and Morro Bay and three branch offices in Santa Maria. Heritage Oaks Bank conducts commercial banking business in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County. The Business First division has two branch office in Santa Barbara. Expect More and learn more by visiting www.heritageoaksbank.com.

Heritage Oaks Bank is the largest publicly owned and operated community bank on the Central Coast and is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Equal Housing Lender.