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Mechanics Bank President Announced As Graduate Business School Commencement Speaker

Steven K. BusterMORAGA, Calif. (Apr. 27, 2010) - Saint Mary's College of California will hold its annual Spring Commencement Ceremony for 100 recipients of Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degrees and Masters of Science in Financial Analysis and Investment Management (MS-FAIM) Degrees on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Saint Mary's Chapel.

The commencement address will be given by Steven K. Buster, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mechanics Bank. Since becoming CEO in July 2004, Mechanics Bank increased annual profit from $24 million to $29 million in 2007 and increased shareholder's equity to $274.5 million in 2007 from $236 million in 2004.

Buster currently serves as a Board Member of the California Banker's Association and California Independent Bankers (CIB), a not-for-profit trade group serving more than 160 California community banks. He also is a board member and serves on the executive committee of the Bay Area Council.

Buster's background includes service in law enforcement. He committed in 1999 to a two-year assignment as Chief Operating Officer for the District Attorney of Los Angeles County. More recently, he joined the Alameda County Sheriff's Air Squadron as a qualified Pilot-in-Command and Disaster Service Worker. He is also the chairman of Bay Area Crime Stoppers.

In addition to a 35-year career in Banking, Buster is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees.

The Saint Mary's College of California offers distinguished Graduate Business degree options such as the Professional MBA, Executive MBA, Hybrid Executive MBA, Trans-Global Executive MBA and the M.S. in Financial Analysis and Investment Management. Our mission is to educate current and future leaders and managers to be professionally skilled, ethically principled, socially responsible, and personally fulfilled. For more information, visit www.saintmarysmba.com.