George Leis – Chairman-Elect
President & Chief Operating Officer, Montecito Bank & Trust


George Leis is the EVP, president and chief operating officer for Montecito Bank & Trust. George joined the bank in July, 2016. Montecito Bank & Trust is a $1.3 billion in assets community bank with over 240 employees serving the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Santa Ynez communities.

Leis was a managing director for MUFG Union Bank, N.A. He was named the national sales manager for The Private Bank after becoming regional president of Union Bank’s Central Coast region with the acquisition of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust (SBB&T) in December 2012. Previously, Leis was president and chief executive officer of Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC), a $7 billion in assets community bank holding company that included SBB&T. PCBC had more than 1,000 employees and 47 branches.

After joining SBB&T in March 2006, Leis was the executive vice president for two divisions, Wealth Management and Information Technology, and was the chief information officer. He was responsible for 500 staff members and a $78 million budget.

Prior to 2006, Leis was a managing director, U.S. products head and national practice leader for investments at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management. He also served as a senior vice president and director of the private client services center at Wells Fargo, and as a senior vice president and manager for Bank of America Private Bank.

Leis began his banking career with Security Pacific National Bank in Retail and Commercial Banking. A graduate of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), he is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.

Leis’ community involvement is exemplified through his service to universities and charities throughout Southern California. He is a board member of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, Western Bankers Association, Cabrillo Pavilion Renovation Campaign, Santa Barbara Zoo, and Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce; and past chair and current board member for the Channel Islands YMCA. He also serves as chair of the CSU Channel Islands Foundation board of directors and committee chair for the Cal State Northridge Foundation board of directors. As a distinguished CSUN alumnus, he has participated on numerous other CSUN boards, including the College of Business and Economics advisory board and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Ambassadors.


His successful career and passionate involvement in community-focused organizations have earned Leis several awards including the CSU Channel Islands Business & Technology Partnership’s 2011 Business and Community Leader of the Year and more recently, the Cal State Northridge Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.