Management Team

Agustin R. (Gus) Ayala, Principal & CFO. Mr. Ayala, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been a community banker for 43 years and is a founding executive of Plaza Bank. Gus served in various management positions at community banks in California and was CFO at First Valley Bank in Lompoc until its merger with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust in 1997. A 1990 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, Gus joined the Bank of Bellingham as CFO in 1997 and participated in its reorganization into a bank holding company. Subsequent to its merger with Horizon Bank, Gus served as Senior Vice President of Operations until his retirement in August 2005. He currently serves on the board of WesPay, a regional payment association headquartered in San Francisco.


Rosario Arias de Carroll, Principal & SVP. Rosario is a founding senior officer of Plaza Bank, and serves as Senior Lending Officer. She also plays a prominent role in our Community Outreach efforts. She has over 27 years of commercial banking experience in the greater Seattle area. Rosario is a Director of the Washington State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of Western Washington-Latina Project and is the Scholarship committee chair of the UWA Hispanic Business Student Association.



Michael J. Clabby, Principal & CCO. Mike serves as Chief Credit Officer. He formerly served as Executive Vice President and Regional Chief Credit Officer for First Interstate Bank, and in several key credit administration roles in Washington and Arizona. Clabby is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Pacific Coast Banking School. He is a former national Board member of Robert Morris Associates and is Past President of Northwest Intermediate Banking School.




Michael V. Paul, Principal & CEO. Mike serves as Chief Executive Officer and was the founding CEO of The Commerce Bank of Oregon, and also served as President, Private Client Services for Umpqua Bank, Senior Lending Officer for Centennial Bank, following a 22 year career with Key Bank. Paul comes to Plaza Bank from Portland based ODS, responsible for its financial subsidiary Dental Commerce Corporation. Paul is the former Chair of the Oregon Bankers Association, American Lung Association of Oregon, City of Portland Business Advisory Council, and taught banking and commerce courses for the American Institute of Banking and Portland State University Professional Development Center. Mike is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and Pacific Coast Banking School. 


Sharliene Tamashiro, Principal & SVP. Sharliene is an eleven year banking veteran, and joined Plaza Bank in 2012. She manages the IT and Operations areas, to ensure compliance with internal controls and regulatory standards, that help provide innovative solutions for an overall positive client delivery experience.  She is a graduate of Gonzaga University. 




Quality Assurance


Plaza Bank is committed to the delivery of consistent, valuable services, which requires an emphasis and discipline. Our team is experienced and well trained to execute on service.


Dawn Beagan, VP of Loan Operations has been a Community Banker since 1996. She joined Plaza Bank in 2012 and administers the Bank's Loan Operations area including loan documentation, funding and servicing contributing to an efficient and positive Borrower experience while maintaining accuracy and compliance in order to safeguard the Bank. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University.



K. Sun (Sunny) Kim, VP/Portfolio Manager, has over 14 years commercial banking experience, mainly with community banks. During his banking career, his professional focus has been on credit underwriting and loan portfolio management, including commercial, real estate and SBA credit facilities. Sunny is a graduate of the University of Washington.





Michelle L. Montez, Accounting is a graduate from San Diego State University, and later obtained her MBA. Michelle is a finance professional, with over 5 years of Accounting experience mainly in the Tourism and Cruising Industry, as well as accounts payable, staff accountancy and financial statement preparation responsibilities. Michelle just recently joined Plaza Bank in 2014, additional strength to our Quality Assurance team.