LAS VEGAS, NV – City National Bank, Nevada’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, today announced that it has hired Paul Couch as vice president and financial advisor for the bank’s Preferred Banking program in Nevada.  Couch has 20 years of experience in the financial investment management industry and has worked for several prominent banking and investment firms in Nevada during his professional career.
In his new capacity, Couch will focus on providing investment advice and strategy to affluent families, select nonprofits and professional services firms in Nevada.  He will work primarily with the bank’s branches to identify clients and prospects who have investable assets up to $5 million that would be interested in City National’s Securities Investment Advisory Program.
Couch will also work very closely with other areas of the bank to source brokerage and wealth management business.  Likewise, he will network through various civic and trade organizations to generate new business opportunities and promote City National.
With statewide responsibilities Couch will work out of two offices in Nevada, which are located at 10801 West Charleston in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, and at 5470 Kietzke Lane in Reno.  Couch will report to John Balasz, senior vice president of City National Securities*, and John Wilcox, senior vice president and Nevada regional banking manager.
“We are very excited to have Paul join our Preferred Banking team in Nevada to help us grow our investment and wealth management business with clients in our branch environment,” Wilcox said.  “His knowledge and understanding of the investment business, coupled with our seasoned branch managers and staff, will deepen the relationships we have with our clients and provide them with greater financial solutions.”
Prior to joining City National, Couch served as a financial consultant for Wells Fargo Advisors.  During his career he has also served in a variety of positions for several banks and investment firms, including Citi Smith Barney, Zions Investment Securities, Cal Fed Investments/Citicorp Investment Services and Wells Fargo Securities, where he also served as a financial consultant.  He also served as a team leader for Independent Advantage Financial, as a registered representative for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and as a stockbroker for Thomas James and Associates where he began his professional career in 1991.
Couch is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He also has investment licenses with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), including Series 7, 63, 65, as well as Life and Health Insurance licenses.
Couch is very active in the community serving as a board member or volunteer for a number of trade and nonprofit organizations.  His community involvement includes the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Henderson Chamber of Commerce and volunteer work with United Way and Opportunity Village.
About City National
City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE: CYN). It is backed by $21.6 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 81 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City and Nashville, Tenn. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $60.1 billion in client investment assets, including nearly $38 billion under direct management.
City National has 12 branch offices in Nevada, including eight in Las Vegas and one each in North Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Minden. The bank also has a loan production office at Stateline in South Lake Tahoe.
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*Brokerage services provided by City National Securities, Inc., the broker / dealer subsidiary of City National Bank and member FINRA / SIPC.
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