California Republic Bank is a brand new (est. 2007) bank headquartered in Irvine, California. CRPB was founded by members of the management team from the old Western Financial Bank. Further, they have a brand new auto business (est. 2011) that has a number of leads from the team at WFS Financial, and they appear committed to the same kind of relationship lending that made WFS successful. They’ve brought on board the right people, have begun to receive praise in the industry, and the auto portfolio has already successfully brought two securitizations to market. Keep an eye on this bank as they grow. I will be.