Victor Berrellez is VICA First Vice Chair and serves on the VICA Board of Directors.
Victor Berrellez is the current Relationship Manager for US Bank in Encino, working with businesses with annual revenues ranging from $25 million to $500 million. Moving to the SFV in 1969, Victor graduated from
Granada Hills High School ("pre-Charter"). He later surprised everyone by earning degrees in Business Finance from Loyola Marymount University and
CSUN. His business career includes working for Xerox, a decade-long stint running a family-owned electronics distributor, and nearly 30-years as a commercial banker for
Bank of America
, City National Bank, and California United Bank. He used to enjoy watching game shows until he appeared on "Jeopardy!" and lost to a 5-time champion. Victor volunteers with non-profit groups in the 818, hoping to make The Valley a better place to live.
Tell us about your experience with VICA, how has VICA been valuable for you?
VICA is a group that advocates for support of businesses and workers in the San Fernando Valley. VICA has been instrumental in providing a unified voice for Valley residents with municipal, state and Federal government representatives. I can recall the time when the Valley was a thriving hub of manufacturing, distributing and exporting businesses. Today, not so much. Changes in the regulatory environment made it more difficult for these businesses to provide decent jobs at a decent profit, and VICA helps governments better understand the needs of these job-creating companies.
If you were to tell a peer or friend about VICA, what would be your sales pitch?
VICA is the essence of collective representation where everyone has a voice in the process. They take the desires and needs of the group and make a unified pitch to those in government, the media and the community. Our goal is to provide an enduring and unyielding effort to obtain a fair share for the Valley.
What is your favorite experience or memory with VICA?
Just getting to know the individual members and their backgrounds is a thrill. The "After Dark" meetings give everyone a change to relax and get to share stories in a very social environment.
Has your company made commitments or taken action to support employees and/or the community during the COVID-19 pandemic?
This time of "shelter in place" has been difficult for all in the community.
US Bank is committed to helping our clients and other businesses find ways to finance their businesses while revenues have been limited. We have provided help in obtaining tens of thousands of loans through the Paycheck Protection Program for over $2 billion which helped keep millions of employees on the payroll.
US Bank has been very supportive of its' employees, providing support to have us work from home during this time and keeping our customers informed on new technology that helps them find solutions to their banking needs.