Ben Alvarado is executive vice president and president of Wells Fargo’s Orange County-Inland Community Bank.  He oversees approximately 2,000 financial professionals at 121 banking stores and manages more than $18.9 billion in deposits and $5.9 billion in loans.

In Hispanic Lifestyle’s exclusive interview with Ben, he shares his professional background and the advice he shares with small business owners seeking a loan.

Alvarado, a 23-year banking veteran, assumed his current role in July 2011. Prior to being named president for the Orange County-Inland Community Bank, Alvarado served as area president for the Long Beach Coastal Community Bank. He also has served in various positions at the company, including retail bank district manager for the Pasadena and South Bay markets; commercial loan officer; sales development coach; banking store manager; personal banking officer, and bank teller.

Alvarado earned his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Alvarado is active in the community and serves on the board of directors for Orange County United Way; the advisory board for Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach; the board of directors for Bundles of Books in Los Alamitos; and the alumni board for La Salle High School in Pasadena.