Mission Viejo National Bank named Dale Kirkpatrick president and chief executive. Kirkpatrick is the retired president of Napa Valley Bank. He replaces Lloyd Miller, who resigned last week after 18 months on the job. Gary Findley, an attorney representing the bank, said Monday that the move was part of the 4-year-old institution's plan to cut expenses. Mission Viejo National Bank, with $32 million in assets and $29 million in deposits, will be looking to reduce its asset size by $7 million and become less dependent on high-interest-paying certificates of deposit.
Misao (Lyndon) Yurikusa has been appointed senior vice president of Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., the Santa Ana distributor of Kawasaki motorcycles. Yurikusa's duties in the newly created position will include assisting President Masamoto Tazaki with research and development and product planning. Yurikusa, 50, was senior manager of product planning for Kawasaki Industries' Motorcycle Group in Akashi, Japan.
Michael Mergen has been named controller at Kerr & Associates Inc., a Huntington Beach public relations and advertising firm. Mergen, 27, was an accountant for another advertising firm, Roggers, French & Co. in Irvine.
Richard Diaz has been named executive vice president and Daniel Joseph Elefante has been named corporate vice president and broker/director at Sandpiper Financial, a Costa Mesa mortgage company. Diaz, 30, was a loan officer at the Trust Deed Corp. in Tustin, while Elefante, 37, was in sales at Century 21 Advance Realtors in Irvine.