Rick Bregman | President, Bank of America San Diego
Hear from Rick Bregman, President of Bank of America San Diego, about our role in keeping San Diego moving forward.
We have much work to do, but our commitment and action as a community is helping San Diego move forward.
We are committed to helping our communities thrive - dedicating our resources to address the issues that matter most in each community where we live and work.
We’re committed to supporting our employees’ health and safety and to addressing our local communities’ most critical needs. That’s why we donated $100 to local hunger-relief organizations for each Bank of America employee in the U.S. who let us know they’ve received a booster shot.
Through this effort, our team in San Diego recently presented Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank with a check for $60,000Footnote*. We’re proud to be able to help our community as we work together to move forward.
Collectively, the more than 30,000 Asian Pacific Islander (API)-owned businesses in the San Diego region are a powerful cultural, creative and economic force, accounting for nearly 90,000 area jobs, and contributing $5 billion to the local economy in 2021 alone. But even so, many API small businesses still needed some basic tools to be fully viable during the pandemic, including necessary technology.
Restaurateur Mia Davis is the owner of Mikko Sushi, a chain of three restaurants in the San Diego, California area. Mia came to the United States when she was 20 years old, unable to speak English. Early on, she worked nights and weekends as a server (at one of the sushi restaurants she now owns) to support her family as a single mother.
Mia’s story exemplifies her resiliency and ability to overcome adversity. In fact, she opened one of her restaurants in February 2020, one month before the pandemic hit, and used her social media expertise to connect with local groups and customers to keep her business going.
A Bank of America client for more than 14 years, Mia credits the Bank’s guidance and her Small Business Administration (SBA) loan for helping to make her “American dream come true.”