In 2005, Walt Kaczmarek was named President and CEO of both Heritage Commerce Corp and Heritage Bank of Commerce, holding the positions until he stepped down in 2019. In March 2021, he returned to take the helm of the organization. Prior to his time at HBC, Walt was Executive Vice President of Comerica Bank and of Plaza Bank of Commerce from 1990 to 2005. Prior to joining Plaza Bank of Commerce, he served in various positions with Union Bank of California (formerly Union Bank) and also The Martin Group, a real estate investment development company. Walt has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree from Santa Clara University, and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from San Jose State.