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Phil Gager and Ella van Gool join Square 1 Bank’s VC relationships team

Square 1 Bank has appointed Phil Gager as Senior Vice President covering the Northeast region, and Ella van Gool (pictured) to the same position out of Square 1’s Menlo Park office covering the Silicon Valley.

Gager spent 10 years with Capital Advisors Group serving venture-backed companies most recently as Senior Vice President of Business Development, where he brought in over USD800 million in new assets, 40 new client relationships and opened up new markets in the Midwest and Southeast regions. He originally joined the firm as a member of the marketing department and rose to the level of Marketing Director. Mr. Gager holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Colgate University and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Babson’s Olin School of Management.

“It’s been fun to watch Square 1 grow over the last few years," says Gager. "I’m excited to join the team and help keep the momentum going.”

Van Gool was the Silicon Valley Manager of the Venture Pipeline Group at DLA Piper where she assisted emerging technology firms in their fundraising efforts, resulting in many early stage fundings. Previously, van Gool was the Chief Representative of the Netherlands Business Support Office, a Dutch government office in Silicon Valley where she assisted Dutch startups with their expansion into Silicon Valley. Van Gool holds a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

“This position let’s me leverage my network and bring a strategically important suite of products to the market. It’s obvious the bank is poised for growth nationally but I think Silicon Valley offers unique opportunities for us,” she says.

“Expanding this group enables us to deepen the relationships with our clients,” says Judith Erwin, Square 1’s Executive Vice President of VC Relationship Management. “With their combined experience and market knowledge, Phil and Ella are excellent additions to the team. Their hire is part of our effort to serve the entire venture ecosystem from limited partners to funds and portfolio companies. We look forward to their contributions as we continue to distinguish ourselves as a true long term partner.”

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