• Company:

    Berkley International

  • Industry:

    Manufacturing

  • Client Since:

    2013

As a family-run business, Berkley International grew by leaps and bounds. The father-son duo needed a bank that could keep up with the fast-paced changes of their company. With Torrey Pines Bank, this business now has room to grow.

Six years ago, Jeff Berkley was enjoying life in Beverly Hills as a highly successful, fully retired entrepreneur. He’d sold the packaging company he built and had no plans to re-enter the business world. But then his son, Eric, graduated from college with a business degree and one clear goal: To go into business with someone he’d admired his whole life, his dad.

After looking for a company to purchase, the father-son team settled on starting a new business from scratch – in packaging. “We had no customers, no machines, it was just the two of us,” says Berkley. “We rented a 55,000 square-foot building and word started to get around that I was back in the industry.”

Berkley International was ranked as the #1 manufacturer in America on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list, and named the fastest-growing company in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Now all three of Berkley’s sons are involved, and clients include some of the world’s best-known consumer products companies, many selling through household-name membership warehouse clubs.

“I’ve always looked for a bank to really be my partner and do everything possible to make my life easier,” says Berkley. “That’s Torrey Pines Bank. They have a sense of urgency and they always focus on solving the problem, no matter what we present to them. Things happen quickly and they make it all work.”

The local Southern California aspect also is a key part of the equation. At Torrey Pines Bank’s Beverly Hills office, “they are always there to help, no matter what we need,” adds Berkley. Even if that’s something special for one regular visitor, the family’s silver lab, Coco.

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