Empowering Captain Salas to Build a World-class Whale-watching Cruise Line

Captain Dan Salas, founder of Harbor Breeze Cruises, began working at the San Pedro docks at the age of 12. This job turned into a lifelong love of the sea that led him to purchase his first boat in 1994. His ambition building a business from the ground up is an amazing success story of local entrepreneurial spirit.

Captain Salas says that he chose Banc of California because he needed a partner that would buy into his vision. His Relationship Manager Pete Winfield took the time to get to know him and his business and understand his needs and future goals. Captain Salas believes that in business, relationships are of the utmost importance. “I look at the bank as a partnership, as a relationship, we need to work together to grow. They’ve more than proven themselves to me as a bank that is truly involved in my business and wants us to succeed.”

Harbor Breeze Cruises has been providing public whale-watching, world port and charter cruises for over 18 years in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Captain Dan Salas was able to expand his fleet and currently owns eight modern vessels. Their double-deck sightseeing boats provide some of the finest opportunities to view and learn about California’s local sea life. All of their vessels are also eco-friendly and low-emission.

“The power that we have now with Banc of California… it’s not only making our dreams come true — it’s providing jobs for a lot of new employees, and it’s given us the power to move forward.”

– Captain Dan Salas

Empower Your Business Today

Relationship Manager

Peter Winfield

Senior Vice President

Entertainment/Banking Group, Private Bank

Banc of California

As part of Banc of California’s Entertainment/Banking Group at Private Bank, Peter Winfield partners with entertainment companies to provide expertise in motion picture finance. But he has also earned the respect of clients and peers by financing unique companies that require specialized expertise, structuring and custom underwriting. Working with Dan Salas and Harbor Breeze Cruises to expand their fleet is just one example of his commitment to empowering dreams by understanding the business of his client—in this case the business of building a state-of-the-art commercial fleet.

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