Executive Team

Doug Bowers

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Doug Bowers is President and Chief Executive Officer for Banc of California.

Mr. Bowers is a veteran banking executive with over 35 years of banking experience, including his most recent role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Bank from 2011 until its sale to PacWest Bancorp in 2015. He previously held roles at Lone Star/Hudson Advisors, a leading private equity firm, and at Bank of America, where he spent nearly 30 years leading a variety of businesses including: Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking, Europe (EMEA), Leasing and Specialized Products.

Square 1 Bank is a leading provider of banking services to the venture capital markets throughout the United States. During Mr. Bowers’ time at Square 1 Bank, he led the raise of $120 million through its 2014 IPO (priced at the highest bank valuation since before the financial crisis); grew the bank from $1.6 billion to more than $4 billion in assets and opened key offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta.

From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Bowers served as a Managing Director of Lone Star Funds/Hudson Advisors, a leading private equity firm that invests globally in a variety of financial assets. During his tenure, Mr. Bowers co-lead the fund’s bank acquisition efforts.

From 1980 through 2008, Mr. Bowers rose through the ranks of Bank of America, holding a broad range of positions, including: Head of Large Corporate Banking for the U.S., Canada and Latin America markets including Middle Market Investment Banking and Sports Finance; Specialized Product Executive with responsibility for seven distinct businesses generating over $3 billion in revenue and $1.4 billion in net income; President of the Leasing and Capital Business, the largest and most profitable bank-owned leasing company in the world; and President of all activity in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (based in London) with an emphasis on Banking, Trading, Treasury and varying other products and capabilities.

John Bogler

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. John Bogler is Chief Financial Officer for Banc of California.  He brings nearly 30 years of experience and a deep set of experiences across accounting, finance, treasury and capital markets functions.  He is responsible for providing strategic leadership in all aspects of the organization’s financial operations. He also has expertise in cross-functional team building, corporate and operational consolidation, financial and capital planning, budgeting and enterprise risk management.

Previously, Mr. Bogler served as the Chief Financial Officer at each of Sabal Financial Group, L.P., Sabal Capital Partners, LLC and Sabal Investment Advisors, LLC.  Mr. Bogler is a founder of Sabal Capital Partners and Sabal Investment Advisors and previously served on the board of Sabal Capital Partners.  His responsibilities across the Sabal companies included developing and implementing the corporate support functions, oversight of all financial functions and developing and implementing strategic initiatives for each company.

Prior to Sabal Financial, he served as Chief Financial Officer at CapitalSource, Inc. (NYSE: CSE) where he oversaw all financial functions, compliance, facilities and information technology.  John provided executive leadership in the development of an enterprise risk management program along with capital planning and stress testing in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act.  During his tenure, CapitalSource acquired a bank platform, operated a REIT subsidiary, consolidated operations, developed or acquired various lending platforms, issued debt and executed on various capital management strategies with the latter ultimately leading to a highly profitable sale of the company.

John also served as Chief Financial Officer at Affinity Financial Corporation, and various corporate and financial capacities at Jackson Federal Bank.

Throughout his career, John assumed responsibility for various financial, accounting, strategic M&A and operational activities within organizations, including start-ups as well as large established firms. He also acted as a consultant on bank de novo activities, including regulatory guidance and performing initial capital raising activities.  John received a Bachelor of Arts from Missouri State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.

Diane M. Summers

Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Diane Summers is Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer for the Banc of California and its parent company, Banc of California, Inc. She oversees regulatory compliance, as well as managing all examinations with federal regulators at both the Bank and holding company levels. Ms. Summers is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience within the financial sector in the areas of risk, compliance, operations, credit, strategic planning, and exam management.

Prior to joining Banc of California, and during the financial crisis, Ms. Summers lead the Investigations Department of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), in the western region.

At the FDIC, she oversaw the investigation of over 100 failed banks with aggregated assets exceeding $100 billion. She also acted as Investigations subject matter expert to help establish the newly formed Office of Complex Financial Institutions (OCFI), created under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

While with the FDIC, Ms. Summers was twice awarded one of the agency’s highest honors, the “Mission Achievement Award,” for her superior efforts in managing bank closings as well as helping establish the Office of Complex Financial Institutions. She is also credited with spearheading increased efficiencies at the FDIC in the area of depository claims management.

Ms. Summers and her husband are California natives, and as such enjoy everything and anything that has to do with the ocean, from scuba diving, to kayaking, and sailing. She and her husband also enjoy good coffee and fine wine. Ms. Summers received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University, an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, and a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation.

Kris Gagnon

Chief Credit Officer

Kris Gagnon is the Chief Credit Officer for Banc of California. Mr. Gagnon leads Banc of California’s credit risk organization, including responsibility for underwriting, credit policy, credit administration and special assets.

Kris has extensive banking experience including several years of commercial banking centered in key credit roles for numerous institutions. He has extensive knowledge of the Southern California market as well as diversified business sectors and verticals. Mr. Gagnon’s expertise is centered on building and refining commercial credit policies, systems and administration.

Most recently, Mr. Gagnon served as Chief Credit Officer at CIT Bank and brings considerable expertise as a top tier credit executive in commercial banking. He also held various senior leadership roles at Bank of America for 30 years, including serving as Enterprise Credit Risk Executive, Chief Risk Officer of the Global Corporate and Commercial Bank and as Chief Credit Officer for the Commercial Banking, ABL, Leasing and Global Treasury Services divisions. He holds a B.A. from California State University – Fullerton.

Hugh F. Boyle

Chief Risk Officer

Hugh F. Boyle is Chief Risk Officer for Banc of California.  Mr. Boyle joined the Company in 2013 and is responsible for developing and managing the bank and parent company’s enterprise risk management framework and program.

Hugh has 30 plus years of risk management, credit, capital markets, and investment banking experience, as well as deep consumer, commercial banking, and residential mortgage lending experience, in both domestic and international markets.

Mr. Boyle’s investment banking background includes 12 years in credit risk at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he served as lead for Financial Institutions, Emerging Markets and managed credit in the Energy and Commodities markets for Goldman’s trading affiliate, J. Aron & Co.  He also served on Goldman’s Risk Steering Committee.  Subsequently, Hugh spent four years as SVP and Regional Credit Manager at Lehman Brothers, responsible for managing all credit risk exposures in the Americas.  Mr. Boyle is well versed in financial institution matters having worked with hundreds of banks globally supporting their debt and equity capital markets transactions, trading, M&A, and strategic and credit rating advisory work.

In commercial banking, Mr. Boyle has served as Chief Risk Officer for CIBC First Caribbean International Bank headquartered in Barbados, West Indies with operations in 17 countries, Chief Risk Officer at Flagstar bank, and Chief Credit Officer at Washington Mutual Inc.   He began his banking career in oil and gas lending at Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York City.

Mr. Boyle earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Earth and Mineral Economics from the Pennsylvania State University.

Rita Dailey

Executive Vice President, Deposits and Treasury Management

Rita Dailey is Executive Vice President, Deposits and Treasury Management for Banc of California. Ms. Dailey joined in October 2017 and leads Banc of California’s deposit generation team and product strategies, with responsibility for deposits, specialty markets, treasury management product sales and operations, and payment solutions.

Most recently, Ms. Dailey served as Managing Director of Investment Banking & Markets for MUFG Union Bank. Her leadership roles there included Division Manager, Specialized Deposit Markets, where she led multiple specialty industry national verticals – including Title, Escrow, and Bankruptcy Deposit services. She also served as Division Manager, Commercial Treasury Services, with responsibility for deposit generation and treasury product sales across the bank’s Commercial Banking footprint. Ms. Dailey also held senior positions in the areas of corporate and commercial lending and credit underwriting at MUFG Union Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

Ms. Dailey holds a B.A. in Economics from University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Dailey is active in community and nonprofit organizations including South Coast Repertory Theater and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Los Angeles.

John C. Grosvenor

General Counsel Emeritus

Mr. John C. Grosvenor is General Counsel Emeritus of Banc of California, with responsibility for managing the company’s legal and regulatory affairs. He brings decades of experience to the company from working for a “startup” to 12 years as a corporate securities and financial services partner at the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips law firm. While at Manatt, Mr. Grosvenor specialized in capital market transactions, representing underwriters and issuers including commercial banks, specialty finance companies and mortgage REITs.

Mr. Grosvenor’s entrepreneurial spirit includes starting and growing law firms as well as a start-up business deploying wireless and wireline broadband interactive information and services over telecommunications facilities. The start-up later became a subsidiary of Verizon Corp. Prior to that, he held a variety of positions with other law firms, a movie studio and a savings and loan company.

Mr. Grosvenor has authored numerous articles concerning matters of interest to financial services companies and, and he has spoken frequently before industry groups, including the California Bankers Association and the Western Independent Bankers Association.

Mr. Grosvenor earned his B.A. from UCLA, his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a LL.M in Taxation from the George Washington University National Law Center. He is a member of the bars of both California and Washington D.C.

Jim Hazboun

Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Jim Hazboun is Chief Human Resources Officer for Banc of California. Mr. Hazboun leads Banc of California’s Human Resources and Marketing groups, which includes recruiting, training, talent development, and compensation functions as well as corporate and business unit marketing, branding, sponsorships, and partnerships.

Most recently, Mr. Hazboun served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at Hyundai Capital America. As CHRO and CAO at Hyundai Capital America (HCA), Jim was the head of the corporate services division, which included human resources, corporate culture, information technology, project management office, business innovation, procurement, and administration services.

Prior to HCA Jim has served in several key roles at organizations like RGP Consulting, Indymac Bank, Jet Propulsion Laboratory / NASA, and Electronic Data Systems.

Mr. Hazboun holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the University of the Pacific. Mr. Hazboun serves on the Governing Board for the Los Angeles CHRO Summit. He has been awarded the CHRO Leader of Distinction Award by HRO Today Magazine for 2017 and 2018.

Larry Gee

Chief Accounting Officer and SVP, Head of Accounting Policy

Mr. Larry Gee is the Chief Accounting Officer and SVP, Head of Accounting Policy at Banc of California.  Mr. Gee is responsible for the organization’s accounting, tax, and financial reporting activities.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in California) and has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience, primarily in the banking industry.

Prior to joining Banc of California, Mr. Gee served in senior accounting leadership positions with various financial institutions.  Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and Financial Assets Controller at Bank of the West.  Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Controller for OneWest Bank.  He has held senior accounting positions at Union Bank, Washington Mutual, Countrywide Financial Corporation, and Wells Fargo Bank.  Mr. Gee also has worked on the staff of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.

Mr. Gee holds a Master’s in Business Administration (Accounting Emphasis) from California State University, Hayward and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a member of the Depository and Financial Institutions Expert Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Accounting Committee of the American Bankers Association.

Jason Pendergist

Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Commercial Banking

Mr. Pendergist has nearly 20 years of financial, strategic and sales management experience.  He began his career as a business consultant before moving into banking. He then spent more than twelve years at JP Morgan Chase serving in a variety of roles within the Commercial Term Lending business.  At JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Pendergist served as Senior Vice President overseeing the California market and later as Managing Director and Head of the Eastern Region.  Mr. Pendergist returned to California when he joined Luther Burbank Savings as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer in July 2014 and was soon promoted to President – Consumer & Commercial Banking in October 2015.  In this role, Mr. Pendergist was responsible for the leadership and oversight of all consumer and commercial lending functions, lending operations, branch and online banking, capital markets and marketing and grew the bank from $3.5B to almost $6B in assets.

Prior to his banking career, Mr. Pendergist attended the University of Colorado Boulder, where he received an MBA in Finance at the Leeds School of Business. Mr. Pendergist also serves as Chairman of the Commercial Real Estate Council for the American Bankers Association and is Vice-Chairman of Miracles for Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving children with life-threatening illnesses and the families that care for them.

Leticia Aguilar

Executive Vice President, Community Banking

Leticia Aguilar serves as Executive Vice President of Community Banking for Banc of California and is responsible for the strategic direction, business development and client service within the bank’s retail banking division. Leticia has extensive banking experience including 9 years at Union Bank and over 30 years at Bank of America. She is an expert in the Greater Los Angeles and Central Valley markets as well as the Central Coast.

Ms. Aguilar previously served as Managing Director and Regional President for the Consumer and Business Bank at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and brings considerable leadership experience as well as community involvement. Prior to Union Bank, Ms. Aguilar served as a Market President for Bank of America for the bank’s Greater Los Angeles and Central Valley markets.

Throughout her banking career she has held leadership positions in numerous non-profit and community organizations that focus on education, health and the arts. She has been involved with organizations such as the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute. She is a longtime supporter of the University of Southern California Latino Alumni Association and is currently a board member for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the White Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

Ms. Aguilar attended the University of La Verne and the University of Virginia, School of Retail Bank Management.

Jay Sanders

Executive Vice President, Private Banking

Mr. Jay D. Sanders is Executive Vice President, Private Banking at Banc of California. As the head of the Private Banking Division, he oversees a team of Private Banking Professionals who develop and implement sophisticated credit and banking solutions for our clients.

Prior to joining Banc of California, Mr. Sanders was Executive Vice President, and head of the Wealth Management, Private Banking and Fiduciary Services at CIT Bank. Mr. Sanders also spent 14 years as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and Bank of America where he was responsible for creating, building and growing the firm’s high net worth credit and banking platform. Additionally, Mr. Sanders served as a corporate and real estate attorney at Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles. Mr. Sanders earned a B.A. from University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School.  Upon graduating from Drake University Law School, Mr. Sanders worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for Honorable Barry Russell, Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. He is a member of the California State Bar and participates at the board level on several non-profit organizations.

Mr. Sanders is married with two sons and resides in Los Angeles. In addition to spending time with family, he enjoys photography, reading and travel.

Gilda Youdeem

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Risk Analytics

Ms. Gilda Youdeem is EVP, Enterprise Risk Analytics for Banc of California. Ms. Youdeem manages the bank’s DFAST readiness program, and as such, she is responsible for leading the development of the Enterprise Risk Analytics Framework which  governs the models and analytics that quantify and stress enterprise risks including financial, credit, market and operational risks. Additionally, she has responsibility for  oversight of model risk governance.

Prior to joining the bank in 2012, she was a Senior Financial Management Analyst for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). At the FDIC her work focused on resolving issues at failed financial institutions, paying insured depositors and managing receiverships.

With 30 years of experience in the banking and real estate investment industries, Ms. Youdeem’s prior positions include Vice President, Corporate Finance at Knowledge Learning Corporation; Senior Vice President, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis at New Century Financial Corporation; Sr. Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis at ACC Capital Holdings Corporation, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development at The Picerne Group, and Vice President , Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis at American Savings Bank.

Ms. Youdeem received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Finance from Chapman University. She is an avid backyard gardener, who also enjoys long hikes, reading a variety of  fiction and non-fiction authors, as well as traveling.

Gary S. Dunn

Executive Vice President, Community Development

Mr. Gary Dunn serves as Executive Vice President, Community Development for Banc of California. Mr. Dunn has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He designs, implements, manages and documents a comprehensive Community Development program that incorporates formulating policies and procedures that best serve the credit needs of the company’s assessment areas.

Mr. Dunn’s community and civic involvements include service as a member of the board of directors for Clearinghouse CDFI (Chairman), Junior Achievement of Southern California, NeighborWorks of Orange County (Board President), Affordable Housing Clearinghouse (Board Vice President), Mary Erickson Community Housing (Board President), Los Angeles Conservation Corps, National Asian American Coalition, Orange County Human Relations and Small Business Financial Development Corporation of Orange County (Board President).  He has been recognized with many awards and commendations for his community service.

He is credited as the first California banker to design and implement a financial literacy program and deliver it to underserved communities through a network of bank branch manager volunteers.  He has previously held senior level positions with CapitalSource Bank (formerly Fremont Investment & Loan).

He enjoys golfing, traveling and family time.

Angelee J. Harris

General Counsel

Ms. Angelee J. Harris is General Counsel for the Banc of California. She is primarily responsible for providing advice on corporate securities matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Ms. Harris is a highly credentialed corporate attorney with expertise in corporate securities, M&A and bank operations and a track record of success in managing in-house responsibilities of a publicly traded bank holding company. Ms. Harris was a partner and associate with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP for more than 11 years where she represented public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions and corporate governance. Additionally, for a period of three years prior to its acquisition, Ms. Harris acted as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the publicly traded company Placer Sierra Bancshares, the holding company of a commercial bank with more than $2 billion in assets. Ms. Harris has more than 14 years’ experience as a senior counselor and business partner and is adept at providing practical legal advice and identifying potential legal risks.

Ms. Harris earned her B.A. from Brigham Young University and her J.D. from the University of Utah. She is licensed to practice in both California and Utah.

Ken Plummer

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Mr. Ken Plummer is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer for the Banc of California. He is primarily responsible for the Information Technology Operations division of the bank, which includes IT infrastructure, Network & Telephony, IT System Services, IT Compliance & Security, and Banking Application Support.

Mr. Plummer specializes in the implementation of enterprise caliber Information Technology environments with an emphasis on standards and efficiency.

Prior to joining Banc of California, he was a Program Management Senior Advisor with Dell Computing Services, where he managed the infrastructure build-and-program migration of all IT services for the Managed Services implementation of CoreLogic Corp.

With 30 years of experience as an Information Technology professional, Mr. Plummer’s prior positions include Senior Product Manager and Director at Carrington Mortgage Holdings, Senior Project Manager at Option One Mortgage, General Manager at Scura Speed & Technology, VP Information Technology at HNC, and Senior IT Manager at NCR Corp.

Mr. Plummer studied computer science at UCLA and is a graduate and certified Project Management instructor at the Crosby Quality Project Management Institute. He enjoys cycling and has been a martial arts instructor for 35 years.

Michael Gelormino

Chief Internal Audit Officer

Mr. Michael Gelormino is Chief Internal Audit Officer for Banc of California and its parent company, Banc of California, Inc. He oversees and assumes enterprise-wide responsibility for the internal audit function, evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the organization’s governance, risk management, internal control and regulatory compliance.

A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Gelormino has nearly 30 years of experience handling internal controls, forensic investigations, banking operations and risk management at numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to Banc of California, Mr. Gelormino was a director with Deloitte & Touche, leading the company’s community banking co-sourcing practice and managing financial services practices in the Pacific Southwest and in Japan. As a senior executive at Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America, Inc., he designed and implemented an operational audit function and led day-to-day accounting operations and major retail and lease system implementations. Mr. Gelormino also held senior positions with Toyota Financial Services and Bank of America, where he managed teams in the United States and in London.

He is a graduate of Rutgers College and pursued post-graduate studies in accounting at Golden Gate University. In his free time, he moonlights in a country-rock band.

Board of Directors

Robert D. Sznewajs

Chair of the Board

Mr. Sznewajs was the President and Chief Executive Officer of West Coast Bancorp from 2000 to 2013, an Oregon-based bank holding company which was sold in 2013 with $2.5 billion in assets. Mr. Sznewajs has held a variety of executive level roles in large financial services institutions, including Vice Chair of U.S. Bancorp; President and Chief Operating Officer of BankAmericard; Executive Vice President and Manager of Valley National Bancorp; and President and Chief Executive Officer of Michigan National Bank. In addition to nearly 40 years of experience in the areas of regulatory matters, operations and technology, consumer and commercial banking, sales and marketing, management of investment portfolios and mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Sznewajs has also served on several boards and executive committees, namely Outerwall, Inc. (formerly Coinstar); the Portland Branch Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; the Oregon’s Bankers Association; the United Way; the Association for Corporate Growth; and the Bates Group, LLC. Mr. Sznewajs received both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Detroit and is a CPA (status inactive).

In addition to Mr. Sznewajs’ responsibilities as the Board Chair, he is one of the Company’s Board-designated “audit committee financial experts” and he served as Chair of the Audit Committee prior to Mr. Lashley’s appointment to that position. His broad and deep experience in the banking industry, including having been the Chief Executive Officer of a publicly-held bank holding company, makes him a particularly valued member of the Board.

Halle J. Benett

Director

Mr. Benett has been the Managing Director and Head of Financial Services Investing at Melody Capital Partners effective September 2016, for which his work frequently brings him to California. Prior to that, Mr. Benett was the Managing Director and Head of Diversified Financials Investment Banking at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company. Mr. Benett has completed over 100 equity and debt capital raises in addition to having participated in more than 40 merger and acquisition transactions. Before joining Keefe, Bruyette & Woods in 2014, Mr. Benett was a Senior Advisor for Ares Management, working with the firm’s capital markets, private debt, private equity and real estate groups. Prior to that, Mr. Benett spent 16 years at UBS Financial Institutions, Investment Banking in the Americas serving as the head from 2011 through 2013 and as co-head from 2008 through 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Benett headed Global Specialty Finance at PaineWebber/UBS Investment Bank after having advanced from his role with the company as Managing Director. Mr. Benett began his career at Ryan, Beck & Co. and received his Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Rutgers University.

Mr. Benett’s wide range of experience in the financial services industry, including having worked with banks, thrifts, mortgage companies, insurance companies, alternative asset management companies and specialty finance companies, has considerably broadened the Board’s perspective. This has made him especially valuable in relation to the Company’s strategic initiatives, such as mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and its assessment of opportunities in the capital markets. Mr. Benett has played a significant role in the Board’s recent corporate governance enhancements and stockholder outreach efforts and serves as a board-designated “audit committee financial expert” on the Audit Committee.

Doug H. Bowers

Director

Mr. Bowers was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank, and as a director of the Bank effective May 8, 2017 and was appointed as a director of the Company effective at the conclusion of the Company’s 2017 annual meeting of stockholders on June 9, 2017. Mr. Bowers is a veteran banking executive with over 35 years of banking experience. Mr. Bowers served as Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Bank from 2011 until its sale to PacWest Bancorp in October 2015, and then served as President of Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank, until April 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Bowers held roles at Lone Star/Hudson Advisors, a leading private equity firm, and at Bank of America, where he spent nearly thirty years leading various divisions, including Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking, Leasing and Specialized Products. Mr. Bowers holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Ball State University.

Mr. Bowers’ deep and comprehensive background and his practical experience in growing commercial banking businesses directly align with the Company’s current focus, and ideally position him to make substantial contributions to the Board, both as a director and as the leader of the Company’s executive team.

Mary A. Curran

Director

Ms. Curran spent 25 years at MUFG Union Bank, N.A., during which time she held several executive level positions, including Executive Vice President/Corporate Banking Chief Risk Officer from 2011 to 2014, and Executive Vice President/Head of The Private Bank at Union Bank from 2006 to 2011. During her time with Union Bank, Ms. Curran worked closely with its board and management to build an infrastructure focused on a strong, proactive, integrated and effective risk management. Ms. Curran was also tasked with improving the performance of Union Bank’s Wealth Management practice, a business unit with offices throughout California, Washington and Oregon.

Ms. Curran currently serves as Chair of San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation Board and Executive Committee in addition to serving on the Nominating & Governance Committee and the Athletics Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors and Nominating/Governance Committee for Hunter Industries, a privately held global irrigation and landscape lighting manufacturing company. Previous board service includes: Chair of the California Bankers Association where she remains involved on the Banker Benefits Board and Chair of the San Diego Sports Commission. Ms. Curran is a current member of the Corporate Directors Forum, San Diego, The Corporate Director’s Roundtable of Orange County, Women Corporate Directors and the National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD). Ms. Curran is a NACD Governance Fellow, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a MBA from San Diego State University.

Ms. Curran’s broad range of experience in risk management and community involvement within the financial services industry, especially in California, in addition to her prior business and other leadership positions, have enhanced the Board’s perspective.

Bonnie G. Hill

Director

Dr. Hill has served as the President of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on corporate governance, board organizational and public policy issues since 2001. She is also co-founder of Icon Blue, a brand marketing company founded in 1998 and based in Los Angeles. Dr. Hill has over 25 years of experience serving on numerous corporate boards with a wide-ranging career in business, government, education, and philanthropy. Currently, Dr. Hill is a faculty member of the NACD Board Advisory Services Program, is a founding member of the Lead Directors Network, and sits on the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership Advisory Committee for Columbia Law School and the National Board of 2020 Women on Corporate Boards. Dr. Hill has also served as a director of numerous publicly-held companies, including the California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT), The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD), Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) and AK Steel Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKS). Dr. Hill also co-chaired the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Building the Strategic-Asset Board published in 2016; served on the board of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation; and is a former member of Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Investor Advisory Group.

From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Hill served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Times Mirror Foundation and Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, for the Los Angeles Times. From 1992 to 1997 she served as Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and prior to that, Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency for the State of California. Dr. Hill has held a variety of presidential appointments, including Vice Chair of the Postal Rate Commission and Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education under President Reagan, and as Special Adviser to President George H. W. Bush for Consumer Affairs. She has chaired the Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee for the Securities and Exchange Commission and served on the board of directors of NASD Regulation, Inc. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Dr. Hill served as a Vice President with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation.

Dr. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College, a Master of Science degree from California State University, Hayward, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Hill’s extensive background in board leadership and corporate governance has significantly supported the Company’s ongoing efforts to improve its corporate governance practices as well as to broaden the Board’s perspective in business and throughout the communities the Company serves.

Richard J. Lashley

Director

Mr. Lashley is Managing Member of PL Capital Advisors, LLC, a SEC registered investment advisory firm, and co-founder of PL Capital, LLC, a firm founded in 1996. PL Capital Advisors specializes in the banking industry and was named by the American Banker as one of the top community bank investors in the country. PL Capital is also one of the Company’s largest stockholders. Mr. Lashley’s primary responsibilities at PL Capital Advisors include portfolio management and research. Mr. Lashley has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors of numerous publicly-held and privately-held banks throughout the United States, including current service on the boards of directors of MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFSF) and its subsidiary bank, MutualBank, and prior service on the boards of directors of Metro Bancorp, Inc. State Bancorp, Inc. and BCSB Bancorp, Inc. Mr. Lashley also has diverse experience as Chairman and/or member of numerous board committees. From 1994 to 1996, he was a Director in KPMG LLP’s corporate finance group, where he led a team providing merger and acquisition advisory services to banks throughout the country. From 1984 to 1993 he worked for KPMG LLP as a CPA providing professional accounting services to banks and other financial services companies in New York and New Jersey. From 1992 to 1993 he served as the Assistant to the Chairman of the AICPA Savings Institution Committee in Washington D.C. Mr. Lashley received an MBA from Rutgers University in 1984 and a B.S. from Oswego State University in 1980. He is licensed as a CPA in New Jersey (status inactive).

Mr. Lashley’s extensive experience at KPMG providing professional accounting and advisory services, as well as his service on numerous bank boards and his experience at PL Capital managing investments in the banking industry enable him to be a significant contributor to the Board. Mr. Lashley has been designated by the Board as an “audit committee financial expert” and is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Lashley was appointed as a director pursuant to a Cooperation Agreement between the Company and PL Capital Advisors and its affiliates dated as of February 8, 2017. For additional information, regarding the Cooperation Agreement, see Transactions with Related Persons.

Jonah F. Schnel

Director

Mr. Schnel is the Chairman and President of Fast A/R Funding, a private company focused on lending to small businesses throughout the United States. Presently, Mr. Schnel also manages Timco CNG, a company operating public-access, compressed, natural gas stations in Southern California. Previously, Mr. Schnel led the recapitalization of National Capital Management, an acquirer and servicer of distressed consumer debt, and assisted management during that company’s significant growth through its acquisition by Portfolio Recovery Group, Inc. in 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Schnel was a Partner at ITU Ventures for seven years, a venture capital firm making early-stage investments in technology companies associated with innovation emerging from leading research universities in the United States. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schnel worked as a manager at SunAmerica Investments, Inc. in the real estate investment division with a primary focus on first lien lending in a diversified range of commercial real estate assets. Mr. Schnel currently serves as the Chair and President of the Southern California Chapter of the Tourette Association of America. Mr. Schnel completed the director training and certification program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and received his Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Tulane University.

Mr. Schnel’s diverse experience in founding and managing numerous privately-held companies and investments in various industries such as specialty finance and lending, alternative energy, gaming and technology, as well as his proficiency in commercial real estate and managerial oversight of a diverse set of finance-related businesses, has considerably strengthened the Board. His leadership, knowledge and experience are key assets to the oversight and risk-management of the Company’s strategic plan and regulatory obligations as Chair of the Enterprise Risk Committees.

W. Kirk Wycoff

Director

Mr. Wycoff is Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, a private equity fund headquartered in Philadelphia holding committed capital of $650 million, maintaining a long only, value-oriented buy and hold strategy designed to provide growth capital to financial services companies that require additional equity to grow. Prior to joining Patriot Financial Partners, Mr. Wycoff served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Bank Holdings, a de novo community bank serving the Philadelphia metro market, from 2005 to 2007, and from 1991 to 2004 he served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Progress Financial Corp. and Progress Bank. He currently serves on the boards of Porter Bancorp (NASDAQ: PBIB), Radius Bank and U.S. Century Bank, and recently served as a director of Guaranty Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBNK) and its subsidiary, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, and Heritage Commerce Corp. (NASDAQ: HTBK) and its subsidiary, Heritage Bank of Commerce. Previous board positions held by Mr. Wycoff include Square 1 Financial, Inc., NewSpring Ventures-Fund I, NewSpring Mezzanine Fund as well as service on the boards of The Lincoln Center during which he served as Chair of its Finance Committee. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Franklin & Marshall College.

Mr. Wycoff’s 39 years in the banking industry, which includes 18 years of experience as an executive officer and more than 10 years in various director positions, brings extensive leadership and community banking experience to our Board, including executive management, risk, credit and resolution experience, public company expertise and risk assessment skills. As the Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, he also provides the perspective of a significant investor in the Company.