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Mercedes Morton

President, Board Chair

Los Angeles Conservation Corps

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“Work gives people pride but education is what opens up people’s minds. Those are the two things I’m passionate about.”

Mercedes Morton is passionate about entrepreneurs whom she views as innovative, courageous, and the engine of our economic growth. After graduating from Stanford Law School and working for two top law firms in Los Angeles, she changed her career path to balance her time between practicing law, family, and serving others in the community. Now her titles include sole owner and practitioner of a law firm focused on entrepreneurs, coach to her children’s soccer team, and President of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC), an organization providing at-risk youth opportunities for success through job skill training, education and work experience in conservation and service.

As President and Board Chair of LACC, Mercedes is continually inspired by the stories of young adults who give back to their community in a big way despite poverty, adversity and lack of opportunity. At LACC, young adults learn to build parks, maintain natural environments, and remove tons of recyclables from the waste stream.

Whether through work or service, Mercedes is assisting entrepreneurs in building a better future and a stronger California. Banc of California is proud to share her values and support her efforts!

Giacomino Drago

Owner, Celestino, Il Buco Ristorante, Il Pastaio, Il Segreto, Panzanella Restaurant, Piccolo Paradiso, Shu Sushi House Unico, Via Alloro and Yojisan

Los Angeles, CA

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“Opening a restaurant is easy. Maintaining it is hard. True success comes with finding a great team and working with a great bank. Banc of California simplifies my life and remains consistent, so I can be present to watch over and grow my business.”

Giacomino Drago, one of L.A.’s top chefs and the co-owner of nine different restaurants, is best known for his ability to merge the culture of Los Angeles with the flavors of homemade Sicilian cuisine. Coming from the small town of Galati Mamertino in Sicily, he watched his mother knead dough into pasta, simmer tomatoes into sauce, and press olives into olive oil. Each ingredient picked fresh from their garden. Giacomino maintains this same attention to detail in the people he chooses to do business with. At Banc of California, his Relationship Manager of many years simplifies his banking and she, like Giacomino, shares a passion for satisfied customers.

ENTREPRENEUR

The entrepreneur is the lifeblood of capitalism. They have a vision for what’s possible and take the risks to make it happen. Entrepreneurs have special needs and Banc of California understands them. Our decision-makers are entrepreneurs themselves, so we view a company’s founder as an asset as much as anything on its balance sheet. Our simple, flexible offerings give entrepreneurs the freedom to focus on growing their business instead of sweating over their banking.

“I’ve always been a car guy. Fascinated with automobiles. My relationship Manager at Banc of California opened doors to expand my business. She helped shorten my path to success. This feels more like a membership than a banking relationship.”

As an actor, entrepreneur and business owner, Scott Elrod plays many different roles both on and off the screen. Growing up in a military family, he longed to be an F-16 pilot, but soon discovered a passion for acting and business. Inspired by the idea of combining a members-only vehicle-storage center and a private club, Scott launched AutoConcierge to provide a select audience of exotic car owners with the ultimate hideaway for their most prized automobiles. Now juggling two successful careers, Scott values a banking relationship that feels more like an exclusive membership. He looks to Banc of California and his Relationship Manager to provide him with access and the level of service his own clients expect.

Business Owner

Business owners are the driving force behind our communities. They provide vital products and services as well as jobs. Today, many business owners and entrepreneurs believe part of their mission is to give back to the communities they serve. When a bank looks at its business owner clients as partners in building communities instead of product consumers, businesses grow, communities are enriched, and dreams become reality. That benefits everyone from the entrepreneur to the employees to the customers to those touched by social outreach.

As a new teacher turned principal, I enjoy the camaraderie of working with my staff. My students are now instructors and the school is my classroom. Each lesson plan reinforces that education is a difficult journey, but one that we embrace.

Ms. Ofelia Valdez discovered education by accident and like many young teachers, she fell in love with the work, retiring after 37 wonderful years in the profession. When our client, Dr. Susan Kumar, began New Horizons Charter Academy, she wanted the best leader for the school. Board Member and former Special Education Superintendent, Donnalyn Jacque-Anton knew exactly whom to hire–Ofelia Valdez, charming her out of retirement to mentor New Horizons’ teachers and give them the tools to develop young minds. Today, New Horizons Charter Academy is a model for progressive, inclusive education where every child receives the education they so richly deserve, and Banc of California is there to support the school’s extraordinary vision of a better education.

Executive

An executive is responsible for making business happen. They don’t perform all the functions of a company, but they are responsible for making sure they get done. That requires strategic planning and organization. But it also means managing people and teams and motivating them to get the job done right.

Giovanni Giammarco
& Rianna Loving

President & Founder, National Realty Group

Pacific Palisades, CA

“It takes years and years of hard work to become an overnight success. Banc of California understands that. They have shown us they want us to success by treating us like the big business we’re becoming, not the small business we once were.”

Giovanni Giammarco and Rianna Loving are the classic California power couple. He is the President and Founder of National Realty Group Inc. with over 25 years of success in commercial real estate management and syndication with diverse businesses including boutique hotels, restaurants, bars and even luxury destinations such as Cabo La Estancia. She is a successful actress and creator of conscious beauty brands including ORGO and Beauty Cirque. Their businesses and family have diverse needs. They value the flexibility and streamlined process of dealing with a single private banker who understands their goals. Whether they are opening a new store, acquiring a new property or planning for their family’s future, Banc of California supports them in building their dream.

Entrepreneur

The entrepreneur is the lifeblood of capitalism. They have a vision for what’s possible and take the risks to make it happen. Entrepreneurs have special needs and Banc of California understands them. Our decision-makers are entrepreneurs themselves, so we view a company’s founder as an asset as much as anything on its balance sheet. Our simple, flexible offerings give entrepreneurs the freedom to focus on growing their business instead of sweating over their banking.

Rick & Benita Telles

Producer/Writer/Director, Brass Ring Entertainment

Los Angeles, CA

“I need to appeal to a lot of people. Good ideas won’t do that. Great ideas will. It’s hard to have great ideas when I’m stressing about cash flow and meeting payroll. My relationship with Banc of California means I don’t have to stress.”

Rick Telles is an Emmy Award nominated television director and executive producer with a string of hit TV shows to his credit including MTV’s Road Rules and The Surreal Life. After 25 years in the television business both in front of and behind the camera, he values relationships as the key to getting things done. He needs a bank that will work with him, not just his balance sheet, to keep the cameras rolling. When networks are late with their payments, he knows Banc of California has his back. That allows him to spend time thinking about his next great idea, not worrying about making his current one a reality.

Entrepreneur

The entrepreneur is the lifeblood of capitalism. They have a vision for what’s possible and take the risks to make it happen. Entrepreneurs have special needs and Banc of California understands them. Our decision-makers are entrepreneurs themselves, so we view a company’s founder as an asset as much as anything on its balance sheet. Our simple, flexible offerings give entrepreneurs the freedom to focus on growing their business instead of sweating over their banking.

“Set clear intentions and do it with integrity. Every day we learn, we teach and we get stronger for ourselves, our partners and our clients.”

Jill Albert is Founder and CEO of Direct Results Radio, a leading performance-based radio and marketing company. She is a proven leader and innovator in the world of radio marketing, having twice been recognized as one of the “Top Women in Sales and Marketing” by American Women in Radio and Television. Jill is passionate about her business; Helping clients increase sales by using targeted radio and messaging that drives immediate response. She counts on her Banc of California Relationship Manager to ask the right questions and provide one-on-one attention.

When she’s not working with clients, Jill mentors students in low-income communities helping them to put their dreams on paper and map out their road to success. “The goal isn’t to just become stronger at work. The idea is to become stronger and more confident in everything that you do, and seeing young adults embrace this and other important life concepts is a tremendous high for me.”

Entrepreneur

The entrepreneur is the lifeblood of capitalism. They have a vision for what’s possible and take the risks to make it happen. Entrepreneurs have special needs and Banc of California understands them. Our decision-makers are entrepreneurs themselves, so we view a company’s founder as an asset as much as anything on its balance sheet. Our simple, flexible offerings give entrepreneurs the freedom to focus on growing their business instead of sweating over their banking.

“My passion is taking a company and making it the very best that I can. My relationship with Banc of California means that I can focus on other companies while they focus on mine.”

Victor Saldamando is a driven leader and entrepreneur who focuses on grooming, growing and financing young companies. As a business consultant, angel investor and venture capitalist, he helps people make the right decisions for their businesses. Victor made the right decision himself at the age of 19 when he founded his own company, TLC Landscaping, and invested the time and resources necessary to jump-start his career. Victor now works with dozens of companies around the world, and he trusts Banc of California to be there when he needs them most. “Todd, my Relationship Manager, is a great representative of the bank. Whenever I’m out of the country and I need something, I can always send him an email or a text and he is on the spot, making things happen.”

Entrepreneur

The entrepreneur is the lifeblood of capitalism. They have a vision for what’s possible and take the risks to make it happen. Entrepreneurs have special needs and Banc of California understands them. Our decision-makers are entrepreneurs themselves, so we view a company’s founder as an asset as much as anything on its balance sheet. Our simple, flexible offerings give entrepreneurs the freedom to focus on growing their business instead of sweating over their banking.

“You have to be dedicated, do what you love, and find a good partner.”

Ed Arkans, President and Owner of ACI Medical, is a bio-engineer and inventor at heart. When the medical device company he worked for turned down an idea for a novel medical device, he discovered he was also an entrepreneur. Since venturing out on his own, ACI Medical has developed therapeutic and diagnostic devices for limb threatening vascular disease, miniature pumps for industrial, commercial, and medical applications as well as contract manufacturing that supports many other companies. When it comes to running his business, Ed realizes the importance of a great partnership. He chose his business partner wisely and married a wonderful woman to keep him grounded. He also developed his banking relationship with Banc of California. His Relationship Manager provides a banking experience that allows Ed to focus on building his dreams, one idea at a time.

Entrepreneur

The entrepreneur is the lifeblood of capitalism. They have a vision for what’s possible and take the risks to make it happen. Entrepreneurs have special needs and Banc of California understands them. Our decision-makers are entrepreneurs themselves, so we view a company’s founder as an asset as much as anything on its balance sheet. Our simple, flexible offerings give entrepreneurs the freedom to focus on growing their business instead of sweating over their banking.

“Find your passion, work hard, and find a bank that will help you succeed.”

Peter Garland developed a taste for the restaurant trade working in hospitality PR, but he discovered his true passion when he opened his own restaurant, Porta Via in Beverly Hills in 1994. After several well-timed expansions, Porta Via has become a neighborhood gem for locals that appreciate quality food and friendly atmosphere. When it comes to new ideas and growing the business, Peter looks to his vendors to be partners in his success. His approach to banking is no different. Peter’s Relationship Manager at Banc of California took the time to understand his business and helped him find the expertise he needed to manage his back office and turn his passion for hospitality into one of Southern California’s most successful restaurants.

Business Owner

Business owners are the driving force behind our communities. They provide vital products and services as well as jobs. Today, many business owners and entrepreneurs believe part of their mission is to give back to the communities they serve. When a bank looks at its business owner clients as partners in building communities instead of product consumers, businesses grow, communities are enriched, and dreams become reality. That benefits everyone from the entrepreneur to the employees to the customers to those touched by social outreach.

“I feel very happy that through my work and efforts I’ve been an integral part of the revitalization of Downtown Santa Monica.”

Barbara Tenzer brings a woman’s touch, along with toughness and a sense of humor to commercial real estate, an industry dominated by men. Founded in 1989, Tenzer Commercial Brokerage is one of the most respected commercial real estate companies in the Los Angeles area and an integral part of the Santa Monica business community, where she’s helped shape the landscape, working with a majority of the landlords and businesses.

As a community leader and member of the Downtown Santa Monica board, Barbara has balanced the needs of business and a diverse population by lobbying for strict panhandling rules and embracing Chrysalis, a non-profit dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals.

For Barbara, it’s all about relationships. That’s why she chose Banc of California. “The entire staff at Banc of California works with me to find solutions. They make everything simple and easy and I can count on them.”

Business Owner

Business owners are the driving force behind our communities. They provide vital products and services as well as jobs. Today, many business owners and entrepreneurs believe part of their mission is to give back to the communities they serve. When a bank looks at its business owner clients as partners in building communities instead of product consumers, businesses grow, communities are enriched, and dreams become reality. That benefits everyone from the entrepreneur to the employees to the customers to those touched by social outreach.

“When a catastrophe occurs, we don’t just bring casseroles. We bring a check and it makes a huge difference.”

Kimberly Michel is a consummate professional and spokesperson for the insurance industry. She was elected the first female President of the General Agent and Manager’s Association in 1995, and again as the first female President for the Los Angeles Insurance and Financial Advisors Association in 1999. After working for competitors, she and her husband joined forces to start Michel Financial Group, a comprehensive insurance and financial services firm.

Ask Kim what matters most to her and she’ll tell you it’s all about family, community and the positive impact she has in people’s lives. As a cancer survivor, she has experienced firsthand the benefits of being prepared and having the peace of mind of knowing she could focus on healing.

That’s also why she chose Banc of California. “They are warm and welcoming, and they get it. They know what’s important in life. They are part of the community.”

Business Owner

Business owners are the driving force behind our communities. They provide vital products and services as well as jobs. Today, many business owners and entrepreneurs believe part of their mission is to give back to the communities they serve. When a bank looks at its business owner clients as partners in building communities instead of product consumers, businesses grow, communities are enriched, and dreams become reality. That benefits everyone from the entrepreneur to the employees to the customers to those touched by social outreach.

“A large part of our success is the result of being involved in our community. It’s important to do business with companies who give back to the community.”

George Burrola knows the importance of staying local in support of his community and his clients. After graduating from USC, George and his father, Ruben Burrola, acquired their small printing business in 1988. They saw the potential of growing the company by providing a quality service with integrity and community involvement. George supports his local community through many worthy organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and Rotary Club of San Marcos. George also appreciates his local bank. He respects Banc of California and his Relationship Manager for the wealth of knowledge and personal attention he receives.

“I’ve just been really pleased with the relationship that I’ve been building with the bank. From the ability to make deposits with our deposit scanner, to being able to strategize with a bank that is in touch with the community and my business needs, it’s refreshing.”

Business Owner

Business owners are the driving force behind our communities. They provide vital products and services as well as jobs. Today, many business owners and entrepreneurs believe part of their mission is to give back to the communities they serve. When a bank looks at its business owner clients as partners in building communities instead of product consumers, businesses grow, communities are enriched, and dreams become reality. That benefits everyone from the entrepreneur to the employees to the customers to those touched by social outreach.

“Business moves quickly. You’ve got to be able to keep up. Banc of California works at my speed and they always get the job done.”

James Parks is a trusted fiduciary and advisor with over 40 years of experience in diversified tax and litigation consulting as well as business management services to clients in the entertainment industry. He also serves on the boards of many prestigious learning institutions including the Board of Leaders at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Mr. Parks relies on Banc of California to provide concierge service at a moment’s notice to his diverse group of family office, business and entertainment clients. The flexibility and simplicity of our offerings means Mr. Parks can stay one step ahead while keeping the focus on his clients and their goals.

Family Office

A family office is the financial nerve center for the dynastic wealth of a family. The office handles everything from investments to taxes to future planning for the sole client. Along with guiding the family’s financial decisions, the office also educates the family on those decisions. Banc of California’s customizable products, streamlined process and focus on relationships gives a family office the tools and information needed to navigate its many options.

“My clients trust me to administer their retirement accounts. I have to be super responsive. Banc of California is my bank because whatever the situation is, they always get it and they always get it done. They support us in fulfilling our motto of delivering performance.”

For over 27 years, Harry Veldkamp has been delivering performance. As the CEO and co-owner of Polycomp Trust Company, he has built one of the largest privately held third party retirement account administrators in the country. Mr. Veldkamp’s goal is to help business owners and individuals save tax dollars and maximize retirement savings. As the custodian of over 3,300 self-directed IRAs, he needs a bank that takes care of him so he can take care of his clients. Banc of California shares his passion for reliable performance and measurable results.

Fiduciaries

The fiduciary relationship is founded on trust. A fiduciary always puts the client and the client’s interests first. Banc of California knows that as a fiduciary your clients are your equity capital, so we give you the tools to serve them. Our versatile products and focus on relationships allow our private bankers to create simple, elegant options for fiduciaries and their clients. That gives them the freedom to tailor solutions that fit their clients’ needs.

William Figueroa

Director of Programs, Los Angeles Team Mentoring

Los Angeles, CA

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“The kids change you. You think you’re impacting them, but they’re really impacting you. Sharing just a little bit of your time can help them live a life of infinite opportunity.”

William Figueroa pours his heart and soul into mentoring at risk youth in underserved communities. Growing up in a tough neighborhood, William learned to persevere through all the pressures of bullying, gangs, and drug abuse. He stayed focused and did well in school with the support and positive influence of an afterschool youth program.

Today, William is the Director of Programs for Los Angeles Team Mentoring (LATM), an organization that guides middle school students to recognize and reach their full potential as members of their community. LATM is also a respected community partner to the Banc of California.

William understands firsthand what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the children he mentors each day. He has come full circle, making him an exceptional role model for kids struggling to overcome challenging circumstances.

“That’s a huge accomplishment for me, to get these kids on the path to college in middle school. They’re already ahead of the curve before they even walk into high school.”