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Officers and Directors

Board of Directors - Banc of California, Inc.

Robert D. Sznewajs
Robert D. Sznewajs
Chair of the Board
Robert D. Sznewajs Mr. Sznewajs was appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2017 after having served on the boards of the Company and the Bank since 2013. Mr. Sznewajs is the former 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 leadership roles in large financial services institutions consisting of positions such as: 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. After nearly 40 years of experience in the areas of regulatory matters, operations and technology, consumer and commercial banking, sales and marketing, investment portfolios, in addition to mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Sznewajs now serves on several boards and executive committees, including 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.

Mr. Sznewajs, who serves as a board designated “financial expert” and was the former Chair of the Audit Committee, possesses extensive proficiency in the banking industry. As a former Chief Executive Officer of a publicly-held bank holding company, Mr. Sznewajs’ broad range of leadership and directorship expertise has significantly enriched the Board.
Halle J. Benett
Halle J. Benett
Director
Halle J. Benett Mr. Benett is the Managing Director and Head of Financial Services Investing at Melody Capital Partners effective September 1, 2016 wherein 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, debt and preferred stock capital raisings 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.

With more than 23 years of financial institutions investment banking experience including mortgage companies, thrifts, insurance, alternative asset management and specialty finance, Mr. Benett played a significant role in the more recent Board objectives to enhance governance and stockholder outreach which has considerably broadened the Board’s perspective.
Douglas H. Bowers
Douglas H. Bowers
Director
Douglas H. Bowers Mr. Bowers was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank effective May 8, 2017. On June 9, 2017, Mr. Bowers was appointed to the Board of the Company in addition to his appointment as Chair of the Joint ALCO Committee. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bowers served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Bank from 2011 to 2015 when the bank was sold to PacWest Bank. Under Mr. Bowers' leadership, Square 1 Bank was a leader in providing banking services in venture capital markets throughout the United States; opened key offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta; raised $120 million through its 2014 IPO at the highest bank valuation since before the financial crisis; and grew the bank from $1.6 billion to more than $4 billion in assets.

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 including Middle Market Investment Banking and Sports Finance, overseeing 100 corporate bankers responsible for client management of Fortune 1000 clients; 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.

Mary A. Curran
Mary A. Curran
Director
Mary A. Curran 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 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. 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, specifically in California in addition to her proven leadership in major businesses and growing profits and revenue in key operating divisions of financial institutions further enhances the Board’s perspective.
Bonnie G. Hill
Bonnie G. Hill
Director
Bonnie G. Hill Dr. Hill has served as the President of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on corporate governance and 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’ experience serving on numerous different corporate boards with a wide-ranging career in business, government, education, and philanthropy. Dr. Hill currently serves on the board of directors of California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) and is a faculty member of the NACD Board Advisory Services Program, as well as a founding member of the Lead Directors Network. Dr. Hill has also served as a director of numerous publicly-held companies, including 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 significantly deepens the Company’s objectives to continue to improve its corporate governance practices as well as to broaden the Board’s perspective in business and throughout the communities the Company serves.
Jeffrey Karish
Jeffrey Karish
Director
Jeffrey Karish Mr. Karish is a private equity investor and has served as director of the Heritage Group, an investment holding company focused on healthcare and medical research, since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Karish was the President of Windsor Media LLC from 2007-2014, with a focus on investment and finance which included private equity funding, early stage venture capital funding and general investment management of a significant portfolio of fixed income assets. Previously, Mr. Karish was Head of Media Strategy and Corporate Development at Yahoo from 2005-2008, with a primary focus in strategic growth initiatives and M&A. Before joining Yahoo, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and a key member of McKinsey’s West Coast Media and Technology practice. Mr. Karish currently sits on the board Skybell, Inc. and Digital Turbine, Inc. (NASDAQ: APPS) where he chairs the Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Karish holds a J.D. from Harvard University, a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from U.C. Berkeley.

Mr. Karish’s managerial expertise in the areas of strategic consulting, mergers and acquisitions, governance and fiduciary oversight of investments in portfolio companies, compensation planning and finance has significantly enhanced the Board and as of late, has significantly contributed to the Company’s compensation structure design as Chair of the Compensation Committee.
Richard J. Lashley
Richard J. Lashley
Director
Richard J. Lashley Mr. Lashley is a Co-Founder and Managing Member of PL Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and established in 1996, specializing in the banking industry. PL Capital Advisors is one of the Company’s largest stockholders. Mr. Lashley’s primary responsibilities at PL Capital include portfolio management and research. Mr. Lashley recently served on the board of directors of MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFSF) and its subsidiary bank, Mutual Bank, as well as numerous other publicly-held and privately-held banks throughout the United States, including Metro Bancorp, Inc. State Bancorp, Inc. and BCSB Bancorp, Inc. 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 was appointed as the Chair of the Audit Committee on June 9, 2017.
Jonah F. Schnel
Jonah F. Schnel
Director
Jonah F. Schnel Since 2010, Mr. Schnel has been the Chairman and President of Fast A/R Funding, a private company focused on lending to small businesses throughout the United States. Mr. Schnel also manages Timco CNG, a private company operating public-access, compressed, natural gas stations in Southern California. Previously, Mr. Schnel co-led the recapitalization of National Capital Management, an acquirer and servicer of distressed consumer debt, and assisted management during that company’s significant growth and 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.
W. Kirk Wycoff
W. Kirk Wycoff
Director
W. Kirk Wycoff 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 38 years in the banking industry, which includes 18 years of experience as an executive officer and 10 years in various director positions, brings extensive leadership and community banking experience to our Board, including executive management 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.

Officers of the Company – Banc of California, Inc.

Douglas H. Bowers
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bowers was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank effective May 8, 2017. On June 9, 2017, Mr. Bowers was appointed to the Board of the Company in addition to his appointment as Chair of the Joint ALCO Committee. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bowers served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Bank from 2011 to 2015 when the bank was sold to PacWest Bank. Under Mr. Bowers' leadership, Square 1 Bank was a leader in providing banking services in venture capital markets throughout the United States; opened key offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta; raised $120 million through its 2014 IPO at the highest bank valuation since before the financial crisis; and grew the bank from $1.6 billion to more than $4 billion in assets.

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 including Middle Market Investment Banking and Sports Finance, overseeing 100 corporate bankers responsible for client management of Fortune 1000 clients; 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 A. Bogler
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bogler joined Banc of California on September 5, 2017 as an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Bogler has nearly 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services sector, including most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer of Sabal Financial Group, L.P. since 2014. Previously Mr. Bogler served as Chief Financial Officer for CapitalSource, Inc. and its subsidiary CapitalSource Bank until its 2014 sale to PacWest Bancorp. Mr. Bogler also served as Chief Financial Officer for Affinity Financial Corporation and Jackson Federal Bank. Mr. Bogler holds a B.S. in Accounting from Missouri State University. He also holds the designations of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Hugh F. Boyle
Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Boyle was appointed as Chief Risk Officer of the Company and the Bank on September 30, 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Boyle served as Chief Risk Officer for Flagstar Bank, a $13 billion financial institution and mortgage originator and the largest community bank domiciled in Michigan. Prior thereto, from 2009 to 2012, Mr. Boyle was Chief Risk Officer (Caribbean Region) of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a $12 billion U.S. financial institution operating in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and South and Central America. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Boyle was an independent consultant in a variety of areas comprised of banking and risk management issues for financial services clients including commercial and investment banks, mutual funds, hedge funds, asset advisors and venture capital companies. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Washington Mutual; from 1999 to 2003, was the Senior Vice President and Regional Credit Manager for the Americas with Lehman Brothers; and from 1987 to 1999, was a Vice President of Credit at Goldman Sachs & Co. Mr. Boyle holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees.
Larry Gee
Interim Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Larry Gee is the Interim 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.
John C. Grosvenor
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Grosvenor was appointed as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Company effective August 22, 2012. Prior to his employment, Mr. Grosvenor served as a partner at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where his clients included the Company. While in private practice, Mr. Grosvenor specialized in capital markets transactions, including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, representing underwriters and issuers, including commercial banks, specialty finance companies, thrift institutions and equity and mortgage real estate investment trusts (REITs). In addition, Mr. Grosvenor has substantial experience in M & A transactions, particularly in the financial services industry, and advised frequently on regulatory aspects of transactions involving depository institutions. Mr. Grosvenor has also represented numerous boards of directors as corporate governance counsel. Mr. Grosvenor holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School, an LL.M. in Taxation from George Washington University National Law Center and is a member of the California and Washington D.C. bars.
Brian P. Kuelbs
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Kuelbs was appointed as the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Company on August 4, 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kuelbs served as Executive Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Capital Markets for Home Point Financial Corporation, where he led acquisition due diligence, transaction structuring and pricing, post-settlement integration, and business strategy. Mr. Kuelbs has held various senior management positions throughout his more than 25 years in capital management such as: Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Aurora Bank FSB; Managing Director of Capital Markets at Countrywide Financial; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GMAC Bank; and Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of GMAC Mortgage Asset Management Inc. and Core Cap, Inc. Mr. Kuelbs has focused on enterprise risk modeling, institutional investor business development, and transaction execution in addition to having launched start-up financial services companies, and managed scale and complex organizations. Mr. Kuelbs received his Masters with honors from the University of Notre Dame and his Bachelors with a focus on Mathematics, Quantitative Analysis and Finance from the University of Wisconsin.

Board of Directors - Banc of California, N.A.

Robert D. Sznewajs
Robert D. Sznewajs
Chair of the Board
Robert D. Sznewajs Mr. Sznewajs was appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors in 2017 after having served on the boards of the Company and the Bank since 2013. Mr. Sznewajs is the former 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 leadership roles in large financial services institutions consisting of positions such as: 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. After nearly 40 years of experience in the areas of regulatory matters, operations and technology, consumer and commercial banking, sales and marketing, investment portfolios, in addition to mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Sznewajs now serves on several boards and executive committees, including 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.

Mr. Sznewajs, who serves as a board designated “financial expert” and was the former Chair of the Audit Committee, possesses extensive proficiency in the banking industry. As a former Chief Executive Officer of a publicly-held bank holding company, Mr. Sznewajs’ broad range of leadership and directorship expertise has significantly enriched the Board.
Halle J. Benett
Halle J. Benett
Director
Halle J. Benett Mr. Benett is the Managing Director and Head of Financial Services Investing at Melody Capital Partners effective September 1, 2016 wherein 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, debt and preferred stock capital raisings 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.

With more than 23 years of financial institutions investment banking experience including mortgage companies, thrifts, insurance, alternative asset management and specialty finance, Mr. Benett played a significant role in the more recent Board objectives to enhance governance and stockholder outreach which has considerably broadened the Board’s perspective.
Douglas H. Bowers
Douglas H. Bowers
Director
Douglas H. Bowers Mr. Bowers was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank effective May 8, 2017. On June 9, 2017, Mr. Bowers was appointed to the Board of the Company in addition to his appointment as Chair of the Joint ALCO Committee. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Bowers served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Square 1 Bank from 2011 to 2015 when the bank was sold to PacWest Bank. Under Mr. Bowers' leadership, Square 1 Bank was a leader in providing banking services in venture capital markets throughout the United States; opened key offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta; raised $120 million through its 2014 IPO at the highest bank valuation since before the financial crisis; and grew the bank from $1.6 billion to more than $4 billion in assets.

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 including Middle Market Investment Banking and Sports Finance, overseeing 100 corporate bankers responsible for client management of Fortune 1000 clients; 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.

Mary A. Curran
Mary A. Curran
Director
Mary A. Curran 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 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. 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, specifically in California in addition to her proven leadership in major businesses and growing profits and revenue in key operating divisions of financial institutions further enhances the Board’s perspective.
Bonnie G. Hill
Bonnie G. Hill
Director
Bonnie G. Hill Dr. Hill has served as the President of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on corporate governance and 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’ experience serving on numerous different corporate boards with a wide-ranging career in business, government, education, and philanthropy. Dr. Hill currently serves on the board of directors of California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) and is a faculty member of the NACD Board Advisory Services Program, as well as a founding member of the Lead Directors Network. Dr. Hill has also served as a director of numerous publicly-held companies, including 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 significantly deepens the Company’s objectives to continue to improve its corporate governance practices as well as to broaden the Board’s perspective in business and throughout the communities the Company serves.
Jeffrey Karish
Jeffrey Karish
Director
Jeffrey Karish Mr. Karish is a private equity investor and has served as director of the Heritage Group, an investment holding company focused on healthcare and medical research, since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Karish was the President of Windsor Media LLC from 2007-2014, with a focus on investment and finance which included private equity funding, early stage venture capital funding and general investment management of a significant portfolio of fixed income assets. Previously, Mr. Karish was Head of Media Strategy and Corporate Development at Yahoo from 2005-2008, with a primary focus in strategic growth initiatives and M&A. Before joining Yahoo, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and a key member of McKinsey’s West Coast Media and Technology practice. Mr. Karish currently sits on the board Skybell, Inc. and Digital Turbine, Inc. (NASDAQ: APPS) where he chairs the Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Karish holds a J.D. from Harvard University, a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from U.C. Berkeley.

Mr. Karish’s managerial expertise in the areas of strategic consulting, mergers and acquisitions, governance and fiduciary oversight of investments in portfolio companies, compensation planning and finance has significantly enhanced the Board and as of late, has significantly contributed to the Company’s compensation structure design as Chair of the Compensation Committee.
Richard J. Lashley
Richard J. Lashley
Director
Richard J. Lashley Mr. Lashley is a Co-Founder and Managing Member of PL Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and established in 1996, specializing in the banking industry. PL Capital Advisors is one of the Company’s largest stockholders. Mr. Lashley’s primary responsibilities at PL Capital include portfolio management and research. Mr. Lashley recently served on the board of directors of MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MFSF) and its subsidiary bank, Mutual Bank, as well as numerous other publicly-held and privately-held banks throughout the United States, including Metro Bancorp, Inc. State Bancorp, Inc. and BCSB Bancorp, Inc. 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 was appointed as the Chair of the Audit Committee on June 9, 2017.
Jonah F. Schnel
Jonah F. Schnel
Director
Jonah F. Schnel Since 2010, Mr. Schnel has been the Chairman and President of Fast A/R Funding, a private company focused on lending to small businesses throughout the United States. Mr. Schnel also manages Timco CNG, a private company operating public-access, compressed, natural gas stations in Southern California. Previously, Mr. Schnel co-led the recapitalization of National Capital Management, an acquirer and servicer of distressed consumer debt, and assisted management during that company’s significant growth and 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.
W. Kirk Wycoff
W. Kirk Wycoff
Director
W. Kirk Wycoff 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 38 years in the banking industry, which includes 18 years of experience as an executive officer and 10 years in various director positions, brings extensive leadership and community banking experience to our Board, including executive management 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.