Officers and Directors

Officers and Directors

Board of Directors - Banc of California, Inc.

Robert D. Sznewajs
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Sznewajs is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of West Coast Bancorp, 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 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 serves 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.
Halle J. Benett
Director
Mr. Benett is the Managing Director and Head of Financial Services Investing at Melody Capital Partners effective September 1, 2016. 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.
Douglas H. Bowers
Director
Doug 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
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, specifically in California in addition to her proven leadership in major businesses and growing profits and revenue in key operating divisions of financial institutions will further enhance 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 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 of 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 StrategicAsset 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 will significantly enrich 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 in which the Company serves.
Jeffrey Karish
Director
Mr. Karish is a private equity investor and director of the Heritage Group, an investment holding company focused on healthcare and medical research. Mr. Karish is the former Chairman of Whitney Shelter LLC, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on consumer facing media and technology platforms. Prior to that, Mr. Karish was the President of Windsor Media LLC, 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 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. Having also practiced in project finance with several large law firms, Mr. Karish currently sits on the board of another public company, Digital Turbine, Inc. 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.
Richard J. Lashley
Director
Mr. Lashley is the Co-Founder and Managing Member of PL Capital Advisors, an SEC registered investment advisory where his primary responsibilities include portfolio management and research. In addition to being one of the Company’s largest stockholders, 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. Mr. Lashley has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors of numerous public and privately-held banks throughout the U.S., including diverse experience as Chairman and as a member of various committees of bank boards. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Lashley served as a Director at 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. Subsequent to his positions held with KPMG, Mr. Lashley served as Assistant to the Chairman of the AICPA Savings Institution Committee in Washington D.C. He received an MBA from Rutgers University and a B.S. from Oswego State University and is a licensed CPA (NJ-inactive status).
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 7 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 formerly the Tourette Syndrome Association. 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.
W. Kirk Wycoff
Director
Mr. Wycoff is Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, L.P., Fund 1 and Fund 2 which currently holds committed capital of $605 million and maintains 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, L.P., Mr. Wycoff served as Chairman and CEO of Continental Bank Holdings, a de novo community bank serving the Philadelphia metro market. Mr. Wycoff has also served as a Regional CEO for Bank of America and as Chairman, CEO and President of Progress Financial Corp. and Progress Bank. He currently serves on the boards of Porter Bancorp, Radius Bank and U.S. Century Bank and more recently served on the boards of Guaranty Bank and Guaranty Bancorp. Previous board positions also held by Mr. Wycoff include that of service on the boards of The Lincoln Center during which he served as Chair of its Finance Committee, NewSpring Ventures-Fund I and NewSpring Mezzanine Fund as well as having served on the board of Heritage Bank of Commerce. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Franklin & Marshall College.

Executive Officers - Banc of California, Inc.

Douglas H. Bowers
President and Chief Executive Officer
Doug 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 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
Executive Vice President, 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.
Jeffrey T. Seabold
Vice Chairman
Mr. Seabold was appointed as Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Bank effective August 8, 2016. Prior thereto, Mr. Seabold served in various roles within the Company and the Bank such as Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of the Company and the Bank as of April 1, 2015; Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank as of March 2014; and Managing Director of Residential Lending of the Bank since May 2013. From 2011 until May 12, 2013, Mr. Seabold served as a director of the Company and the Bank. Mr. Seabold is the founder, CEO and President of CS Financial Inc. (CS Financial), a Southern California-based mortgage firm which was acquired by the Bank on October 31, 2013. During the period of December 27, 2012 through May 12, 2013, Mr. Seabold served as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank in a non-employee capacity under the Management Services Agreement between CS Financial and the Bank in which CS Financial provided financial analysis, management consulting, knowledge sharing, training and general advisory services with respect to the Bank’s residential mortgage lending business, including strategic plans and business objectives, compliance function, monitoring, reporting and related systems, and policies and procedures to the Bank.

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

Robert D. Sznewajs
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Sznewajs is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of West Coast Bancorp, 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 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 serves 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.
Halle J. Benett
Director
Mr. Benett is the Managing Director and Head of Financial Services Investing at Melody Capital Partners effective September 1, 2016. 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.
Douglas H. Bowers
Director
Doug 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
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, specifically in California in addition to her proven leadership in major businesses and growing profits and revenue in key operating divisions of financial institutions will further enhance 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 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 of 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 StrategicAsset 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 will significantly enrich 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 in which the Company serves.
Jeffrey Karish
Director
Mr. Karish is a private equity investor and director of the Heritage Group, an investment holding company focused on healthcare and medical research. Mr. Karish is the former Chairman of Whitney Shelter LLC, a private equity and venture capital firm focused on consumer facing media and technology platforms. Prior to that, Mr. Karish was the President of Windsor Media LLC, 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 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. Having also practiced in project finance with several large law firms, Mr. Karish currently sits on the board of another public company, Digital Turbine, Inc. 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.
Richard J. Lashley
Director
Mr. Lashley is the Co-Founder and Managing Member of PL Capital Advisors, an SEC registered investment advisory where his primary responsibilities include portfolio management and research. In addition to being one of the Company’s largest stockholders, 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. Mr. Lashley has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors of numerous public and privately-held banks throughout the U.S., including diverse experience as Chairman and as a member of various committees of bank boards. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Lashley served as a Director at 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. Subsequent to his positions held with KPMG, Mr. Lashley served as Assistant to the Chairman of the AICPA Savings Institution Committee in Washington D.C. He received an MBA from Rutgers University and a B.S. from Oswego State University and is a licensed CPA (NJ-inactive status).
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 7 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 formerly the Tourette Syndrome Association. 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.
W. Kirk Wycoff
Director
Mr. Wycoff is Managing Partner of Patriot Financial Partners, L.P., Fund 1 and Fund 2 which currently holds committed capital of $605 million and maintains 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, L.P., Mr. Wycoff served as Chairman and CEO of Continental Bank Holdings, a de novo community bank serving the Philadelphia metro market. Mr. Wycoff has also served as a Regional CEO for Bank of America and as Chairman, CEO and President of Progress Financial Corp. and Progress Bank. He currently serves on the boards of Porter Bancorp, Radius Bank and U.S. Century Bank and more recently served on the boards of Guaranty Bank and Guaranty Bancorp. Previous board positions also held by Mr. Wycoff include that of service on the boards of The Lincoln Center during which he served as Chair of its Finance Committee, NewSpring Ventures-Fund I and NewSpring Mezzanine Fund as well as having served on the board of Heritage Bank of Commerce. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Franklin & Marshall College.