Officers & Directors

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Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Min J. Kim
President and Chief Executive Officer

Min J. Kim, President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Bank, joined the Bank in April 2010. She has over 35 years of banking experience in the Korean banking community. Prior to joining the Bank, she served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank (now Bank of Hope and Hope Bancorp Inc) for three and half years assuming those positions in 2006. From 1996 to March 2006, Ms. Kim served in various executive positions with Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, and Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Administrator. Prior to joining Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank in 1995, Ms. Kim served in numerous positions with Hanmi Bank, including Vice President and Manager of the Western Street Branch of Hanmi Bank in Los Angeles from 1985 to 1995. Ms. Kim has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Finance from the University of Southern California.

Christine Y. Oh
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Christine Y. Oh, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined the Bank in July 2010. Ms. Oh has over 27 years of banking experience. Prior to joining the Bank, from January 2010 to July 2010 she served as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Controller of Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank (now Bank of Hope and Hope Bancorp Inc.), headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Prior to assuming those positions, Ms. Oh served as Senior Vice President and Controller of Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank to positions she assumed in 2003. Ms. Oh served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank from March 2005 to July 2005. She joined Nara Bank in 1993. Prior to joining Nara Bank, Ms. Oh was a credit analyst at Center Bank. She is currently serving as a director at Korean-American Family Services, a non-profit organization. Ms. Oh has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University, Northridge.

Steve K. Park
Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Steve K. Park, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, joined the Bank in June 2010. Mr. Park has over 28 years of banking experience. Prior to joining the Bank, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for the five years at Commonwealth Business Bank, Los Angeles, California. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Park was Senior Vice President and SBA Loan Manager at Hanmi Bank, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Hanmi, Mr. Park was Vice President, Commercial Loan Manager for one year and SBA Loan Manager for four years at Saehan Bank, Los Angeles. Mr. Park has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Board of Directors

Ernest E. Dow

Ernest E. Dow, has served as a member of the Board since the founding of the Bank in 2005. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Principal of Dow & Sohn CPAs. He has maintained his accounting practice for the past 35 years providing accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting services for international and local companies operating in Southern California. Mr. Dow served as a director for Pacific Union Bank from May 2003 until the bank’s acquisition by Hanmi Bank in April 2004. Mr. Dow is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Dow obtained his Bachelor of Science from California State University, Northridge, in 1976. Mr. Dow’s significant accounting experience provides among other things in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standards to the Board. Mr. Dow was a member of Choi Dow Ivan Hong & Lee Accountancy Corporation (“CDIH&L”) from August 1992 to December 2007.

Jason Hwang

Jason Hwang, a director of the Bank since 2005, is a certified public accountant and the owner of the accounting firm, Jason Hwang CPA, which he founded in 1983. In addition, he is a registered representative providing financial planning for his clients. He holds General Securities Registered Representative (Series 7), license. He actively supports local civic and community organizations. From 1975 to 2012, he served as Director of Korean-American Scholarship Fund and from 1996 to 1999, he served as Director of Korean-American National Museum in Los Angeles, California. He obtained his B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles.

Soo Hun Jung

Soo Hun Jung, M.D. has served as a Board member since the founding of the Bank in 2005. He is a medical doctor who has been in private medical practice since 1982. Dr. Jung obtained his medical degree from Pusan National University College of Medicine, Pusan, South Korea, in 1975. He subsequently completed his general surgery internship at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, in 1979 and his internal medicine residency at Hospital of the Good Samaritan (affiliated with U.S.C. Medical School) Los Angeles, in 1982. Dr. Jung is affiliated with various hospitals and medical associations. He is a Member of the Board of Good Samaritan Medical Practice Association; Good Samaritan Hospital, and Korean-American Medical Group. In addition, he is a member of American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and Korean Medical Association. He serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine for U.S.C. School of Medicine.

Min J. Kim

Min J. Kim, President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Bank, joined the Bank in April 2010. She has over 35 years of banking experience in the Korean banking community. Prior to joining the Bank, she served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank (now Bank of Hope and Hope Bancorp Inc) for three and half years assuming those positions in 2006. From 1996 to March 2006, Ms. Kim served in various executive positions with Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, and Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Administrator. Prior to joining Nara Bancorp and Nara Bank in 1995, Ms. Kim served in numerous positions with Hanmi Bank, including Vice President and Manager of the Western Street Branch of Hanmi Bank in Los Angeles from 1985 to 1995. Ms. Kim has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Finance from the University of Southern California.

Brian Choi
Chairman

Brian Choi, a director of the Bank since 2008, has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Bank since 2010. Mr. Choi has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Financing Corporation since 1991, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ehese Investments, LLC since 2001. Mr. Choi has previous experience as a bank director with Alaska First Bank & Trust (formerly First Interstate Bank of Alaska) where he served on the Board from 1999 through 2008. He was the president of the Korean Community of Anchorage, Alaska from 2003 to 2004. He was the President of the Korean Christian Businessmen’s Committee of North America from 2006 to 2008. He also served as the President of the Federation of Korean American Association of Northwest States of United States of America, which included Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Choi is a graduate of Korea University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Foreign Relations.

Ock Hee Kim

Ock Hee Kim, has served as a member of the Board since the founding of the Bank in 2005. She was the owner of Lily’s Dress Co., an apparel manufacturing company she founded in 1974 for 30 years. Mrs. Kim is actively involved in the L.A. Central Lions Club. Mrs. Kim serves as a deaconess in Torrance Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Kim obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea.

Myung Ja (Susan) Park

Myung Ja (Susan) Park, has served as a Board member since the founding of the Bank in 2005. She is the owner and President of LP Royal Import LLC, an importer and national distributor of craft and wedding accessories. Ms. Park is also the current President of Park & Park, a property investment company. She is previously the President of Royal Accessories, an importer of artificial flowers and bridal accessories, a company she founded in 1986. From 1977 to 2003, Ms. Park was the sole shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Showroom 3, Inc., a manufacturer of wedding accessories based in China. Over that same time period, Ms. Park was co-owner of B. B. World Corp, a leading importer/exporter and nationwide distributor of artificial flowers and wedding accessories. Ms. Park has been an active member of her community and served as the Vice President of the Korean Business and Professional Women’s Association. She also served as the Chairwoman of the Fundraising Board of the Children of Afghanistan Relief Initiative for World Vision.

Yong Sin Shin

Yong Sin Shin, has served as a Board member since the founding of the Bank in 2005. She is the President and Secretary of CJS Groups Inc (DBA Bicici & Coty Fashion), an apparel manufacturer and wholesaler in Los Angeles, California which she founded in 1994. Ms. Shin was a fashion designer and co-manager of Coty Fashion in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 1985 to 1994. Ms. Shin obtained her Bachelor of Science in Dietary Nutrition from University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1982. Ms. Shin co-founded her own manufacturing and wholesale business in Los Angeles, California.

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