Ms. Brennan joined the Board on January 1, 2017. She retired from the Chief Risk Officer position for Pacific Western Bank May 31, 2016, a position in which she had served since May 2014. Prior to this she held the title of Executive Vice President, Risk Management since 2011, another executive position with Pacific Western Bank. From 2005 to 2010 Ms. Brennan served as Executive Vice President, Operations and Systems, of the Company. Ms. Brennan is a senior executive with over 30 years of operations and systems experience in financial institutions. During her career, she has held management and executive level positions in several publicly held companies, including U. S. Bank (formerly First Bank System), Western Bancorp, the Company and Pacific Western Bank. As the Chief Risk Officer at Pacific Western Bank, she was responsible for implementing Dodd Frank Act requirements when the bank exceeded the $10 Billion threshold for significant risk related compliance. In most of these positions, Ms. Brennan was responsible for information technology functions including core bank and item processing systems, desktop and network systems, electronic banking including wire transfer, remote deposit capture, cash management, debit and credit card processing, and ACH as well as compliance and BSA. She has administered numerous aspects of information security including as a member of IT Steering Committees at both the Company and Pacific Western Bank and the Incident Response Team at Pacific Western Bank. In addition she oversaw information and cyber security as Chair of Pacific Western Bank’s Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee. Ms. Brennan has extensive experience in a variety of operations and technology areas in financial services as well as expertise in merger and acquisition activities, having been involved in or headed up over 75 systems conversions, project management, and integrations of acquisitions. She has served on two bank boards and brings extensive knowledge of risk management, corporate governance, internal audit, and compliance expertise to bear in her current and prior positions. She also has held Series 7, 24, 27 and 63 securities licenses for trust and investment services. Ms. Brennan has a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and has taken a number of college level Management Information Systems classes throughout her career. Ms. Brennan’s extensive knowledge of and experience in financial institution operations and technology provides the Board with important insight and perspective.
Mr. Cordes has served as Chairman of the Board since 2011. Mr. Cordes is an owner and President of Cordes & Company, a consulting firm specializing in insolvencies and economic valuations. Mr. Cordes is also the owner and President of Cordes & Company Financial Services, Inc., and several related companies which acquire and/or manage a variety of investments, including promissory notes, mineral properties, commercial real estate, land development and agricultural interests. He has been appointed as receiver or trustee in over 400 court actions. Mr. Cordes is also the Manager of Externa Funding, LLC which provides interim funding to Indenture Trustees and Court Appointed Receivers. Mr. Cordes also serves as a director of the Company's subsidiary, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. During his 38 years as a certified public accountant, Mr. Cordes has served in senior management positions with Ernst & Young and Cooperative Service Company. He holds a B.B.A. degree from Colorado State University and an M.A. Accountancy degree from the University of Nebraska. Mr. Cordes is a member of the Association of Insolvency Accountants, Turnaround Management Association and National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He is also active in the Denver community by continued support of various charitable organizations. He is past National Chairman of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and past member of the Colorado State Fair Board and Colorado FFA Foundation. Mr. Cordes brings extensive experience in accounting and workout situations to our Board, as well as leadership and risk assessment skills. In addition, his integral involvement in some of the communities that we serve provides the Board an important perspective.
Mr. Eggemeyer served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2010. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Eggemeyer also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He is the founder and chief executive of Castle Creek Capital LLC, a private equity firm founded in 1990 specializing in the financial services industry. Mr. Eggemeyer serves as Chairman of the Board of PacWest Bancorp and a director of The Bancorp, Inc. Previously, he served as a director of Heritage Commerce Corp. and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of White River Capital, Inc., a consumer finance company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Acceptance LLC, and as a director of TCF Financial Corporation and American Financial Realty Trust. Mr. Eggemeyer also currently serves as a trustee of Northwestern University where he serves on the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee and the Investment Committee. Mr. Eggemeyer brings extensive leadership and banking experience to our Board, including specific community banking expertise and management experience, as well as public company expertise and consensus-building skills. In addition, his knowledge of and experience in capital markets is an invaluable resource as the Company regularly assesses its capital and liquidity needs. Finally, he provides an important perspective to the Board as a key investor in the Company.
In 2007, Mr. Finger was a founder and has since been a member of Monarch Natural Gas Holdings, LLC, a natural gas gathering and processing company, which is a portfolio company of Metalmark Capital LLC. From 1992 to 2007, Mr. Finger served as founder, principal and chief financial officer to several natural gas gathering, processing and marketing companies, including Cantera Natural Gas, LLC, Canyon Natural Gas, LLC, Highlands Natural Gas, Inc. and Mountain Gas Resources, Inc., each of which was a portfolio company of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and eventually sold. In the 1980s, Mr. Finger served as chief financial officer for two publicly traded oil and gas exploration companies, Ensource Inc. (NYSE listed) and Presidio Oil Company (AMEX listed). Prior to that, Mr. Finger was a manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Mr. Finger is currently a member of The Economic Club of Colorado and The National Association of Corporate Directors. He is also an active supporter of various Denver community charitable organizations. He earned a Masters of Taxation from the University of Denver and MBA and BS (Business & Economics) degrees from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. Finger also served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972, with two tours in South Vietnam. Mr. Finger brings extensive knowledge and experience in finance and accounting and the oil and gas industry, as well as public company experience and leadership and risk assessment skills to our Board. In addition, his integral involvement in some of the communities which we serve provides the Board an important perspective.
For the past 40 years, Mr. Joyce has been the owner and President of Supermarket Liquors, Inc., located in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he is active in the community. Mr. Joyce is also a 50% owner of Boomer Music LLC, also located in Ft. Collins. From 1987 to September 2005, Mr. Joyce served as a director of First MainStreet Financial, Ltd., most recently as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Joyce brings to our Board an understanding of the history and customer base of one of our previously acquired banks, as well as management expertise and leadership skills. In addition, his integral involvement in some of the communities which we serve provides the Board an important perspective.
Since 1989, Ms. Klapper has served as the Member/Director of the Colorado Forum, a statewide, organization of chief executive officers and civic leaders who work on public policy issues related to Colorado. She is also the Managing Attorney of The Klapper Firm, and Manager of 6K Ranch and Tack. In 1976, she was appointed by President Ford as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. After her term in Washington, Ms. Klapper served as a member of Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm’s Cabinet. Ms. Klapper currently serves on the Board of Great-West Funds, Inc., as a Director of Gold, Inc., and as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of the National Western Stock Show Association. Ms. Klapper received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, and a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Colorado Law School. Ms. Klapper brings leadership and consensus-building skills to our Board, as well as her extensive expertise and knowledge of the Colorado economic, political and business environment. In addition, her integral involvement in some of the communities which we serve provides the Board an important perspective.
Mr. McConahey is currently chairman of SGM Capital, LLC and co-founder and a partner of Iron Gate Capital, a private equity investment firm. Previously, Mr. McConahey was president and chief operating officer of EVEREN Capital Corporation and its principal subsidiary, EVEREN Securities, Inc. Mr. McConahey began his career in the securities brokerage industry in 1977 when he joined Boettcher and Company in Denver, Colorado. At Boettcher, he was named chairman and chief executive officer in 1984. He joined Kemper Financial Services in 1985 shortly after Boettcher was acquired by Kemper Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. McConahey received a White House Fellowship and served as a program manager in the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also served as a member of President Ford’s senior White House staff as Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. McConahey received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. McConahey is active in numerous national and community boards and advisory groups, and currently serves on the board of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, the Denver School of Science and Technology and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. He also currently serves on corporate boards of CalDak International, Great-West Funds, Inc., and IMA Financial Group, Inc. Mr. McConahey brings extensive financial services experience and perspective to our Board, as well as leadership skills. In addition, his integral involvement in some of the communities which we serve provides the Board an important perspective.
Mr. Taylor is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Taylor was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Company in 2011. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Bank. Prior to becoming the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Taylor was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer and Secretary of the Company (serving in one or more of those capacities since 2004). From 2000 to 2004, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company’s predecessor. During his 32-year banking and investment banking career, he worked for Alex Sheshunoff Investment Banking as a Director of Mergers and Acquisitions. He was also an investment banker with Century Capital Group. Mr. Taylor worked for KeyCorp for 12 years in both New York and the Rocky Mountain Region in numerous management positions and left the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Rocky Mountain Region. Mr. Taylor brings extensive experience in banking and executive management to our Board. Mr. Taylor’s experience as a leader in our market provides insight to our Board on the factors that impact both the Company and our communities. Moreover, Mr. Taylor’s day to day leadership and intimate knowledge of our business and operations provide the Board with company-specific experience and expertise.
Since 2007, Mr. Wycoff has been a managing partner of Patriot Financial Partners, a private equity fund focused on investing in community banks and thrifts throughout the United States. He has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial banking experience. Mr. Wycoff also serves as a director of the Company's subsidiary, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. He also serves as Chairman of Continental Bank Holdings, Inc., a director of Franklin Security Bancorp, Inc., a director of Heritage Commerce Corp and a director of Porter Bancorp, Inc. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Wycoff served as President and CEO of Continental. From 1991 to 2004, Mr. Wycoff was Chairman and CEO of Progress Financial Corp., which was acquired by FleetBoston Financial Corp. in 2004. Mr. Wycoff earned his B.A. degree in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College. Mr. Wycoff serves on the Board of Directors of non-profit corporations including the Continental Foundation, which raises money for less privileged children, and the Lincoln Center, which helps to provide alternative education programs for troubled youth and also helps families with life transitions. Mr. Wycoff brings extensive leadership and community banking experience to our Board, including executive management experience, as well as public company expertise and risk assessment skills. In addition, he provides perspective to the Board as a key investor in the Company.
Dr. Yates retired in June 2003 after 13 years as President of Colorado State University. He was also Chancellor of the Colorado State University System until October 2003, and is a former member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City-Denver Branch and the board of directors of First Interstate Bank. Since August 2003 he has served as a management and policy consultant to Bohemian Companies in Fort Collins, Colorado, until November, 2014, served as a director of Level 3 Communications and is currently a director of the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. Dr. Yates also served as a director of Adolph Coors Company from 1998 to 2005, a director of StarTek, Inc. from 2004 to 2011, a member of the board of trustees of the Berger Funds from 2001 to 2005, a director and Chairman of the Board of Centennial Bank of the West, a former subsidiary of the Company, from 2002 through 2004, and a director of Dominion Industrial Capital Bank from 1999 to 2000. Dr. Yates graduated magna cum laude from Memphis State University, with degrees in chemistry and mathematics. He earned his doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Indiana University at Bloomington. Dr. Yates’ extensive background in education and administration provides our Board with leadership and consensus-building skills on a variety of matters, including corporate governance. In addition, he brings to the Board extensive experience and related expertise acquired by serving on a variety of public company boards, including the compensation and audit committees of some of those companies