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Officers & Directors

Executive Committee

Paul W. Taylor
Paul W. Taylor
President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul W. Taylor Paul W. Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of Opus Bank. Additionally, Mr. Taylor serves on Opus’ Board of Directors. Mr. Taylor, a 34-year banking veteran, joined Opus most recently from Guaranty Bancorp, where he served as President and CEO from May 2011 until December 2018. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Taylor served as Guaranty Bank's Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Secretary. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Taylor served as Guaranty Bank's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Centennial Bank Holdings until its acquisition by Guaranty Bancorp. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Taylor served as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Alex Sheshunoff Investment Banking. Earlier in his career, Mr. Taylor served as Director of Investment Banking with Century Capital Group. Mr. Taylor began his banking career in 1985 at KeyCorp, where he held various executive management positions in the New York and the Rocky Mountain regions. Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the State University of New York and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Brian Fitzmaurice
Brian Fitzmaurice
Vice Chairman, Senior Chief Credit Officer
Brian Fitzmaurice Brian Fitzmaurice is Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Chief Credit Officer. Mr. Fitzmaurice, a 36-year banking veteran, joined our Bank in November 2016 and was appointed a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee. Mr. Fitzmaurice was previously with City National Bank, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”), where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since February 2006. During his tenure at City National Bank, he was a member of the Executive, ALCO, Credit Policy, and Enterprise Risk Management Committees, as well as the Chief Risk Office’s Operating, U.S. Credit Risk, and U.S. Operational Committees of City National Bank’s parent, RBC. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Fitzmaurice served as National Senior Risk Manager for Citigroup’s Commercial Markets Group. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Fitzmaurice served as Senior Credit Officer Commercial Banking at CalFed, prior to its acquisition by Citigroup in 2002. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Fitzmaurice served with Michigan National Bank, a subsidiary of National Australia Bank, rising to the position Head of Credit Bureau, a title equivalent to Chief Credit Officer. Mr. Fitzmaurice started his career with Bank of America in 1983, and subsequently held management level credit positions with Citicorp, Inc.; Merabank, FSB; and Westinghouse Credit Corporation. Mr. Fitzmaurice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Northern Arizona University.
Edward Padilla
Edward Padilla
Vice Chairman, Head of Commercial Real Estate Banking
Edward Padilla Mr. Padilla, a 14-year banking veteran, joined Opus in July 2011 as Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Administrator and was promoted to Head of Income Property Banking in July 2013. Mr. Padilla was promoted to Senior Vice President, President of Commercial Real Estate Banking, in July 2015. Prior to joining Opus Bank, Mr. Padilla was Vice President for JP Morgan Chase Multifamily Finance and was a team lead within their Special Credit’s group. He was also a Senior Portfolio Manager managing a loan portfolio of over $700MM within the Real Estate Banking division and held the title of Senior Underwriter within the Commercial Term Lending division. At Washington Mutual, Mr. Padilla led the underwriting team for their Commercial Real Estate Lending division. Earlier in his career, Mr. Padilla served in senior underwriting and asset management roles with Deutsche Bank, Freddie Mac, and the Archon Group, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. Mr. Padilla holds a B.S. in Finance and Business Economics and an M.B.A. in Business/Real Estate both from the University of Southern California.
Kevin L. Thompson
Kevin L. Thompson
EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Kevin L. Thompson Kevin L. Thompson, age 45, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Kevin Thompson joined our Bank in November 2017. Mr. Thompson oversees our accounting and finance functions, including, financial performance and reporting, strategic planning, treasury, investor relations, tax, and coordination of our external auditors and banking regulators. Prior to joining us, Mr. Thompson was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Midland States Bancorp from 2016-2017 where he provided leadership and guidance in the bank’s strategic business planning and forecasting; evaluated merger and acquisition opportunities; and developed strategies to strengthen relationships with investors, investment bankers, research analysts, and regulatory agencies. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Thompson served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance at Zions Bancorporation, where he managed the capital and planning processes for the $65 billion asset bank, including CCAR and DFAST stress testing, capital adequacy, budgeting and forecasting, and regulatory interactions. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Thompson served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at $35 billion asset American Express Centurion Bank, where he was responsible for developing the bank’s strategic plan; financial reporting; budgeting and forecasting; and overseeing the Asset/Liability processes. Mr. Thompson joined American Express Centurion Bank in 2006 and also served as the bank’s Controller. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thompson served in senior financial roles as a consultant, auditor, and international controller. Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations and an MBA, both from Brigham Young University. Mr. Thompson is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of Utah since 2003.
Curtis A. Glovier
Curtis A. Glovier
Chairman & CEO PENSCO Trust Company; Senior EVP, Head of Wealth Services of Opus Bank
Curtis A. Glovier Curtis Glovier joined the Bank in August 2016 as Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Wealth Services; Senior Managing Director of the Merchant Bank division; and Chairman of the Board and CEO of both PENSCO Services, LLC, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, PENSCO Trust Company, LLC (collectively referred to herein as “PENSCO”). Mr. Glovier served as a member of our Board of Directors from September 2010 to April 2018. Prior to becoming an executive officer of our Bank, Mr. Glovier was a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group LLC, responsible for the origination, execution, and monitoring of private equity investments, as well as mezzanine and other investments, within Fortress’s credit business. Mr. Glovier also served on the investment committee of a number of Fortress investment funds, including the Fortress Credit Opportunities Funds, which invest in mortgage-backed securities, loans, and other credit-related opportunities. Prior to joining Fortress in May 2007, Mr. Glovier served for seven years as a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Middle Market Buyout group at Perseus, LLC. Prior to joining Perseus, LLC in May 2000, he was a Managing Director of Nassau Capital, which managed over $2 billion on behalf of Princeton University. Prior to joining Nassau in June 1995, Mr. Glovier worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Structured Finance and Leveraged Buyout groups, and was also a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He has served as a director of companies in the financial services, business services, branded consumer products, intellectual property, pharmaceutical, alternative energy, communications and manufacturing areas, and as Chairman of the Board of Maritime Telecommunications Network. Mr. Glovier holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.Ec. from James Cook University in Australia, and an M.B.A. as a Palmer Scholar from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jim Haney
Jim Haney
EVP, Head of Commercial Banking
Jim Haney Jim Haney is Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking. Mr. Haney, a 32-year banking veteran, joined Opus in March 2018 and was appointed a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee. Mr. Haney previously served as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager - Los Angeles Metro Region at City National Bank (“CNB”), a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”), since 2006. While at CNB, Mr. Haney was responsible for offices with approximately $1.5 billion in loans outstanding, $2.4 billion in loan commitments, and $2.4 billion in core deposits. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Haney served as Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Market Director for Citibank Commercial Banking. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Haney served as the Los Angeles Market Manager for Commercial Banking at California Federal Bank (“CalFed”) until its acquisition by Citibank in 2002. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Haney served as Director of Business Banking for CalFed, and since 1985 served in various capacities at Bank of America, including Commercial Banking, Business Banking, Retail Banking and Sales Management. Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Haney spent four years in the securities industry. Mr. Haney holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah.
Angelee J. Harris
Angelee J. Harris
EVP, General Counsel
Angelee J. Harris Angelee J. Harris is EVP, General Counsel of Opus Bank. Ms. Harris previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Banc of California, where she served as Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel since 2013 and was appointed to the position of General Counsel in April 2018. From 2008 until 2012, Ms. Harris served as Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (“Manatt”), where she focused on corporate securities law. From 2005 until 2007, Ms. Harris served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Placer Sierra Bancshares, the publicly traded holding company of Placer Sierra Bank, a California commercial bank with more than $2 billion in total assets. In 1999, Ms. Harris joined Manatt as an Associate and was appointed Partner of the firm in 2004. During this period, Ms. Harris was focused on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and securities law compliance. Ms. Harris began her legal career as an Associate with Lehman, Jensen & Donahue, L. C. in Salt Lake City. Ms. Harris is a member of the State Bar of California, the Utah State Bar, and the American Bar Association. Ms. Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law.
Carlos D. Martinez
Carlos D. Martinez
EVP, CHIEF RISK OFFICER
Carlos D. Martinez Carlos D. Martinez is Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Opus Bank. He serves as the Chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and is a member of both the Executive Committee and Risk Oversight Committees. Mr. Martinez, a 15-year financial services veteran, joined Opus Bank in May of 2014 to lead the build-out of the Bank’s Credit Risk Analytics and Reporting group, and currently manages the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) team, the Bank’s Policy Governance, Model Risk Governance, Information Security, Compliance and BSA programs. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Martinez served as Director of Credit Risk Analytics for Kinecta Federal Credit Union where he was responsible for the development, implementation, management and administration of the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL) reserve and all supporting Credit Risk documentation and reporting. Previously he held management roles in Finance, Risk Reporting, and Risk Management at multiple firms including Option One Mortgage, Countrywide Home Loans, and Wells Fargo. Mr. Martinez holds a BA in Sociology (Organizational Development) from the University of California, Riverside and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.
Jennifer Simmons
Jennifer Simmons
EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer Simmons Ms. Simmons, a 22-year banking veteran, joined Opus Bank in April 2014 as Senior Vice President, Strategies and Growth and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer in October 2015. As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Simmons is responsible for leading, managing, and directing the operational and support functions of Opus Bank including Information Technology, Project Management, Corporate Real Estate, and Vendor Management and Procurement, as well as for acquisition integration, and process improvement and efficiency management. During her tenure as SVP, Strategies and Growth, Ms. Simmons was responsible for supporting the strategic and tactical elements of Opus’ financial success, as well as leading bank-wide efforts to automate in order to scale for growth using project management methodologies and technology solutions. Prior to joining Opus, Ms. Simmons served as SVP, Business Manager of the Business Banking Group at Union Bank, where she led an 18 person team responsible for strategic planning and governance, operations, projects, technology, systems administration, incentive design and administration, analytics and reporting, business model development, product development, acquisition due diligence and integration, pricing tool business process improvement, and audit planning. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Simmons served in senior leader positions at Wachovia and at Wells Fargo following its acquisition of Wachovia in 2008, including serving as SVP, Northern California Director and Business Banking Group Transition Leader. From 1993 to 2008, Ms. Simmons held numerous leadership positions with Bank of America serving most recently as SVP, Sales Performance Executive where she co-led the Pacific Southwest Business Banking Team Ms. Simmons holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School with Honors.
Greg von der Linden
Greg von der Linden
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Greg von der Linden Greg von der Linden is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Mr. von der Linden joined Opus in January 2019 and leads the HR function responsible for talent acquisition, onboarding, performance management, talent management and development, team member engagement, benefits, and compensation. Previously Mr. von der Linden was Executive Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Confie from 2016 to 2019 where he led a team of 50 focused on the same functions. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. von der Linden was the Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Solera/AudaExplore. In addition to the usual HR functions, Mr. von der Linden led HR due diligence and M&A for three acquisitions. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. von der Linden was the Vice President and Head of Talent Acquisition for PIMCO, where he built and ran the firm’s first recruiting department – a team of 17 – which doubled the firm’s size. Mr. von der Linden started his banking career with Bank of America/NationsBank in Charlotte as an HR management trainee, and went on to hold a variety of roles including Senior Vice President and head of West Region Staffing, Senior Vice President and head of HR for the Corporate and Investment Bank, Senior Vice President and head of HR for the Southern California bank (including retail, small business, commercial and premier banking), and HR Director for the derivative products and foreign exchange business in Chicago. Mr. von der Linden started his career as a United States Naval Officer, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. He holds a B.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Board of Directors

Paul G. Greig
Chairman of the Board
Paul G. Greig is Chairman of the Board of Opus Bank, a role he has held since January 2018. Mr. Greig joined the Board of Directors in April 2017 and was appointed Lead Independent Director in May 2017. Prior to joining our Board, Mr. Greig served as Chairman, President and CEO of FirstMerit Corporation (FirstMerit”) and its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, FirstMerit Bank N.A., from 2006 until its merger with Huntington Bancshares Incorporated in August 2016. Under his leadership, FirstMerit grew organically and through acquisition from $10 billion to over $26 billion in assets. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Greig served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and as a member of the Audit Committee and more recently as Vice President and Member of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Advisory Council. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Greig served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Charter One Bank, Illinois. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Greig served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Bank One Corporation, Wisconsin and for JPMorgan Chase Wisconsin from 2004 to 2005 following its acquisition of Bank One. Mr. Greig began his banking career with American National Bank in 1978. Mr. Greig’s philanthropic and board activities have included serving as Member of the Executive Committee for the Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America, Board Member of the American Bankers Association, Member of the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Orchestra’s Musical Arts Association, and Trustee and Executive Committee Member for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Mr. Greig earned a B.A. in economics from Wheaton College and an M.B.A. from DePaul University.

Mr. Greig serves as the Chair of the Risk Oversight Committee.

Mr. Greig’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his past experience leading the Board of Directors of FirstMerit, as well as his significant risk management and regulatory credentials as both Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and as a member of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Advisory Council.
Paul W. Taylor
Chief Executive Officer and President
Paul W. Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of Opus Bank. Additionally, Mr. Taylor serves on Opus’ Board of Directors. Mr. Taylor, a 34-year banking veteran, joined Opus most recently from Guaranty Bancorp, where he served as President and CEO from May 2011 until December 2018. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Taylor served as Guaranty Bank's Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Secretary. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Taylor served as Guaranty Bank's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Centennial Bank Holdings until its acquisition by Guaranty Bancorp. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Taylor served as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Alex Sheshunoff Investment Banking. Earlier in his career, Mr. Taylor served as Director of Investment Banking with Century Capital Group. Mr. Taylor began his banking career in 1985 at KeyCorp, where he held various executive management positions in the New York and the Rocky Mountain regions. Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the State University of New York and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Marsha Cameron
Director
Marsha Cameron joined our board of directors in April 2018. She has over 30 years of experience in the areas of executive compensation program design, compensation market analysis, performance management, goal setting, and merger integration. Ms. Cameron co-founded Paradox Compensation Advisors in 2009 and continues to serve as Managing Partner. With 22 years of experience specific to compensation consulting, Ms. Cameron is a pioneer in the use of statistical analyses and technology in the compensation field, specializing in pay programs for both executive and broad-based employees. Ms. Cameron served as a member of the Board of Directors of State National Companies (“SNC”) from 2014 until its acquisition by Markel Corporation for approximately $915 million in November 2017. As a director of SNC, Ms. Cameron served on the board’s Nominating and Audit Committees and as Chair of the Compensation Committee. Prior to launching her successful consulting firm in 2004, Ms. Cameron served in senior administration and human resources roles for TXU Energy; Aperian, Inc.; and GTE Corporation. From 1990 to 1995, Ms. Cameron served as Senior Consultant and Practice Leader for Watson Wyatt, now Willis Towers Watson, and in 1993 was promoted to Worldwide Practice Compensation Leader. Ms. Cameron began her career in 1984 with Towers Perrin. Ms. Cameron received a B.S. degree in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and a M.S. in Sociology, with an emphasis in Statistics and Organizations from Columbia University, where she was a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow. Ms. Cameron is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (“SHRM”), serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors – North Texas, and is past Chair of the Compensation Committee of the Dallas Symphony.

Ms. Cameron serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Ms. Cameron qualifies as an independent director as defined under the applicable rules and regulations of The Nasdaq Stock Market and the Exchange Act.
Melanie S. Cibik
Director
Melanie S. Cibik has served as a member of our board of directors since July 2019. Ms. Cibik is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (Teledyne), where she oversees its legal, compliance, human resources, ethics and corporate governance programs and its corporate secretariat office, regularly interfacing with the Board of Directors and its standing committees and senior management. From 2012 to 2016, she served as Teledyne’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. At the time of spin-off of Teledyne from Allegheny Teledyne Incorporated in November 1999, Ms. Cibik became Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary and was subsequently promoted in 2001 to Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to the spin-off, Ms. Cibik had been Counsel - Corporate and Securities of Allegheny Teledyne Incorporated from 1998 to 1999. Previously Ms. Cibik was Senior Counsel of the Regulatory/Mergers and Acquisitions Group and Treasury Management Subgroup of PNC Bank Corp, and from 1986 to 1994 was an Associate in the Business Group of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ms. Cibik began her legal career as an Associate in the General Corporate Department of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Cibik earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, having served on its Law Review, and graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Mark Deason
Director
Mark Deason serves as Managing Director and Head of U.S. Asset Management of Starwood Capital Group (“Starwood”). In this role, Mr. Deason is responsible for overseeing the asset management of all non-hotel assets, as well as the Firm’s development function in the U.S. While at Starwood Capital, Mr. Deason has participated in investments throughout the capital structure, including commercial, hospitality and residential acquisitions and developments. Prior to joining Starwood in 2003, Mr. Deason worked for Merrill Lynch in the firm’s real estate investment banking group, assisting West Coast real estate, hospitality, and gaming companies with a range of capital origination and M&A activities. Mr. Deason received a B.A. degree in business economics with a minor in accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a policy board member at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and is a member of the Milken Institute and the Urban Land Institute.

Mr. Deason serves on the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee.

Mr. Deason qualifies as an independent director as defined under the applicable rules and regulations of The Nasdaq Stock Market and the Exchange Act.
Mal Durkee
Director
G Malpass “Mal” Durkee has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2019. Mr. Durkee currently serves as a Strategic Advisor to financial services companies, fintechs, and institutional investors. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Durkee served as Partner of Corporate Advisory Group at Perella Weinberg Partners LP, where he focused on providing strategic and financial advice to depository institutions. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Durkee served as Special Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of The Hartford. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Durkee served as a Managing Director and Co-Head of North American Banks at Morgan Stanley. From 1995 to 2007, Mr. Durkee served at Merrill Lynch, last serving as Managing Director, Head of Depository Practice. Mr. Durkee began his career in the financial services industry in 1986 at Security Pacific National Bank, where he served as a Vice President within the Strategic Planning Group. Mr. Durkee holds a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College. Mr. Durkee is a member of the Risk Oversight Committee.

Mr. Durkee qualifies as an independent director as defined under the applicable rules and regulations of The Nasdaq Stock Market and the Exchange Act.

David King
Director
David King has served as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2016. Mr. King is Managing Director of Fortress's Credit Funds business. Prior to joining Fortress in 2014, Mr. King founded and led Culpeper Capital Partners LLC. Mr. King was formerly a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns Merchant Banking and its successor firm Irving Place Capital, a middle-market private equity firm from 2001 to 2011. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director of McCown De Leeuw & Co. from 1990 to 2000. From 2014 to November 2017, Mr. King served on the board of State National and he currently serves on the boards of a number of private companies in the financial services sector. Mr. King earned his B.A. at Rice University, his M.S. at SUNY Stony Brook and his MBA at Stanford University.

Mr. King is a member of the Audit Committee, the Risk Oversight Committee, and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Mr. King's qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his experience at Fortress running the credit funds business, his experience at private equity firms, and his prior service on the boards of directors of certain entities.

Mr. King qualifies as an independent director as defined under the applicable rules and regulations of The Nasdaq Stock Market and the Exchange Act.
Michael L. Meyer
Director
Michael L. Meyer has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2010. Mr. Meyer is a private real estate investor and, since 1999, has been Chief Executive Officer of the Michael L. Meyer Company, a principal of and/or manager of real estate entities and provides those entities with property acquisition, financing, and management services and advice. Since June 2006, Mr. Meyer has also been a principal of Twin Rock Partners, LLC (formerly AMG Realty Investors, LLC), a commercial and residential real estate investment company. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Meyer was a principal in Advantage 4 LLC, a provider of telecommunications systems for real estate projects. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Meyer was also a principal of Pacific Capital Investors, which acquired non-performing loans secured by real estate in Japan. From 1974 to 1998, Mr. Meyer was a Managing Partner – Orange County of the E&Y Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group of Ernst & Young, LLP and its predecessor. Mr. Meyer was previously a director of City National Corporation and City National Bank, KBS Legacy Partners Apartment REIT, KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT, KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT II, Paladin Realty Income Properties Inc., William Lyon Homes, and the Building Industry Alliance Foundation; chair of the United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society; Associate of the University of Southern California Lusk Real Estate Program and chair of the advisory board of the real estate program and current executive advisory board member of the University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business - Center for Real Estate. He also is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and American Institute and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Meyer was inducted into the California Building Industry Foundation Hall of Fame in June of 1999 for outstanding achievements in the real estate industry and community. Mr. Meyer was also the recipient of the University of California, Irvine Graduate School of Management Real Estate Program Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Meyer is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Mr. Meyer is a member of the Audit Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and the Risk Oversight Committee, and the Compensation Committee.

Mr. Meyer’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his significant experience as a private real estate investor; managing partner of the E&Y Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group in Orange County; and director of City National Bank and its bank holding company, William Lyon Homes, the Building Industry Alliance Foundation, and other real estate, charitable and/or educational-related organizations.

Mr. Meyer qualifies as an independent director as defined under the applicable rules and regulations of The Nasdaq Stock Market and the Exchange Act.
Richard C. Thomas
Director
Richard “Rich” Thomas joined our board of directors in August 2017. His professional career spans over 35 years within the financial services and accounting and audit industries. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CVB Financial Corp. and its principal subsidiary, Citizens Business Bank, from 2010 to 2016. During his tenure, CVB grew organically and through acquisitions from $6.4 billion to $8.3 billion in assets. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Thomas served as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Community Bank in Pasadena, where he developed a risk-based audit program and oversaw internal audits, including the documentation and testing of internal controls, in operations, regulatory compliance and credit reviews. Prior to Community Bank, Mr. Thomas was an audit partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP for 22 years leading teams in auditing financial statements and internal controls certifications, consulting in accounting, regulatory compliance, cost reduction strategies, and public filings, including registration statements, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Accountancy from Western Illinois University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Thomas' qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his experience as Audit Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, an international accounting firm, providing audit, tax, and consulting services to various enterprises including public company clients; his experience as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CVB Financial Corp., including serving as Chairman, Co-Chairman or participant of the Liquidity Management, Risk, Executive Compensation, Loss Sharing, Compliance, and 401 (k) management level committees, as well as having primary responsibility for audit and tax relationships with KPMG LLP, CVB Financial Corp's audit firm; and his service as Chief Risk Officer of Community Bank, where he held responsibility for developing risk assessments of all departments of the bank.

Mr. Thomas is a member of the Compensation Committee and serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Thomas is the audit committee financial expert, as that term is defined in Item 407(d) of Regulation S-K under the Exchange Act. Mr. Thomas qualifies as an independent director as defined under the applicable rules and regulations of The Nasdaq Stock Market and the Exchange Act.