John Christopher Walsh

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR: BLUE GATE BANK

First new OC bank, third new US since Great Recession … 37-year banking veteran … former president, chief exec, Sunwest Bank, tripled its size to $820M in assets … led five acquisitions, moves into four Western states … Blue Gate: small-business focus, plans SBA lending … Walsh reports to chief exec Charles Fenton … bachelor’s, business, economics emphasis, UCSB