Ash Patel

Ash Patel

CEO, Commercial Bank of California

WHY: Took current role, 2013, increased assets from $250M when he started to $978M as of June 30. Board members include William H. Lyon, Paul Folino, developer Alex Meruelo.

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RECENT: Spending $16M over three years on fintech. Born in Zambia, school in England, arrived California, 1986. Started Siksha Foundation to build schools in India, Africa; raised $600K at inaugural dinner in May.

QUOTABLE: “The banking industry is based on one word: trust … The trust and respect that a bank gets, technology companies don’t get. They are good at innovation and marketing. We’re good at relationships and regulatory issues.”

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