CEO, PRESIDENT, COMMERCIAL BANK OF CALIFORNIA
WHY: Banker for more than three decades in OC. Successfully founded and sold California United Bank. Took current role, 2013, when bank’s assets stood at $250M. Now tops $1B.
QUOTABLE: On surpassing $1B: “It’s a big deal. It’s a target for economies of scale. When you go to a billion, there are a whole bunch of new controls, audits. Banks always have this dilemma.”