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STEVEN GARDNER

Chairman, CEO, President, Pacific Premier Bancorp

WHY: Took over failing Riverside bank in 2000, moved it to Irvine. Now the biggest bank HQ’d in Orange County with $11.8B in assets and a market cap approaching $2B, more than twice its competitors. Father of five, including quadruplets. Loves hockey.

RECENT: Unhappy with share price he considers too low; has initiated share buybacks, dividends.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t know if there is any secret sauce. We do the basics really well.”

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