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Executive Officers and Directors

Maria P. Kunac, President & CEO, Director 
Ms. Kunac was appointed Chief Executive Officer of San Diego Private Bank (then Coronado First Bank) in January 2011, after serving as President since 2006. Ms. Kunac has spent more than 30 years with Southern California headquartered financial institutions in roles including, Chief Lending Officer, Chief Internal Asset Review Officer, Chief Credit Officer, Special Assets Division Manager, Commercial Real Estate Manager, and Construction Lending Manager/Training Coordinator. Ms. Kunac serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Twelfth District's Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. Ms. Kunac also serves on the Board of the California Independent Bankers and previously sat on the Board of the Local Initiatives Support Corp., a non-profit community development agency to transform distressed neighborhoods and is a long-time resident of San Diego County. 


Steve Rippe, Chief Credit Officer, Director
Mr. Rippe is the Chief Credit Officer and Director of the Bank.  Mr. Rippe organized Embarcadero Bank in 2005 and served as Chief Executive Officer until 2011.  Embarcadero Bank acquired Coronado First Bank in 2011 where Mr. Rippe served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Credit Officer.  Mr. Rippe assumed his current role in 2013 when Coronado First Bank and San Diego Private Bank were merged.

Mr. Rippe is a resident of Coronado, California and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. 


Eric Larson, Chief Financial Officer 
Mr. Larson was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Bank in April 2013 after serving in the same capacity at the pre-merger San Diego Private Bank where he was employed since July 2010. Prior to joining San Diego Private Bank, Mr. Larson was employed at San Diego National Bank for 24 years - the last 12 as Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer.  In that role, he was a member of the Senior Management Committee and was responsible for accounting and financial reporting, risk management, procurement and facilities.

Mr. Larson began his career as a Bank Examiner with the Iowa Division of Banking. Mr. Larson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance from Iowa State University. He has been active in the San Diego Community and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Academy of Finance at San Diego High School of Business. 


Selwyn Isakow, Chairman of the Board 
Mr. Isakow is a resident of La Jolla, California.  He is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Oxford Investment Group, Inc. a private equity investment and corporate development firm which has built over 50 manufacturing and niche distribution companies on a global basis.

Mr. Isakow was the Founder and Chairman of Bloomfield Hills Bancorporation, a Michigan-based holding company for The Private Bank which operated three private banking operations: The Bank of Bloomfield Hills, The Bank of Rochester and The Bank of Grosse Pointe as well as The Private Bank Wealth Management Group and The Private Bank Mortgage Company. Previously, Mr. Isakow served as Executive Vice President of Comerica, Inc. a large regional bank in Detroit, Michigan and before that Mr. Isakow served as a Principal of Booz Allen & Hamilton, management consultants, where he was a member of the Worldwide Strategic Management Group and headed the Financial Service Industry practice for Western U.S. Mr. Isakow also was an Audit Manager for Fisher, Hoffman & Levenberg, Chartered Accountants in South Africa.

Mr. Isakow has served on the Board of Directors of several NYSE companies as well as numerous private companies and non-profit organizations.  He has received various civic and business honors and awards including E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. He obtained his MBA with distinction from Wharton Business School and his Bachelor of Commerce, Certificate in Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting degrees from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant. 


David Ellman, Director
Mr. Ellman, is a resident of La Jolla, California.  Mr. Ellman is the Chairman of Gerber Goldschmidt Group (GGG), a 90 year old international private equity investment and trading group. While the Company is headquartered in San Diego, GGG subsidiaries are located around the world and primarily trade in food based products and textiles, and have a diversified portfolio of private equity investments.

Mr. Ellman is involved in the San Diego World Trade Council and a number of charitable and humanitarian causes. He has served on the Board of Hebrew Homes since 1993, and presently serves on it's Foundation Board. He has served on the Board of the JCC since 1988 and for the last 15 years on it's Advisory Board. He is a past member of United Jewish Federation Board & Public Relations Committee.

Mr. Ellman received his B.Com (Bachelor, Commerce) and LLB (Bachelor, Law) from the University of the Orange Free State, South Africa. 


David S. Engelman, Director 
Mr. Engelman, a private investor and corporate director, was elected to the board of directors in December, 2010.

Mr. Engelman has served as a board member of MGIC Investment Corp., Fleetwood Enterprises, Fieldstone Mortgage Investment Corp., Union Fed Bancorp, Quaker City Bancorp, Commercial Federal Corp. and National Bank of La Jolla. 

He has been a CEO or COO of Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp., Union Federal Bank, Fleetwood Enterprises and Financial American Network. Mr. Engelman has resided in the San Diego area for 38 years. 


Leon Kassel, Director 
Mr. Kassel is a resident of La Jolla, California. He is the President of Jeval Asset Management based in San Diego. Mr. Kassel has more than 20 years of banking and bank directorship experience. He was a director of Bank of Southern California in San Diego from 1988 to 1994 he also served as the bank's Chairman of the Board from 1994 to 1996. Following the merger of Bank of Southern California with First National Bank, San Diego, he served as the Director of First National Bank from 1996 until the sale of the bank in 2002. He served as the Chairman of the Board of the bank from 2000 to 2002 and as the bank's Chief Investment Officer from 1998 to 2000. Following the acquisition of First National Bank by First Community Bancorp, Mr. Kassel served as a director of First Community Bancorp for less than a year (2003-2004). Mr. Kassel has served as a member of the board of the Burnham Cancer Research. He was a member of the investment committee of the Jewish Community Foundation in San Diego from 2000 to 2002 and the treasurer and board member for Beth El in San Diego from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Kassel obtained his B.S. in Management/Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1974. 


Ernest Rady, Director
Mr. Rady is an experienced banker, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is Founder and Chairman of privately held American Assets Inc., a conglomerate that controls businesses in numerous sectors of the economy, including financial services, investment management and real estate. American Assets Real Estate Group is one of the largest real estate groups in the San Diego area and controls $2.5 billion in real estate assets in the Western United States.

He was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Westcorp, a NYSE-traded financial services company that was sold to Wachovia Corp. in 2006. His storied career spans a wide variety of industries, including beverage wholesale, radio stations/telecommunications towers, oil and gas, as well as professional soccer and major league baseball.

Mr. Rady has served as past Chairman, Board of Trustees, Director and Treasurer of the Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center. He has also served as the Chairman of the Dean's Advisory Council of the Rady School at UCSD, acting member of UCSD's Chancellor's Associates, Trustee of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and as a Trustee of Scripps Health.


Jerry Suppa, Director 
Mr. Suppa is a former trial lawyer and has represented financial lending institutions for in excess of 35 years. He currently serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Court and is a resident of Rancho Santa Fe. Mr. Suppa earned a BBA in Accounting (Loyola University), a J.D. Degree (USD), and was admitted to the California Bar in 1975.


Thomas Worhnam, Director 
Mr. Wornham has an extensive banking background spanning three decades at Wells Fargo Bank.  A native San Diegan, Tom has been active in local government and spent decades in Sacramento and Washington D.C. conducting Government Relations for both the Private and Public Sector.  Most recently, he was Chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority.

Mr. Wornham has chaired many noteworthy community service organizations including San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Century Club of San Diego, San Diego Regional EDC, United Way of San Diego 2001/2 Campaign, San Diego Championship Golf,and has been a member of UCSD Rady School of Business Advisory Board and a Trustee on The Bishop's School Board in La Jolla.


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