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Executive Officers and Directors


Thomas V. Wornham, President & CEO, Director 
Thomas V. Wornham was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective May 1st, 2015. Mr. Wornham has a distinguished background in banking, public infrastructure and community service leadership positions in San Diego. He has built banking organizations through organic growth and acquisition integration during his exemplary career at Wells Fargo, which spanned three decades. Mr. Wornham’s reputation and ability to build quality teams and coalitions to achieve consistently outstanding results has been displayed in banking as well as numerous civic and political organizations. A native San Diegan, Mr. Wornham has been active in local government and spent decades commuting to 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. Tom Wornham has chaired many noteworthy community service organizations including San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Regional EDC, The United Way of San Diego 2001/2 Campaign, Century Club of San Diego; co-chairman San Diego Championship Golf, and 2004 Prop “A” Trans-net; and has been a member of UCSD Rady School of Business Advisory Board and a Trustee on The Bishop’s School Board of Trustees in La Jolla. 

Steve Rippe, Chief Credit Officer
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. 

Keith B. Jones, Director 
Mr. Jones is the Managing Partner and third generation owner of Ace Parking where he has led the corporate strategy and operations since 2004. Ace Parking’s expansion and emergence as the nation’s premier parking company operating in 28 markets across North America, with over 700 parking facilities, has been based on superior human resource management, customer service and client relationship building.  

Mr. Jones also invests time in charitable work and serving various distinguished local organizations, including chairing the Downtown San Diego Partnership and is on the Boards of Directors of San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Police Foundation and Sharp Hospital, Director at Father Joe’s Villages and is involved in San Diego’s Campaign to End Chronic Homelessness. Mr. Jones is also a Regional Executive Committee member of GenNext (an organization of successful business professionals whose mission is to tackle tough issues facing future generations) and an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is the co-founder of the Herb Klein Leadership Roundtable and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Minor in Business from New York University.

Marjory Kaplan, Director
Ms. Kaplan is President and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego. Serving in that capacity since 1994, she has overseen an increase in assets from $13 million to over $300 million and the awarding of community grants in excess of $1 billion. The Foundation developed trusted relationships with major donors, professional advisors, and community organizations throughout San Diego. Earlier Ms. Kaplan was Director of Development at Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science.

Ms. Kaplan’s banking career started in Human Resources at Bank of America headquarters, later heading the Human Resources division of Central Bank in Oakland before returning to B of A to head the team of Employee Relations Officers in retail banking, data processing and international divisions. She became Vice President of Human Resources at First National Bank of Denver (later, First Interstate Bank of California) and made a unique career move to the Investments Division, successfully selling government, corporate and municipal bonds to high net worth individuals, foundations and corporations. In 1989, Ms. Kaplan moved to San Diego as a private banker at Wells Fargo Bank before joining the non-profit world.

Ms. Kaplan has a BA in Communications, from University of Illinois, Urbana and a Teaching Fellowship at University of Wisconsin School of Communications. Ms. Kaplan has received numerous community honors and is an authoritative lecturer on strategy and corporate governance.

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.

Richard Smith, Director 
Mr. Smith has been involved in the banking industry for 40 years, specializing in private banking for high-net-worth individuals. After starting as a banking analyst with Manufacturers Hanover in New York, Richard moved to Southern California where he held senior positions at Imperial Bank and then Comerica Bank. In 2005 he founded The Private Bank of California, a concierge bank catering to high-net-worth individuals and companies in the business management, entertainment and real estate sectors in Los Angeles. In 2012, the highly successful Private Bank of California was sold to Banc of California where he headed the Private Banking Division specializing in providing discerning clients a high-touch banking experience. Richard is passionate about charitable causes and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Zimmer Children's Museum in Los Angeles. He is a recipient of their Discovery Award, presented to extraordinary leaders in their fields and communities.

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