Cesar V. Alegria, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Cesar V. Alegria, Jr. has served as a Director of the Company since 2017. Mr. Alegria has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. He specializes in land related matters. Mr. Alegria graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He was past president of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California and was a member of the San Mateo Health Commission and the Daly City Planning Commission. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Ruell Medina is the President of Lucky Check Cashing Inc., a financial services company serving non-banked individuals needing micro-financial services. He is also the President of Lucky Money, a money services business providing money remittance services worldwide. Mr. Medina currently sits on the board of Lucky Chances Inc. as Vice Chairman and is co-owner of RTR Food Concepts, a restaurant holding company that operates several different food and beverage entities.
Alma Vivar has served as a Director of the Company since 2010. She is the owner of Vestal House ICF/DD-H, a San Leandro, California based Residential Care Facility. She served as President of the Players Group from 2000 to 2008.
William "Billy" Chan
William Chan has served as a Director of the Company since 2017. Mr. Chan is a business transactions lawyer in San Francisco, California, handling business and corporate work for his clients. Mr. Chan completed his undergraduate education at UCLA, where he graduated with honors. He attended law school at UC Berkeley School of Law. Mr. Chan is an active member of the legal community. He is a past President of both the Asian American Bar Association and the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California. He current community involvement includes service as a director for the nonprofit that organizes the Undiscovered night market in the SoMa district of San Francisco.
Julio Prada is a compliance professional with over 30 years of regulatory experience with the California Department of Business Oversight, supervising financial institutions, foreign banking organizations, managing a portfolio of the nation’s largest Money Services Businesses (MSBs), and directing the MSB application unit. He also has extensive enforcement experience, is bilingual in Spanish and English, a graduate of San Jose State University, and ACAMS certified.
JoAnne Loughlin has served as a Director of the Company since 2018. Ms. Loughlin served as a Senior Business Assurance Manager for Moss Adams LLP for 21 years. Prior to that, Ms. Loughlin served as a Regional Operations Coordinator for Great Western Bank for 14 years. Ms. Loughlin received her Bachelor of Arts in Business from Sonoma State University and was a Certified Public Accountant.
Robert Sweeney has served as Director, President and CEO since March 2018. He has been a Community bank President/CEO since 2004. Prior to that he managed several platforms within GE Capital in Mexico and Asia, having begun his career with Booz, Allen and Hamilton in Mexico. In addition to his banking career he has been an active residential real estate investor, served as managing partner of several startups in education and green industries and sits on several corporate boards. Mr. Sweeney earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and his masters from Columbia University.
David Choi is a professional banker with over 37 years’ experience in credit with the last 16 years as a Chief Credit Officer. During this time, Mr. Choi participated in organizing three commercial banks in Los Angeles. As a Chief Credit Officer, he was responsible for the overall management of credit such as loan production, maintaining proper loan grading and developing and maintaining credit policies and procedures. Through Mr. Choi’s leadership, regulatory enforcement actions imposed on Independence Bank was removed within six month after joining the Bank. At Evergreen International Bank, the Texas Ratio during the Subprime economic downturn was maintained at zero for 2 years. Mr. Choi is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, class of 1988