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Founding Organizers

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In 2006, founding organizers raised $40 million in capital; the largest capital raise for a new bank in the history of California. Each of these individuals is an influential part of our community.

 

Craig Andersen - Attorney, Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman

 

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Craig has been involved in the entire entitlement process and represented a number of local, regional and national businesses regarding new site with a number of entities involved in the waste industry. Craig served as a Temporary Superior Court Commissioner in Contra Costa County. His practice areas include Commercial and Business Litigation, Construction, Environmental, and Real Estate and Land Use. Craig has represented many of the nation’s land developers, owners and commercial contractors regarding legal issues involving construction disputes, land acquisition, construction defect claims, land rights, and real estate acquisition.
 

Belvedere Capital Fund II - Richard W. Decker, Managing Partner

 
 Belvedere Capital Fund LogoCo-Founded and Chaired by Richard W. Decker Jr., Belvedere Capital Fund III, L.P. is a fund specializing in buyouts and middle market investments. A firm providing value-added capital to companies in the financial services sector partnering with strong management teams to build profitable, growing franchises that attract the best talent and deliver excellent returns for shareholders. Belvedere Capital Fund II is dedicated to building companies that recognize and fulfill their responsibilities to their investors, employees, customers and communities.
 

Basil Christopoulos- President, C&H Development

 
Basil Christopoulos is the president of the C&H Development Co. in Walnut. C&H Development bought the building the Hubcaps restaurant leases in 1985 and the retail building between Talbots and Tiki Tom’s for just less than $4 million. Basil  majored in Real Estate at University of Southern California.
 

Paula Collins* - CEO, WDG Ventures 

 

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Paula Collins is the Chief Executive Officer of WDG Ventures Inc, and President of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting, real estate development consulting firms formed in 1988 and 2003 respectively. She  was appointed by the President of the United States to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. Paula serves as a Director of the national board of the American Automobile Association. She has held numerous civic and community leadership positions as a member of the Bay Area business community. In 2018, San Francisco Business Times named Paula as the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area, receiving the Inspire Award that honored her leadership, creativity, integrity, perseverance, and strategic vision. Paula holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master of City Planning degree from M.I.T.
 

Michael Covarrubias - Chairman & CEO, TMG Partners 

 

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Michael Covarrubias joined TMG in 1988; he oversees all of the company’s operations and has directed the company since 1995. Prior to TMG his professional background includes 17 years with Union Bank, including commercial and real estate lending as well as administrative management. In his last position, he served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Union Bank’s Silicon Valley Regional Real Estate Center. Among many notable contributions he is a Board Trustee at Urban Land Institute, Governor-ULI Foundation, Member-Americas Executive Committee, San Francisco District Council Governance. Michael is on executive committees at Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, University of California, Berkeley as well as a Executive Committee Member of The Real Estate Roundtable, Lambda Alpha, and Center for Creative Land Recycling. Founder of Philanthropy-American Heart Association, American Red Cross, City of Hope, and United Way of the Bay Area. Michael has a B.A in BBusiness Administration from the University of San Francisco.
 

Stephen Fleming - President & CEO, River City Bank

 
stephen fleming outdoor formal headshotStephen Fleming is President & Chief Executive Officer of River City Bank.  He has over 35 years of banking experience, including over 20 years with Bank of America in Sacramento and London, England. Stephen held a variety of senior positions, including serving as the head of Capital Raising and a member of the Executive Committee for the Bank of America Europe, Middle East, and Africa Division. Stephen was also the President & CEO of National Bank of the Redwoods in Santa Rosa. He has also been involved in a variety of charitable activities over the years, including currently serving as a board member for the Kelly Foundation. He is on the board of the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, a member of the Sacramento Host Committee, President of the Sacramento chapter of Lambda Alpha, and President of the Capital Region Family Business Center. Stephen has a B.A .in Economics from the U.C. Davis and M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley.
 

Greg Flynn - President, Flynn Properties

 
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Greg Flynn is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Flynn Restaurant Group and Flynn Properties. With almost 900 Applebee’s, Taco Bell and Panera restaurants directly employing 40,000 people in 30 states, Flynn Restaurant Group is the largest franchise operator in the US and Flynn Properties owned and managed more than 3 million square feet since 1994. Greg serves on the board of the Exploratorium, the Brown University President’s Leadership Council, and the Applebee’s Franchise Business Council. He serves on the Strategic Advisory Group of Goldman Sachs’ West Street Capital Partners VII and the Executive Advisory Board of Cove Hill Partners, L.P. Greg is past chairman of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. In 2017, he was honored as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO’s by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2016, Greg was named Restaurant Leader of the Year by Restaurant Business Magazine. In 2015, he was named Dealmaker of the Year by the Franchise Times and, in 2009, was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Greg has graduated from Brown University with an A.B., M.A. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford.
 

Arthur Gensler - Chairman, Gensler

 
arthur gensler formal headshotArt Gensler founded our firm in 1965. An architect, he is widely credited with elevating the practice of interior design to professional standing. He is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association, and a professional member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Art alum of Cornell University’s College of Architecture is a member of its Advisory Council. A charter member of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of IIDA’s Star Award, he has also received Ernst & Young LLP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2015, he wrote Art’s Principles to offer today’s entrepreneurs the business insights he wishes someone had given him when he was starting out. Art graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture with degree in Art and Planning.
 

Stuart Gordon - Partner, Gordon & Rees

 
stuart gordon formal headshotStuart M. Gordon founded Gordon & Rees in 1974 with Donald W. Rees. He has handled numerous matters involving pharmaceutical and medical device cases, business, real estate, general litigation and legal malpractice defense. Stuart has tried more than 50 jury and non-jury cases to verdict and has mediated and settled several thousand cases.  He acted as the managing partner of the firm for 23 years and then as financial partner guiding small firm now with 700 lawyers in 38 offices throughout the U.S. Stuart help found Bear Backers and his donations made possible the Stuart M. Gordon Moot Courtroom at the Boalt Hall School of Law, Cal baseball field and outdoor multipurpose complex. Stuart also received the Cal Baseball "Excellence in Leadership Award," the "Citation Award" from the Boalt Hall Alumni Association U.C.. Stuart serves on the Athletic Director's Advisory Board. He is a member of the Boalt Hall Campaign Cabinet, chairman of the Juvenile Justice Commission for the City and County of San Francisco, and a board member of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and the Auxiliary of San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs. He was awarded the United Way Tocqueville Legacy Award for his outstanding contributions to the community. Stuart has a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, Boalt School of Law and A.D from U.C. Berkeley.
 

Roger Haughton - Retired Chairman/CEO, The PMI Group, Inc.

 
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Roger Haughton is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PMI and Chairman of PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. He brings more than 35 years of experience to his positions. Roger joined PMI in 1985 from Allstate Insurance Company. In 1993 he became President and Chief Executive Officer rising as Director of PMI in April 1995, and elected to Chairman of the Board in 1998. He is a past President of the Mortgage Insurance Companies of America. In 2007 Roger retired as CEO and Chairman of the Board of PMI. He served on the boards of directors of Habitat for Humanity International and the National Council of La Raza. He serves as Chairman of the Board of trustees, and is a former Chairman, of Social Compact. He is on the executive committee and board of San Francisco's Bay Area Council. Roger is a trustee for the University of California at Santa Barbara, and he also serves on the policy advisory boards for both the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at the U.C. Berkeley and the School of Real Estate at the University of San Diego. He is a member of our Financial Guaranty Oversight Committee. Roger graduated U.C. Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Economics. 
 

Warren Hellman - Chairman, Hellman & Friedman (deceased)

 

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F. Warren Hellman was a private equity investor and co-founder of Hellman & Friedman, a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm. His career began at Lehman Brothers as investment banking where he became the youngest partner at age 26. Warren became the President and Head of the Investment Banking Division and the Chairman of Lehman Corporation. In 1977, Warren moved to Boston and co-founded Hellman, Ferri Investment Associates (Matrix Partners), an early-stage investor in SanDisk and Apple. Here he served as chairman of the firm as well as a member of the Firm's Investment and Compensation Committees. The firm purchased Levi Strauss & Co. from 250 family shareholders and consolidated it. He started and funded the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival and was a donor of Jewish Vocational Services. Warren was a Director of D.N.& E. Walter & Co. and Sugar Bowl Corporation. He was also a member of the advisory board of the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the U.C. Berkeley. In 2005, Warren was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the founder and Chairman of the Board of The Bay Citizen and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Mills College. He formerly served as a Director of Eller Media Company, Nasdaq Stock Market and Young & Rubicam. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 through 1957. Warren died and was honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2011. Speedway Meadow was renamed Hellman Hollow to honor his philanthropy.
 

Robert Leet* - Private Consultant

 
Bob Robert Leet formal headshotRobert Leet is currently self-employed as a business consultant in the Bay Area. He has a 45 year banking career which included serving as Executive Vice President, Senior Lending Officer, and Chair of the Loan Committee at The Mechanics Bank. Prior to joining The Mechanics Bank, Robert 's career included a variety of managerial roles with Wells Fargo Bank over a 17 year period, serving as President & Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank of San Francisco, and President & Chief Executive Officer of California National Bank. Robert is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and holds a B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley.
 

Stephen Mayer* - Founder of SD Mayer & Associates

 

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Stephen Mayer is Founder and Managing Partner of SD Mayer & Associates, LLP, an accounting, consulting and wealth management firm. SDM uses proprietary technology that creates a more seamless, proactive approach to helping clients achieve their business and financial goals. Prior to SDM, Stephen founded and served as Managing Partner of Burr Pilger Mayer, the largest non-Big 4 full service accounting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Stephen boards the SF Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council, SF Center for Economic Development, Riordan High School, and SF School Alliance Advisory Council. Stephen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPA's and holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. He is also a graduate of Leadership San Francisco.
 

Vern Padgett - Black oak ventures

 

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Vern has been in the banking industry since 1977. He recently launched Black Oak Ventures with a mission to provide creative & responsive privately funded directly placed debt bridge. Black Oak Ventures is a San Francisco Bay Area based real estate finance provider. Previously, Vern was Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for Bay Commercial Bank, EVP East Bay Market President for Presidio Bank, and with Mechanics Bank as Senior Vice President managing various departments. Vernon has always worked extensively in the community, involved in many activities such as: Member, Urban Land Institute; Member, International Council of Shopping Centers; Co-Chairman / Co-Founder, Score-fore-Kids Golf Committee; Board Member, First Tee Oakland and Board Member, Business & Arts Networking Circle – Oakland (BANC). Vernon is a graduate of the School of Management at University of Virginia, Darden T.E.P., Pacific Coast Banking School, and the U.C. Davis.
 

David Pottruck - Chairman & CEO, Red Eagle Ventures

 

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David S. Pottruck is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Red Eagle Ventures, Inc. Prior to Red Eagles Ventures Inc., he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Charles Schwab Corporation, from 1984 until 2004. Under David the client assets and market capitalization at Schwab grew. He also serves as Chairman of Eos Airlines, and of The Higgins Group. David boards Intel Corporation and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation. David is Senior Advisor to Diamond Cluster, Chairman of the Wharton West Advisory Council, Advisory Board Member of Beautiful Places, Inc., Stadium Imaging, LLC., Voice Genesis, Inc., and the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board. David co-authored the book Clicks and Mortar: Passion Driven Growth in an Internet Driven World. He was appointed by Congress to serve as a commissioner on The Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce. He was formerly a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the San Francisco Committee on Jobs. David is recognized as “CEO of the Year” by Morningstar and received the Anti-Defamation League’s 2000 Torch of Liberty Award. David graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A. from Wharton in 1972.
 

William Price III - Founding Partner, TPG Capital

 
William Price formal headshotWilliam S. ""Bill" Price III is one of the three co-founders and a partner emeritus of TPG Capital, formerly known as the Texas Pacific Group. Before co-founding Texas Pacific Group in 1993, he was Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for GE Capital. Prior to this, William was a partner and co-head of the Financial Services Practice of Bain & Company. In 1993, he teamed up with David Bonderman and James Coulter to complete the leveraged buyout of Continental Airlines. Thereafter, William was involved with many of TPG's investments including Beringer, Petco, Ducati and Grohe. In 2006, William shifted focus on personal pursuits including his holdings in wine vineyards. He is currently proprietor of Classic Wines, LLC and Price Family Vineyards, LLC, which has invested in Durell Vineyard, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Walala Vineyard, Kistler Vineyards, Three Sticks Wines and Lutum. William is past chairman of Kosta Browne and is current chairman of Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery.
 

Michael Sangiacomo - President & CEO, Norcal Waste Systems

 
 Mike Sangiacomo formal headshotMike Sangiacomo is Chief Recologist. In 1988 he became the Chief Financial Officer of Recology and then Recology’s Chief Executive and has been a director since 1990. He led and inspired many of Recology’s innovative recycling and diversion programs. Additionally, Mike serves as a director and an executive officer of all of Recology’s subsidiaries. He is also an executive officer of Nortech Waste LLC, and serves as President of South Bay Recycling, LLC, a joint venture between Recology and Potential Industries of Wilmington, CA. Mike has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.
 

Dave Sanson - President, DeNova Homes

 
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Dave Sanson is the President of DeNova Homes, Inc.. He supervises operations and customer satisfaction of the DeNova management team. Prior to DeNova Homes Inc. he became the General Manager at Wood Valley Development, Inc., where he lead land acquisitions to project build out of multi-family and single family residential projects. Dave’s skills for management, earned him responsibilities to oversee three levels of supervision, employees, and numerous subcontractors. In 2014 Dave, along with his wife Lori were elected the Chairman of the Board for the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area and inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame. He serves on the Board of Directors of HomeAid Northern California, The California Building Industry Association and Advisory Boards for financial institutions. Dave double majored in Construction Engineering and in Business Administration from California State University Chico in 1987.

 

George Scalise - President, Semiconductor Industry Association

 

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George Scalise is past president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), an association of semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers. He came to SIA from Apple Computer, Inc., where he served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and has also held executive management positions at National Semiconductor, Maxtor Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, Fairchild Semiconductor and Motorola Semiconductor. George was Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and also served on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is currently on the corporate boards of ATMI, Cadence Design Systems, Intermolecular, and MindTree. He served on the California Council on Science and Technology and was a member of the Joint High-Level Advisory Panel of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission, and chaired the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board at the US Department of Energy. George has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
 

Mark Whiting - Managing Partner, Drawbridge Partners

 

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Mark Whiting served as co-founder, President, and Director of TriNet Corporate Realty Trust, Inc. at TriNet's formation concurrent with the company's IPO. He became Chief Executive Officer in 1996. He managed TriNet's growth from its IPO to a $2 billion enterprise.  In 1987 he joined TriNet's predecessor, a company of The Shidler Group, where he directed acquisitions and managed the operation of over 250 properties in 40 states and Canada. Prior to that, Mark was Manager of Resort Development for Wailea Development Company, Inc. in Hawaii. In 1998 he resigned his position at TriNet to pursue his private real estate investment activities through the formation of Bay Bridge Realty Partners and Drawbridge Partners. Mark serves on the board of Capstead Mortgage Corporation  and The Marcus & Millichap Companies. He is past member of the Stanford University Athletic Board and the Board of Trustees of the Cate School. Mark has a a B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford University.
 

Jim Woolwine* - Chairman, Presidio Bank

 
James Jim Woolvine formal headshotJim Woolwine is one of the founders of Presidio Bank and has over five decades of experience in the banking industry. Since 2006, he has laid the foundation for Presidio Bank’s growth. Before founding Presidio Bank, Jim was the former Chairman of Golden Gate Bank in San Francisco, where he was a member of the group that acquired the bank in 1984. He then became President of Golden Gate Bank in 1985 which later became a subsidiary of Greater Bay Bancorp. which was later sold to Wells Fargo. Beginning in 1979, Jim headed Bank of California's Northern California Banking Division. He worked for First Chicago from 1972-1979, where his last position held was that of Senior Vice President and head of the Los Angeles Regional Office. Jim currently serves on the Board of Regents of the Hanna Boys Center. Jim has served on the Community Bank Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve. He is past board member of Delta Dental of California, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, California Bankers Association, Western Independent Bankers, The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, San Francisco Boys and Girls Club, The Senior Olympic Games, and Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. He is past Chairman of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Jim also served on the board of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee where he chaired the San Francisco Bay Area’s Bid for 2012 Olympic Games. He was also the recipient of the Man and Youth Award from San Francisco Boys and Girls Club. He earned his B.A. Degree from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago.
 
*Board Member