The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders, is the market’s most comprehensive product of people you should know in the business community. The 500 includes business leaders and executives who have founded or are running significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond and those who lead in the business community. The 500 is selected by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom.

Richard Sanborn

CEO, Seacoast Commerce Bank

Richard Sanborn came to Seacoast Commerce Bank in 2007 and has served as a director, president and CEO since. He’s spent more than two decades in the banking industry where he has held executive level positions and has extensive experience in all facets of banking, including lending, mergers and acquisitions, operations and strategic planning. He came to Seacoast from Pacific Western Bank, where he was executive vice president. He has led Seacoast to become one of the 10 largest Small Business Administration lenders in the U.S. – garnering nearly 19-percent returns for investors. He is a recent past chairman of the California Bankers Association.

ALMA MATER: Bentley College, MBA from California Pacific University

NICHE: He has developed an efficient SBA lending process and now has similar operations in seven Western states.

BUCKET LIST: Complete RAAM (Ride Across America) and a the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon.