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April 17, 2017

Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager

Linda Stouffer is now serving the new downtown San Diego location for Citizens Business Bank located at 525 B Street, Suite 1500, San Diego. Linda joined the Bank in 2015 as a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager. Linda has a long history of working in the downtown market with experience in opening of new loan relationships in the multifamily, industrial, medical, office, commercial and construction areas. 

Vice President, Relationship Manager

Andres Melgar is now serving the new downtown San Diego location for Citizens Business Bank located at 525 B Street, Suite 1500, San Diego. Andres joined the Bank in 2015 as a Vice President and Relationship Manager. Andres has twelve years of banking experience in the San Diego region, with an emphasis on commercial real estate, construction financing, and commercial & industrial business.

Vice President, Branch Manager

Silvergate Bank welcomes Brenda Boggioni, who joins as Vice President and Branch Manager of the La Jolla Office located at 4250 Executive Square, Suite 100. Brenda, a native San Diegan, brings extensive banking experience and market knowledge with her. As a customer centric banker, Brenda is unparalleled at understanding her clients’ needs and challenges and providing the right banking solutions to help each achieve their goals. Specializing in all areas of business banking, Brenda consistently delivers for the businesses in the San Diego community. Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from San Diego State University.

Chief Executive Officer

Vince Hall has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Feeding San Diego (FSD), the leading hunger-relief organization in San Diego County, serving 63,000 children, families and seniors each week. Mr. Hall brings over two decades of public policy experience in local, state, and federal government to his new position, including serving as Staff Director for Governor Gray Davis. More recently, he served as Executive Director for the Future of California Elections, a statewide nonprofit organization working to modernize our election system to expand participation to underrepresented and underserved populations. Mr. Hall served for eight years as Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, where he directed governmental relations and served on the State Legislative Committee.

April 3, 2017

Executive Vice President

Bank of Southern California announced that Tony DiVita has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer. He will oversee new business origination and customer retention efforts, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Group, and bank marketing. Tony is also responsible for the coordination and management of the entire loan process from sourcing to funding.
Tony joined Bank of Southern California in 2011 as Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing, and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2015. He is a seasoned native San Diego banker with over 30 years of local banking experience.

Senior Vice President

Chris Burr has joined Citizens Business Bank as Senior Vice President, Center Manager at the Carmel Valley Business Financial Center, located at 12680 High Bluff Dr. Suite 125, San Diego. Chris brings over 34 years of banking experience to Citizens Business Bank. He focuses on providing high quality financial solutions to privately held businesses and their owners throughout San Diego County.

Vice President

Jackie Nash has joined Citizens Business Bank as Vice President, Relationship Manager at the Carmel Valley Business Financial Center, located at 12680 High Bluff Dr. Suite 125, San Diego. Jackie specializes in commercial banking and assisting business owners achieve their goals by providing financial solutions to help improve efficiency, profitability, and streamline operations.

March 27, 2017

City National Names Aaron Olson Manager of its Commercial Banking Division in San Diego

City National Bank, California’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, has named Aaron Olson, an experienced banking professional, as senior vice president and manager of its Commercial Banking Division in San Diego. Olson joins the San Diego group with over 17 years of experience in the banking industry. In his new role Olson will manage a team of eight commercial bankers who have a combined experience of over 200 years. He and his team are responsible for managing and developing new middle market clients by providing them with tailored financial solutions and a robust offering of bank products and services to help them achieve their business goals. Olson will work closely with Bernadette Bach who was recently named San Diego market leader for City National with over 25 years of banking experience, and Maria Chan who was recently promoted to team lead in the Commercial Banking group in San Diego and who has over 20 years of experience. Olson joined City National last year as a manager for the bank’s Commercial Banking Division in Orange County. He joined City National from Citibank where he served as senior relationship manager for the bank’s Upper Middle Market Group covering multinational companies in the Southwestern United States. Olson is originally from the Midwest and studied at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he was a business management major. He also attended the Center for Academic Programs Abroad in London, England, where he studied International Economics and Finance before earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Managing Director

John Calcagnini has joined Stout in Los Angeles as Managing Director in the Investment Banking group’s healthcare industry practice. A veteran of CRT Capital Group, Mr. Calcagnini has successfully executed more than 40 transactions in the healthcare industry across a variety of sectors, including biotech, specialty pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Mr. Calcagnini brings extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, restructuring, and equity and debt financing for both public and private companies. For more information, visit

March 20, 2017

Area Manager

Jennifer Farnham re-joins PCL Construction Services, Inc. as area manager and will oversee PCL’s buildings presence in the San Diego area. Jennifer began her career with PCL in 1992 and has spent the majority of her 25-year career working in the Southern California commercial construction market.

March 13, 2017

Vice President, Business Development

Innovative Employee Solutions (IES)announces the promotion of Sara Jensen to vice president of business development where she will develop the strategic vision and plan to achieve national sales goals and manage a high-performing sales team. Since joining IES in 2011, Sara has quickly moved up the ranks in leadership.

Senior Vice President

Voit Real Estate Services is proud to announce the addition of industry veteran Jeff Saywitz as Senior Vice President in its San Diego office. Saywitz is a well-established brokerage professional with a proven track record and singular focus in Tenant Representation in the San Diego market. His addition to the firm will help to broaden Voit’s platform and significantly grow their Tenant Rep. business. An industry veteran specializing exclusively in tenant representation for office, industrial, flex and R&D users, Jeff brings over 25 years of brokerage experience and a deep understanding of the industry to his new role.

February 20, 2017


San Diego’s leading creative office and hospitality furniture dealership, Innovative Commercial Environments (ICE) is pleased to announce the promotion of Alysse Cooper to President, managing operations and major accounts. Alysse has been with ICE since 2008, initially as Office Administrator, then moving into Accounting & HR Manager, Project Manager, Sales Assistant, Sales Executive and most recently as Vice President of Sales. Alysse specializes in higher education, creative office and custom furniture design and sales. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from CSUSM while working full time at ICE. A natural leader, Alysse’s professional affiliations include NAIOP in which she was recently named Co-Chair for the Developing Leaders Board for 2017 and IIDA NeoConnect Co-Chair.

Senior Manager

RiSK Opportunities, Inc. has hired Richard Valderrama, CISA, CRISC, as their newest Senior Manager with 17 years experience in the field of IT Internal Audit and IT GRC. His areas of expertise include IT audit management, system pre-implementation reviews, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery programs, IT & security risk and control assessments, and IT compliance reviews including SOX, SSAE16, FFIEC, NIST, and PCI DSS. RiSK Opportunities specializes in providing Internal Audit, Business and IT Risk Advisory Services to both public and privately held corporations, partnerships, and not-for-profit entities, throughout Southern California.

February 13, 2017

Senior Vice President

Silvergate Bank is pleased to announce that Patrick M. Gilmore has joined the Bank as senior vice president in charge of its Correspondent Lending Division. This division purchases single family residential mortgage loans originated by the Bank’s network of correspondent mortgage banking firms.
Pat’s extensive residential mortgage industry experience of over 25 years has included key management positions with the Federal National Mortgage Association, Goldman Sachs, GMAC Bank, and most recently Caliber Home Loans, where he significantly grew the company’s sales organization and delivered multi-billion dollar annual mortgage loan origination volumes. “Pat’s exceptional mortgage lending experience, skills and accomplishments make him especially well qualified to lead correspondent mortgage lending for Silvergate,” said Derek Eisele, the Bank’s president and chief credit officer. Pat is based in Silvergate’s headquarters office. His email address is, and his office telephone number is 858-362-6300. About Silvergate Bank Silvergate Bank, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, is a San Diego-based bank that specializes in serving small to medium sized businesses. The Bank is headquartered at 4275 Executive Square, Suite 800, La Jolla, CA 92037, with additional branch offices in La Jolla, La Mesa, Escondido, and Carlsbad, and a loan production office in Seal Beach. The Bank’s website is

February 6, 2017

Principal, Office Leader

HED promotes Neville Willsmore to Principal, Office Leader. In this role, he oversees the business direction of the firm’s San Diego office. Willsmore has over 25 years of design and management experience and has worked on a diverse range of projects, including senior and multi-family housing, hotels, retail and healthcare.

January 30, 2017

City National Promotes Maria Chan to Team Leader of its Commercial Banking Group in San Diego

City National Bank, America’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, has promoted Maria Chan to team leader of its Commercial Banking group in San Diego. Chan is senior vice president and senior relationship manager of Commercial Banking.
“Maria is a highly effective colleague who demonstrates a genuine passion for client service,” said City National Bank President Christopher Warmuth. “Maria is also a well respected member of the community and especially qualified to help lead our growth in San Diego. We look forward to her continued success in this expanded role.” Chan is responsible for managing a portfolio of commercial and non-profit clients, ensuring that all of their banking needs are being met. Her dedication to her clients helped her earn the distinction of City National’s Top Relationship Manager from 2008-2016, Top Producer Award in 2010 and President’s Circle Award in 2008. Chan has over 20 years of international banking and business experience, assisting a broad range of clients from small and mid-size companies, non-profit organizations and multinational corporations. Prior to joining City National in 2005, Chan worked for Wells Fargo Bank in San Diego and Citibank’s Global Corporate Banking Group in Asia. She earned a Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and a Masters degree from the University of Southern California. Chan has served on the board of directors at the San Diego World Trade Center, and she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Vista Community Clinic and Board of Directors of ALMA Life Sciences Foundation. She is also a LEAD San Diego IMPACT graduate and volunteers at various community organizations dedicated to children.

January 23, 2017

City National Promotes Bernadette Bach to
San Diego Market Leader

City National Bank, America’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, has announced that Bernadette Bach has taken on expanded responsibilities within its Commercial Banking Division for the greater San Diego area. Bach is adding the role of market leader to her current position as senior vice president and business development officer. Bach represents all of City National’s divisions in San Diego and assumes responsibility for the bank’s continued growth and success. Bach has been with City National for more than 25 years and has spent the last two decades working exclusively in San Diego. She succeeds Stephen Cusato, who recently departed the bank after 14 years of service. She has played a critical role in helping the company to expand throughout San Diego. During that time, she has been a prolific source of new client acquisition and has a successful track record of developing professional relationships. Bach is based at City National’s San Diego regional center, which offers clients a complete array of services including private banking, wealth management, real estate lending, and commercial and business banking. City National opened its first regional office in San Diego in 1979. Today, it has seven branch offices and 75 colleagues throughout the county. She has received City National’s President’s Club Award in each of the past 20 years, and has earned the Top Producer Award 14 times. In 2010, the San Diego Business Journal recognized her with its “Women Who Mean Business” award.

Account Executive

We are pleased to announce the addition of Kat Holyfield, Account Executive, to our San Diego Construction & Skilled Trades division of Decton Staffing Services! Her past 8 years of experience in the construction staffing industry, includes 5 years in the San Diego market. Kats attributes include exceptional client service along with a commitment to quality, and a strong work ethic with her clients, team and field employees. Kat believes that building relationships and exceeding client expectations has earned her the trust of industry management and leaders. You can contact Kat at or 760-809-7004


Rick Keating partners with Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED). A recognized leader in design, Keating brings his vast experience as a designer on large-scale, complex projects, including Los Angeles’ 52-story Gas Company Tower and the ultra-luxurious Beverly West Condominiums. Keating will provide design services for all five of HED’s offices.

Audit Partner

On January 1, 2017, Greg Sallee became the first Audit Partner at Gatto, Pope & Walwick. Greg works in various industries, but specializes in construction contractors. He is a CCIFP and is on the board of directors for the Construction Financial Management Association. Greg also oversees the firm’s ERISA practice and performs peer reviews.

January 2, 2017


The CPA firm Leaf & Cole, LLP has promoted Carole Annette Schmerbauch to partner. Carole has been with the firm since 2004. She has more than 16 years of experience in tax, advisory and accounting services. She is a welcome addition to the Leaf & Cole team.