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The following serve as Directors of Community West Bancshares (CWBC):
William R. PeeplesWilliam R. Peeples
Mr. Peeples is Chairman of the Board of CWBC and a founder and Director of CWB since 1989. Mr. Peeples is Chairman of CWBC’s Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees and serves on CWB’s Executive, Loan, Personnel / Compensation and Management Succession Committees. Mr. Peeples served in various financial capacities, including President and Chief Financial Officer of Inamed Corporation from 1985 to 1987. He also was a founder and Chief Financial Officer of Nusil Corporation and Imulok Corporation from 1980 to 1985. Mr. Peeples has been active as a private investor and currently serves as Managing General Partner of two real estate partnerships and serves as a member of the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Mr. Peeples holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and an MBA from Golden Gate University, Air Force on-base program.
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Robert H. BartleinRobert H. Bartlein
Mr. Bartlein has been a member of the Board of CWBC since its inception in 1997 and a founder and Director of CWB since 1989. Mr. Bartlein serves on CWBC’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees and is Chairman of the Board of CWB, Chairman of the Loan Committee and a member of the Personnel / Compensation, Executive, Legal and Management Succession Committees. He is President and CEO of Bartlein & Company, Inc., founded in 1969, which is a property management company with four California offices. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with a degree in Finance, Investments and Banking, and did post-graduate study at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Mr. Bartlein is past President and Director of the American Lung Association of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
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Jean W. BloisJean W. Blois
Mrs. Blois has been a member of the Board of CWBC since its inception in 1997 and of CWB since 1989. She is Chairman of CWB’s Personnel / Compensation Committee and a member of the Asset / Liability Committee. She co-founded Blois Construction, Inc. and served in a financial capacity before retirement. She formed her own consulting firm, Jean to the Rescue. Mrs. Blois graduated with a BS from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as a Trustee of the Goleta Union School District for 13 years, a Director of the Goleta Water District for 10 years and a council member for the City of Goleta for 6 years, including terms in 2005 and 2007 as Goleta Mayor.
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John D. IllgenJohn D. Illgen
Mr. Illgen has been a member of the Board of CWBC since its inception in 1997 and of CWB since 1989. He is Secretary of the Board of CWBC and a member of CWBC’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Chairman of CWB’s Asset / Liability Committee and a member of the Personnel / Compensation and Compliance Committees. Mr. Illgen is Sector Director and Vice President for Modeling and Simulation with Northrop Grumman Simulation Technologies (NGC). He was Founder (1988), President and Chairman of Illgen Simulation Technologies, Inc. until its merger with NGC in December 2003. Mr. Illgen is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industry Association and appears on television with General Alexander Haig on “21st Century Business and Health” as an industry expert in information systems, modeling and simulation. Mr. Illgen is an honorary member of the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation Board and a Past President of Goleta Rotary Club.
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Shereef MoharramShereef Moharram
Mr. Moharram has been a member of the Board of Community West Bancshares (CWBC)and CWB since December 2011. Mr. Moharram serves on CWB's Asset/Liability Committee. He is partner of Price Postel & Parma LLP, founded in 1852, which is California's oldest law firm and Santa Barbara's oldest continuous business. He is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law.
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Eric OnnenEric Onnen
Mr. Onnen is co-founder and owner of Santa Barbara Airbus, a ground transportation company, since 1983, and currently CEO. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara (Business Economics), Mr. Onnen serves actively in local business organizations, non-profits and elective office. Currently, Mr. Onnen serves on the Goleta Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and Goleta Rotary Club. He previously served on the Goleta City Council from 2006 to 2010 and as Mayor in 2010. In elective office and volunteer positions, he served on financial committees, audit committees, regulatory over-site and compliance. As a CEO for over 25 years, Mr. Onnen has a great deal of experience with lenders and banking, including real estate transactions and business financing. He has been a shareholder since inception of the bank.
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Martin E. PlourdMartin E. Plourd
Martin E. Plourd was named a Director and President / Chief Executive Officer of the Bank and Vice President of Community West Bancshares on November 2, 2011. Before joining Community West Bank, Mr. Plourd has been in banking for 30 years and a bank executive for 20 years. Since July 2009, he has worked as a consultant on engagements with bank strategic planning, acquisitions and compliance. From July 2005 to July 2009, Mr. Plourd served first as Chief Operating Officer and then President and Director of Temecula Valley Bank, Temecula, California. Prior to that, Mr. Plourd spent 18 years with Rabobank/Valley Independent Bank, El Centro, California, including his last position as Executive Vice President and Community Banking Officer. Mr. Plourd is a graduate of Stonier Graduate School of Banking and California State Polytechnic University.
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James R. Sims, Jr.James R. Sims, Jr.
Mr. Sims has been a member of the Board of CWBC since its inception in 1997 and of CWB since 1989. Mr. Sims serves on CWBC’s Audit Committee and Chairs CWB’s Compliance Committee. Mr. Sims is a real estate broker whose career began in 1970 in Santa Barbara. He is a past President of the Santa Barbara Board of Realtors, Chairman of the Multiple Listing Service and served as Regional Vice President of the California Association of Realtors. Mr. Sims served on the Santa Barbara Coastal Housing Association seeking affordable housing and he developed three Residential Care Facilities for the elderly in Camarillo that he operated until his retirement in 2000.
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Kirk B. StovesandKirk B. Stovesand
Mr. Stovesand has been a member of the Board of CWBC and CWB since May 2003. Mr. Stovesand serves on CWBC's Audit Committee and CWB’s Asset / Liability Committees and is Secretary of CWB’s Board. He is a partner of Walpole & Co., founded in 1974, which is a Certified Public Accounting and Consulting firm. Mr. Stovesand has served on the boards of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics. Mr. Stovesand received a Masters Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a Master Certificate in Global Business Management from George Washington University. He is a Certified Financial Planner, certified in mergers and acquisitions, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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