Kathie Sowa leads commercial banking teams serving clients in the Central Valley and Central Coast of California. Sowa is also the greater Sacramento market president serving the 1,200 employees in the 7 counties in the market. In this role, she drives employee engagement and collaboration across all lines of business and brands including Merrill Lynch and US Trust. Sowa also champions the company’s corporate social responsibility and philanthropic efforts in the market.
Louise Walker has served as president and CEO of First Northern Community Bancorp and its subsidiary, First Northern Bank, since January 1, 2011. She joined First Northern Bank in 1979, and has been a member of the Senior Management Team since 1989. Walker is a member of the following board of directors oversight committees: asset/liability, asset management and trust, audit, compensation, directors loan, information services steering, nominating and corporate governance, preferred stock dividend, and profit sharing.
Debbie Skinner has served as Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California’s (F&M Bank) EVP and chief administrative officer since joining the Bank in December 2000. As CAO, she oversees information technology, loan and deposit operations, call center, electronic banking, compliance, BSA/fraud, and treasury management support. Additionally, Skinner served as board secretary for several years, is the board appointed corporate compliance officer, and serves as a member of the following board appointed committees: executive management, compliance, and EDP steering.
Debbie Meekins most recently served as president & CEO of First Community Bank.
In 1985, Debbie joined Sonoma National Bank as vice president, chief financial officer and became the president and chief executive officer in 1990 until the sale of the bank in 2007. Under her management, the bank’s assets grew to $1.3 billion with thirteen branches and six loan production offices. The bank was nationally recognized for growth, earnings and efficiency.
Since 2013, A.J. Antongiovanni has served as the president and chief executive officer of Mission Bank, a $490 million asset commercial bank focusing on business customers in Kern and Los Angeles counties.
Antongiovanni also serves as a director of Mission Bank, Mission Bancorp and President of Mission Bank 1031 Exchange.
George Cook began his career with El Dorado Savings Bank in 1974, serving as a real estate appraiser. In 1983 he transitioned from the appraisal department to the loan department where he acted as the Senior Loan Officer. In 1987 he was promoted to President, Chief Loan Officer and Chief Operating Officer and served in that capacity through 2013. In January of 2014 he was named to the CEO position.
Eric Ellingsen has served as president and chief operating officer of California Bank & Trust since January 2016. Within CB&T, Ellingsen oversees the business and branch banking, which makes up more than 80 branches throughout the state, SBA lending, private banking, corporate services, and the bank’s finance and planning functions. Prior to his current role, Ellingsen was CB&T’s chief financial officer from 2012 to 2015 and was responsible for the overall financial management of the company.
Kenton Thompson is head of bank products, distribution, community banking and diverse markets. He and his team are accountable for delivering competitive bank products to Schwab clients, working closely with Schwab retail and advisor business partners to ensure a great client experience.