Who We Are

Genesis Bank is a California-chartered commercial bank organized by a group of highly experienced and successful bankers and business professionals. 

Our Focus

We focus on serving the banking needs of small to mid-sized businesses, the owners of such businesses, business professionals, and owners and investors of income-producing properties (including multi-family and commercial real estate), located primarily in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

Our products, services, and solutions include traditional commercial business, Small Business Administration (SBA), income property, and owner-occupied commercial real estate loan and deposit products, as well as treasury management services and solutions. We also provide fiduciary banking, escrow, and section 1031 exchange services to serve the banking needs of our clients.

Our Brand

Meaning

The name Genesis originates from the Book of Genesis, thereby providing a deep historical meaning. Genesis, by definition, is a new beginning, birth, or creation, which resonates deeply with the Bank’s founders. The Bank represents a new beginning, birth, and growth of a uniquely different organization with a forward-thinking mindset. Genesis Bank launches at a critically important time, different than any other, blazing a new path forward to our clients and our local economy.

Logo

The logo mark stems from its historical roots, showcasing a modern, abstract “Tree of Life”. It represents fertility and new birth -- from seed, to tree, to fruit. Its circular shape signifies the circle of life, and the brand’s totality and wholeness. The abstract and contemporary mark presents a strong foundation or “roots” for the Bank. Genesis’ core is unbridled from the burdens of traditional banking systems, creating a dynamic and innovative experience for its clients.

Typography

The manipulated traditional font has been transformed into an innovative and futuristic visual that is aligned with the forward thinking of Genesis Bank and its clients. Recognizing client needs and behavior patterns, Genesis launches with technology available today, stressing convenience and accessibility as a priority, versus legacy platforms available at other banks.

The “E” is representative of the new and current, non-legacy technology platform the Bank is built upon. In coding language, the three parallel lines represent the word “equivalent”, showcasing Genesis Bank’s symbiotic relationship and alignment with its clients. In the wordmark, “BANK” stays with the standard font, tying the mark with the structural tradition of a bank that clients can depend on.

Color

The color red selected for the emblem mark -- The Tree of Life -- is strong, striking, and bold, and punctuates the arrival of Genesis Bank, while the K’s red-colored slash represents an exclamation to emphasize the Bank’s excitement toward the future. The black is in strong contrast to the red, all representing the Bank’s bold positioning, in contrast to the current traditional banking industry that is sleepy and stodgy.

News & Press Releases

Leadership

Executive Team

Stephen H. Gordon

Founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gordon is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Bank. Mr. Gordon has over 35 years of financial industry experience, including serving as Founding Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Opus Bank; Founding Chairman and CEO of Commercial Capital Bank and its savings and loan holding company, Commercial Capital Bancorp, Inc; as well as Chairman and CEO of Fremont Investment and Loan and its holding company, Fremont General Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Gordon served as a Partner at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P., a New York based investment banking firm.

Jennifer Simmons

President and Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Simmons is responsible for overseeing the operations, day-to-day administration, and business development processes of Genesis Bank. Ms. Simmons is a 27-year banking veteran, having most recently served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Opus Bank. Prior to joining Opus Bank, Ms. Simmons held senior leadership positions at Union Bank, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Brian Fitzmaurice

EVP, Senior Chief Credit Officer

Mr. Fitzmaurice is responsible for the overall credit quality of the loan portfolio, administrative and operational matters pertaining to lending, and loan servicing and processing for Genesis Bank. Mr. Fitzmaurice is a veteran banker with 38 years of extensive experience in credit and risk management, most recently serving as Vice Chairman and Senior Chief Credit Officer of Opus Bank. Prior to joining Opus Bank, Mr. Fitzmaurice held various senior credit risk management positions, including Chief Credit Officer at City National Bank, a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”), where he was also a member of RBC’s global risk committee, and Citigroup, where he was the national risk manager for middle market lending.

William Han

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Han is responsible for Genesis Bank’s finance functions, including financial planning and analysis, asset-liability and treasury management, accounting, and financial reporting. Mr. Han is a CPA with 15 years of banking industry accounting and finance experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President – Finance and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Opus Bank. Prior to joining Opus Bank, Mr. Han was a senior manager at KPMG LLP, working as an auditor in the banking and financial services practice.

Andres Gallardo

EVP, Chief Legal and Risk Officer

Mr. Gallardo is responsible for overseeing Genesis Bank’s legal, internal controls and regulatory compliance, and audit and risk assessment processes. Mr. Gallardo has over 15 years of banking experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President – Deputy General Counsel at Opus Bank, as well as General Counsel of PENSCO Trust Company, a subsidiary of Opus Bank. Mr. Gallardo’s prior banking experience includes positions held at Silvergate Bank, U.S. Bank, and San Diego National Bank. Mr. Gallardo holds FINRA Series 63 and 79 Licenses and is an active member of the State Bar of California.

Board of Directors 

Stephen H. Gordon

Founding Chairman

Mr. Gordon is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Bank. Mr. Gordon has over 35 years of financial industry experience, including serving as Founding Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Opus Bank; Founding Chairman and CEO of Commercial Capital Bank and its savings and loan holding company, Commercial Capital Bancorp, Inc; as well as Chairman and CEO of Fremont Investment and Loan and its holding company, Fremont General Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Gordon served as a Partner at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P., a New York based investment banking firm.

 

Jennifer Simmons

Vice Chair

Ms. Simmons is responsible for overseeing the operations, day-to-day administration, and business development processes of Genesis Bank. Ms. Simmons is a 27-year banking veteran, having most recently served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Opus Bank. Prior to joining Opus Bank, Ms. Simmons held senior leadership positions at Union Bank, Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.

Marsie Alford

Director

Ms. Alford has more than 25 years of accounting and finance experience, and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County (JFFS). Prior to joining JFFS, Ms. Alford served as an accounting and finance consultant, advising manufacturing, healthcare, E-commerce, real estate, aerospace, retail, investment, legal, and non-profit businesses with annual revenues ranging from $5M to $15B. Ms. Alford previously held executive finance positions for several nonprofits, including Make-a-Wish Foundation of Los Angeles, Southern California Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation, and East Bronx Daycare Center, Inc., in New York, where she directed the accounting, finance, human resources, operations, fiscal reporting activities, internal control processes, asset management, and policies and procedures at those organizations.

Warren J. Kessler

Director

Mr. Kessler is an attorney, currently serving as a Partner at Greenberg Glusker where he represents institutions, large real estate portfolio owners, private businesses, and high-net-worth individuals in connection with tax structuring of complex real estate transactions as well as the restructuring of partnerships and limited liability companies that own large parcels of real estate. Prior to joining Greenberg Glusker, Mr. Kessler was a Partner at DLA Piper, a global law firm, and previously spent 30 years at his own law firm, Kessler & Kessler, A Law Corporation, which represented private businesses, high net worth individuals, and institutions in tax law, real estate law, estate planning, and corporate law matters. Mr. Kessler is involved in numerous charitable and pro bono activities, most notably serving as General Counsel to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple board of trustees, and is a former Chair and Director of California Housing Partnership Corporation and representative of the Cornell University Development Fund, and is involved with the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Program.

Tam Nguyen

Director

Mr. Nguyen is the President; co-owner of Advance Beauty College with campuses in Garden Grove and Laguna Hills, California. Nearly 50,000 graduates have gone through the innovative program in its 33-year history with training from leading educators and industry professionals. Advance Beauty College has won numerous awards including the 2020 National School Spirit Award given by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools for its exemplary industry leadership, and 2020 National Philanthropy Day Honoree for outstanding business of the year. Mr. Nguyen is an active and dedicated member of his industry and greater community. He serves on numerous boards and is a member of leading organizations such as the Orange County United Way, Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Trade Culture Alliance, Orange Coast Memorial Community Benefits Foundation, Garden Grove Community Foundation, Orange County Transportation Authority Diverse Leaders Council, Center for Leadership, Center for Family Business and Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Board of Governors. Additionally, from 2010-2016, Mr. Nguyen served on the national board of directors for American Association of Cosmetology Schools, representing hundreds of beauty; wellness academies. 

Richard Sanchez

Director

Mr. Sanchez is a seasoned banker with more than 30 years of banking and related experience. Mr. Sanchez previously served as a director on the Opus Bank Board of Directors, and as the Chief Risk Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, while being a member of the ALCO Committee, Benefits Committee, Project Management Committee, Executive Committee, Compliance Disclosure Committee, and BSA Working Group. Prior to joining Opus Bank, Mr. Sanchez served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Fremont General Corporation and Fremont Reorganizing Corporation, as well as a director, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary for Commercial Capital Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary, Commercial Capital Bank. From 1993 to 2002, Mr. Sanchez was Deputy Regional Director for the Office of Thrift Supervision (“OTS”) in the Western Region, where he supervised examiners responsible for and planned and directed the examination and supervision of 85 insured financial institutions.  

Sandor Valner

Director

Mr. Valner is the founder and CEO of Network Bankers, a Los Angeles based tech-enabled investment bank he founded in 2020 to provide services to a global network of 30,000 CEOs and accredited investors. Prior to Network Bankers, he was a founder/leader of two investment banking platforms and a private equity real estate investment management group.  Through these companies, he has led more than $20 billion in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate investment transactions. Mr. Valner also held positions as a partner at Walton Street Capital and CEO of VALOR, a boutique investment bank focused on real estate and financial restructuring. Additionally, Mr. Valner worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in their global privatizations group in New York, where he became the CEO of the bank’s Mexico operations. Mr. Valner’s current board activities include Leadership Council of UCLA´s Depression Grand Challenge, YPO´s Alliance to End Homelessness, Progresemos, IngeniousIO, and FIHO.

 

Follow Us on Twitter Like Us on Facebook Connect With Us on LinkedIn Follow Us on Instagram

Back to Top

Internet Explorer 11 is outdated. For improved security and optimized performance we highly recommend upgrading your browser. ChromeFirefoxEdge