Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Robert G. Sarver
Robert G. Sarver
Executive Chairman
Robert G. Sarver Mr. Sarver has been the Executive Chairman of the Company since April 1, 2018, prior to which Mr. Sarver served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer beginning in December 2002. He also served as the President of the Company from December 2002 to April 2010. He served on the Torrey Pines Bank board of directors until the bank merged with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Mr. Sarver organized and founded National Bank of Arizona in 1984 and served as President at the time of the sale of that bank in 1994 to Zions Bancorporation. Mr. Sarver was the lead investor and CEO of GB Bancorporation, the former parent company of Grossmont Bank, from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Sarver served as Chairman and CEO of California Bank and Trust and as an Executive Vice President with Zions Bancorporation from June 1998 to March 2001. He served as a director and credit committee member of Zions Bancorporation from 1995 to 2001, and as a director of Skywest Airlines from 2000 to 2015. Mr. Sarver was an original founder and managing principal of Southwest Value Partners Enterprises (“SVP”), but no longer serves in a managing or controlling capacity. Mr. Sarver is a member of SVP’s three-person underwriting committee. Mr. Sarver is also a director of Meritage Homes Corporation, the Managing Partner of the Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team, a member of the board of directors of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona, and a part owner of the Spanish professional soccer club Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, S.A.D. Mr. Sarver brings extensive experience in banking, real estate and executive management to our Board. Mr. Sarver’s experience as a leader and entrepreneur in the Southwest, where the Company operates, provides insight to the Board of Directors on the factors that impact both the Company and the communities in which it operates. Moreover, Mr. Sarver’s leadership and depth of knowledge of the Company’s business and operations provide our Board of Directors with Company-specific experience and expertise.
Kenneth A. Vecchione
Kenneth A. Vecchione
Chief Executive Officer
Kenneth A. Vecchione Mr. Vecchione has been a director of the Company since October 2007 and has been the Chief Executive Officer since April 1, 2018, after rejoining the company as President in July 2017. He served as the non-management Chairman of the Company’s bank subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, from January 2014 to December 2015, Vice Chairman of Bank of Nevada from October 2010 to December 2013, and was the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2010 to April 2013. In April 2013, Mr. Vecchione joined Encore Capital Group as President and director, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from June 2013 through June 2017. He was also Chairman of Cabot Credit Management, Encore Capital Group’s largest majority owned international subsidiary. During his more than 35-year career, Mr. Vecchione has held a number of senior positions at large financial services companies, including Chief Financial Officer at Apollo Global Management, LLC from 2007 to 2010 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at AT&T Universal Card Services from 1997 to 1998. Between 1998 and 2006, Mr. Vecchione served in a number of positions at MBNA Corporation, including three years as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Vecchione previously served as a director of International Securities Exchange from 2007 through June 2016. Mr. Vecchione served on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco from 2012 through 2013. Mr. Vecchione also served as a director of Affinion Group and was the Chairman of its Audit Committee until January 2011. Mr. Vecchione provides valuable insight and guidance on the issues of corporate strategy and risk management, has expertise and understanding of the current trends and regulatory issues within the financial services industry, extensive public company experience and day to day knowledge of the Company.
Dale Gibbons
Dale Gibbons
Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
Dale Gibbons Mr. Gibbons has been Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and Western Alliance Bank since April 1, 2018, prior to which Mr. Gibbons served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of the Company and Western Alliance Bank beginning in May 2003 and December 2013, respectively. He was Executive Vice President of Bank of Nevada from July 2004 to December 2013, and served as Bank of Nevada’s Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Gibbons has more than 30 years of experience in commercial banking, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of Zions Bancorporation from August 1996 to June 2001. From 1979 to 1996, Mr. Gibbons worked for First Interstate Bancorp in a variety of retail banking and financial management positions.
James Haught
James Haught
President and Chief Operating Officer
James Haught Mr. Haught is President and Chief Operating Officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation and has served in that role since April 1, 2018, prior to which Mr. Haught served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer beginning in April 2017. In his role as Chief Operating Officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation, Mr. Haught primary function is to oversee the Operations, Risk, and Information Technology departments of the Company. Mr. Haught has 20 years of experience in risk and capital management with several high-profile financial services and consulting organizations. Prior to joining Western Alliance, Mr. Haught was Managing Partner for Financial Services with The Exequor Group since July 2013. From 2010 to 2013, he was Senior Vice President/Global Head of Capital for State Street Corporation. Mr. Haught began his banking career with 12 years at RBS Citizens, including assignments in London, Boston and Providence covering lending, modeling, asset liability management, and capital planning. Prior to entering banking, he spent eight years as a United States Naval Officer. Mr. Haught, who holds designations as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM), graduated from the University of Rochester and earned an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.
Gerald “Gary” Cady
Gerald “Gary” Cady
Executive Vice President, Southern California Administration
Gerald “Gary” Cady Mr. Cady has been the Company’s Executive Vice President of Southern California Administration since May 2003. He is also the CEO of the Torrey Pines Bank division of Western Alliance Bank, and served as the CEO of the Company’s Torrey Pines Bank subsidiary from June 2006 until its merger with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Mr. Cady has 39 years of commercial banking experience, including serving as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for California Bank and Trust in San Diego from August 1987 to February 2003. Mr. Cady served on the Board of Grossmont Hospital and was Chairman of the Board from 2007-2008. He is the Chairman of the Continuous Quality Insurance Corporation, which is owned by Sharp Healthcare, and the Vice-Chairman of the Timken Museum of Art. He also services on the board of the Sharp Healthcare Corporation and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Don H. Garner
Don H. Garner
Executive Vice President, Arizona Administration
Don H. Garner Mr. Garner has been Executive Vice President of Arizona Administration and the CEO of the Alliance Bank of Arizona division of Western Alliance Bank since January 2017. A founding member of the Company’s original management team, Garner has nearly 30 years of experience in commercial and real estate lending in Arizona. Garner started with Alliance Bank of Arizona in November of 2002 as a Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Manager, eventually being promoted in January of 2007 to an Executive Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Manager, and again being promoted in September of 2011 to Chief Real Estate Officer. Prior to joining Alliance Bank of Arizona, Garner spent 14 years with Valley National Bank focusing on real estate lending in the Tucson and Phoenix markets. Garner is an active member of Arizona’s business and philanthropic communities. He is Past President of the Tucson Conquistadores and former Chairman of La Paloma Family Services in Tucson. He has served on the boards of the Pima County Real Estate Research Council, the Metropolitan Pima Alliance, and the American Heart Association. Garner is a member of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) and the Urban Land Institute.
John Guedry
John Guedry
Executive Vice President, Southern Nevada Administration
John Guedry Mr. Guedry has been Executive Vice President of Southern Nevada Administration since February 2015. He is also the CEO of Bank of Nevada division of Western Alliance Bank, and served as the President of the Company’s Bank of Nevada subsidiary from August 2011 until its merger with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. He began his banking career with Valley Bank of Nevada in 1994 where he served as Sales Director until 1999. Most recently, Mr. Guedry was CEO and a board member for Business Bank of Nevada from 2000 until 2007, when the bank was sold to City National Bank, at which point he remained as EVP and Director of Nevada Operations for City National Bank until 2009. Mr. Guedry currently serves in several community roles as a member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce board of directors, executive committee and Immediate Past-Chairman, a board member, executive committee member and treasurer of the Public Education Foundation, a board member of the Economic Club of Las Vegas and an executive committee member of the Las Vegas Bowl. He is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas Lee Business School.
Barbara Kennedy
Barbara Kennedy
Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Barbara Kennedy Ms. Kennedy has been the Chief Human Resources Officer and an Executive Vice President of the Company and Western Alliance Bank since April 16, 2018. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Kennedy was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Encore Capital Group from April 2014 to April 2018, where she was responsible for human resources globally, including talent acquisition and management, employee relations, total rewards, and developing and implementing a wide range of initiatives that aligned with Encore's business objectives. From August 2008 to March 2014, she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at United Stationers Supply Company, during which time she also served on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Novo Group and Meals On Wheels. Prior to United Stationers, Ms. Kennedy spent nine years, from August 1999 to July 2008, with Swift Transportation Company, Inc. (Swift) where she served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Safety, Recruiting and Driver Services. Before Swift, she held various management positions in Human Resources at Barr-Nunn Transportation. Ms. Kennedy received her Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Robert R. McAuslan
Robert R. McAuslan
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Robert R. McAuslan Mr. McAuslan has been the Chief Credit Officer and an Executive Vice President of the Company and Western Alliance Bank since February 2011 and December 2013, respectively. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McAuslan was Senior Credit Executive for Western U.S. markets with Mutual of Omaha Bank from November 2008 through January 2011. Mr. McAuslan’s prior experience includes H.F. Ahmanson/Home Savings of America where he was Chief Credit Officer, and various credit and lending positions at Citibank/Citigroup and BBVA/Compass Bank. Mr. McAuslan graduated with a B.S. from Northeastern University and received an MBA from Wharton Graduate Division, University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Myers
Daniel Myers
Executive Vice President, Northern California Administration
Daniel Myers Mr. Myers has been the Executive Vice President of Northern California Administration for Western Alliance Bancorporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bridge Bank division of Western Alliance Bank since July 2015. He was a director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Capital Holdings from its inception in 2004 until June 2015, and held the same positions with Bridge Bank, National Association from its inception in 2001 until June 2015. Mr. Myers has worked in commercial banking for over 35 years, all with independent business banks in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley region. He is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School through the University of Washington, and holds a Liberal Arts degree from DePauw University in Indiana.
Randall S. Theisen
Randall S. Theisen
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Randall S. Theisen Mr. Theisen has served as General Counsel of the Company and Western Alliance Bank since February 2006, and has been an Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Company since February 2013 and August 2013, respectively. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Theisen spent more than 20 years in private practice representing financial institutions in banking, corporate and financial services law, including serving as the head of the Financial Institutions Practice Group of a major Phoenix-based law firm. He was named a “Leading Lawyer 2006” and “Best of the Bar 2005” among banking attorneys by the Business Journal of Phoenix. Mr. Theisen received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. with honors from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, where he served as writer and editor of the law review among other academic distinctions.

Board of Directors

Robert G. Sarver
Robert G. Sarver
Chairman
Robert G. Sarver Mr. Sarver has been the Executive Chairman of the Company since April 1, 2018, prior to which Mr. Sarver served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer beginning in December 2002. He also served as the President of the Company from December 2002 to April 2010. He served on the Torrey Pines Bank board of directors until the bank merged with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Mr. Sarver organized and founded National Bank of Arizona in 1984 and served as President at the time of the sale of that bank in 1994 to Zions Bancorporation. Mr. Sarver was the lead investor and CEO of GB Bancorporation, the former parent company of Grossmont Bank, from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Sarver served as Chairman and CEO of California Bank and Trust and as an Executive Vice President with Zions Bancorporation from June 1998 to March 2001. He served as a director and credit committee member of Zions Bancorporation from 1995 to 2001, and as a director of Skywest Airlines from 2000 to 2015. Mr. Sarver was an original founder and managing principal of Southwest Value Partners Enterprises (“SVP”), but no longer serves in a managing or controlling capacity. Mr. Sarver is a member of SVP’s three-person underwriting committee. Mr. Sarver is also a director of Meritage Homes Corporation, the Managing Partner of the Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team, a member of the board of directors of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona, and a part owner of the Spanish professional soccer club Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, S.A.D. Mr. Sarver brings extensive experience in banking, real estate and executive management to our Board. Mr. Sarver’s experience as a leader and entrepreneur in the Southwest, where the Company operates, provides insight to the Board of Directors on the factors that impact both the Company and the communities in which it operates. Moreover, Mr. Sarver’s leadership and depth of knowledge of the Company’s business and operations provide our Board of Directors with Company-specific experience and expertise.
Bruce Beach
Bruce Beach
Lead Director
Bruce Beach Mr. Beach has been a director of the Company since April 2005 and Lead Independent Director since January 2010. He served as Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee from May 2009 to March 2017. Mr. Beach has been the Chairman of BeachFleischman PC, an accounting and business advisory firm in Southern Arizona, since May 1991, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1991 to 2015. Mr. Beach is a certified public accountant, received a BS in business administration and an MBA from the University of Arizona, and has 43 years of experience in public accounting. Mr. Beach was the Vice-Chairman of Carondelet Health Network, one of the largest hospital systems in Southern Arizona, from July 2004 until December 2007, and served as the chairman of its Audit Committee from July 2003 until December 2007. Mr. Beach served a term as Chairman of Carondelet Health Network in 2008, and retired from the Carondelet board of directors on December 31, 2008. Mr. Beach’s experience as an accounting professional and his background as an executive and director contribute management and financial expertise to our Board of Directors, as well as leadership skills and significant knowledge of the Southern Arizona business environment.
William S. Boyd
William S. Boyd
William S. Boyd Mr. Boyd has been a director and stockholder of the Company since inception and was a founder of its first bank subsidiary, Bank of Nevada (then known as BankWest Nevada). Mr. Boyd has served as a director of Boyd Gaming Corporation since its inception in June 1988, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since August 1988. Mr. Boyd also held the position of CEO of Boyd Gaming Corporation from August 1988 through December 2007, when he was elected to the Office of Executive Chairman of that company, effective January 2008. Mr. Boyd has been a director of California Hotel and Casino since its inception in 1973. He has previously served on the board of directors and for the past fifteen years has been the President Emeritus of the National Center for Responsible Gaming. He served as a director of Nevada State Bank from 1965 to 1985. Mr. Boyd played a leading role in founding the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Boyd is the father of director Marianne Boyd Johnson. Mr. Boyd brings extensive experience in executive and operational management to our Board of Directors, as well as experience in a highly regulated industry. He is the Chairman and former CEO of Boyd Gaming, a NYSE-listed public company, and a prominent fixture within the Las Vegas business community where the Company’s Bank of Nevada division operates. Additionally, Mr. Boyd has a law degree and actively practiced in Las Vegas for 15 years, specializing in business related matters. He also has over 20 years of previous experience as a bank board director.
Howard N. Gould
Howard N. Gould
Howard N. Gould Mr. Gould has been a director of the Company since October 2015 and was previously a director of Bridge Capital Holdings from 2009 until it merged into the Company in June of 2015. Mr. Gould is Vice Chairman of Carpenter and Company and is a managing member of Carpenter Fund Manager, GP, LLC, the general partner of the Carpenter Community BancFunds. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Gould was California Commissioner of Financial Institutions under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. From 2002 to 2003, he was Vice Chairman of The Bank of the West, which had acquired United California Bank where he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the bank from 1992 to 2002. Prior to that position he was Managing Partner of The Secura Group, as well as Superintendent of Banks for the State of California under Governor George Deukmejian. Mr. Gould also served as an officer at Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Gould’s experience in management at large financial institutions and as the Commissioner of California’s bank regulatory agency enables him to provide valuable insights to our Board of Directors concerning bank industry, management and regulatory matters.
Steven J. Hilton
Steven J. Hilton
Steven J. Hilton Mr. Hilton has been a director of the Company since December 2002. Mr. Hilton was the co-founder and is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Meritage Homes Corporation. Mr. Hilton founded Arizona-based Monterey Homes in 1985. Under Mr. Hilton’s leadership, Monterey became a publicly-traded company and combined with Legacy Homes in 1997, resulting in the creation of Meritage Homes Corporation. Mr. Hilton received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona. Mr. Hilton contributes considerable knowledge of the southwestern real estate market to our Board of Directors. As the Chairman and CEO of another NYSE-listed public company, Mr. Hilton also brings executive management experience, risk assessment skills and public company expertise to our Board of Directors.
Marianne Boyd Johnson
Marianne Boyd Johnson
Marianne Boyd Johnson Ms. Johnson has been a director of the Company since inception and was a founding director of its first bank subsidiary, Bank of Nevada (then known as BankWest Nevada). Since 1992, Ms. Johnson has been a member of the board of directors of Boyd Gaming Corporation and has served as its Vice Chairman of the Board since February 2001. Ms. Johnson was Senior Vice President of Boyd Gaming from December 2001 until December 2007, and she was promoted to Executive Vice President in January 2008. Ms. Johnson has served Boyd Gaming since 1977 in a variety of capacities, including sales and marketing. Ms. Johnson served as a director of Nevada Community Bank until its sale to First Security Bank (Wells Fargo) in 1993. Ms. Johnson is the daughter of director William S. Boyd. Ms. Johnson brings to our Board of Directors nearly two decades of experience in both the banking and highly regulated gaming industry, as well as extensive knowledge of the Las Vegas, Nevada market, and considerable public company experience.
Robert P. Latta
Robert P. Latta
Robert P. Latta Mr. Latta has been a director of the Company since 2015 and was previously a director of Bridge Capital Holdings from 2004 until it merged into the Company in June of 2015. Mr. Latta received a B.A. degree in Economics and a J.D. degree from Stanford University, and is a senior partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation’s leading technology and growth business law firms, where he has worked since 1979 and has served as a member of various firm management committees. Mr. Latta has substantial experience in a broad range of general corporate and transactional matters, including company formations, venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Latta brings corporate finance experience and familiarity with corporate governance matters to our Board of Directors, as well as Audit Committee and Compensation Committee experience.
Cary Mack
Cary Mack
Cary Mack Mr. Mack has been a director of the Company since April 2005. Mr. Mack was a director of Torrey Pines Bank from its formation in May 2003 until it merged with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013, and was Chairman of Torrey Pines Bank from July 2009 to December 2013. Mr. Mack has held licenses in the State of California as a certified public accountant, attorney and real estate broker. Mr. Mack co-manages Southwest Value Partners Enterprise, a private real estate investment firm located in San Diego, California (“SVP”). Mr. Mack’s legal and accounting experience, his involvement in auditing practices and risk management programs and policies, and his knowledge of the investment and real estate markets provide the Board of Directors with valuable expertise in these areas.
Todd Marshall
Todd Marshall
Todd Marshall Mr. Marshall has been a director of the Company since inception and was a founding director of its first bank subsidiary, Bank of Nevada (then known as BankWest Nevada). Mr. Marshall was also a director of Torrey Pines Bank from January 2011 until it merged into Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Mr. Marshall was a director of Marshall Retail Group from May 1976 to 2015, served as its Chief Executive Officer until January 2005 and served as Chairman until 2014. The Marshall Retail Group owns and operates stores in more than 140 locations, primarily in major casino-hotels in Nevada, Mississippi and New Jersey. He is currently the owner and President of Marshall Management Co., a real estate investment and property management company in Las Vegas and serves on the board of Sourcing Network International, LLC. Mr. Marshall served on the board of directors of Consumer Health Services from July 2007 until July 2012, and as its Chief Operating Officer from March 2011 until March 2012. Mr. Marshall’s long history with the Company, his extensive leadership experience and knowledge of the Las Vegas retail market and community provide our Board of Directors with an important perspective for assessing and managing risks and planning for corporate strategy in one of its largest markets. Mr. Marshall also brings to our Board of Directors his experience in the highly regulated gaming industry and marketing and branding expertise.
James E. Nave, D.V.M.
James E. Nave, D.V.M.
James E. Nave, D.V.M. Dr. Nave has served as a director of the Company since its establishment in 1995, and served as a director of Bank of Nevada from 1994 until it merged into Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Dr. Nave, a former officer in the armed forces, has owned the Tropicana Animal Hospital since 1974, and is the owner of multiple veterinary hospitals. In July 2013, he finished his second six-year term as the Director of International Affairs for the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is a past President of that organization. He is a member and past President of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association and the Western Veterinary Conference, as well as a member of the Clark County Veterinary Medical Association, the National Academy of Practitioners, and the American Animal Hospital Association. He has previously served as the Globalization Liaison Agent for Education and Licensing for the American Veterinary Medical Association, and as a member of the Executive Board of the World Veterinary Association. Dr. Nave was also the Chairman of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine Development Committee. He was a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission from 1988 to 1999 and served as its Chairman from 1989 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1996. Dr. Nave serves as an independent director of Station Casinos, LLC and is chairman of its Audit Committee. He also serves as lead director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Governance and Compensation Committees for Red Rock Resorts, Inc. Dr. Nave’s management skills, leadership experience, financial acumen and Audit Committee experience add an important dimension to the composition of our Board of Directors.
Michael Patriarca
Michael Patriarca
Michael Patriarca Mr. Patriarca has been a director of the Company since September 2016 and Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee since March 2017. Mr. Patriarca advised large financial institutions on risk management, audit, compliance, governance and a broad range of regulatory issues at Promontory Financial Group, a premier financial services consulting firm, serving as Managing Director from 2009 through 2014 and as a consultant from 2005 through 2008. From 1999 through 2005, Mr. Patriarca served as the global head of risk management and audit at Visa International and in several executive positions, including General Auditor, at Wells Fargo Bank from 1992 through 1999. Prior to his 23 years of private sector experience, Mr. Patriarca performed senior regulatory roles at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision over 16 years of government service. Mr. Patriarca is a career financial services executive with deep and diverse experience.
Donald D. Snyder
Donald D. Snyder
Donald D. Snyder Mr. Snyder has served as a director of the Company since 1997. Mr. Snyder was a director of Bank of Nevada from 1997 until it merged with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013, and served as Chairman of Bank of Nevada from January 2010 to December 2013. He was a founding director of the entity created to charter Bank of Nevada and was one of its initial investors. Mr. Snyder has served in senior leadership positions at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) since June 2010. He was Dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration from June 2010 to June 2013; Executive Dean for Strategic Development from June 2013 to January 2014; President from February 2014 to January 2015 while the university conducted a national search to fill the vacancy created by the unexpected resignation of the former President; and served as Presidential Advisor for Strategic Initiatives from January 2015 to January 2016. Mr. Snyder continues to serve as a Presidential Advisor in a voluntary capacity for UNLV. He is also Chairman of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and is a director of Tutor Perini Corporation and Switch, Inc. Mr. Snyder served as a director of NV Energy from 2005 to 2013. Mr. Snyder was the President of Boyd Gaming Corporation from January 1997 to March 2005, having joined the company’s board of directors in April 1996 and its management team in July 1996. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of the Fremont Street Experience LLC, a private/public partnership formed to develop and operate a major redevelopment project in Downtown Las Vegas. Mr. Snyder was previously Chairman of the board of directors and CEO of First Interstate Bank of Nevada, then Nevada’s largest full-service bank, from 1987 through 1991. During his 22 years with First Interstate Bank from 1969 to 1991, Mr. Snyder served in various management positions in retail and corporate banking, as well as international and real estate banking. He has served and continues to serve on the boards of numerous industry and community organizations. Mr. Snyder brings to our Board of Directors an extraordinary understanding of the Company’s business, history and organization as well as extensive leadership skills, banking and regulatory expertise and management experience.
Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D.
Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D.
Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D. Dr. Sohn was appointed as a director of the Company in 2010. He served as a director of Torrey Pines Bank from December 2010 until it merged into Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Dr. Sohn is Smith Professor of Economics and Finance at California State University CI and a Commissioner on the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System (LACERS) Board of Administration. He also currently serves on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors Southern California. Dr. Sohn was the Vice Chairman of multi-national retailer Forever 21 and was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to his tenure at Wells Fargo, Dr. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the White House, and has also been a tenured college professor in the Pennsylvania State University System. He is author of two books Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy and The New Economy. He has served on the boards of Port of Los Angeles, First California Bank, Foreign Affairs Council of Los Angeles, Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, Ministers Mutual Life Insurance Company, L.A. Music Center (Performing Arts), Park Nicollet Health Services, The Blake School, Minnesota Community College System, North Memorial Medical Center, Harvard Business School Association of Minnesota and the American Heart Association of Minnesota. Dr. Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School. In addition to world class abilities in economic forecasting, Dr. Sohn offers our Board of Directors expertise and experience in banking, management and the Southern California market.
Kenneth A. Vecchione
Kenneth A. Vecchione
Kenneth A. Vecchione Mr. Vecchione has been a director of the Company since October 2007 and has been the Chief Executive Officer since April 1, 2018, after rejoining the company as President in July 2017. He served as the non-management Chairman of the Company’s bank subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, from January 2014 to December 2015, Vice Chairman of Bank of Nevada from October 2010 to December 2013, and was the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2010 to April 2013. In April 2013, Mr. Vecchione joined Encore Capital Group as President and director, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from June 2013 through June 2017. He was also Chairman of Cabot Credit Management, Encore Capital Group’s largest majority owned international subsidiary. During his more than 35-year career, Mr. Vecchione has held a number of senior positions at large financial services companies, including Chief Financial Officer at Apollo Global Management, LLC from 2007 to 2010 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at AT&T Universal Card Services from 1997 to 1998. Between 1998 and 2006, Mr. Vecchione served in a number of positions at MBNA Corporation, including three years as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Vecchione previously served as a director of International Securities Exchange from 2007 through June 2016. Mr. Vecchione served on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco from 2012 through 2013. Mr. Vecchione also served as a director of Affinion Group and was the Chairman of its Audit Committee until January 2011. Mr. Vecchione provides valuable insight and guidance on the issues of corporate strategy and risk management, has expertise and understanding of the current trends and regulatory issues within the financial services industry, extensive public company experience and day to day knowledge of the Company.