Thursday, May 19 2022

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nano Banc, a community merchant bank based in Irvine, Calif., is pleased to announce that James H. Gray and Lynn McKenzie-Tallerico have joined the Board of Directors.

Mr. Gray and Ms. McKenzie-Tallerico bring significant banking and risk management skills to help Nano Banc at the board level and throughout the organization.

Ms. McKenzie-Tallerico is an experienced bank board member with extensive professional and executive experience. His career spans over 40 years, primarily in the financial services industry. Beginning in 2018, Lynn served as a director of First Choice Bancorp (FCBP), a $2.5 billion community bank, and its wholly owned subsidiary, First Choice Bank, until July 2021, when FCBP was sold to Enterprise Financial Services Corporation. From 1996 to 2018, Lynn worked at KPMG LLP, retiring as National Senior Advisory Partner for Regional and Community Banks, and Pacific Southwest Region Senior Partner for the Internal Audit, risk and compliance. Prior to joining KPMG in 1996, Lynn spent 15 years at First Interstate Bank.

While on the board of FCBP, Lynn served on the Audit Committee, Asset/Liability Committee, and Loans Committee. Lynn shared her audit and risk management expertise to help FCBP improve its processes and policies in these areas. At KPMG LLP, Lynn led the regional internal audit, risk and compliance practice, and was part of the national practice leadership that led over 1,500 professionals to performance. As the lead national advisory partner for regional and community banks, Lynn helped coordinate all advisory services to banks up to $50 billion in assets. In these roles, Lynn was responsible for strategy, financial results, resource management and quality, while handling a wide range of regulatory and corporate governance issues.

Jim Gray has a distinguished history in banking dating back to 1974, when he co-founded Harbor Bank in Long Beach. Jim served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1976 until the sale of Harbor Bank to City National Bank in early 1998. In 1999 Mr. Gray founded Generations Trust Bank and served as Chairman until his business was sold to Union Bank in 2002. In June 2004, Mr. Gray was Founding Director and Co-Chairman of Beach Business Bank, headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, with serviced branches sold out in Long Beach and Costa Mesa, until that bank was sold to First PacTrust Bancorp. in 2012. From 2014 until its sale in 2021, Mr. Gray served as a director of First Choice Bancorp (FCBP), a $2.5 billion community bank, and its wholly owned subsidiary, First Choice Bank. He served as chair of the Director Loans Committee, Asset/Liability Committee, and Audit Committee, and helped the bank grow from less than $500 million in assets to nearly $2.5 billion.

In addition to his experience as a bank executive, Mr. Gray was president of the California Bankers Association from 1985 to 1986 and a member of the board of directors of the American Bankers Association from 1991 to 1996. Mr. Gray served as a founding member of the FDIC’s Community Banking Advisory Committee, serving from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Gray is an active member of the Long Beach community, where he was the founding chairman of the Aquarium of the Pacific, a former president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, and president of the United Way. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Gray was a member of the California State University System Board of Trustees.

Nano Banc welcomes Mr. Gray and Ms. McKenzie-Tallerico and looks forward to working with them.

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