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Board of Directors

Officer Voiland

 

Eugene Voiland, Chairman

Eugene Voiland has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and as the Chairman of the Board of the Company since its formation in 2016. He is the retired President and CEO of Aera Energy LLC. In addition to being a management consultant, he serves on a number of local and state-wide nonprofit and for-profit boards including Saltchuk Resources, Inc. and Berry Petroleum Company, LLC. Mr. Voiland is a 1969 graduate of Washington State University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He’s a member of WSU’s Foundation Board of Governors and Chairman of the Foundation Investment Committee.

 

Gregory Bynum

Greg Bynum has been a director of Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since its formation in 2016. Mr. Bynum is the owner and CEO of Gregory D. Bynum and Associates, Inc., a full-service real estate development, management, brokerage, and appraisal/analysis firm headquartered in Bakersfield, California. His firm was established in 1981. 

 

Annette Davis

Annette Davis has been a director of Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since its formation in 2016. Mrs. Davis is the president of Adavco, Inc., one of the main land development companies in Bakersfield. She co-founded the company in 1982. 

Bruce

 

Bruce Jay

Bruce Jay has been a Director of Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and a Director of the Company since its inception in 2016.  He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley Republic Bank from its inception in 2008 and the Company from its inception in 2016 until his retirement on March 31, 2019.  His prior banking experience includes 22 years of executive management experience with Bank of Stockdale and its successor, Valley Independent Bank, as well as three years of de novo bank experience at Bank of Santa Clarita. Mr. Jay is a CPA and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Colorado Society of CPAs. 

Officer Leggio

 

Anthony Leggio

Anthony Leggio has been a director of Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since its formation in 2016. Mr. Leggio is a business attorney. From 1977 to 2001, he was an attorney with the Bakersfield law firm of Clifford & Brown where he served as Principal/Managing Partner. Mr. Leggio served as Vice-President/General Counsel of Wm. Bolthouse Farms from 2001-2005. He currently serves as the president of Bolthouse Properties, LLC, and as a director of Tejon Ranch Company.

 
Officer Willy

 

Willy Reyneveld

Willy Reyneveld has been a director of Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since its formation in 2016. Mr. Reyneveld is the President/CEO of W. Reyneveld Construction Inc., which he founded in 1994. The company specializes in super flat concrete floors for warehouses. In addition, Mr. Reyneveld has developed several industrial real estate projects in Bakersfield. 

Officer Sanchez

 

Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez has been a director of Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since its formation in 2016. Mr. Sanchez is a realtor in Kern County, with over 27 years of experience in real estate sales. He has worked for Realty World Skyway, RE/MAX Golden Empire, Coldwell Banker Preferred Realtors, and he is currently the co-owner and broker of record for Solutions Realty. 

 
Officer Shuler

 

James Shuler, MD

James Shuler, M.D. has been a director of Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since its formation in 2016. Dr. Shuler was the founder and president of Empire Eye and Laser Center in Bakersfield from 1998-2007. Dr. Shuler also founded and served as the Medical Director of Empire Surgery Center, specializing in ophthalmic and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Shuler currently performs plastic surgery at Bakersfield Eye Institute and is a consultant for Anthem Blue Cross of California. 

Officer Smith

 

Geraud Smith

Geraud Smith has been the President & Chief Executive Officer at Valley Republic Bank, and a Director of the Company since March 1, 2019.  Mr. Smith is an accomplished banker with over 20 years of commercial banking experience with a focus on real estate, oil and gas, and agriculture.  Before joining the Bank, Mr. Smith was a regional manager for a large national bank with responsibilities over the Central Coast, Central Valley, and Southern California.  

 

Warner Williams

Warner Williams has been a director of Valley Republic Bank since 2008 and has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since its formation in 2016. He is the retired VP of Chevron North America Exploration and Production, in charge of Chevron's operations in Louisiana and Alabama from 2009-2014. He has worked for over 40 years in the energy industry in both domestic and inter- national locations. He holds a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico School of Mines and an MS degree in Petroleum Engineering from USC. He is active in community affairs and serves on several nonprofit boards.