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Geraud Smith, President & CEO

Geraud Smith served as the Company’s and the Bank’s Senior Executive Vice President from July 2018 through February 2019. Effective March 1, 2019, with the retirement of Mr. Jay, Mr. Smith was appointed as a director of the Company and the Bank and as the Company’s and the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Smith has over 20 years of commercial banking experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President - Regional Manager at Wells Fargo. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with option in finance in 1997. He graduated from the Wells Fargo Bank Credit Management Program in 2000.


Jack Smith, EVP-CCO

Jack C. Smith has served as the Company’s Executive Vice President since 2016 and has served as the Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since September 2013. Mr. Smith’s professional career spans over 41 years. He has extensive banking experience in credit and relationship management of commercial, real estate, and agricultural credit from twenty-five years at Wells Fargo and prior experience at Farm Credit and Bank of America. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1973. 

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Philip McLaughlin, EVP

Philip McLaughlin has served as the Company’s Executive Vice President since 2016 and has served in that same capacity with the Bank since the Bank’s opening in 2008. He has 31 years’ experience in community banking, primarily focusing on business development with an emphasis on managing community relationships, at another California community bank. Prior to beginning his career in community banking, Mr. McLaughlin was AVP, Retail Loan Manager, at First Interstate Bancorp. Mr. McLaughlin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from California State University, Bakersfield in 1982. He completed the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado in 1994.


Garth Corrigan, EVP-CFO

Garth Corrigan joined Valley Republic Bank in March 2010, as the Bank's Controller before being appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2019. Prior to joining Valley Republic Bank, he worked for another California community bank for 6 years as its Assistant Controller, where he specialized in accounting, bank and SEC regulatory reporting, and asset/liability management. Corrigan holds a B.S. degree from California State University Bakersfield and a M.B.A. degree from Fresno Pacific University.

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Michele Jasso, EVP-COO

Michele Jasso joined Valley Republic in March 2019, as the Bank’s Vice President of Operational Excellence – Lean Six Sigma of the Bank. Prior to joining, she spent 5 years working America’s largest integrated grower, shipper and packer of fresh citrus in various roles including Operational Excellence, Director of General Accounting, and Corporate Controller, where she specialized in the direct oversight of the corporate accounting and finance department and led the development and implementation of an Accounting and Finance Center of Excellence. Jasso holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance and accounting from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.