BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Richard Whitsell - President & CEO
Mr. Whitsell brings over 38 years of banking experience to Fresno First Bank. He was employed by Bank of America in 1970 and later became the Senior Vice President and District Manager for 12 branches. Mr. Whitsell moved into community banking in 1994 and became the President and CEO of Capitol Valley Bank, a business bank focused on Small Business and Real Estate Development and Construction. In 2002, he joined Legacy Bank as their President and CEO. Mr. Whitsell’s background and vast experience fit ideally with the goals and business plan of Fresno First Bank
David Price - Chairman
Mr. Price is President/CEO of David N. Price and Associates, a pension administrative organization. Mr. Price has previous experience as a life insurance executive and an officer in the United States Air Force. Mr. Price is a past director of Regency Bank, a Fresno-headquartered bank. He is a past member of Western Independent Bankers and California Bankers Association. Mr. Price is a member of the North Fresno Lions Club, Tehvan Shriners Club, Sunnyside Country Club, St. James Church, Fresno Estate Council, Brentwood Lake Club, The Bulldog Foundation and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Price has a business degree from California State University Fresno.
Robert Kubo - Director
Dr. Kubo is an orthodontist and established Kubo Orthodontic Group in Fresno 23 years ago. Dr. Kubo is a current member of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Hospital Central California and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Kubo is an active member of the Fresno Buddhist Church. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Fresno-Madera Dental Association, and Omicron Kappa Epsilon, a dental honor society. Dr. Kubo has a BA degree in Zoology from California State University Fresno, a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of California at Los Angeles and a Post Graduate Certificate in Orthodontics from University of California at San Francisco.
Jack Holt - Director
Mr. Holt is the President of Fresno-based Holt Lumber Company, Inc., a building materials supplier where he is in charge of sales, purchasing and inventory management. He is partner in Fiberfab, a wood products manufacturer in Fresno. Mr. Holt is a graduate of California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration.
Lorrie Lorenz - Director
Ms. Lorenz is an interior designer in Fresno and a principal of Lorenz & Associates commercial Interior Design. Ms. Lorenz has a Bachelors degree in Interior Design and is a certified Interior Designer in the state of California. She is a professional member of International Interior Designers Association, the American Society of Interior Designers, and the California Legislative Council on Interior Design. She has been on the Interior Design Advisory Board for California State University Fresno for the past 10 years and also very active in volunteer work for the Fresno Art Museum.
Jared Martin - Director
Mr. Martin is a real estate broker, and has worked for his family’s business for the past seven years. In addition to working with Westland Realty & Investment, Inc. Mr. Martin also works with Fortune Associates Commercial Real Estate Brokerage. Mr. Martin is extremely active at both the state and local association of Realtors, where he serves as a Director for the California Association of Realtors and as the President Elect for the Fresno Association of Realtors. Mr. Martin is an Alumni of California State University Fresno’s, Sid Craig School of Business.
Mark Saleh - Director
Mr. Saleh is President of William B. Saleh Company which is headquartered in Fresno and is a major painting contracting organization with projects throughout California and the Fresno market. Mr. Saleh is a member of Peoples Church where he has served as a Sunday school teacher.He is a Vice President of the local Painters and Decorating Contractores of America. Mr. Saleh graduated from California State University Fresno with a degree in Business Administration.
Joel Slonski - Director
Mr. Slonski has practiced as a CPA in Fresno for the past 18 years with the firm of Slonski and Sailors where he is a Partner. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Slonski has a degree from California State University Fresno and a Master of Science degree in Income Taxation from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, and is a certified valuation analyst.
Al Smith - Director
Mr. Smith owns and operates a business consulting firm in Fresno that provides marketing expertise to small business. He is currently the President/CEO of the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the former Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Infinity Broadcasting of Fresno, a local radio broadcasting company. Mr. Smith is Advising Committee Chairman of the Sid Craig School of Business, Past President of the Fresno City and County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Past Chairman of the California Broadcasters Association and Past Director of the Rotary Club of Fresno. Mr. Smith also hosts and narrates a very popular radio program called “Legends and Legacies,” which chronicles the history of Fresno and the Central Valley.
Daniel Suchy - Director
Dr. Suchy, now retired, was a private practice physician in Fresno specializing in Pulmonary Disease from 1978 to 2001. He is originally from Minnesota, where he graduated from the University of Minnesota with B.S. and B.A. degrees. He subsequently attended the University of Minnesota Medical School where he earned his medical degree. He did his internship, residency and fellowship at University Medical Center in Fresno, California. After completing training as a physician, and before entering private practice, he was a Flight Surgeon for the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a former director of Regency Bank, a locally headquartered bank in Fresno.