MEET OUR SPEAKERS
- Gary Findley, President of Gary Steven Findley & Associates
Gary Steven Findley, Esq. is President of Gary Steven Findley & Associates, a law firm specializing in banking law whose areas of expertise include: regulatory relations/legal work, mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate representation, regulatory enforcement action counseling, and capital restoration programs.
Gary Findley is a specialist in the creating and legally shepherding of new and innovative programs for financial institutions. In addition, he counsels boards of directors and senior managements on maintaining safe and sound financial condition in a changing and challenging environment. Gary Findley is Director of The Findley Group, the management consulting arm of The Findley Companies. He is also President and Editor of The Findley Reports Newsletter and a Registered Investment Advisor.
- Robert McGibbon, Field Supervisor, FDIC - Los Angeles Territory
Bob began his career with the FDIC in 1988 as an examiner in the Sacramento Field Office. He was promoted to a Case Manager in the San Francisco Regional Office in 1996 where he spent the next five years. While there, he was responsible for supervising banks in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City, Utah territories. In 2001, Bob became Field Supervisor for the Billings, Montana Field Office and in 2002 became Field Supervisor for the Los Angeles Territory where he manages two offices that cover Los Angeles and San Bernadino Counties as well as the Central California Coast.
In 2006 and 2007, Bob coordinated the San Francisco Region’s directors’ college initiative, instructing at 28 locations throughout the 11 Western States. In 2012 and 2013, he coordinated the San Francisco Region’s Community Bankers Workshops, leading discussions with numerous bankers throughout the Region. Bob is a 1988 graduate of Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
- Michael Natzic, SVP | Financial Advisor | Branch Manager, Community Bank & Wealth Management Group, D.A. Davidson & Co
Michael has been serving clients in the financial services industry since 1994. A former lending specialist, Michael places great emphasis on adapting his knowledge to support clients' widely varying financial goals and objectives. In addition to overseeing the Community Bank & Wealth Management Group, he plays an integral part in managing retail and institutional clients. An authority on community banks, Michael is an active public speaker and is regularly quoted on the topic by numerous publications.
Michael joined Crowell, Weedon & Co. in 2011, and that firm merged with D.A. Davidson in 2013. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and Branch Manager at Stone & Youngberg. He served in corporate executive roles with The Seidler Companies and was an active member of the firm's executive committee and advisory council. Michael began his career with the firm, Sutro & Company.
Michael lives in Big Bear Lake, CA with his wife, Nicole, and their four children. He is very active in numerous organizations and boards. His various involvements include DOVES of Big Bear Valley (a domestic violence organization), he is an Elder at Bear Valley Church, Steven G. Mihaylo Education Foundation and is a member of UC Riverside Design Thinking Advisory Board. He has been honored by Rotary International for his contributions to the community by receiving the prestigious Eagle of Excellence award.
- Ruth Razook, Founder/CEO, RLR Management Consulting, Inc.
Ruth founded RLR in 1988 to serve community banks primarily in the southern California region. RLR is now a nationwide consulting firm focused on providing high quality consulting assistance to financial institutions in the areas of corporate strategy, organizational analysis, operations and project management, information technology and payments.
Ruth has conducted engagements for RLR’s clients for more than 25 years including over 50 start-up banks. She has managed SOX engagements, the relocation of a data center from northern California to southern California and a multitude of other projects. Ruth works closely with Bank management teams and Board of Directors.
Ruth is also a frequent speaker at state and national banking and related technology conferences, annually facilitates regulatory panels, regularly conducts webinars on a variety of banking topics and is an advisor to certain banking industry associations. Ruth is an alumnus of the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Joe Scully, President, Financial Guaranty Insurance Brokers (FGIB)
Joe Scully is currently the President of Financial Guaranty Insurance Brokers, Inc. (FGIB), an insurance brokerage firm that specializes in insuring Financial Institutions and other financial companies. FGIB was founded in 1983. He joined the company in October 1986 and became the President in 1990.
FGIB has been in business for over 30 years. During that time the firm has been providing insurance coverage and coverage advice to financial institutions. FGIB currently represents approximately 80 Financial Institutions across the country.
Cyber Liability and Wire Fraud are a big concern for financial institutions. The firm has spent a lot of time evaluating the insurance options that best protect banks for those types of losses and has helped quite a few clients recover after they have had a loss.
- David Sandler, Managing Director, Co-Head of Financial Services Investment Banking, Piper Sandler & Co
David Sandler is a managing director and co-head of investment banking in the financial services group at Piper Sandler. Previously, he was a principal and co-head of investment banking at Sandler O'Neill + Partners, L.P. He worked with the firm’s west coast clients in all aspects of strategic planning and franchise value enhancement, including asset/liability management, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Sandler also advised the firm’s private equity clients on capital raising and depository strategy. He is a frequent lecturer at banking graduate schools, trade associations and industry conferences.
Sandler has been involved in a number of transactions for depository institutions, including Bridge Capital Holdings on its $474 million merger with Western Alliance; Wilshire Bancorp on its $1.0 Billion merger with BBCN Bancorp forming Hope Bancorp; Preferred Bank on its $100 million subordinated debt offering; and Western Alliance on its $150 million subordinated debt offering among others.
He sits on the finance committee of the Episcopal Charities of San Francisco and the investment committee of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sandler received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Jeffrey A. Tisdale, Founder & Managing Partner, Tisdale & Nicholson LLP
Mr. Tisdale began his legal career in 1977 practicing law for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C., in the Office of General Counsel's Honors Program in Banking Law where he worked for two years on both open and closed bank matters. Mr. Tisdale then practiced law for one year at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Washington, D.C., in the Office of General Counsel's Business Organizations and Structure Division. Since entering private practice in Los Angeles in 1980, he has practiced law first as an associate and then as a partner in large national law firms and now in his own firm, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate, securities, bank regulatory, administrative enforcement defense and international work involving financial services, entertainment and various other business companies and holding companies thereof, in the formation of such companies and in advising such entities and individuals generally regarding legal and business matters.
Mr. Tisdale received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974, and his Juris Doctor degree from California Western Law School in 1977, where he was an Editor on the California Western International Law Journal, a member of the Advocacy Honors Board for Moot Court, a member of the Client Counseling Board and a member of the Professional Responsibility Committee. He is a member of the State Bar of California, State Bar of Florida, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in California Law. He frequently speaks to business groups and trade associations with respect to matters affecting insured financial institutions.