John C. Black, Chief Executive Officer and Director
With more than 25 years of commercial banking experience in Southern California, Mr. Black, has built a reputation among business owners for personal attention, industry-specific experience and innovation. Before the founding of 1st Enterprise Bank, Mr. Black served as Division President of Mellon 1st Business Bank, where he was responsible for that Bank’s Los Angeles Headquarters Commercial Banking Group, Personal Financial Services Group, Specialty Deposit Group, San Fernando Valley Regional Office and West Los Angeles Regional Office.
Mr. Black served in various management positions at Mellon 1st Business Bank (previously named 1st Business Bank until its acquisition by Pittsburg-based Mellon Financial Corp.) from 1988 through May 2005, acquiring a deep understanding during this time of the unique qualities of Southern California’s small- and mid-size businesses.
During his 17-year tenure there, Mr. Black served as Division President, as Executive Vice President/Division Manager, as Regional Vice President for the downtown Los Angeles headquarters office, as Senior Vice President and Group Manager, as Vice President and Group Manager, as Vice President and as an Assistant Vice President. From 2002 to 2005 he also served on the bank’s Executive Management Committee, Senior Management Committee and Credit Policy Committee.
Mr. Black began his banking career in 1984 in the Long Beach-Orange County regional office of Bank of America and then with First Interstate Bank’s Corporate Banking Group in Long Beach from 1986 to 1988.
Personal Perspective: "My role at 1st Enterprise Bank is the culmination of more than 25 years of working as a business banker right here in Southern California for the kind of entrepreneurs and their industries that make this a great place to live and work," he said recently. "I take their business – our business – personally. When they succeed, we all succeed, and that’s why I helped to found 1st Enterprise: to give these business owners the kind of responsive, experienced, and personal banking relationships they deserve."
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