Chief Executive Officer
Alan J. Lane has been with Silvergate since December 2008. He is Director and Chief Executive Officer of Silvergate Bank and is Director, Chief Executive Officer, and President of the Bank's holding company, Silvergate Capital Corporation. Mr. Lane has over 35 years of corporate and financial institution leadership experience. He formerly held the positions of Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Community Bancorp; Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Data Solutions, Inc.; and Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Business Bank of California. In addition to his financial institution experience, Mr. Lane has served as President/CEO or Chief Financial Officer of both manufacturing and retail companies. Mr. Lane serves on the Board of Directors of Natural Alternatives International, Inc. He earned his BA in Economics from San Diego State University.
Vice Chairman of the Board, President
Since the recapitalization of Silvergate Bank in 1996, Mr. Eisele has served as an executive officer and director of the Bank and its parent company Silvergate Capital Corp. He holds the position of vice chairman of both organizations and is president of the Bank. From 1994-2000 Mr. Eisele was an active partner in DSF Management Corporation, a real estate investment and management company. He and his partner invested $94 million in various real estate transactions and controlled approximately $250 million in assets during a six year period, generating an internal rate of return in excess of 27%. From November 1989 to April 1994, Mr. Eisele was a vice president of Coastal Realty Partners, Houston, Texas. He was responsible for managing and disposing of real estate and real estate related assets on behalf of governmental agencies and private investors. Mr. Eisele oversaw asset resolutions from over 100 failed financial institutions through contract work for the FDIC, RTC, and FSLIC. In 1996 he co-founded Silvergate Bank and has been an integral part of the Bank's growth to over $2 billion in assets. During his tenure Mr. Eisele has continuously overseen the lending function and at various times has directly overseen the accounting, audit, human resources, information technology, branch network, and compliance areas. In aggregate, his asset management experience exceeds $3 billion, including performing, sub-performing, and non-performing loans as well as REO properties. Mr. Eisele has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware, and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Eisele currently serves as a member of the real estate advisory board at the University of San Diego.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Kate Fraher joined Silvergate in 2006. Prior to her current position she served as Vice President, Compliance and BSA Officer, and was responsible for overseeing the audit function. Ms. Fraher has over fifteen years of banking, insurance, and securities experience with local financial institutions and has a broad-based background in all aspects of banking, with emphasis on managing regulatory relationships, examinations, and compliance with all major banking-related laws and regulations. She has designed and implemented scalable compliance management programs as well as control structures and policies for commercial, consumer, and mortgage lending operations, and deposit and branch operations. Ms. Fraher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA and completed the ABA Graduate School of Compliance Management.
John M. Bonino
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
John Bonino has been associated with the Company and Bank as a consultant or employee since 1996, including serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank from 2003 to 2006. He is also President of InterFinancial Group, LTD., a financial services industry consulting firm engaged by the Company and Bank since 2003. From 1996 to 2003 he was Managing Director of WHE Associates, an advisory firm whose transactions included working with DSF Management Corp. on the 1996 recapitalization of the Company and Bank, arranging a $200 million equity investment for a large public real estate firm, and forming St. Cloud Capital Partners, an SBA licensed small business investment company. From 1992 to 1995 Mr. Bonino was Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Imperial Thrift and Loan, where he helped plan and direct an operating turnaround and $60 million initial public offering. From 1990 to 1992 he was President of F. L. Bryant & Co., an investment banker whose engagements included the $42 million sale of First Pacific Advisors, a manager of over $2.7 billion in mutual funds and private accounts. Mr. Bonino was previously Executive Vice President and Director of the West's largest securities firm, Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards, Inc., whose $53 million purchase by Kemper Financial Group in 1982 he helped negotiate, and where his responsibilities included administration of the firm's 35 office branch system with over 600 employees. He was also Senior Vice President of Wedbush, Noble, Cooke, Inc. and Corporate Counsel of TransTechnology Corporation. Mr. Bonino is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Business and Stanford Law School, and a member of the California State Bar.
W. Paul Simmons
Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Simmons joined the Bank in 2018 as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. Mr. Simmons has 30 years of banking and financial services industry experience with firms including Citibank, GE Capital, Apollo Real Estate Advisors, and Zions Bancorporation, and was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer Banc of California. He has also previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Credit Administrator, Partner, Managing Director, and Risk Manager, with responsibilities in such positions for real estate loan portfolios ranging in size from $500 million to $18 billion. Mr. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University, and a Masters of Business Administration in Corporate Finance & Accounting from the University of Rochester, Simon School of Business.
Maria P. Kunac
Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Commercial Real Estate Division
Maria Kunac joined Silvergate Bank in January 2017 and brings over 30 years banking and lending experience, most recently as chief executive officer and president of San Diego Private Bank. Ms. Kunac has served in numerous management and lending capacities with a number of venerable San Diego-headquartered financial institutions, including Embarcadero Bank, Coronado First Bank, Imperial Bancorp, First Fidelity Thrift & Loan, and Great American Bank. She has served on the boards of the California Independent Bankers and Local Initiatives Support Corp. She has also served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Twelfth District's Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.
Executive Vice President and Manager, Warehouse Lending Division
Elaine Batlis has been Manager of Silvergate Bank's Warehouse Lending Division since March 2009. Ms. Batlis has over 23 years of banking, mortgage warehousing, consulting, and regulatory experience. From 2006 to 2008 Ms. Batlis was the President of the Warehouse Lending Division of Impac Mortgage Holdings, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, where she was responsible for re-defining the division's overall direction and supervising all aspects of its operations, including managing total credit facilities relationships in excess of $5 billion. Prior to Impac, Ms. Batlis was the President and Chief Executive Officer of INSOUTH Funding in Naples, Florida. Ms. Batlis organized this subsidiary of INSOUTH Bank, established its accounting systems and procedures, implemented an advanced loan tracking program, established a comprehensive quality control program, hired and trained staff for the company's two locations, and managed growth of the company to fundings of over $2 billion. In addition, Ms. Batlis has served in various capacities in community banks including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Director. Ms. Batlis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, and completed Graduate School of Banking at University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
Senior Vice President of Fintech Business Development
Ben Reynolds joined Silvergate in January 2016 and is responsible for the Bank’s Fintech practice. Ben’s team is responsible for helping entrepreneurs within the digital currency, blockchain and Fintech ecosystem to realize their goals by providing banking, technology and consulting services that are on the cutting edge of the financial services industry. His clients include some of the most recognized and well-funded digital currency exchanges, institutional investors and software developers in Fintech. Over the past fifteen years, Ben has developed expertise within product development, marketing, strategy, risk and accounting functions for both Fortune 100 firms and companies that he has founded. Ben earned a B.S. in accounting from San Diego State University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and is a licensed California CPA.
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Jeff joined Silvergate Bank in September 2014 and brings almost 25 years of IT experience, most recently as Chief Information Officer at Luther Burbank Savings Bank in Santa Rosa, Bank of Internet in San Diego, and Imperial Capital Bank in La Jolla. With a solid level of expertise in technology strategy, the development and implementation of technology initiatives, and budgetary and directional oversight of information technology, he is responsible for software acquisition, software development and regulatory compliance. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics/management from Albion College in Albion, Michigan.
Senior Vice President and Director of People and Culture Services
Cole is a human resources professional with over fifteen years of human resources management and administrative services experience. With a breadth of human resource leadership experience in the retail world followed by time spent in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sector, he was previously with Profil Institute of Clinical Research in Chula Vista, California. He is an adjunct professor at California State University-San Marcos teaching human resource strategy. Cole holds a B.A. in economics from San Diego State University and an M.A. in organizational management from University of Phoenix.