Stephen H. Gordon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Opus Bank
Chris Kay, Managing Director, Head of Growth Ventures, Citi
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Stephen H. Gordon
Stephen H. Gordon is the founding Chairman & CEO of Opus Bank, a community-focused bank, which has committed to provide over $2 billion in capital funding to successful entrepreneurs and business leaders with the vision and ability to drive job growth, promote business expansion, and restore economic health in the Western region. Since Opus Bank's founding in September 2010, Mr. Gordon has grown Opus Bank to 30 banking offices and approximately $2 billion in assets.
He has over 25 years of experience, both as a banker and investment banker, and his career has encompassed the entire financial services lifecycle including raising start-up capital ($460 million dollars in 2010), leading an IPO, as well as buying, selling and successfully growing financial institutions.
He was the founding Chairman & CEO of Commercial Capital Bancorp which he grew into the 5th largest savings institution in California, selling to Washington Mutual in 2006 for $1 billion in an all-cash transaction. Mr. Gordon was an investment banker with Sandler O'Neill in New York, where he was a partner of the firm.
Chris leads the venturing arm of Citi Ventures. His team identifies emerging new market growth areas, develops new venture concepts in and across these areas, and launches disruptive new corporate ventures in pilot markets globally. Through deep partnerships with VCs, the team invests in start-ups that are at the leading edge of new business models and technologies. Prior to joining Citi in 2007, Chris held several senior leadership positions at Target over a 12-year period, with results ranging from delivering substantial operations savings to heading some of the largest merchandising departments.
Chris started his professional career as a corporate lawyer representing Fortune 100 companies across a variety of areas with a specialty in debt and equity based transactions. Chris has a BA with honors in French and Economics from University of Wisconsin, Madison and a JD magna cum laude from University of Minnesota. Chris and his wife Julie, have 5 kids, and are enjoying the networked lifestyle of the millennial generation. Chris is an avid sailor and enjoys singing as well.