Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Henry Kim
President, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kim was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank in January 2018 and has served as an executive officer of the Bank since its formation in September 2003. He also became a member of the Company and the Bank’s boards of directors on January 1, 2018. During his 15-plus year tenure with the Bank, Mr. Kim has held the executive positions of Chief Credit Officer from 2003 to 2017, Chief Operating Officer from 2014 to 2017, and Corporate Secretary of the Bank from 2004 to 2016, and he was the Corporate Secretary of the Company from 2007 to 2017. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Kim served as First Vice President and Senior Loan Officer and Commercial Loan Center Manager at former Wilshire Bank from 2001 to 2003. Prior to joining Wilshire Bank, he served in various lending positions with Hanmi Bank including Senior Loan Officer from 1992 to 2001 and with former Center Bank from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Kim is a graduate of University of California Santa Barbara and a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.
Timothy Chang
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Chang serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Company and the Bank. Mr. Chang has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company and the Bank since he joined us in 2010. In this role, he oversees all aspects of financial reporting including strategic planning, asset/liability management, taxation and regulatory filings. Mr. Chang has over 18 years of commercial banking experience. Prior to joining us, Mr. Chang served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mirae Bank, the Senior Vice President and Chief Planning Officer of Hanmi Bank, and the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Nara Bank. Mr. Chang is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.
Andrew Chung
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Chung was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Bank in April 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in banking and financial services. Prior to joining the Bank in April 2018, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Uniti Financial Corporation and Uniti Bank from November 2013 to April 2018, Senior Vice President and Controller of Wilshire Bank from July 2011 to October 2013, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Bank from October 2005 to April 2010. Mr. Chung is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and earned his Master of Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.
Brian Bang
Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Bang serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Bank. He joined the Bank in 2005 and served as Senior Vice President & Deputy Chief Credit Officer since 2014 before assuming his current role in January 2018. Prior to 2014, Mr. Bang served as Senior Loan Officer and Credit Administration Manager. Mr. Bang also held loan officer positions in other Korean-American banks in Southern California. He has extensive experience in community banking as commercial, consumer, SBA lender and credit administrator. Mr. Bang received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. He also graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School, in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington.
John Ju
Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officerr
Mr. Ju serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank. He has held this position since 2015. His primary responsibilities include managing the SBA department and the ten LPOs throughout the U.S. Specifically, he is responsible for overseeing marketing, underwriting, documentation and closing of all SBA loans. Prior to this position, he served as the SBA Manager for the Bank since 2007 when he joined the Bank. Mr. Ju has also held positions of credit administrator, loan officer, senior credit analyst, and deputy manager at various other banks over his 20-year banking career.
Justin Chon
Senior Vice President, Chief Consumer Lending Officer
Mr. Chon has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Consumer Lending Officer of the Bank since 2011. He has over 20 years of successful experience in community banks primarily focusing on consumer loans including Residential property loan and automobile loan. He manages all lending activities of Residential Mortgage Center and Automobile Loan Department. Mr. Chon joined the Bank in 2004 as the First Vice President and manager of automobile lending division. Prior to 2004, Mr. Chon served as the First Vice President and manager of Consumer Loan Department at Hanmi Bank. Mr. Chon graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from California State University, Northridge.
Mimi Lee
Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Administrator
Ms. Lee serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Administrator for the Bank. Ms. Lee has served in this role since 2013. From 2005 to 2013, Ms. Lee served as Senior Vice President and Operations Administrator of the Bank. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of branch operations including centralized back-office operations. She brings a wide range of skills and in-depth knowledge in product development, system implementation and process enhancement and looks to provide strong operations management at Bank. Ms. Lee has over 26 years of experience in bank operations. Prior to joining us, Ms. Lee served as the First Vice President and Operations Administrator and First Vice President and Branch Operations Officer at Wilshire Bank and Vice President and Operations Administrator at Hanmi Bank. Ms. Lee graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Board of Directors

Kijun Ahn
As one of the founding board members of the Bank, Dr. Ahn has extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of civil engineering and construction and provides the board with valuable insights with regards to the Bank customers and issues involving these industries since 1990. Dr. Ahn is currently a project manager at Moffatt and Nichol, a global infrastructure advisory firm that specializes in structural, coastal, and civil engineering; environmental sciences; economics analysis; inspection & rehabilitation; and program management solutions. Throughout his 30 plus years of experience in the construction and development field, Dr. Ahn has managed many major projects, including public infrastructure projects in the state of California and Hawaii. Dr. Ahn earned his B.S. degree from Seoul National University in Korea and Ph. D. in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Haeyoung Cho
Ms. Cho was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank from October 2011 until her retirement in December 2017. She also served as President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2010 to September 2011, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank from January 2006 to April 2010, and Executive Vice President and Chief Portfolio Officer of the Bank from September 2003 to December 2005. Ms. Cho is one of the founding executives of the Bank and played an instrumental role in successfully navigating the institution through the financial crisis and growing the Bank into an institution with over a billion dollars in assets. Ms. Cho earned her B.A. degree in business administration from Duksung University in Seoul, Korea and a Master’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix. Ms. Cho also attended the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Cho began her banking career in 1983 at one of the original Korean-American banks that has since merged into Hanmi Bank and brings over 35 years of Korean-American community banking experience to the board.
Henry Kim
Mr. Kim was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank in January 2018 and has served as an executive officer of the Bank since its formation in September 2003. He also became a member of the Company and the Bank’s boards of directors on January 1, 2018. During his 15-plus year tenure with the Bank, Mr. Kim has held the executive positions of Chief Credit Officer from 2003 to 2017, Chief Operating Officer from 2014 to 2017, and Corporate Secretary of the Bank from 2004 to 2016, and he was the Corporate Secretary of the Company from 2007 to 2017. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Kim served as First Vice President and Senior Loan Officer and Commercial Loan Center Manager at former Wilshire Bank from 2001 to 2003. Prior to joining Wilshire Bank, he served in various lending positions with Hanmi Bank including Senior Loan Officer from 1992 to 2001 and with former Center Bank from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Kim is a graduate of University of California Santa Barbara and a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.
Sang Young Lee
Chairman
Mr. Lee is one of the founding board members of the Bank and the current Chairman of the board of the Company and the Bank. Mr. Lee is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lee’s Gold and Diamonds, Inc. since 1988. Founded in 1988, Lee’s Gold and Diamonds, Inc. specializes in wholesale distribution of various jewelry products in the greater Los Angeles area. Mr. Lee provides the board with extensive insight into the trade industry and also possesses the business acumen and knowledge of the economic environment in in that industry which is a tremendous asset to the board. Mr. Lee had also previously served as the Chairman of the board of Company and Bank from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Lee earned his B.A. degree in law from Han Yang University and an MBA in International Trade from Korea University in Seoul, Korea.
Daniel Park
Mr. Park began serving as a board member of both the Company and the Bank in 2015. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a managing partner of KNP, LLP, a greater Los Angeles-based accounting firm where he serves both international and domestic middle market companies since April 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Park was a partner of CKP, LLP from 2012 to 2017. Mr. Park brings over 30 years of business and accounting experience to the board, having previously served with such prestigious accounting firms as Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen, PwC, Deloitte & Touche, and also served as the Chief Financial Officer of several private companies. Mr. Park’s in-depth knowledge of accounting principles and auditing standards generally accepted in the U.S., as well as his valuable prospective on various industries is a tremendous asset to the board. Mr. Park is currently a member of AICPA and the California CPA Society. He has also served over 10 years on the Board of Governors at City Club Los Angeles. Mr. Park earned his B.A. degree in Economics and Business from University of California at Los Angeles.
Don Rhee
Mr. Rhee began serving as a director of the Company in 2015. Mr. Rhee founded Active USA, Inc., a Los Angeles-based apparel manufacturer in 1988, and currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rhee is a prominent leader in the Korean-American apparel business owners’ community, becoming the President of San Pedro Fashion Mart Association in 2013 and CEO of The World Korean Business Convention in 2015. Mr. Rhee was a director at Saehan Bancorp from 1999 to 2011. Saehan Bancorp merged into a bank that eventually became part of Bank of Hope. Mr. Rhee has extensive experience in the apparel manufacturing industry and a deep understanding of commercial customers’ banking needs. Mr. Rhee earned his B.S. in Architecture and an honorary doctorate in business administration from Yeungnam University in Korea.
Suk Won Youn
Mr. Youn has served as a member of the board of directors of the Bank since 2005 and the Company since its formation in 2007. He also served as the chairman of both the Company and the Bank from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Youn is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Unique Spectronix, Inc. (“USI”), an Irvine, California-based company. Founded in 1983, USI facilitates R&D, sourcing, procurement and liaison services for appliance conglomerates headquartered in Korea as well as appliance OEM’s in the U.S. Mr. Youn also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Kkottongnae, a worldwide Catholic Charitable Organization, which attends to the needs and hopes of the abandoned and neglected of society. Mr. Youn conducted various fundraisers that eventually led to the launching of additional Kkottongnae facilities in various locations, including Lynwood and Temecula, California, New Jersey, New Jersey, Atlanta, Georgia, Toronto, Canada and Haiti. Mr. Youn was a student of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in 1966 and in 2009 was awarded the Global Award by the Alumni Association. Mr. Youn was a member of the inaugural class of Los Angeles Executive MBA of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and served as its first Chairman in 2008. As a member of the board of directors since 2005, Mr. Youn provides the board with invaluable guidance and leadership in the areas of business and financial strategies with his vast knowledge of domestic and international commerce. He also possesses significant insight into the local business and philanthropic community where the Bank operates.
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