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Board of Directors

  • Yee Phong (Alan) Thian

    Yee Phong (Alan) Thian
    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Yee Phong (Alan) Thian. Mr. Thian has served as the chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Company and the Bank since the Bank began operations in 2008. Mr. Thian was appointed twice to the FDIC community bank advisory committee and is presently on the CFPB community bank advisory committee. Mr. Thian previously served as the president and chief executive officer of First Continental Bank from July 2000 until its acquisition by United Commercial Bank in July 2003. Following the acquisition, Mr. Thian served as the executive vice president and regional director of United Commercial Bank until April 2007. From June 1997 to October 1997, Mr. Thian served as the president and chief executive officer of American International Bank and continued to serve as a director of the bank until January 2000. Mr. Thian began his banking career at General Bank where he served as a director from June 1982 to June 1997 and in various officer positions. He is the brother of Fui Ming Thian, who is also a director of the Company and the Bank. Mr. Thian holds a B.A. from Nan Yang University and an M.B.A. from University of Southern California.
    Chairman of the Board
    • Raymond H. Yu

      Raymond Yu
      Vice Chairman and Director

      Raymond H. Yu. Mr. Yu brings extensive development, finance, construction and management of residential and commercial real estate experience, and a lifetime of leadership in community based organizations to his role as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, which he has held since 2018. He was previously Chairman of the Board of Directors of First American International Bank. Mr. Yu is President of Yuco Real Estate Company, Inc. and Yuco Management, Inc., developers, managers and owners of a diverse portfolio of commercial and residential properties located throughout New York City. The Yuco group of companies has contributed to the revitalization and renaissance of neighborhoods such as the Lower East Side, Clinton and Harlem in Manhattan and Sunset Park, Flatbush and East New York in Brooklyn by building high quality affordable rental properties, and has successfully developed commercial, extended stay and market rate residential properties in neighborhoods such as Murray Hill, the East Village, NoHo, Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg. Mr. Yu was a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater New York, was a founding Board member of the NoHo NY Business Improvement District and is an Advisory Board member of the New York Housing Conference. Mr. Yu is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors and serves as chair of the Columbia College Fund Development Council as well as co-chair of the Columbia College Parent Leadership Council. Mr. Yu graduated from Columbia University with both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

      • Peter M. Chang

        Peter M. Chang
        Director
        Peter M. Chang. Mr. Chang has served as a board member since the founding of the Bank in 2008. Mr. Chang is the president of Yao Yang Enterprises LLC, which purchases and exports waste paper. As such he works with recycling, shipping and exporting companies in the United States and provides raw materials to paper manufacturing companies in Southeast Asia China and Taiwan. Mr. Chang holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Our board considered Mr. Chang’s experience in international trade financing and his long-standing relationships within the Chinese-American business community in determining that he should be a member of our board.
      • Wendell Chen

        Wendell Chen
        Director
        Wendell Chen. Mr. Chen has served as a member of the board since November 2010. Mr. Chen has been the chief executive officer of US Development LLC, a real estate development firm, since 2015. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Chen served as the chief executive officer and managing partner of Vanetti, Inc., a start-up firm that successfully designed, manufactured, and delivered branded and private labeled men’s suits to specialty shops and major chain stores in the United States. Mr. Chen holds a B.A. from California State University Pomona. Our board considered Mr. Chen’s experience as an executive of a small business that does international trade and his relationships within the Chinese American business community in determining that he should be a member of our board.
        • James W. Kao, Ph.D.

          James W. Kao, Ph.D.
          Director
          James W. Kao, Ph.D. Dr. Kao has served as a board member since 2012. Dr. Kao had a long and distinguished career at Philip Morris, USA in the research and development department. Since his retirement, Dr. Kao has been a successful investor in many companies. Dr. Kao holds a B.A. from National Taiwan University, an M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Ph.D. from Miami University. He is the brother of Dr. Ruey-Chyr Kao, MD, who is also a member of our board. Our board considered Dr. Kao’s experiences as an investor and his educational background in determining that he should be a member of our board.
        • Chie Min (Christopher) Koo, CPA

          Chie Min (Christopher) Koo, CPA
          Director
          Chie Min (Christopher) Koo, CPA. Mr. Koo has served as a board member since the founding of the Bank in 2008. Mr. Koo is the president and founder of Christopher Koo Accountancy, an accounting and tax service in the City of Industry. Mr. Koo holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from U.S. International University in San Diego, California. Our board considered Mr. Koo’s experience as a CPA and his relationships in the Chinese-American community in determining that he should be a board member.
        • Alfonso Lau

          Alfonso (Al) Lau
          Director
          Alfonso Lau. Mr. Lau is a retired banking executive who worked at Citibank and Capital One Bank. He is a founder of a community bank, First American International Bank, based in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Lau holds a BS and MBA from Columbia University. He is also a member Rotary International.
        • Chuang-I (Christopher) Lin, Ph.D.

          Chuang-I (Christopher) Lin, Ph.D.
          Director
          Chuang-I (Christopher) Lin, Ph.D. Dr. Lin has served as a board member since 2010. Dr. Lin is president and chairman of three separate specialty real estate firms: Forte Resources, Inc., which specializes in senior and affordable housing management and development, Sonnycal Development Company, which specializes in real estate development in market-rate residential houses and industrial warehouses, and Linkage Financial Group Inc., which specializes in real estate development in China. Dr. Lin previously served as a director of General Bank from 1981 to 2003. Dr. Lin holds a B.S. from Cheng Kung University, a M.S. from National Tsing Hua University and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University. Our board considered Dr. Lin’s real estate background, specifically in affordable housing, and his prior experience as a bank director in determining that he should be a board member.
        • Feng Lin

          Feng Lin
          Director
          Feng Lin. Mr. Lin has served as a board member since 2011. Mr. Lin is president and chief financial officer of Arche Investments, LLC, a real estate development firm specializing in developing condominiums and work-live detached condominium projects in Southern California. In addition, he is regional director of Harmony Bioscience Inc., a personal healthcare product company. Mr. Lin holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. Our board considered Mr. Lin’s real estate background in determining that he should be a board member.
        • Ko-Yen Lin

          Ko-Yen Lin
          Director
          Ko-Yen Lin. Mr. Lin has served as a board member since the founding of the Bank in 2008. Mr. Lin is a real estate investor and manager of motels, office buildings, shopping centers and mobile home parks. Mr. Lin previously served as a Commissioner of Overseas Affairs for the Government of Taiwan. Mr. Lin also previously served as a director of General Bank from 1986 to 2003 and United National Bank from 1982 to 1985. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Lin served as a senior advisory board member of Cathay Bank. Our board considered Mr. Lin’s real estate background and his prior experience as a bank director in determining that he should be a board member.
        • Paul Lin

          Paul Lin
          Director
          Paul Lin. Mr. Lin has served as a board member since 2012. Mr. Lin is the founder and chief executive officer of Drill Spot, LLC, an ecommerce company specializing in industrial and hardware supplies for contractors. Drill Spot has generated over $100 million since its inception in 2005. Due to the success of his startup, in 2010 Mr. Lin was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs. Mr. Lin attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and studied Information Systems. In his spare time, Mr. Lin designs technology products and currently has three issued design patents. Our board considered Mr. Lin’s experience as the founder of a small business and his strong technology and security background in determining that he should be a member of our board.
        • Fui Ming (Catherine) Thian

          Fui Ming (Catherine) Thian
          Director
          Fui Ming (Catherine) Thian. Ms. Thian has served as a board member since 2010. Ms. Thian has been in the real estate management business for over 30 years and is responsible for operating and accounting for multiple apartment complexes and mobile home parks. Ms. Thian holds a B.S. in Commerce from Nanyang University. She is the sister of our chairman, Mr. Thian. Our board considered Ms. Thian’s experience in real estate management and preparing financial statements in determining that she should be a board member.