Jeff DeVine, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff DeVine has 26 years of experience in banking, with the last 21 years spent in Santa Barbara. Over his career, he has held positions in commercial, retail, private and investment banking. Prior to joining American Riviera Bank in 2008, he led the Commercial Real Estate Division for Rabobank in California. Mr. DeVine was a Regional President at Mid-State Bank & Trust when Mid-State was acquired by Rabobank in 2007.
Mr. DeVine graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Economics. He later attended Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, where he graduated with honors.
Mr. DeVine is currently President of the Lobero Theatre Foundation, Vice Chair of the California Independent Bankers association, a Steering Committee member and former Co-Chair of the South Coast Business and Technology Awards Dinner, and a member of the Executive Committee of Premier Professionals of Santa Barbara. He has held previous board positions with Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Los Padres Council of Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. DeVine is multi-year recipient of the “Who’s Who in Banking and Finance” as well as “40 Under 40” designation from the Pacific Coast Business Times. He enjoys distance running, and has competed in 6 marathons with a personal best 3:00:26 at Santa Barbara.
Joanne Funari, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Funari has more than 28 years of experience in the financial industry and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Bank of Santa Barbara. She now holds the same position with American Riviera Bank upon the completion of the merger between the two banks on January 1, 2016. Prior to joining The Bank of Santa Barbara, she served as Executive Vice President and Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Market President for Heritage Oaks Bank. She was also a founder and president of Business First National Bank and held Executive Positions at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and Bank of New York. Her education includes a BS degree in Finance from Le Moyne University, a graduate degree with honors and exceptional performance in Asset Liability Management and Finance from the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Ms. Funari moved to Santa Barbara over 25 years ago with her husband Carlos and son Ryan and is dedicated to the Santa Barbara community. She has served as a volunteer in numerous capacities including - Board Member for the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, President of the SB Citizen Advisory Council for Continuing Education for Santa Barbara City College, Steering Committee Co-Chair of the South Coast Business & Technology Awards, Past President of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce; Board Member and Past President of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce; Board Member of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, Board Member of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project; La Presidenta and Chief Executive Officer of Old Spanish Days-Fiesta, Board Member of the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation and the President of the Santa Barbara Police Foundation. Ms. Funari also serves on the Santa Barbara County Finance Corporation on behalf of the First District.
Michelle Martinich, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
In her 18-year career, Mrs. Martinich has gained extensive knowledge and experience in performing complex financial modeling such as asset liability management, funds transfer pricing, and profitability and risk management. Mrs. Martinich was a member of the organizing management team for American Riviera Bank and has served as the CFO since the Bank’s inception in 2006.
As Vice President, Planning & Analysis with Pacific Capital Bancorp (Santa Barbara Bank & Trust), Mrs. Martinich had full responsibility for corporate planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis, including consideration of merger and acquisition activity, as well as complex modeling, such as profitability, funds transfer price and asset liability model preparation.
She also held the position of Experienced Audit Senior for Arthur Andersen, where she worked primarily in the financial services industry. Her clients included Pacific Capital Bancorp (Santa Barbara Bank & Trust) and Sanwa Bank of California.
Mrs. Martinich is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Business Economics. She is a multi-year recipient of the “Who’s Who in Banking and Finance” as well as “40 Under 40” designation from the Pacific Coast Business Times. Mrs. Martinich is also active in the community; providing service as a Girl Scout leader and serving on the Board of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.
Laurie Leighty, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Mrs. Leighty's career in the Santa Barbara banking industry spans 35 years with management experience in numerous banking and branch specific operations. Her banking career began in 1980 at Montecito Bank and Trust when it was only $40 million in assets with 40 employees. She was Senior Vice President/HR Director there for over 14 years before being promoted to Branch Administrator where she managed the bank’s five south coast branches. After leaving Montecito Bank, Laurie was an organizational management consultant in Santa Barbara. She was recruited by the American Riviera Bank’s founders in May of 2005 to help open a new community bank in Santa Barbara.
Mrs. Leighty is involved in numerous non-profits in Santa Barbara, including the Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable, The Center for Successful Aging, and Women’s Executive Network. She is a graduate of UCSB and lives in Santa Barbara with her husband.
Eusebio Cordova, Jr., Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Cordova has worked at American Riviera Bank for 7 years, having joined the Bank in 2009 as a senior commercial lending officer. For the past several years he has served as commercial banking team leader and managed a large and complex loan portfolio. Mr. Cordova was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2015 in recognition of his significant contributions to the Bank. He has experience in all of the Bank’s lending types including construction, commercial real estate, residential real estate, business lending and consumer lending. Mr. Cordova graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and a minor in Economics from California State University Channel Islands. Mr. Cordova is the recipient of the 2016 Pacific Coast Business Times Latino Business Award for Banking and Finance. He is a Leadership Santa Barbara County Alumni, has served as a Leadership Advisor and currently serves on the Finance Committee for the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care in Santa Barbara.