Don M. Griffith
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Mr. Griffith is Chief Executive Officer of California First National Bank. Before joining CalFirst, he was a founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grandpoint Capital, Inc., and its subsidiary Grandpoint Bank. Previously, he was the Chairman and CEO of First Coastal Bancshares and Bank and Chairman of Peninsula Bank. Mr. Griffith holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s from University of California, Berkley, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Deborah A Marsten
President and Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Marsten is President and COO of California First National Bank. She has been a bank director for over 20 years and has worked in the banking industry since 1970. Ms. Marsten’s most recent experience was as a founder, director and Chief Operating Officer of Grandpoint Capital Inc, and its subsidiary, Grandpoint Bank. Prior experience includes serving as EVP Chief Operating Officer for First Costal Bancshares and its subsidiary First Coastal Bank.
David L. Dayton
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dayton serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer of California First National Bank. Before joining CalFirst he was EVP and CFO of Grandpoint Capital Inc. and EVP of its subsidiary Grandpoint Bank. His prior experience includes over 35 years in public accounting with a focus on financial institutions. After working for Ernst and Ernst Mr. Dayton started his own practice, Dayton and Associates, which later merged with Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Biola University and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.
Chief Credit Officer
Jim Hackbarth is Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of California First National Bank. Prior to joining CalFirst, he served as EVP and Head of Regional Credit for Pacific Premier Bank and EVP, Senior Regional Credit Administrator for Grandpoint Bank. Mr. Hackbarth held the position of Chief Credit Officer for Mission Valley Bank. He has over 35 years’ experience in commercial banking. He earned a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles.
Chief Risk Officer
Susan Wahba is Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of California First National Bank. Ms. Wahba brings 27 years of banking and audit experience including 13 years as a commissioned FDIC bank examiner. Prior to joining CalFirst, she worked as BSA Officer for Pacific City Bank and as Chief Risk Officer for Grandpoint Bank. Susan received her degree from University of California, Riverside and is CAMS certified.
Director of Human Resources
Loraine White is Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources for California First National Bank. Prior to joining CalFirst, she served as Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Human Resources for Grandpoint Bank. Ms. White has over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Development from the University of La Verne.
Director of Operations
Glyenis Hart is Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for California First for National Bank. Ms. Hart has been with CalFirst for 5 years. Prior to joining CalFirst she was Senior Vice President of Risk Management and Deposit Operations at Orange County Business Bank. Ms. Hart has over 20 years’ experience in deposit compliance and bank operations.