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What makes an ICB leader?

At International City Bank, our leaders and officers work hard on living out our motto: Business made personal. We believe in taking care of your financial interests on a very personal level. From our senior management to our branch personnel, we take care of your interests to the very minute detail of your needs.

ICB has been serving Southern California from Long Beach since 1984. In our over 30 years of service from the International City, we at ICB take pride in going beyond delivering competitive prices for banking and loan services — we take time to get to know each and every one of our clients. As an ICB client, you can trust that our staff and officers will consider your unique business and banking circumstances, giving you the best solutions that fit your needs. 

We proudly present to you our senior, administrative and management team, who collectively have over 400 years of banking service excellence under their belts. Trust that each and every one of us will be delighted to serve you, beyond your fiduciary needs!

Meet Our Leadership

Paula-Rose Wihongi

Paula-Rose Wihongi

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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Paula-Rose Wihongi

Paula-Rose is responsible for overseeing and managing the finance, operations and human resources departments of the Bank. Her financial responsibilities include forecasting and risk monitoring for the Bank. She is a member of the Executive Management Asset Liability Committee, Business Continuity Committee, and Strategic Markets and Interest Rate Risk Committee. Ms. Wihongi was the Chairman of the Southeast Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board for a number of years and is the Treasurer for Children Today, a Long Beach based non-profit organization that provides trauma-informed child development and support services for children and families who face homelessness. She majored in Accounting at Brigham Young University and started her banking career as a part time teller while in college. She has over 30 years of community banking experience. Ms. Wihongi has been with the Bank since 2008.

Darin J. Nishimura

Darin J. Nishimura

Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer

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Darin J. Nishimura

Darin J. Nishimura Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer Darin is responsible for overseeing and managing the lending, loan operations and credit administration departments of the Bank. His responsibilities include credit analysis, loan review, lending and Community Reinvestment Act compliance for the Bank. Mr. Nishimura is a member of the Loan Committee, Executive Management Asset Liability Committee, and the Strategic Markets and Interest Rate Risk Committee. He began his banking career as a federal bank examiner for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and has over 30 years of community banking experience.

Takeo S. Sasaki

Takeo S. Sasaki

Vice President & Controller

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Takeo S. Sasaki

Takeo is responsible for the daily management of the finance department. His responsibilities include forecasting and risk monitoring for the Bank. He is also responsible for the accounting of the Bank’s investment portfolio. He is a member of the Bank’s Strategic Market and Interest Rate Risk Committee, and the Bank’s Finance, Operations, Technology, Compliance, Lending and Cyber Security Committee. Takeo has over 25 years of accounting and finance experience with various commercial and community banks in Southern California. Prior to joining the Bank, he had a consulting practice specializing in providing services to financial institutions and bank holding companies. Takeo received a Bachelors degree in Accounting at California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Sasaki has been with the Bank since 2017.

Rebecca Vasquez

Rebecca Vasquez

Vice President & Operations Administrator

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Rebecca Vasquez

Rebecca (“Becky”) responsibilities include operations administration, oversight and management of electronic banking functions, development of operational procedures, staff training, and customer relations. Ms. Vasquez is a member of the Finance, Operations, Technology, Compliance, Lending, and Cyber Security Committee. She has over 20 years of banking experience and is a true community banker through and through. Ms. Vasquez has been with the Bank since 2000.

Loyda Morales

Loyda Morales

Assistant Vice President & Operations Officer

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Loyda Morales

Loyda is responsible for the supervision of tellers, new accounts and customer service areas. She graduated from Biola University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership and Administration. She started in banking as an intern while in high school, and now she has over 14 years of experience. Ms. Morales has been with the Bank since 2013.

Jeff R. Delva

Jeff R. Delva

Vice President & Relationship Manager

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Jeff R. Delva

Jeff enjoys working with a variety of companies to create tailor-made financing solutions that are mutually beneficial for both parties. He prefers community banking because of the direct contact he has with his clients that allows him to provide a value-add service that forms long lasting partnerships. He majored in Finance and received a Certificate of Advance Accounting from the University of Santa Clara. With 10 years of community banking experience in Northern California, Mr. Delva is excited to be working in Long Beach and enjoys this thriving community. When not in his business suit, you will find him in his wetsuit in Huntington Beach. Mr. Delva has been with the Bank since 2017.

Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Vice President & Deposit Relationship Specialist

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Janet Nelson

Janet is focused on client relationships and growing Bank deposits. Ms. Nelson started her banking career working for a community savings and loan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and has worked in various lending, cash management, and management positions over the past 30 years. She has spent the majority of her career working for commercial banks focused on maintaining and growing client relationships and advising clients on deposit and cash management services. She has served on the boards of various non-profit organizations and is currently a member of the Long Beach Rotary. Ms. Nelson has been with the Bank since 2016.

Yvonne Santos

Yvonne Santos

Vice President & SBA Department Manager

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Yvonne Santos

Yvonne is responsible for underwriting and maintaining the Bank’s SBA portfolio. She has over 20 years of commercial lending experience from large banking institutions and brings credit expertise from a wide range of industries. As an alumna of the University of Southern California, Ms. Santos serves as a leadership mentor to business professionals and serves on a local Long Beach school’s PTA board in charge of Fundraising. She has been an active participant in Long Beach for over 14 years as a resident and strives to empower community members in making a difference. Ms. Santos has been with the Bank since 2017.

Miguel Partida

Miguel Partida

Assistant Vice President & Cash Management Officer

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Miguel Partida

Miguel is responsible for providing primary support to customers of the Bank’s Online Banking, E Statement, Remote Deposit Capture (RDC), and Cash Management (ACH, Wire Origination, Balance Reporting) services. Mr. Partida started his banking career as a teller and has gained his experience by working in various banking departments such as operations, accounting, and treasury (wire) departments with community and commercial banks. Mr. Partida has been in banking for 14 years. He prides himself in providing exceptional customer service and catering to the needs of each client individually. He has been with the Bank since 2014.

Angelita Morentin

Angelita Morentin

First Vice President & Loan Operations Manager

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Angelita Morentin

Angelita carries 30 plus years’ experience in loan administration and loan operations. She is responsible for overseeing and managing the Loan Operations which includes loan processing, documentation and loan servicing. Ms. Morentin majored in Respiratory Therapy and changed her major to Accounting and started her banking career at Security Pacific  National Bank as a teller while in college. She has national and community banking experience. Ms. Morentin has been with the Bank since 2014.

Marchette L. Wesley

Marchette L. Wesley

Vice President & SBA Underwriter

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Marchette L. Wesley

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Marchette enjoys assisting business owners with their financing needs.  She gained her knowledge and experience through workshops, university based trainings and positions with several Southern California lending institutions.  Marchette has accumulated more than 34 years of banking experience primarily in the role of an SBA loan officer.

Marchette takes special interest in the hard to place businesses that require higher leverage or long term financing.  She has been a facilitator for numerous community events that provided support to business owners by educating them on topics that help grow their businesses.   

In her spare time, Marchette pursues other interests which include chairing the local chapter of her family’s national reunion organization, attending a kickboxing cardio class or spending time with family.  Marchette has been with the Bank since 2018.

Mimi Khosravi-Farsani

Mimi Khosravi-Farsani

Vice President & Deposit Relationship Specialist

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Mimi Khosravi-Farsani

Mimi has more than 40 years of financial services experience. Mimi began her career with Security Pacific National Bank in downtown Los Angeles where she learned all aspects of banking from that of a Branch Specialist to Branch Manager. In her current role as Vice President & Deposit Relationship Specialist at International City Bank, she is focused on building client relationships in the greater Los Angeles, Orange County and Long Beach areas. Mimi’s passion is to give back to the communities she lives and works in. She volunteers with several non-profit organizations such as Fair Housing, Operation Hope, and Rotary International; organizations that support at risk families, children and seniors. Mimi attended Woodbury University and attained a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She is multi-lingual and in addition to English, Mimi speaks Farsi and French which helps her reach out and connect to our diverse Southern California marketplace. Ms. Khosravi-Farsani has been with the Bank since 2019.

Steven Arriaga

Steven Arriaga

Vice President & SBA Business Development Officer

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Steven Arriaga

With over 32 years of lending experience in Southern California, Steve is excited to be working for a progressive lending institution where his extensive experience specializing in US Small Business Administration (SBA) government guarantee lending programs help fill a vital need in our community.  He has the ability to create tailor-made financing solutions for clients and has successfully partnered banking solutions with many business owners from a wide variety of industries.  It’s his mission to provide quality service to new and existing banking relationships and he has the experience to do just that.  Steve currently operates in the Western Inland Empire Region, Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  He continually seeks out opportunities to serve clients and is confident for the future of SBA lending at International City Bank.  Mr. Arriaga joined the Bank in 2019.

Anthony J. Perez

Anthony J. Perez

Vice President & Relationship Manager

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Anthony J. Perez

Anthony is responsible for relationship management of the commercial loan portfolio including loan origination, credit risk assessment, and growing the existing portfolio of loans and deposits.  Anthony has been in community banking for over 25 years in Southern California and personalizes services for all clients.  Anthony obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of Fullerton and resides in Orange County.  Outside of banking, Anthony enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his family.  Mr. Perez has been with the bank since 2020.

Peter Keithly

Peter Keithly

Vice President & Portfolio Manager

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Peter Keithly

A Southern California native, Peter is dedicated to growing and improving the communities in and around Los Angeles & Orange County by providing credit opportunity and lending support to local businesses. Community banking allows Peter to creatively structure financing solutions to help companies safely and effectively grow & succeed. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and more recently earned advanced lending certifications in financial accounting, commercial real estate lending, and commercial loans to business. With nearly a decade working in financial services, Peter appreciates the personal service community banking allows him to provide his clients. Give him a call or stop by ICB’s Long Beach branch to discuss your financing needs. On the weekends, you will find him cycling down Pacific Coast Highway or shooting 18 holes at a local golf course. Peter has been with the Bank since 2020.

Joseph Yuk

Joseph Yuk

Vice President & Portfolio Manager

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Joseph Yuk

Since 2012, Joseph has worked in commercial lending with a specialization in SBA financing and various government-backed loan programs. He values the organizational culture of community banks and their emphasis on developing personal relationships with their customers. A servant-leader at heart, he strives to understand the distinct financial needs of businesses and find pragmatic solutions that benefit both the client and the community in which they operate. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside, and he is currently working towards his MBA at California State University, Long Beach. Outside of work, he enjoys playing guitar, watching indie films, and rooting for his favorite L.A. sports teams. Joseph has joined the bank in 2021.

Board of Directors

James J. Sullos, Jr.

James J. Sullos, Jr.

Chairman of the Board

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James J. Sullos, Jr.

Mr. Sullos began his career in 1962 when he joined Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation. He became partner in the firm in 1969 and was elected Managing Partner in 1990, before retiring in 2001. In addition to being a CPA, Mr. Sullos is a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) accredited by the AICPA, as well as a certified Financial Planner (CFP®), a financial planning accreditation issued by the CFP Board of Standards. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Long Beach Community Foundation, the Board of Governors of the Long Beach City College Foundation, an advisor to Meals on Wheels and a member of the Audit Committee of Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation. He is also President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., a company that owns international trademarks and copyrights.

Stephen R. Oettinger

Stephen R. Oettinger

Vice Chairman

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Stephen R. Oettinger

Mr. Oettinger is President of the Oettinger Group, Inc., a consulting firm that provides advice to the oil and gas industry. He also raises equity for select oil and gas projects and apartment buildings.

Jean Bixby Smith

Jean Bixby Smith

Secretary

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Jean Bixby Smith

Ms. Smith was employed in the real estate industry for over 25 years. She was Chairman of Bixby Land Company from 1997-2006 after serving as its President from 1984-1997. She retired from the board in 2011. An active participant in civic affairs, Ms. Smith is currently serving on a number of community boards including Tichenor Clinic for Children, Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation and the American Red Cross, Long Beach Chapter.

Bruce A. Cordingley

Bruce A. Cordingley

Director

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Bruce A. Cordingley

Mr. Cordingley is President & CEO of Pedcor Bancorp and Pedcor Investments, a limited liability company. The principal business of Pedcor Investments is real estate oriented investments and development. Mr. Cordingley is a Director of Fidelity Federal Bancorp, and its subsidiary, United Fidelity Bank, located in Evansville, Indiana. Mr. Cordingley previously maintained a residence in Santa Monica, California.

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Gerald K. Pedigo

Gerald K. Pedigo

Director

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Gerald K. Pedigo

Mr. Pedigo is Chairman of Pedcor Bancorp and Pedcor Investments, a limited liability company. The principal business of Pedcor Investments is real estate oriented investments and development. Mr. Pedigo is a Director of Fidelity Federal Bancorp located in Evansville, Indiana. Mr. Pedigo resides in San Diego, California. 

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Michael C. Miller

Michael C. Miller

Director

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Michael C. Miller

Michael (“Mike”) C. Miller is a member of the Board of Directors and was the President & CEO of ICB from 2014 through his retirement in 2021. He started his banking career in 1976 and has over 45 years of banking experience, primarily in the community banking industry. During his career he held many executive positions including Branch Administrator, Chief Credit Officer and President & CEO. His extensive banking experience provides “hands-on” knowledge to support his Board activities where he will be involved in strategic planning and oversight. He majored in Business Administration and graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School in 2002.