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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Sarver

54 2010 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Dale Gibbons

55 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Merrill Wall

68 2013 Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Patricia Taylor

54 2010 Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Randall Theisen

57 2013 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Gerald Cady

61 2003 Executive Vice President - Southern California Administration

Duane Froeschle

63 2011 Executive Vice President - Credit Administration

John Guedry

55 2015 Executive Vice President - Southern Nevada Administration

James Lundy

66 2003 Executive Vice President - Arizona Administration

Robert McAuslan

67 2013 Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

Daniel Myers

55 2015 Executive Vice President - Northern California Administration

Steven Hilton

54 2002 Director

Bruce Beach

66 2005 Independent Director

William Boyd

84 2002 Independent Director

Howard Gould

66 2015 Independent Director

Marianne Johnson

57 1995 Independent Director

Robert Latta

61 2015 Independent Director

Cary Mack

56 2005 Independent Director

Todd Marshall

59 1995 Independent Director

M. Nafees Nagy

72 2004 Independent Director

James Nave

71 1995 Independent Director

John Sande

66 2007 Independent Director

Donald Snyder

68 1997 Independent Director

Sung Sohn

71 2010 Independent Director

Kenneth Vecchione

61 2007 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Sarver

Mr. Robert Gary Sarver is a Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation. Mr. Sarver has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since December 2002. He also served as the President of the Company from December 2002 to April 2010. He served on the Torrey Pines Bank board of directors until the bank merged with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. He currently serves on the board of directors of Western Alliance Bank and was appointed Chairman in January 2016. Mr. Sarver organized and founded National Bank of Arizona in 1984 and served as President at the time of the sale of that bank in 1994 to Zions Bancorporation. Mr. Sarver was the lead investor and CEO of GB Bancorporation, the former parent company of Grossmont Bank, from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Sarver served as Chairman and CEO of California Bank and Trust and as an Executive Vice President with Zions Bancorporation from June 1998 to March 2001. He served as a director and credit committee member of Zions Bancorporation from 1995 to 2001, and as a director of Skywest Airlines from 2000 to 2015. Mr. Sarver is also a director of Meritage Homes Corporation, the Managing Partner of the Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team, a member of the board of directors of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona, and a part owner of the Spanish professional soccer club Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, S.A.D. Mr. Sarver brings extensive experience in banking, real estate and executive management to our Board. Mr. Sarver’s experience as a leader and entrepreneur in the Southwest, where the Company operates, provides insight to the Board of Directors on the factors that impact both the Company and the communities in which it operates. Moreover, Mr. Sarver’s day-to-day leadership and intimate knowledge of the Company’s business and operations provide our Board of Directors with Company-specific experience and expertise.

Dale Gibbons

Mr. Dale M. Gibbons is a Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and Western Alliance Bank since May 2003 and December 2013, respectively, and a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016. He was Executive Vice President of Bank of Nevada from July 2004 to December 2013, and served as Bank of Nevada’s Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2007. He has also been a director of Western Alliance Equipment Finance since 2006. Mr. Gibbons has more than 30 years of experience in commercial banking, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of Zions Bancorporation from August 1996 to June 2001. From 1979 to 1996, Mr. Gibbons worked for First Interstate Bancorp in a variety of retail banking and financial management positions.

Merrill Wall

Mr. Merrill S. Wall is a Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and Western Alliance Bank since February 2005 and December 2013, respectively, and has been a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016. Mr. Wall has over 40 years of banking experience. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Director of Human Resources for Zions Bancorporation and its subsidiary, California Bank & Trust, from October 1998 to February 2005. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Wall worked for H.F. Ahmanson/Home Savings of America as a senior executive managing both human resources and training corporate-wide. Mr. Wall also spent 17 years with First Interstate Bancorp in a variety of commercial, retail and administrative positions.

Patricia Taylor

Ms. Patricia A. Taylor is a Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and Western Alliance Bank since June 2010 and December 2013, respectively, and has been a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016. She previously served as Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer for PacWest Bancorp from April 2004 to June 2010. From 1994 to 2004, Ms. Taylor worked as a Director of Internal Audit Outsourcing for KPMG LLP, where she was responsible for the ongoing management and supervision of outsourced internal audit engagement for multiple financial services clients. Ms. Taylor also spent 10 years as a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and has 32 years of financial services industry experience.

Randall Theisen

Mr. Randall S. Theisen is a Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and Western Alliance Bank since February 2006, and has been an Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Company since February 2013 and August 2013, respectively. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Theisen spent more than 20 years in private practice representing financial institutions in banking, corporate and financial services law, including serving as the head of the Financial Institutions Practice Group of a major Phoenix-based law firm. He was named a “Leading Lawyer 2006” and “Best of the Bar 2005” among banking attorneys by the Business Journal of Phoenix. Mr. Theisen received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D. with honors from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, where he served as writer and editor of the law review among other academic distinctions.

Gerald Cady

Mr. Gerald A. Cady is a Executive Vice President - Southern California Administration of Western Alliance Bancorporation. He is also the CEO of the Torrey Pines Bank division of Western Alliance Bank, has been a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016, and served as the CEO of the Company’s Torrey Pines Bank subsidiary from June 2006 until its merger with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Mr. Cady has 37 years of commercial banking experience, including serving as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for California Bank and Trust in San Diego from August 1987 to February 2003. Mr. Cady served on the Board of Grossmont Hospital and was Chairman of the Board from 2007-2008. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Sharp Memorial Hospital and the Continuous Quality Insurance Corporation which is owned by Sharp Healthcare. He also services on the board of the Sharp Healthcare Corporation, the Timken Museum of Art, and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Duane Froeschle

Mr. Duane Ralph Froeschle is a Executive Vice President - Credit Administration of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and has been a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016, and is the Co-President of the Alliance Bank of Arizona division of Western Alliance Bank. Mr. Froeschle was President of Western Alliance Bank until it merged with Torrey Pines Bank and Bank of Nevada in December 2013, was Chief Credit Officer of the Company from 2002 to 2011, and was a director of Western Alliance Equipment Finance from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Froeschle has 41 years of experience in commercial banking. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Froeschle held various positions with National Bank of Arizona from June 1987 to June 2002, including Chief Credit Officer from June 1997 to December 2001.

John Guedry

Mr. John Guedry is a Executive Vice President - Southern Nevada Administration of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and Western Alliance Bank since February 2015 and a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016. He is also the President and CEO of the Bank of Nevada division of Western Alliance Bank, and served as the President of the Company’s Bank of Nevada subsidiary from August 2011 until its merger with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. He began his banking career with Valley Bank of Nevada in 1994 where he served as Sales Director until 1999. Most recently, Mr. Guedry was CEO and a board member for Business Bank of Nevada from 2000 until 2007, when the bank was sold to City National Bank, at which point he remained as EVP and Director of Nevada Operations for City National Bank until 2009. Mr. Guedry currently serves in several community roles as a member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce board of directors, executive committee and Chairman Elect for 2015, a board member, executive committee member and treasurer of the Public Education Foundation, a board member of the Economic Club of Las Vegas and an executive committee member of the Las Vegas Bowl. He is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas Lee Business School.

James Lundy

Mr. James Harwood Lundy, III is no longer Executive Vice President - Arizona Administration of Western Alliance Bancorporation, effective January 1, 2017. He is Executive Vice President of Western Alliance Bank since February 2003 and December 2013, respectively, and a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016. He is also the CEO of the Alliance Bank of Arizona and First Independent Bank divisions of Western Alliance Bank, and served as CEO of the Company’s Western Alliance Bank subsidiary (then known as Alliance Bank of Arizona) from February 2003 until its merger with Torrey Pines Bank and Bank of Nevada in December 2013. Mr. Lundy was also a director of the Company from February 2003 to March 2005. Mr. Lundy is the immediate past Board Chair of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, is a past board member and chair of the Arizona Bankers Association, represents the southwestern U.S. region in the FDIC Community Bank Advisory Council, and serves as secretary of the Phoenix Civic Improvement Corporation. He also currently serves as a trustee and Board Chair of the Catholic Community Foundation. From June 1991 to December 2000, Mr. Lundy served as Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of National Bank of Arizona, and from December 2000 to June 2001, as Vice Chairman of National Bank of Arizona. Mr. Lundy oversaw National Bank of Arizona’s commercial banking function on a statewide basis, with direct responsibility for over $1 billion in commercial loan commitments, executive oversight of marketing and overall supervision of commercial banking and marketing throughout Arizona. Mr. Lundy has a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Arizona and practiced law as a member of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1974 to 1977. He practiced law in Flagstaff, Arizona from 1977 through 1983 before entering the banking industry in Phoenix in 1984.

Robert McAuslan

Mr. Robert Reoch McAuslan is a Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and Western Alliance Bank since February 2011 and December 2013, respectively, and a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McAuslan was Senior Credit Executive for Western U.S. markets with Mutual of Omaha Bank from November 2008 through January 2011. Mr. McAuslan’s prior experience includes H.F. Ahmanson/Home Savings of America where he was Chief Credit Officer, and various credit and lending positions at Citibank/Citigroup and BBVA/Compass Bank. Mr. McAuslan graduated with a B.S. from Northeastern University and received an MBA from Wharton Graduate Division, University of Pennsylvania.

Daniel Myers

Mr. Daniel P. Myers is a Executive Vice President - Northern California Administration of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and also for Western Alliance Bancorporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bridge Bank division of Western Alliance Bank since July 2015, and a director of Western Alliance Bank since January 2016. He was a director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Capital Holdings from its inception in 2004 until June 2015, and held the same positions with Bridge Bank, National Association from its inception in 2001 until June 2015. Mr. Myers has worked in commercial banking for over 30 years, all with independent business banks in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley region. He is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School through the University of Washington, and holds a Liberal Arts degree from DePauw University in Indiana.

Steven Hilton

Mr. Steven J. Hilton is a Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and was a director of Western Alliance Bank from February 2003 until it merged with Bank of Nevada and Torrey Pines Bank in December 2013. Mr. Hilton was the co-founder and is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Meritage Homes Corporation. Mr. Hilton founded Arizona-based Monterey Homes in 1985. Under Mr. Hilton’s leadership, Monterey became a publicly-traded company and combined with Legacy Homes in 1997, resulting in the creation of Meritage Homes Corporation. Mr. Hilton received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona. Mr. Hilton contributes considerable knowledge of the southwestern real estate market to our Board of Directors. As the Chairman and CEO of another NYSE-listed public company, Mr. Hilton also brings executive management experience, risk assessment skills and public company expertise to our Board of Directors.

Bruce Beach

Mr. Bruce Beach is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation. Mr. Beach has been a director of the Company since April 2005 and became Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee and Lead Independent Director in May 2009 and January 2010, respectively. Mr. Beach was a director of Western Alliance Bank since its formation until December 2015. Mr. Beach has been the Chairman of BeachFleischman PC, an accounting and business advisory firm in Southern Arizona, since May 1991, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1991 to 2015. Mr. Beach is a certified public accountant, received a BS in business administration and an MBA from the University of Arizona, and has 42 years of experience in public accounting. Mr. Beach was the Vice-Chairman of Carondelet Health Network, one of the largest hospital systems in Southern Arizona, from July 2004 until December 2007, and served as the chairman of its audit committee from July 2003 until December 2007. Mr. Beach served a term as Chairman of Carondelet Health Network in 2008, and retired from the Carondelet board of directors on December 31, 2008. Mr. Beach’s experience as an accounting professional and his background as an executive and director contribute management and financial expertise to our Board of Directors, as well as leadership skills and significant knowledge of the Southern Arizona business environment.

William Boyd

Mr. William S. Boyd is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation. Mr. Boyd has been a director and stockholder of the Company since 2002 and was a founder of its first bank subsidiary, Bank of Nevada. Mr. Boyd has served as a director of Boyd Gaming Corporation since its inception in June 1988, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since August 1988. Mr. Boyd also held the position of CEO of Boyd Gaming Corporation from August 1988 through December 2007, when he was elected to the Office of Executive Chairman of that company, effective January 2008. Mr. Boyd has been a director of California Hotel and Casino since its inception in 1973. He has previously served on the board of directors and for the past fifteen years has been the President Emeritus of the National Center for Responsible Gaming. He served as a director of Nevada State Bank from 1965 to 1985. Mr. Boyd played a leading role in founding the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Boyd brings extensive experience in executive management to our Board of Directors, as well as experience in a highly regulated industry. He is the Chairman and former CEO of Boyd Gaming, a NYSE-listed public company, and a prominent fixture within the Las Vegas business community where the Company’s Bank of Nevada division operates. Additionally, Mr. Boyd has a law degree and actively practiced in Las Vegas for 15 years, specializing in business related matters. He also has over 20 years of previous experience as a bank board director.

Howard Gould

Mr. Howard N. Gould is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and was previously a director of Bridge Capital Holdings from 2009 until it merged into the Company in June of 2015. Mr. Gould is Vice Chairman of Carpenter and Company and is a managing member of Carpenter Fund Manager, GP, LLC, the general partner of the Carpenter Community BancFunds. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Gould was California Commissioner of Financial Institutions under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. From 2002 to 2003, he was Vice Chairman of The Bank of the West, which had acquired United California Bank where he was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the bank from 1992 to 2002. Prior to that position he was Managing Partner of The Secura Group. He was State Superintendent of Banks for the State of California under Governor George Deukmejian. Mr. Gould also served as an officer at Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Gould’s experience in management at large financial institutions and as the Commissioner of California’s bank regulatory agency enables him to provide valuable insights to our Board of Directors concerning bank industry, management and regulatory matters.

Marianne Johnson

Ms. Marianne Boyd Johnson is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and was a founding director of its first bank subsidiary, Bank of Nevada. Since 1992, Ms. Johnson has been a member of the board of directors of Boyd Gaming Corporation and has served as its Vice Chairman of the Board since February 2001. Ms. Johnson was Senior Vice President of Boyd Gaming from December 2001 until December 2007, and she was promoted to Executive Vice President in January 2008. Ms. Johnson has served Boyd Gaming since 1977 in a variety of capacities, including sales and marketing. Ms. Johnson served as a director of Nevada Community Bank until its sale to First Security Bank (Wells Fargo) in 1993. Ms. Johnson brings to our Board of Directors nearly two decades of experience in both the banking and highly regulated gaming industry, as well as extensive knowledge of the Las Vegas, Nevada market, and considerable public company experience.

Robert Latta

Mr. Robert P. Latta is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and was previously a director of Bridge Capital Holdings from 2004 until it merged into the Company in June of 2015. Mr. Latta is a senior partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation’s leading technology and growth business law firms, where he has worked since 1979 and has served as a member of various firm management committees. Mr. Latta has substantial experiences in a broad range of general corporate and transactional matters, including company formations, venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Latta brings corporate finance experience and familiarity with corporate governance matters to our Board of Directors, as well as audit committee experience.

Cary Mack

Mr. Cary Mack is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation. Mr. Mack was a director of Torrey Pines Bank from its formation in May 2003 until it merged with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013, was Chairman of Torrey Pines Bank from July 2009 to December 2013, and was a director of Western Alliance Bank from December 2013 to December 2015. Mr. Mack has held licenses in the State of California as a certified public accountant, attorney and real estate broker. Mr. Mack co-manages Southwest Value Partners Enterprise, a private real estate investment firm located in San Diego, California (“SVP”). Mr. Mack’s legal and accounting experience, his involvement in auditing practices and risk management programs and policies, and his knowledge of the investment and real estate markets provide the Board of Directors with invaluable expertise in these areas.

Todd Marshall

Mr. Todd Marshall is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and was a founding director of its first bank subsidiary, Bank of Nevada. Mr. Marshall was also a director of Torrey Pines Bank from January 2011 until it merged into Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Mr. Marshall was a director of Marshall Retail Group from May 1976 to 2015, served as its Chief Executive Officer until January 2005 and served as Chairman until 2014. The Marshall Retail Group owns and operates stores in more than 140 locations, primarily in major casino-hotels in Nevada, Mississippi and New Jersey. He is currently the owner and President of Marshall Management Co., a real estate investment and property management company in Las Vegas and serves on the board of Sourcing Network International, LLC. Mr. Marshall served on the board of directors of Consumer Health Services from July 2007 until July 2012, and as its Chief Operating Officer from March 2011 until March 2012. Mr. Marshall’s long history with the Company, his extensive leadership experience and knowledge of the Las Vegas retail market and community provide our Board of Directors with an important perspective for assessing and managing risks and planning for corporate strategy in one of its largest markets. Mr. Marshall also brings to our Board of Directors his experience in the highly regulated gaming industry and marketing and branding expertise.

M. Nafees Nagy

Dr. M. Nafees Nagy, M.D. is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and served as a director of Bank of Nevada from 1994 until it merged into Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Dr. Nagy practiced medicine in Las Vegas for more than 30 years, specializing in oncology, clinical hematology, and cancer chemotherapy. He founded and was President and a director of the Nevada Cancer Centers until it was acquired by HealthCare Partners Nevada in June 2013. Currently he is serving as director of Premier Care Network, an accountable care organization. Dr. Nagy served for eight years as a member of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners and also served as its Secretary. Dr. Nagy is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Utilization Review and Quality Assurance and has consulted for several healthcare concerns. He was a member of the advisory board for Option Care. Dr. Nagy also has served as a member and the chair of the Medical Carrier Advisory Committee and has served as a member of the Clark County Medical Society’s Nominating Committee. Dr. Nagy formerly served as a director of Sun Bank for five years and Nevada Community Bank until its sale in 1993. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel and served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. In January 2008, the Governor of Nevada appointed Dr. Nagy to the special healthcare issues advisory board. Dr. Nagy brings to our Board of Directors a well-developed understanding of the Company’s business, history and organization, as well as leadership skills and knowledge of the Nevada medical community.

James Nave

Dr. James E. Nave is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and served as a director of Bank of Nevada from 1994 until it merged into Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Dr. Nave, a former officer in the armed forces, has owned the Tropicana Animal Hospital since 1974, and is the owner of multiple hospitals. In July 2013, he finished his second six-year term as the Director of International Affairs for the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is a past President of that organization. He is a member and past President of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association and the Western Veterinary Conference, as well as a member of the Clark County Veterinary Medical Association, the National Academy of Practitioners, and the American Animal Hospital Association. He has previously served as the Globalization Liaison Agent for Education and Licensing for the American Veterinary Medical Association, and as a member of the Executive Board of the World Veterinary Association. Dr. Nave was also the Chairman of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine Development Committee. He was a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission from 1988 to 1999 and served as its Chairman from 1989 to 1992 and from 1994 to 1996. Dr. Nave serves as one of two independent directors of Station Casinos, LLC and is chairman of its audit committee. Dr. Nave’s management skills, leadership experience, financial acumen and audit committee experience add an important dimension to the composition of our Board of Directors.

John Sande

Mr. John P. Sande, III is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation.,and was a director of Western Alliance Bank from January 2011 to December 2013. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for First Independent Bank of Nevada from September 1999 through December 2010. Mr. Sande is a director at Fennemore Craig PC, a prominent Nevada law firm specializing in administrative law, government relations and trust and estates, and is admitted to the state and federal courts in California and Nevada. Mr. Sande represents many clients before the Nevada legislature. He is a trustee of the William F. Harrah Trusts, served as a director of Employers Holdings, Inc. from 2001-2013, is a former director of Bank of America Nevada (Valley Bank of Nevada), and is the Former Chairman of the Barracuda Championship, a PGA Tour event in Northern Nevada. He is also a director on the Board for the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Mr. Sande graduated with great distinction from Stanford University, was named to its All Century Football Team and was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He also received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University where he graduated cum laude. Mr. Sande’s legal career and government relations experience give him the leadership and consensus-building skills to assist our Board of Directors on a variety of matters, including corporate governance, succession planning and risk oversight.

Donald Snyder

Mr. Donald D. Snyder is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and served as a director of Western Alliance Bank from January 2014 to December 2015. Mr. Snyder was a director of Bank of Nevada from 1997 until it merged with Western Alliance Bank in December 2013, and served as Chairman of Bank of Nevada from January 2010 to December 2013. He was a founding director of the entity created to charter Bank of Nevada and was one of its initial investors. Mr. Snyder has served in senior leadership positions at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) since June 2010. He was Dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration from June 2010 to June 2013; Executive Dean for Strategic Development from June 2013 to January 2014; President from February 2014 to January 2015 while the university conducted a national search to fill the vacancy created by the unexpected resignation of the former President; and served as Presidential Advisor for Strategic Initiatives from January 2015 to January 2016. He is also Chairman of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and is a director of Tutor Perini Corporation and Switch Ltd. Mr. Snyder served as a director of NV Energy from 2005 to 2013. Mr. Snyder was the President of Boyd Gaming Corporation from January 1997 to March 2005, having joined the company’s board of directors in April 1996 and its management team in July 1996. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of the Fremont Street Experience LLC, a private/public partnership formed to develop and operate a major redevelopment project in Downtown Las Vegas. Mr. Snyder was previously Chairman of the board of directors and CEO of First Interstate Bank of Nevada, then Nevada’s largest full-service bank, from 1987 through 1991. During his 22 years with First Interstate Bank from 1969 to 1991, Mr. Snyder served in various management positions in retail and corporate banking, as well as international and real estate banking.

Sung Sohn

Dr. Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D. is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation. He served as a director of Torrey Pines Bank from December 2010 until it merged into Western Alliance Bank in December 2013. Dr. Sohn is Smith Professor of Economics and Finance at California State University CI and a Commissioner on the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System (LACERS) Board of Administration. He also currently serves on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors Southern California. Dr. Sohn was the Vice Chairman of multi-national retailer Forever 21 and was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to his tenure at Wells Fargo, Dr. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in the White House, and has also been a tenured college professor in the Pennsylvania State University System. He has served on the boards of Port of Los Angeles, First California Bank, Foreign Affairs Council of Los Angeles, Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, Ministers Mutual Life Insurance Company, L.A. Music Center (Performing Arts), Park Nicollet Health Services, The Blake School, Minnesota Community College System, North Memorial Medical Center, Harvard Business School Association of Minnesota and the American Heart Association of Minnesota. Dr. Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School. In addition to world class abilities in economic forecasting, Dr. Sohn offers our Board of Directors expertise and experience in banking, management and the Southern California market.

Kenneth Vecchione

Mr. Kenneth A. Vecchione is an Independent Director of Western Alliance Bancorporation., and served as the non-management Chairman of the Company’s bank subsidiary, Western Alliance Bank, from January 2014 to December 2015. He served as Vice Chairman of Bank of Nevada from October 2010 to December 2013, and was the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2010 to April 2013. In April 2013, Mr. Vecchione joined Encore Capital Group as President and a director, and became CEO of that company in June 2013. During his more than 35-year career, Mr. Vecchione has held a number of senior positions at large financial services companies, including Chief Financial Officer at Apollo Global Management, LLC from 2007 to 2010 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at AT&T Universal Card Services from 1997 to 1998. Between 1998 and 2006, Mr. Vecchione served in a number of positions at MBNA Corporation, including three years as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Vecchione currently serves as a director of International Securities Exchange and is a member of its Audit and Finance, Compensation and Governance committees. Mr. Vecchione served on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco from 2012 through 2013. Mr. Vecchione also served as a director of Affinion Group and was the Chairman of its Audit Committee until January 2011. Mr. Vecchione provides valuable insight and guidance on the issues of corporate strategy and risk management, particularly as to his expertise and understanding of the current trends and regulatory issues within the financial services industry, and as to his diverse relationships within the financial services community.