Our Directors

Oversight of American Business Bank is managed by eight directors. Four internal directors: Robert F. Schack, Donald P. Johnson, Leon Blankstein, and Wes Schaefer. In addition we have exceptional independent directors identified below, each of whom serves on the audit, compensation and nominating committees.

Donald P. Johnson

Donald P. Johnson, Vice Chairman and Director

Donald P. Johnson, Vice Chairman, and previous President and CEO, was on of the original organizers and founders of American Business Bank. After Mellon Bank purchased 1st Business Bank in 1997, Mr. Johnson and his partners personally raised the more than $14.2 million used to capitalize American Business Bank. This was the second largest management driven capitalization in California history. 

Mr. Johnson obtained is undergraduate degree in 1968 from the University of North Carolina where he served as both Junior and Senior class president. After college, he was a full Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1977. In 2004 he was elected to the Board of the California Bankers Association.  


D. Van Skilling

D. Van Skilling

Mr. Skilling is CEO of Skilling Enterprises, a private investment and consulting organization. He retired as Chairman and CEO of Experian Corporation with 11,000 employees and $1.6 billion in annual revenues. He currently serves as Lead Director on the Board of First American Corporation with more than 30,000 employees. Van also teaches Business Policy and Strategy at Colorado College.

Jon Schlobohm

Jon Schlobohm

Mr. Schlobohm retired in 2007 as President of National Corset Supply. He now lives in Hawaii on the island of Maui. He and his brother grew National Corset Supply to be one of the largest family-owned lingerie businesses in the country. A CPA, Jon graduated from UCLA and competed on the swim team.

Robert I. Usdan

Robert I. Usdan

Mr. Usdan is a Co-Founder and Principal of The Endicott Group, a private investment and advisory firm specializing in the financial services industry.  Prior to founding Endicott in 1996, Mr. Usdan was an Associate Director at Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P.  Mr. Usdan received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

Trent D. Merrill

Trent D. Merril

After graduating from USC, Mr. Merrill began his career with Ernst and Young, specializing in financial services for closely held companies up to $500 million in sales.  In 1995, Mr. Merrill left Ernst and Young to become the Executive Vice President of Lucky Brand Dungarees.  He helped grow Lucky Brand's business from $45 million to $450 million in sales over the next 9 years.  In 2004, Mr. Merrill became the Head of Real Estate for Liz Claiborne and managed the retail real estate expansion for a number of companies including Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne and Lucky Brand Jeans.  In 2012, Mr. Merrill became the CEO of Triple R, LLC which specializes in Retail Realty Representation for existing and developing retailers.

Edith Matthai

Ms. Matthai is a partner in Robie & Matthai. She has been a trial lawyer specializing in representation of attorneys in malpractice actions for over thirty years. She handles matters arising from nearly every field of practice including complex business transactions and litigation, probate and family law proceedings, securities, intellectual property and bankruptcy proceedings. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial lawyers and in 2008 was named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Litigation Section of the California State Bar as the California. Ms. Matthai is a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Defense Counsel, The Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA. She has also received many prestigious honors, too numerous to mention.