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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.

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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.

   
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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.

   
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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.

   
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.