James Beckwith
President & CEO
James Beckwith
With nearly 30 years of experience, Mr. Beckwith serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer and is a member of our board of directors. Mr. Beckwith joined Five Star Bank in 2003. Mr. Beckwith is deeply connected to the Sacramento community and has chaired several community-based organizations which include the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Valley Vision and KVIE (the local PBS affiliate). Mr. Beckwith is currently the Chair of the Western Bankers Association, a Private Sector Director with the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, a board member of the Crocker Art Museum and a member of the Sacramento State University College of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Beckwith previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at National Bank of the Redwoods in Santa Rosa, California. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington where he was class president. Recently, Mr. Beckwith was recognized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce as the Businessman of the Year in 2020, and he was named among the Most Admired CEO’s of 2020 by the Sacramento Business Journal.
Jack Dalton
SVP, Chief Credit Officer
Jack Dalton
Mr. Dalton joined us as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in 2011. Mr. Dalton has more than 41 years of experience in the lending and banking industry. Prior to joining us, Mr. Dalton started his lending career with the Farm Credit System in 1980 as a Credit Analyst, then transitioned into roles as a Loan Officer, Branch Manager and Senior Vice President/Senior Lender. In 1991, Mr. Dalton moved to Stockmans Bank as their Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, and through a merger in 2008, later served as Senior Vice President, Region Credit Administrator at PremierWest Bank. Mr. Dalton currently serves on the Sacramento Metro-PAC board of directors, and he is a member of the District 3 Grower Liaison Committee for Blue Diamond and a member of the Sacramento Sutter Club’s Member Service Committee. Mr. Dalton graduated in 1977 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.
Kristine Hyde
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Kristine Hyde
Ms. Hyde has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer since August 2020. Ms. Hyde has over 25 years of human resources experience, including serving as an independent human resources consultant to us from March 2017 to August 2020. In October 2015, Ms. Hyde began her own consulting firm, Kristine Hyde HR Consulting, in which she provided expertise to a wide range of customers through her consulting practice which focused on aligning business processes, practices and talent for those in the media, manufacturing, agriculture and automotive industries. Ms. Hyde remains the owner of Kristine Hyde HR Consulting, and she is an owner of two Drybar franchise locations in Sacramento and Roseville. Ms. Hyde is a certified Senior Professional of Human Resources, or SPHR, Senior Certified Professional with the Society of Human Resources Management, a California Certified SPHR-CA from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and she holds a Certificate of Human Resources Management from Sacramento State. Ms. Hyde graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Communications from University of Southern California, and she is a graduate of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Sacramento program. She is a former board President of St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School.
Mike Lee
SVP, Chief Regulatory Officer
Mike Lee
Mr. Lee has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer since 2010. Mr. Lee joined us in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer, after serving over 14 years with the FDIC. He later transitioned to the position of Chief Credit Officer in 2007, and he served in that position until being appointed as Chief Regulatory Officer in 2010. Mr. Lee graduated from Midwestern State University in Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics, and he graduated with honors from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Mr. Lee serves on the boards of directors of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corp.
Heather Luck
SVP, Chief Financial Officer
Heather Luck
Ms. Luck serves as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, positions she has held since February 2021. Ms. Luck first joined us in October 2018 as our Vice President/Director of Finance. Prior to this, Ms. Luck was a Manager in Assurance Services for Ernst & Young, LLP from 2010 through 2017, where she led multiple audit engagements simultaneously, including coordination with tax, valuation and other specialist groups required to achieve audit objectives in accordance with standards enumerated by the PCAOB and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Her audit experience at Ernst & Young included several industries, such as manufacturing, real estate, technology, media and entertainment, and telecommunications, and her client portfolio included multinational SEC registrants, private issuers and sub-orders. Ms. Luck then served as Senior Assistant Controller-Global Business Units and Mergers & Acquisitions at Oracle from March 2018 until September 2018, where she was responsible for overseeing the integration of general ledgers of newly acquired entities onto the Oracle Cloud Platform, which included ensuring compliance with accounting policies and intercompany eliminations. Ms. Luck received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Utah and a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Ms. Luck is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and is currently a student of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Lydia Ramirez
SVP, Chief Operations Officer and DE&I Officer
Lydia Ramirez
Ms. Ramirez serves as our Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer and Chief DE&I Officer, positions she has held since February 2021. Ms. Ramirez previously served as our Senior Vice President and Director of Operations from 2018 to 2021 and our Senior Vice President and Director of Branch Administration from 2017 to 2018. Ms. Ramirez has over 16 years of experience in senior level banking and is skilled in strategic operational process and sales management. Before joining us, Ms. Ramirez served as Vice President and Multi-Branch Manager at MUFG Union Bank from 2010 to 2017, where she implemented and steered sales activities, developed a team to act as trusted client advisors, and provided leadership on operational integrity and compliance awareness. Ms. Ramirez graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Ms. Ramirez recently graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Master of Business Administration. Ms. Ramirez is also a graduate of CBA Executive Banking School. Ms. Ramirez serves on the board of directors (as Chairperson) and executive and compensation committees of Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors of North Natomas Little League.
Michael Rizzo
SVP, Chief Banking Officer
Mike Rizzo
Mr. Rizzo joined us in 2005 as Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer, helping establish our business banking practice, as well as developing commercial real estate loans. He opened our de novo Rancho Cordova office in June 2006. As of January 2017, he serves as our Senior Vice President and Chief Banking Officer supporting and managing the team of Business Development Officers. As of January 2021, Mr. Rizzo also oversees the SBA division of the bank. Mr. Rizzo earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Sacramento, and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Mr. Rizzo is also the current board Chair of the American River Parkway Foundation.
Brett Wait
SVP, Chief Information Officer
Brett Wait
Mr. Wait first joined us in 2011 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, a position he has held since 2018. Mr. Wait has over 15 years of community bank experience and information technology fluency, and he has served in various roles with us, including Operations Officer from 2011 to 2013, Vice President, Technology & Operations Manager from 2013 to 2015, and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2015 to 2017. He also served as Chief Information Officer of River City Bank from 2017 to 2018, where he was responsible for overseeing information technology, information security and data analytics, before rejoining us in his current position in 2018. Mr. Wait graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Shelley Wetton
SVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Shelley Wetton
Ms. Wetton has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since 2018, after first joining us in 2015 as our Vice President, Community Relations and Communications. Ms. Wetton has 20 years of corporate branding, media relations and strategic marketing expertise, and she previously served as Vice President, Corporate Communications at The Buzz Oates Group of Companies for 16 years. She has worked closely with our board of directors in a consulting role since our inception in 1999. Ms. Wetton earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from California State University, Sacramento and is a graduate of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Sacramento program. Ms. Wetton serves on the board of directors of 3Strands Global Foundation. She recently served on the board of trustees of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society from 2017 to 2020.