Arnold T. Grisham

Who we are

Arnold T. Grisham

Chairman, President & CEO at Tri-Valley Bank
MBA, Finance, DePaul University
BS in Management, DePaul University


Tri-Valley Bank, San Ramon, Calif.  2011 – 2018

Chairman, President and CEO

Responsible for rescuing a failing bank. Recruited new board members, new C-level officers and upgraded the staff. Raised $12 million in new capital from accredited investors without the aid of an investment banker. Grew assets from $77 million in 2011 to $147 million at 12/31/2017 while eliminating $14 million criticized/classified assets. During the same period grew loans from $50 million to $125 million and grew deposits from $66 million to $127 million. Managed the removal of a regulatory consent order. Brought the bank to profitability in 2015 and put the bank on a path of increasing profitability. Signed a definitive agreement on 12/20/2017 to sell Tri-Valley Bank to Heritage Commerce Corp for $31.6 million with a final sales price of $33.2 Million on 4/6/2018.

Alta Alliance Bank, Oakland, Calif.  2006 – 2010

President and Chief Executive Officer

Western Alliance Bancorporation, Las Vegas, Nev. 2006- 2010

Executive Vice President

(Note:  Alta Alliance Bank agreed to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Alliance Bancorporation while still in formation.)

Organizing founder of a $180 million-asset community bank that grew to 30 employees and three offices in Oakland, Piedmont and Los Altos, Calif. as of December 31, 2009. Established and led business development and organizational strategy. Focused on niche segments of C&I business, small businesses, nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations and professionals.

Grisham Group
, Oakland, Calif. 2002-2006

Founder and Managing Partner

Korn/Ferry International
, San Francisco, Calif. 2001-2002

Managing Director

Specialized in conducting senior-level searches for executives in the financial services sector, including regional banks, independent banks, investment banks, asset management firms, thrift institutions and related government entities. Also conducted board-level and cultural diversity searches.

Civic Bancorp and Civic Bank of Commerce
, Oakland, Calif. 1999-2001

President and Chief Operating Officer
Chief Lending Officer and Member, Board of Directors

Supervised strategic planning process and managed commercial banking staff of 8 offices and 60 employees. Responsible for credit policy, credit department, cash management and Small Business Administration departments, loan approvals and loan portfolio of 1000 relationships and 2000 loans and growing non-interest income. Built cash management into a core business.

Wells Fargo & Co.
, San Francisco, Calif. 1981 – 1999

Executive Vice President – 1996-1999

Managed Corporate Banking Division nationwide, which included 8 offices and 100 employees handling 1500 banking relationships with large corporate and financial institutions. Managed system wide middle-market cash management and business development programs for sales officers, government services, title/escrow services and minority lending. Board member of Wells Fargo Bank-Texas and Chairman of Wells Fargo Limited and Wells Fargo Central Bank

Executive Vice President, East Bay Regional Commercial Banking Office – 1994 -1996

Managed staff and middle-market lending portfolio of $750-million in commitments, $600 million in outstanding loans, 350 client relationships and $20 million in pre-tax, pre-provision income.


Senior Vice President, Oakland Regional Commercial Banking Office – 1989-1994

Grew middle-market lending portfolio to $450 million from $200 million in outstanding loans.

Chairperson – Cultural Diversity Committee – 1990-1992

Created and led bank’s first Cultural Diversity Committee, which reported to Bank Chairman Carl Reichardt. Established cultural diversity as a core value within Bank’s culture and elevated it to a business issue through bank-wide educational programs and development of quantitative measurement metrics.

Vice President/Regional Vice-President – 1981-1989

Held a variety of managerial positions in Corporate and Commercial Banking.

Continental Illinois National Bank
, Chicago, Ill. 1975-1981

Vice President

Marketed bank products and services, evaluated financial proposals and assessed client financial performance. Managed loan portfolios and middle-market and Fortune 500 customers.