Management

  • Simone Lagomarsino

    Simone Lagomarsino

    President & Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors

    Simone Lagomarsino

    President & Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors

    Ms. Lagomarsino serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Luther Burbank Corporation and Luther Burbank Savings. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Lagomarsino served as President and CEO of the Western Bankers Association and as a director of Pacific Premier Bancorp (NASDAQ: PPBI). From 2011 to 2017, she served as CEO of Heritage Oaks Bank and as President and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bancorp. Previous to that, she held executive positions with City National Bank, Hawthorne Savings, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Ventura County National Bank and Warner Center Bank. Ms. Lagomarsino is regularly honored in financial services industry organizations and publications, and in 2013, was named by American Banker as Community Banker of the Year. In addition to her role at Luther Burbank, Ms. Lagomarsino serves on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Ms. Lagomarsino holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

  • Laura Tarantino

    Laura Tarantino

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    Laura Tarantino

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Tarantino currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Luther Burbank Corporation, a position she has held since 2006, and as Executive Vice President of Luther Burbank Savings. In this role, she oversees all aspects of financial reporting including strategic planning, asset/liability management, taxation and regulatory filings. She also serves on the Company's Executive Committee and as an Assistant Corporate Secretary. Ms. Tarantino joined Luther Burbank as Controller in 1992. She previously served as Audit Manager for KPMG LLP, San Francisco, specializing in the financial services industry. In addition to her role at the Company, Ms. Tarantino has served as an audit committee member for the Santa Rosa Council on Aging since 2012. Ms. Tarantino is a CPA (inactive) and holds a B.S. in Business Administration - Finance & Accounting with summa cum laude honors from San Francisco State University.

  • Alex Stefani

    Alex Stefani

    Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

    Alex Stefani

    Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

    Mr. Stefani serves as Luther Burbank’s Chief Credit Officer, a position he has held since 2021. In this role, Mr. Stefani oversees the Company's credit administration program, including loan underwriting, portfolio monitoring and special assets, as well as the appraisal and loan operations departments. He is also a member of the Company's Executive Committee. Mr. Stefani has held a number of roles with the Company since joining in 2004, including Director of Income Property Lending, Underwriting Manager of the Income Property Lending Department, Loan Underwriter and Loan Officer. Mr. Stefani holds an M.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Sonoma State University. Mr. Stefani is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

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    Parham Medhat

    Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Technology Officer

    Parham Medhat

    Executive Vice President, Chief Operations and Technology Officer

    Mr. Medhat serves as Luther Burbank’s Chief Operations and Technology Officer. In this role, Mr. Medhat is responsible for deposit operations, loan servicing, information technology, and project management; he is also a member of the Company's Executive Committee. Prior to joining the Company in 2019, Mr. Medhat served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at CTBC from 2014 to 2019; previous to that as Senior Vice President, Director of Bank Operations at Opus Bank; and in several roles over thirteen years at CapitalSource Bank. Mr. Medhat holds an M.A. in Educational–Instructional Technology from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.

  • Tammy Mahoney

    Tammy Mahoney

    Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

    Tammy Mahoney

    Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

    Ms. Mahoney joined Luther Burbank in 2016 and serves as the Chief Risk Officer. In her role, Ms. Mahoney oversees the Company's compliance, internal audit and risk management functions; she is also a member of its Executive Committee. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Mahoney served as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk and Compliance at Opus Bank from 2011 through 2015, as Director, Risk Advisory Services at KPMG LLP from 1995 to 2004, and as Associate National Bank Examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    In addition to her role at Luther Burbank, Ms. Mahoney serves as a commissioner on the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, State Bar of California, as a member of its Homelessness Prevention Committee, and as Chair of its Bank Grants Committee. She also serves on the Board and Governance Committee of NeighborWorks Orange County and on the Asset Liability Committee of Clearinghouse CDFI. She is also a member of the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation’s Senior Protection Task Force. She is an ABA Certified Enterprise Risk Professional, ABA Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager and an Institute of Internal Auditors Certified Internal Auditor, and maintains an ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate. Ms. Mahoney holds a B.S. in Business Administration – Finance from San Diego State University.

  • Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking

    Bill Fanter

    Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking

    Bill Fanter

    Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking

    Mr. Fanter joined Luther Burbank in 2020 and serves as the Head of Retail Banking. In this role, he is responsible for expanding Luther Burbank Savings’ deposit offerings and creating greater access to its products and services, including consumer deposit generation across traditional branch and online banking platforms, as well as business banking activities. Mr. Fanter is also a member of the Company's Executive Committee and serves as our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Fanter served as Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking at Opus Bank from 2019 to 2020 and as Senior Vice President, Consumer and Business Banking Market Executive at U.S. Bank from 2003 to 2019. His background also includes positions as Director of Automation Services at Kirchman Corporation; and several roles culminating with Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at GreatBanc, Inc. In addition to his role at the Company, Mr. Fanter serves as a faculty member for the Consumer Bankers Association Executive Banking School, Furman University.

  • Greg Smith

    Greg Smith

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

    Greg Smith

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

    Mr. Smith serves as Luther Burbank’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and as a member of its Executive Committee. He has responsibility for the Company’s legal affairs and corporate governance. Prior to joining the Company in 2022, Mr. Smith served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary of First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) from 2020 to 2022 and from 2010 to 2020 as its Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to First American, he served as Associate General Counsel for Eclipsys Corporation and as an associate with O’Melveny & Myers, LLP. Mr. Smith holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a B.S. in Business Administration – Management Information Systems from Brigham Young University.