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Thomas M. Vertin

President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas M. Vertin became President and CEO of Pacific Mercantile Bank on January 1, 2016, after joining the Bank as President of Commercial Banking in September 2012. Tom’s 33 years of banking experience includes an executive-in-residence engagement at Carpenter and Company, and 18 years with Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), where he served as Chief Operating Officer, Head of the California Division, and Head of Global Sales and Service. Tom began his banking career at Bank of America in Northern California. Earlier in his banking career, he taught finance for eight years at San Jose State University. Prior to his career in banking, he served for 3 years with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Throughout his career Tom has served on numerous non-profit and philanthropic boards and is an active public speaker on topics of leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Robert Anderson

EVP / Chief Banking Officer

Robert Anderson joined Pacific Mercantile Bank in 2013 as Executive Vice President/Asset Based Lending and was promoted to Chief Banking Officer in January 2017. During Robert's time at the bank he has helped to build our asset-based lending division and has helped to pursue new growth opportunities through the development of new products and services and the entrance into new markets. Prior to joining the bank, Robert spent 17 years with Silicon Valley Bank, where he started his banking career. Robert held various positions at Silicon Valley Bank, most recently overseeing the Orange County office, at which he was responsible for their banking and lending relationships in the technology, life science and clean tech markets.

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Curtis Birkmann

EVP / Chief Technology Officer

Curtis Birkmann joined Pacific Mercantile Bank in August 2015 as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in January 2016. Prior to joining the bank, Curtis was Chief Information Officer at Bank of Manhattan, N.A. for five years. Earlier in his career, Curtis spent 16 years with Corcen Data International Inc., working for the United States Army's Strategic Battle Command, as a Senior Software Engineer and Senior Program Manager.

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Curt Christianssen

EVP / Chief Financial Officer

Curt A. Christianssen joined Pacific Mercantile Bancorp and the Bank as Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2015, a role in which he had served on an interim basis since December, 2013. He also serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Carpenter Community BancFund, a private equity-funded bank holding company, CCFW, Inc. d/b/a Carpenter & Company, a bank consulting firm, and Seapower Carpenter Capital, Inc., a broker/dealer subsidiary of CCFW. Prior to beginning in the interim role, Curt served in a similar interim role at Manhattan Bancorp and the Bank of Manhattan since 2012. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Carpenter Community BancFund since 1999. From 1996 to 1999, Curt served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Development for Dartmouth Capital Group and Eldorado Bancshares, Inc. From 1993 until its acquisition in 1996 by Eldorado Bancshares, Curt served as Chief Financial Officer of Liberty National Bank. Curt had previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Olympic National Bank from 1991 to 1993, as Chief Financial Officer of two financial institutions under the control of the Resolution Trust Corporation and as a Senior Management Consultant with the Ernst & Young firm. In addition, Curt served in a variety of financial positions with Continental Ministries and Colorado National Bancshares.

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Thomas Inserra

EVP / Chief Credit Officer

Thomas Inserra joined Pacific Mercantile Bank in May 2016. Thomas leads all credit functions for the Bank, with the goal of supporting PMB’s growth initiatives in a manner that achieves high quality, reliable earnings for shareholders while also serving the local business community’s need for capital in support of their growth objectives. With over 25 years of banking experience, Thomas’s background includes significant executive leadership roles in commercial banking credit, as a credit risk advisor to financial institutions, and as a Washington, D.C.-based federal banking regulator. Most recently he served as EVP and SVP with Susquehanna Bank and Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., an $18 billion bank and holding company. Thomas previously held leadership roles with Citibank, FDIC and Household International.

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Maxwell G. Sinclair

EVP / Chief Compliance Officer

Maxwell G. Sinclair has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of the Company and the Bank since January 2011. Prior to joining Pacific Mercantile Bank, Maxwell served as Vice President/Compliance and BSA Manager at Zions Bancorporation subsidiary California Bank & Trust from December 2005 to January 2011. During his five years at Zions Bancorporation (California Bank & Trust), Maxwell held various other positions in compliance and risk management. Maxwell has more than 23 years of experience in the banking industry, with most of his years of experience in compliance and audit and risk management.