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Management

Management

Gary Judd
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Judd has served as our chairman, and chief executive officer since 2008. Additionally, he served as our president from 2008 until 2016. He began his banking career with Citibank, serving over sixteen years, including assignments over eight years in international banking based in New York, the Middle East, and India. Mr. Judd held positions in commercial lending, operations, treasury/foreign exchange, and country management. He held domestic positions in Citibank’s Operating Group, worked on acquisitions at Citicorp, and ended as Citibank's Consumer Group's senior executive for Manhattan south of Forty Second Street. Mr. Judd was also responsible as a business manager for a large-scale consumer banking system development project. He then served as a general partner of Campbell Oil, Ltd., a private oil and gas exploration and production company in Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Judd was co-founder, president, chief executive officer, and director of Vectra Bank. After its sale to Zions Bancorporation, he served as president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Vectra Bank Colorado and as a vice president of Zions Bancorporation, serving on its Executive Committee. Mr. Judd then served as president and director of Metyor, Inc., a technology start-up company based in Sydney, Australia, before returning to banking as a senior executive and director with WestStar Bank/Vail Banks, becoming president and chief executive officer in 2004. Following the sale of Vail Banks to U.S. Bank, he served as chairman of U.S. Bank's Denver, Colorado Board. He holds a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

    Tom Lopp
    President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Lopp was elected President in 2016, and has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2009, and as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since 2002. In his position, Mr. Lopp oversees the Company’s operations, finance department, and credit administration.  In 2015, he obtained additional responsibility as the executive in charge of the Southern California expansion. Mr. Lopp joined Sterling in 1997 and prior leadership positions include Director of the Consumer Loan Division and Divisional Controller. Prior to Sterling,  he served as a senior financial analyst at First of America Bank Corporation, credit card product manager at NBD Bank, N.A., and credit card portfolio analyst for Security Bancorp, Inc., later acquired by First of America Bank Corporation. Mr. Lopp has a B.B.A. in Finance from Walsh College.

      Michael Montemayor
      President Commercial and Retail Banking, Chief Lending Officer

      Mr. Montemayor has served as our Chief Lending Officer since 2006, President of Commercial and Retail Banking since 2016, and has been with the Company since 1992.  Prior positions at Sterling include Director of Commercial Lending Commercial Loan Officer, Construction Lending Manager and Branch Manager/Regional Branch Manager and Residential Lending Supervisor. Mr. Montemayor is a Trustee of the Alpha Phi Omega Endowment Trust of Michigan State University, and has also served as a fundraiser event coordinator for the Make A Wish Foundation. He has a B.S. in Finance from Michigan State University.