J. Chris Walsh is the CEO of Partners Bank of California. A 40-year veteran in the banking industry, Mr. Walsh has more than 20 years of executive management experience.
Prior to joining Partners Bank of California in 2018, Mr. Walsh was Founder and Organizer of Blue Gate Bank. He oversaw all banking activities, primarily focusing on the development of new and existing client relationships, marketing, and expansion of the bank.
Previous to his work at Blue Gate Bank, Mr. Walsh served as President and CEO at Sunwest Bank. During his time at Sunwest Bank, Mr. Walsh was instrumental in the bank’s rapid growth. Under his leadership, Sunwest Bank more than tripled in size to approximately $820 million in total assets, becoming one of the most profitable banks in Orange County. During his tenure, Mr. Walsh also led five FDIC acquisitions and expanded the bank’s presence into Arizona, Idaho, Utah and Washington.
In addition to serving as CEO for Partners Bank of California, Mr. Walsh is a very involved member of the community. He has contributed many hours assisting various civic and charitable organizations, and currently serves as President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He resides in South Orange County with his wife and family.