Known for being an "old soul" yet progressive thinker, Christa Steele became the youngest CEO in the United States to lead a $3.5 Billion asset size bank located in the San Francisco Bay Area of CA. Her career spans close to 25 years that began as a bank teller while attending college.
As a former public company CEO with $500 million in market cap, Christa improved core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the banks value in less than two years, and successfully led the bank sale for a premium in 2015.
Christa was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as most influential leader in Bay Area business and recognized by Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement.
For the better part of three years, her time has been spent on a variety of digital technology initiatives in and outside of financial services and serving as an advisor/board member to the c-suite and boardroom. She is a well-known professional speaker and thought leader of blockchain technology, digital disruption, and how blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, and the use of predictive analytics must be considered when evaluating a company’s overall digital and corporate strategy.
Christa has successfully transferred out of the operating role as CEO to board director.
Christa's expertise leading a complex, highly scrutinized and regulated company provides a desirable and diverse skill-set transferable across multiple industry verticals.
In addition to being a qualified financial and audit expert per NASDAQ, NYSE and PCAOB corporate governance requirements, she has an in-depth understanding of how to manage market growth, expansion, divestiture, recession, corporate litigation, shareholder lawsuit, legacy ownership, conflict resolution, and human capital.
Specific expertise in these areas include:
Investment banking, Capital markets, Merger & Acquisition;
Asset and Liability balance sheet management;
Institutional Investor relations;
Wealth management, Pension plans;
Equipment and Equipment Leasing;
Real Estate, Real Estate Construction, Land, Title;
IT Contract negotiations;
Qualified and Non-Qualified executive compensation plans;
Digital innovation and systems integration;
Self-insurance, reinsurance and off-shore insurance programs;
Pension plans and actuarial analysis.
National Association of Corporate Directors – Board Leadership Fellow;
Masters of Business Administration – University of Southern California;
Bachelor of Arts – California State University Sacramento;
Pacific Coast Banking School – University of Washington honor roll graduate;
Commercial Lending School - California Bankers Association