Since opening our first branch in January 2005, Poppy Bank has grown to over $3 Billion in assets with branches across the San Francisco Bay Area, Roseville and Southern California. We also have loan production offices in Northern and Southern California. Our commitment to providing the best products and services has propelled our success and garnered national recognition of our performance. Poppy Bank is 5-star rated by BauerFinancial, the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating firm, and is recognized as one of the strongest financial institutions in the country. Poppy Bank has also been ranked as one of the best-performing banks in the nation by the ICBA. The Bank is governed by our strong team of Executive Officers and a dedicated Board of Directors formed entirely by accomplished business leaders. We exist to meet the banking needs of our clients and to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.
Message from the CEO
Khalid Acheckzai, President & Chief Executive Officer
This past year has been an unprecedented time given the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, the wildfires, political turmoil and social unrest. Despite these challenges, I am proud that our commitment to our clients, employees and communities has not wavered. At Poppy Bank, through the pandemic we have taken steps to ensure the safety of our clients and employees while at the same time being there for the needs of our clients and communities. We have kept all of our branches open through the pandemic while many other banks were not as fortunate. I am also proud of our efforts in providing relief to our borrowers who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic in the form of payment deferments. In addition, when the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was launched, Poppy Bank opened the program not just to our existing clients, as many banks did, but to any small business that needed the aid. It was the right thing to do for our communities.
Despite the challenges of the past year, Poppy Bank has continued to grow and is rated as one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation by BauerFinancial. We recently opened new branches in La Jolla/San Diego as well as in San Rafael in November of 2020. Our Napa Branch will also be open in the first quarter of 2021. I would like to thank our clients, employees, shareholders and the communities we serve for their resilience in facing the challenges of the past year and for their continued commitment to Poppy Bank.
Poppy Bank specializes in business lending including commercial loans and lines of credit, commercial real estate, construction and SBA/USDA loans. We have built a reputation of responding quickly to loan requests, turning applications around expeditiously, and efficiently closing loans through a streamlined, hassle-free process. In addition, we offer a full array of personal and business banking products and services including deposit products, cash management services and ACH processing.
We are the 15-time winner of Best Places to Work in the North Bay and recipient of the North Bay Biz Top 500 Companies Award. Each and every employee of Poppy Bank is dedicated to providing extraordinary service and building relationships with our clients. We give back to our communities through supporting employee volunteer hours, serving on non-profit boards of directors, and sponsoring events. We are committed to our clients and communities, all of whom we consider an integral part of the Poppy Bank family.
Come see us today at any one of our convenient locations, or contact us to learn more about how Poppy Bank is the solution for all of your banking needs. We look forward to serving you!
Poppy Bank is Rated 5-Stars
Board of Directors
Khalid Acheckzai, CPA
Mr. Acheckzai is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Poppy Bank. Prior to his position as President & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Acheckzai served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Poppy Bank. He has over twenty years of combined banking experience both working in the banking industry and providing auditing, consulting, and risk management services to financial institutions. Mr. Acheckzai is a CPA and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Hayward. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking at the University of Washington.
William P. Gallaher
Mr. Gallaher is Chairman of the Board of Poppy Bank. He is a principal in Gallaher Companies in Santa Rosa, which since 1995 has developed senior assisted living and Alzheimer’s care communities in three western states. Mr. Gallaher was a successful homebuilder in Sonoma County, having built more than 500 homes in Oakmont and throughout the Santa Rosa and Windsor, California areas.
Mr. Bhadare is a Scholar of London and a 25-plus-year veteran of the telecommunications industry. Mr. Bhadare was a co-founder of Cerent, acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 and he was founding Director of Calix Systems, a public company. Currently, Mr. Bhadare is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Billa Management, a diverse real estate and development company.
Mr. Carli served as President and Chief Executive Officer at American Ag Credit for more than 30 years. He is a prominent and respected leader in the banking community. Mr. Carli’s contribution of his vast knowledge of the business and agricultural community is valuable in furthering Poppy Bank’s mission of being the bank of choice for all business types.
Ms. Farinacci is a Partner of Accounting, Tax and Business Consultation Services at LTSP, Inc., a full-service certified public accounting firm based in Newport Beach, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She came to LTSP, Inc. from the banking profession in 1984 and became a partner in 1996. Ms. Farinacci is very active in civic affairs and has served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Orange County from 2003 through 2015 which included two terms as Board Chair.
Mr. Gallaher is retired from Gallaher Companies in Santa Rosa, where he worked in real estate development, accounting, and as a consultant. He formerly served as a director of Sonoma National Bank from 1992 until 2007.
Molly Gallaher Flater
Ms. Flater is the Chief Operating Officer of Gallaher Companies and Gallaher Homes in Santa Rosa. Under Ms. Flater’s surveillance, the company has achieved phenomenal occupancy and strong operating margins both on the senior living and standard multi-family housing portfolios. Ms. Flater served on the Poppy Bank Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015 and rejoins the Board after serving as the Founding Chairwoman of Blue Gate Bank from 2016 to 2018.
Brent W. Koch
Mr. Koch brings over 25 years of experience to the Poppy Bank Board of Directors. Mr. Koch is a Managing Principal of Wealth Management Strategies and President of Paramount Strategies Group. Since joining AXA Advisors, LLC in 1988, he has been recognized as one of AXA’s elite, receiving multiple honors and awards. For more than 10 years, Mr. Koch has designed and implemented some of the most advanced and sophisticated estate, business and wealth transfer strategies in the industry.
Mr. McCullagh is in charge of senior housing site acquisition and development for Gallaher Companies in Santa Rosa. He was formerly Chief Credit Officer and board member at Sonoma National Bank and brings over 20 years of community banking experience in Northern California to Poppy Bank.
Mr. Ratto was in the solid waste and recycling business for over 25 years. In 2017 his company was acquired by Recology of San Francisco. He continues to be involved in environmental consulting. Mr. Ratto is also active in property management and development as well as real estate investing in Northern California.
Mr. Sartori is an attorney to the Petaluma law firm of Baddeley, Oliker & Sartori, a Professional Law Corporation. He has practiced law in Sonoma County for more than 40 years and specializes in estate planning and administration.
Mr. Scharer is a retired principal in the Petaluma real estate firm of Hudson & Scharer. He served as City Manager for the City of Petaluma from 1981-1997 before retiring. John was Director of Finance for the City of Petaluma from 1974-1981 and Chief Financial Officer for Redwood Empire Savings & Loan Association in Petaluma.
Mr. Shahhosseini serves as Regional Director of site acquisitions and development at Gallaher Companies in Santa Rosa and is an expert on the subject of land use and development. Mr. Shahhosseini has developed real estate projects throughout California, including mixed-use and multi-family developments, retirement communities, and affordable housing. He serves on the board of directors of Burbank Housing a regional non-profit affordable housing developer. He understands the complexities of building energy projects and the factors that matter to local decision-makers. For more than ten years, Mr. Shahhosseini has served on the Sonoma County Planning Commission.
Khalid Acheckzai, CPA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Acheckzai has over twenty years of combined banking experience both working in the banking industry and providing auditing, consulting, and risk management services to financial institutions. Prior to his position as President & Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Acheckzai served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Poppy Bank. Mr. Acheckzai is a CPA and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Hayward. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking at the University of Washington.
Michael Finn, CPA
Executive Vice President
Chief Banking Officer
Mr. Finn has served in the banking and financial accounting industries for more than twenty years. Before joining Poppy Bank, he served for over five years as the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of another bank, where he oversaw the finance and accounting, deposit operations, compliance, human resources, and information technology departments. Mr. Finn is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and his Master of Accountancy degree from Southern Utah University, earning magna cum laude distinction.
Andrew D. Fuller, CPA
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Fuller joined Poppy Bank in August 2018. Prior to joining Poppy Bank, he served as Senior Manager, Financial Services Audit for Crowe LLP, where he had sixteen years of experience in public accounting, deeply specializing in financial institutions. Mr. Fuller is a CPA and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Sonoma State University.
Executive Vice President
Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Gomez has 30 years of banking experience focused on audit, credit risk management, and loan portfolio management. Prior to joining Poppy Bank, Mr. Gomez served another financial institution for 23 years holding the position of Senior Vice President, Senior Credit Officer. Throughout his previous career, he held various roles including overseeing small business lending, consumer lending, loan servicing, credit administration, and loan compliance. Mr. Gomez received a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Accounting from San Francisco State University and graduated from Pacific Coast Graduate School of Banking at the University of Washington. He proudly serves on the boards of Legal Aid of Sonoma County and Elsie Allen High School Foundation.
Executive Vice President
Chief Lending Officer
Mr. Ryan brings more than twenty years of banking experience to Poppy Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, he served as Senior Vice President/Credit Risk & Portfolio Administrator for another financial institution. In addition to Credit Administration, he has held positions in Finance/Accounting, Risk Management, and Internal Audit. Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree with options in both Finance and Accounting as well as his Masters of Business Administration from California State University, Chico. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.
Giving Back to the Community
“Since 2005, Poppy Bank has helped our organization provide 100,000 meals for our neighbors in need. From sponsoring our annual Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction and our Annual Food & Funds Drive, to donating funds for fire relief, Poppy Bank’s partnership has enabled our organization to end hunger every day for the many children, families, seniors and individuals struggling with hunger. On behalf of the 82,000 people we serve, and our team, thank you Poppy Bank for your continued partnership in the fight to end hunger. You’ve made a tremendous impact and we are immensely grateful.”
Caryn Mali, Corporate Relations Manager
“Poppy Bank continues to give back to the community and is a strong supporter of Go Red for Women! Thank you for making our community healthier!”
Stacey Gibbons, Executive Director
“At Council on Aging, we consider ourselves fortunate for the 14+ years banking relationship we have had with Poppy Bank. We know from experience, you do not receive the personal service from large banking institutions that you do with Poppy Bank. Those personal relationships ensure quick assistance with just a phone call. There is nowhere else we would rather do our banking business. In addition to the wonderful service, Council on Aging has been the grateful recipient of Poppy Bank’s community support and investment. Poppy Bank believes in supporting our senior community and the 20 senior service programs that we provide, including Meals on Wheels.”
Marrianne McBride, President and CEO
“Poppy Bank is local, personalized community banking at its absolute best. Poppy Bank is a committed supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County going back to 2011. Thanks to Poppy Bank’s commitment to affordable housing, they have participated in the development of 10 Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County houses. Poppy Bank plays a key role in the sustainability and success of Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County in developing affordable housing for our community”
Mike Johnson CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County
“Poppy Bank is local, personalized banking at its absolute best. As a business customer, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa joined Poppy Bank for their excellence in customer service as well as their partnership in giving back to the community they serve. At every encounter, our organization has been met with the kind of friendly, personal service that makes us feel like we’re their most important customer.”
Amber Heidtke, Executive Director
“Poppy Bank has been a strong supporter of the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County going back to 2005 when it was just a mobile museum in the back of a van. Thanks to Poppy’s commitment to early childhood development and access for all children, the Children’s Museum was able to finance and implement a one-acre outdoor space at the Museum called Mary’s Garden, which is devoted to nature and environmental sustainability, water conservation and renewable energies. With its continued support, Poppy Bank plays a key role in the mission of the Children’s Museum to bring curiosity and creativity to all children through joyful, transformative experiences.”
Collette Michaud, CEO and Founder
“Poppy Bank has been a strong supporter of the Sonoma County Family YMCA for years. Their investments help local people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds reach their fullest potential in YMCA programs like preschool, afterschool care, diabetes prevention and Safety Around Water. Poppy Bank is a tremendous asset to the YMCA and those we serve.”
Michelle Covington, Chief Advancement Officer
“It is my privilege to provide the following testimonial regarding our long history of business partnership together. As YWCA Sonoma County continues to expand we rely on our banking partnership with Poppy Bank for deposit services, online banking and their lending expertise. For us, Poppy makes a positive difference in our community by sharing and supporting YWCA’s commitment to keep Sonoma County families safe from harm.”
Madeleine Keegan O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer