Oversight of American Business Bank is managed by a board of directors which includes Leon Blankstein, President and CEO of the bank along with exceptional independent directors, each of whom serve on the audit, compensation and nominating committees.


ROBERT F. SCHACK, Chairman, Emeritus and Director

Robert F. Schack is founding Chairman of American Business Bank. He has been in the banking business since the late 60's at both Security Pacific Bank and 1st Business Bank. In 1998, he joined four other executives to form American Business Bank, a financial institution serving small and middle size companies in Southern California.

Additionally, Mr. Schack serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Dallas Capital Bank, a growing financial institution serving middle market companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Active in many civic groups over the years, Mr. Schack currently serves as immediate past Chairman and head of the Audit Committee of MemorialCare Health Services. He is also active on the Board of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, as past chair. Reflecting his commitment to higher education, Mr. Schack is also a member of the Board of Governors of Long Beach State, for which he has served as chairman of the Corporate Scholars Council. Mr. Schack also acts as an advisor for the Endicott Group, a private equity firm specializing in investments in the financial services industry.

Mr. Schack holds a Bachelors of Science and MBA from Long Beach State and an Executive MBA from UCLA.

Robert I. Usdan   

ROBERT I. USDAN, Chairman and Director

Mr. Usdan is a Co-Founder and Principal of The Endicott Group, a private investment and advisory firm specializing in the financial services industry. Prior to founding Endicott in 1996, Mr. Usdan was an Associate Director at Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P. Mr. Usdan received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

Donald P. Johnson   

DONALD P. JOHNSON, Vice Chairman and Director

Donald P. Johnson, Vice Chairman, and previous President and CEO, was one of the original organizers and founders of American Business Bank. After Mellon Bank purchased 1st Business Bank in 1997, Mr. Johnson and his partners personally raised the more than $14.2 million used to capitalize American Business Bank. This was the second largest management driven capitalization in California history.

Mr. Johnson obtained is undergraduate degree in 1968 from the University of North Carolina where he served as both Junior and Senior class president. After college, he was a full Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1977. In 2004 he was elected to the Board of the California Bankers Association.

Jon Schlobohm   


Mr. Schlobohm retired in 2007 as President of National Corset Supply. He now lives in Hawaii on the island of Maui. He and his brother grew National Corset Supply to be one of the largest family-owned lingerie businesses in the country. A CPA, Jon graduated from UCLA and competed on the swim team.

Trent D. Merrill   


After graduating from USC, Mr. Merrill began his career with Ernst and Young, specializing in financial services for closely held companies up to $500 million in sales. In 1995, Mr. Merrill left Ernst and Young to become the Executive Vice President of Lucky Brand Dungarees. He helped grow Lucky Brand's business from $45 million to $450 million in sales over the next 9 years. In 2004, Mr. Merrill became the Head of Real Estate for Liz Claiborne and managed the retail real estate expansion for a number of companies including Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne and Lucky Brand Jeans. In 2012, Mr. Merrill became the CEO of Triple R, LLC which specializes in Retail Realty Representation for existing and developing retailers.

Edith Matthai   


Ms. Matthai is a partner in Robie & Matthai. She has been a trial lawyer specializing in representation of attorneys in malpractice actions for over thirty years. She handles matters arising from nearly every field of practice including complex business transactions and litigation, probate and family law proceedings, securities, intellectual property and bankruptcy proceedings. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial lawyers and in 2008 was named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Litigation Section of the California State Bar. Ms. Matthai is a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Defense Counsel, The Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA. She has also received many prestigious honors, too numerous to mention.



Mr. Malhotra is an audit partner and has been with the accounting firm Lucas Horsfall for over 15 years. He works with middle market companies with revenues up to $400 million and specializes in businesses with international operations. He advises clients year-round on tax law changes, reviewing merger acquisition opportunities, helping improve internal control structures and other processes. Mr. Malhotra provides audit and consulting services to non-profits and takes joy in helping people who help the world. Mr. Malhotra was born in India and came to the U.S. to attend UCLA. He is a part of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.



Mr. Sanchez is the co-owner, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jonathan Louis, one of the largest, fashion-forward furniture manufacturers in the United States with operations in Los Angeles, Mexico and North Carolina. He obtained his BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from University of Southern California.



Ms. Wang, CFA is the Senior Managing Director of Investments for California Institute of Technology Investment Office, which oversees the university's $3 billion endowment. Ms. Wang previously co-managed a portfolio of opportunistic hedge funds for Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company(PAAMCO) a leading investment firm for institutional investors. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and also holds a MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.


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