Board of Directors
- Tom Blair
- John Farkash
- Irwin Golds
- Dr. Lester Machado, MD, DDS, FRCS (Ed)
- Joseph E. Matranga, CPA.
- Nathan L. Rogge
A 1971 graduate of San Diego State University, Tom began his newspaper career in 1972 as a reporter for the Evening Tribune and was, for 20 years, The San Diego Union-Tribune's best-read columnist. A veteran of newspapers, radio, television and magazines for more than three decades, he also has authored two books. In 1995, he was named editor of San Diego Magazine. Upon leaving the magazine in 2010, he returned to writing his city column in The San Diego Union-Tribune. Tom has served on the boards of more than a dozen charitable organizations and foundations, including the Monarch School for homeless children, Scripps Cancer Center and the San Diego Film Commission.
Chairman of the Board
John is currently President of Farkash Construction, Inc., which was founded in 1980. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in Architecture in 1974. Following graduation, he was a V.I.S.T.A. volunteer with the Community Design Center in Tucson, Arizona for one year. He received his General Contracting "B" License in 1980. Mr. Farkash has worked in the fields of architecture, interior space planning, construction, real estate development and commercial real property management in Southern California and throughout San Diego County, including Ramona. He has resided in Rancho Santa Fe since 1984. Mr. Farkash has also been involved in San Diego rural planning issues and continues to oversee the family real estate portfolio.
Mr. Golds serves as the CEO and co-founder of Capitis Real Estate, a real estate brokerage, escrow and investment firm. Mr. Golds’ professional career includes extensive experience in banking, serving as a founder of Desert Commercial Bank and Interim President and Board Director at Palm Desert National Bank. During his professional career Mr. Golds served as partner in two well respected law firms, until retiring from the practice of law in 2003. Mr. Golds currently serves on the Board of the Desert Community Foundation and the Board of the UCLA Alumni Association.
Dr. Lester Machado, MD, DDS, FRCS (Ed)
Dr. Machado practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in San Diego and is highly regarded in his surgical field for his work with children and young adults with facial deformities. He is the director of maxillofacial surgical services at the Craniofacial Center of Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. Dr. Machado maintains a private practice in San Diego and is a senior surgeon on the staff of Scripps Mercy Hospital, Rady Children's Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital. He serves as the treasurer for his church. He has been involved in several community organizations including periods of service on the boards of directors of the following groups: Responsibility (education programs for children in Tijuana), The Coming Together Foundation (teen mentoring), and the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club.
Joseph E. Matranga, CPA
Mr. Matranga is President and Founder of Matranga and Riley CPA's. His firm provides a wide range of accounting and taxation services to enterprising businesses and individuals in Southern California. Mr. Matranga has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. He is a member of the California Society of CPA's and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also the managing member of Bureck Properties, LLC, a real estate investment and development company. A native of San Diego, Mr. Matranga graduated from the University of San Diego in 1982 with an accounting degree. He has been involved in several community organizations including periods of service on the board of directors of Alpha Project for the Homeless and Rolling Readers.
Nathan L. Rogge
President | Chief Executive Officer
Nathan began his banking career at Wells Fargo as Vice President and Senior Commercial Lending Officer, where he implemented successful sales and marketing strategies in the Sacramento and San Diego areas. He then moved to First National Bank of San Diego as Senior Vice President, Business Banking Group Manager. In 2002, he joined First Republic Bank in San Francisco as their Senior Vice President and Head of Business Banking. He has been involved in LEAD San Diego, Banker's Small Business CDC, and RMA.