Executive of the Year

Jeff DeVine

Award Sponsor: American Riviera Bank

Jeff DeVine has been president and chief executive officer of American Riviera Bank since 2008. Under his leadership, the bank has grown from one branch in Santa Barbara and less than $100 million of assets to five branches on the Central Coast and over $600 million. For the last nine years in a row, American Riviera Bank has been recognized for strong financial performance by The Findlay Reports, a banking industry newsletter. In 2016, Jeff was responsible for the Bank of Santa Barbara’s merger with American Riviera Bank, which created the second largest community bank based in the city of Santa Barbara.

Jeff has 30 years of experience in banking, with the last 25 years spent in Santa Barbara. Over his career, he has held positions in commercial, retail, private, and investment banking. Prior to joining American Riviera Bank in 2008, Jeff was a regional president at Mid-State Bank & Trust, which was acquired by Rabobank.

Jeff graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics. He later graduated with honors from Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Jeff is active in the community and industry as immediate past president of the Lobero Theatre Foundation, a board member of the California Community Bankers Network, a Steering Committee member and former co-chair of the South Coast Business and Technology Awards Dinner, and a member of Premier Professionals of Santa Barbara. He previously held board leadership positions with the Boys Scouts Los Padres Council as well as Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County.

Jeff has been recognized in “Who’s Who in Banking & Finance” and “40 Under 40” features in the Pacific Coast Business Times. He enjoys distance running and has competed in seven marathons, with a personal best of 3:00:26 in 2012. Jeff qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon in April 2019 as a 50-year-old. He is very thankful to his wife of 27 years, Josie, for successfully raising their three children and allowing him time to achieve his full potential at work and while racing.