Board of Directors


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Mike Talleda – President

Mike Talleda is a first-generation Cuban who immigrated to the United States in 1962, at the age of nine, with his parents and four siblings. Shortly after arriving in the States, Mike and his family moved to Torrance, California. Mike graduated from North High School, attended El Camino College, and became interested in real estate at the age of 23. At 27 years of age, Mike started his own Hawthorne-Lawndale company, and when the market was booming in the 80’s, his company employed 40 full-time agents and offered escrow and mortgage services.
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Harvey Jacobson – Chairman

Harvey H. Jacobson is President and CEO of California Financial Partners, Inc., a registered investment advisory and fee-based financial planning organization. He has spoken at the national level on a number of topics, including charitable planning, family limited partnerships, generation-skipping (dynasty) trusts, fee-based money management, and qualified plan distributions.
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Jeff Durbin- Director

Jeff Durbin has been a partner with CSuite Financial Partners, the premier CFO consulting firm in California, since October 2017. Prior to that, he spent four years as Chief Financial Officer of F. Gaviña & Sons, a $180 million roaster of specialty coffee in California. The Gaviña family recruited Jeff from DIRECTV where he was a Director of Finance in Denver, CO. He has held an assortment of finance and accounting positions during his 30-year career, including Eastman Kodak, First Interstate Bank, McLeodUSA, and myriad of smaller firms. He earned his BSBA from Creighton University and his MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Business School.

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Sgt. Erick Castro- Director

Sgt. Erick Castro enlisted in the Army at the age of 19. He was shipped to Fort Lenard Wood for basic training and advanced individual training (AIT). During his time at AIT, he was taught how to operate heavy construction equipment, renovate structures, create tank obstacles and construction management, and use explosives. After he graduated, he was sent to Germany to serve with the 9th Engineers, 1st Infantry Division. During his two years in Germany, he was taught how to lay, defuse, and neutralize land mines.
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William Spathelf- Director

William (Bill) Spathelf joined Citibank in 1976 and has held a variety of senior positions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia for over 36 years. He was a member of Citibank’s Global Corporate and Commercial Bank senior management team. As an International Banker, he managed and grew new businesses with a focus on Commercial Real Estate.  He rovided strategic planning, management, support and training for existing Citibank businesses focusing on Small to Medium Size Enterprises (SME’s) to Global Corporate Businesses.

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Sgt. Jose Vazquez- Director

Sgt. Jose Vazquez enlisted at the age of 18 into the United States Marine Corps during the crucial time of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Sgt. Vazquez attended basic training at the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. He was ordered to serve at the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines as a 0311 infantry rifleman, in Camp Pendleton, California.