Calvin began his career with GBCIB in 2009 as a Credit Analyst in Los Angeles and relocated to San Jose with the acquisition of a bank branch in 2012. His tenure in Northern California led to the formation of a regional lending team with relationship managers, credit analysts and associates that embodied a culture of compassion and resilience supported by respect for one another, all pillars of GBCIB’s guiding principles.
In 2016, Calvin returned to Los Angeles where he played a key role in the bank, serving as Senior Vice President, Strategy Officer and Credit Administration, overseeing the development and execution of the Bank’s strategic plan which included systems upgrades, process improvements, new products, internal engagement initiatives, and short and long-term growth strategies. He also serves as a member of Director Committees in the areas of Credit, Loan, Audit, HR, BSA, ALCO, and CRA, and as Audit Committee liaison to the Board of Directors.
Calvin earned his B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Management from University of California, Irvine. He graduated from ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
Earlier in his career, Mr. Dennis Lam held various positions in finance and consulting with the Ontario Government in Toronto, Canada.
Immediately after graduating from California State University at Los Angeles, where Mr. Wong obtained a Bachelor Of Science degree in Business Administration, his banking career began in 1972 as a Management Trainee with Security Pacific National Bank, headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
During his 16 years with Security Pacific, he had assignments as a Regional Loan Supervisor, a Credit Review Officer, and Branch Manager. Other assignments included positions as a Commercial and Consumer Lending Officer, as well as an Assistant Operations Officer. The assignments were located throughout California and credit reviews in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Mr. Wong moved to Cathay Bank, a local community bank, in July, 1988, and was responsible for every aspect of retail/branch banking – overseeing all branch operations, branch personnel, consumer lending, marketing, retail strategic planning and budgeting. Other areas of responsibilities included supervising the Operations, Retail Lending, the Bank Secrecy Act, Community Relations Act, and the Compliance functions of the bank. He served 32 years with Cathay and his last Corporate title was Senior Executive Vice President with functional positions as Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Risk Officer. During his tenure with Cathay Bank, the bank grew to 19 billion dollars, 62 branches in 9 States, an overseas branch in Hong Kong, with representative offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taiwan.
Mr. Wong retired in January, 2021 and promptly joined GBC International Bank as a member of the Board. GBC International Bank possess $700 Million in assets with 6 Branches. Four are located in Southern California, two are in Northern California, and one Branch in Shoreline, Washington, and with a Loan Center, in Tukwila, Washington. GBC International Bank is a true Community Bank that aims to build relationships with its clients and strives to improve the communities in which it serves. Mr. Wong hopes to assist the Bank in meeting its planned goals.
Mr. Wong is serving on the Board of Junior Achievement of Southern California and California Council of Economic Education and have served on Boards of Valley Economic Development Corp., the Boys and Girls Club of San Gabriel Valley, Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, and Yonsei Youth Association.
Mr. Wong supports and is active in many San Francisco Chinatown non-profit organizations. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Portsmouth Plaza Parking Corporation, a non-profit organization managing a City-owned parking garage in S.F. Chinatown.