Culture eats strategy for breakfast.

— Peter Drucker

values

Never promise what you can’t deliver. These are the words we bank on. At American Business Bank, people are our greatest asset. We believe in building honest relationships — not client rosters — and we work relentlessly to protect our clients’ interests, while driving their businesses forward through strong balance sheets and stable practices.

We don’t just talk about our differences, we live by them. It’s how we earn our seat at the table and instill our clients with the knowledge and confidence needed to seize the right opportunity or  practice patience when necessary. Face-to-face, side-by-side, we are there every step of the way. It’s why we built our bank and how we’ve always done business. 
 

vision

Inspired by the philosophy that a Bank could be more than the sum of its siloed parts, our founders set out to build a new kind of Bank; one that worked as a singular entity on behalf of its clients, providing continuity in all aspects of banking and finance — in 1998 American Business Bank was born.  

Unlike their mega-corporate counterparts, our founders recognized that middle market companies were in need of bankers that could offer meaningful consultative relationships and comprehensive advisement — so ABB took action, fostering relationships with businesses across the southland that continue to this day. Our genuine interest and passion has always been the driving force of our success; it’s how we continue to build a legacy that quietly influences the way premier Southern California businesses operate and grow for years to come.

ABB FAMILY

For more than twenty-years, our talented team of like-minded, committed bankers and advisors have upheld our founding principle of being complete bankers to our clients. In doing so, we have become a home for the best middle market businesses in Southern California.

OUR MANAGEMENT Team

Leon Blankstein

President, CEO and Director

President, CEO and Director

Patti Vollmer

Executive VP, CCO

Executive VP, CCO

Suzanne Dondanville

Executive VP, COO

Executive VP, COO

Philip Feghali

Executive VP

Executive VP

David A. Wolf

Executive VP

Executive VP

Karen Schoenbaum

Executive VP, CFO

Executive VP, CFO

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Robert F. Schack

Chairman, Emeritus and Director

Chairman, Emeritus and Director

Robert I Usdan

Chairman and Director

Chairman and Director

Donald P. Johnson

Vice Chairman and Director

Vice Chairman and Director

Jon Schlobohm

Director

Director

Trent D. Merrill

Director

Director

Edith Matthai

Director

Director

Gaurav Malhotra

Director

Director

Javier Sanchez

Director

Director

Pasy Wang

Director

Director

COMMUNITY & IMPACT

American Business Bank is dedicated to not only propelling Southern California businesses forward, but also the community we call home. Part of that commitment is working directly with local non-profit organizations and social programs to ensure they have the volunteer support and necessary financial backing to achieve their missions, and strengthen our community. We are honored to help make a difference in a wide range of programs and causes across the Southland; it’s a true passion for our Bank and its people.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Volunteers will show students the relationship between school and the world of work, focusing on career skills, financial skills and the benefits of staying in school.

ABB regularly participates in Junior Achievement volunteer events. Our bankers spend the day alongside dozens of students, helping to educate them on navigating personal finances and work-world preparation tactics. 

 

ABB IN THE KNOW

As thought leaders in banking, our years of collective experience and expertise in the middle market space is highly valued by our clients. We are more than Bankers, we are industry specialists, with a vast breadth of knowledge that covers a variety of sectors. Connecting our clients to the right resources and remaining well-educated on all aspects of our business is how we achieve more together.  

Oct 20, 2020

ABB Awards Weingart Center AHEAD Program Grant

Oct 15, 2020

PPP Forgiveness FAQ Library

Sep 03, 2020

Distinguished Senior Advisor, K. Brian Horton, Joins ABB

careers

For us, banking is both an art and a science; being well-versed in the classic fundamentals of our profession is equally as important as being an expert in new, emerging services and industry trends. That’s why we seek to hire and develop only the industry’s best bankers; bankers that embody our philosophies and never cease to stop learning. Imagine, a family of complete bankers acting as one—that’s ABB. 

Our people embody and reflect the true ethos of American Business Bank, valuing chemistry, camaraderie and genuine relationships first and foremost—their success is our success. Together, we work tirelessly to preserve our Bank’s cultural integrity and its principles, ensuring its growth for years to come.