Carson Lappetito
Sunwest Bank


In his role as President, Carson manages the day-to-day operations of Sunwest Bank, a $2.1 billion entrepreneurial business bank headquartered in Irvine, CA with operations across the Western US. He has led the technology transformation and organic growth of the bank over the last six years, including the significant enhancement of the overall customer experience, development of full open-API capabilities for banking-as-a-service, the launch of its own “fintech products” on those rails, and top quartile efficiency based on an in-house buy and build technology strategy. He also serves as President and Director of its parent company, H Bancorp. Prior to forming H Bancorp, he served as Vice President of Hovde Private Equity Advisors where he was responsible for overseeing multiple portfolio companies, identifying investment opportunities, and assisting portfolio companies with M&A, operational strategy, investment management and ALCO.

Prior to H Bancorp, Lappetito was also assistant portfolio manager for Hovde Capital Advisors, a long/short hedge fund focused on investing in the financial services sector. Prior to Hovde, Lappetito was a senior analyst and data products manager at Darling Consulting Group, where he was responsible for advising a wide range of financial institutions on asset liability management, valuation, risk management and strategic planning as well as seeded what is now the data products division of the company.

Lappetito has served on the boards of banking and technology companies as well as non-profit organizations. He is currently serving as the Chairman of Neocova.

Lappetito graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Mandarin Chinese.

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