Laurel Sykes, CRCM
EVP, Chief Compliance & Risk Officer
American Riviera Bank


Laurel Sykes is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Compliance and Risk Officer for American Riviera Bank, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. With close to 30 years of experience in financial services and risk management, she oversees consumer compliance, BSA/AML/fraud, and overall enterprise risk management and regulatory affairs. She is the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act officer and Security Officer, and in her career has implemented enterprise-wide risk management, vendor management and business continuity programs for banks ranging from $1 billion to $7 billion in assets.

Vendor Management: Aligning Risk Management Practices & Business Objectives to Ensure Successful Outcomes