Board of Directors


Stephen Bales, Jr.

Steven Bales, Jr 

Steven Bales, Jr., Chairman, is a fifth-generation Arizonan and President of the Bales Hay Sales in Buckeye, Arizona. Bales farms alfalfa hay, cotton and small grains on approximately 1500 acres in the area of Buckeye and Rainbow Valley, including his original family homestead on Beloat Road, named for his great-great grandfather. A graduate of the University of Arizona (Agricultural Economics), Steven is the past president of the Maricopa County Farm Bureau. He is also past President of the Arizona Cotton Growers Association and serves on the board of the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation. Mr. Bales has been extensively involved in organizations relating to agriculture. He has served as a community director of Farm Services Agency Board and is presently on the Board of Arizona Cotton Growers Association, and the Maricopa Country Industrial Development Authority (MCIDA). A member of Way of Grace Church in Buckeye and serves as an Elder. Married to Sidney for 33 years and has three adult children. Mr. Bales has served on the board of the Company since its formation in 2006.



Christopher J. Asterino

Christopher J. Asterino is Chairman & CEO of Asterino & Associates, Inc., DBA, a leading provider of comprehensive medical billing and coding services to physicians and healthcare systems nationwide.  He has extensive experience and expertise in the management of physician practices and healthcare receivables. Founded in 1985, his Scottsdale, Arizona based company currently provides services to over 145 physicians representing 14 different specialties in 10 states.   

Mr. Asterino is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA), and is a preferred vendor of the Arizona State Physician Association (ASPA). He was President of the Ironwood Village Condominium Association since its inception in 2005 to 2016. Mr. Asterino also serves on the board of Health Entrepreneurship Accelerator Lab (HEALab), a first of its kind health-based lab affiliated with the ASU school of Nursing and Health Sciences where students and the community can develop and  launch initiatives that focus entirely on healthcare solutions. He has been married to Michelle since 1993 and has two daughters. Mr. Asterino has served on the board of the Company since August of 2013.



 Dr. Mark Lonquist

Mark Lonquist,has been practicing medicine in Goodyear since 1995. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Victoria and then his medical training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Lonquist is very active in the medical community. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine and was a long standing member of the Medical Executive Committee of West Valley Hospital.  He continues to sit on the Credentialing Committee at West Valley Hospital.He currently sits as the Chairman for Family Practice for Integrated Medical Services (IMS),and also sits on the Board of Directors for IMS, an integrated medical group of over 150 providers in Arizona. He participated on various committees and served on the Board for Primecare Network.  

Dr. Lonquist was also instrumental in the development of medical buildings in Goodyear and Avondale.  He currently is the Medical Director for Estrella Mountain Medical Group, a family practice division of IMS, that has multiple practices in the West Valley.  In his spare time, he is an active coach for girls competitive volleyball.  Dr Lonquist is also the team Physician for the Cleveland Indians and helps coordinate care for players who are at the Goodyear Ball Park Facility. Dr. Lonquist has served on the board of the Company since its formation in 2006.



 Steve Menzies

Steve Menzies has over 40 years of experience in construction, home building and land development. He is a master electrician, master plumber, and is certified by the National Association of Home Builders. He also is a member of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association and Nevada Subcontractors Association.

As an entrepreneur, Steve was able to offer a “one stop shop” for Las Vegas homebuilders in starting and acquiring various subcontractor companies (Efficient Electric, United Plumbing, Floor Designs of Nevada, GMS Concrete, United Underground) with highly efficient administrative and accounting management to streamline processes throughout each company. Read full bio here...



 Adam B. Remis, CPA, CISA, MSIM

Mr. Remis provides financial expert and technology experience to our Board of Directors.  Mr. Remis has over 20 years of combined CFO, accounting, audit, tax and technology consulting experience. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Remis’s career included positions with InnSuites Hospitality Trust (NYSE AMERICAN: IHT), Deloitte & Touche and Jefferson Wells.  Mr. Remis has a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Economic Decision Sciences from the University of California, San Diego. In February 1997, Mr. Remis became a CPA and was admitted to practice in the State of Arizona. He also holds a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification from the Information Systems Audit and Controls Association (ISACA). Mr. Remis is President of the Financial Executives International Arizona Chapter and has previously served as President of the local Arizona chapter of ISACA and continues to serve as a member of its Board of Trustees.