Robert C. Haydon Appointed to Chairman of the Board of Directors and James J. Kim Promoted to President and Chief Executive

  Robert C. Haydon Appointed to Chairman of the Board of Directors and James
  J. Kim Promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer

Business Wire

AUBURN, Calif. -- May 22, 2014

Community 1^st Bank (OTCBB: CFBN), announced that Robert C. Haydon has been
appointed and will resume his service as Chairman of the Board of Directors of
Community 1^st Bank. “We are delighted to have Bob resume his role in leading
our Board as Chairman,” stated Russell P. Baldo, outgoing Board Chairman who
will continue his service as Vice-Chair of Community 1^st Bank’s Board. “Bob
is highly respected with a successful and tenured career in the banking
industry. As the founding Chairman of our Board, Mr. Haydon’s intimate
knowledge of Community 1^st Bank combined with extensive experience banking
the Greater Sacramento marketplace makes it ideal for him to return as
Chairman of our Board.”

Mr. Haydon came out of retirement in 2011 to serve as Community 1^st Bank’s
President and CEO at the request of the Board of Directors. During Mr.
Haydon’s tenure, the Bank experienced a complete turnaround from losses
experienced during the recession to significant growth and profitability. Mr.
Haydon commented, “I have achieved what I envisioned when I accepted the
Board’s request to serve and lead the Bank during a very difficult time.
Today, I am most satisfied to leave the day-to-day management knowing the Bank
is thriving and poised for continued success. I look forward to continuing my
service to Community 1^st Bank as Chairman of the Board.”

Community 1^st Bank simultaneously announced the promotion of James J. Kim to
President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kim has served Community 1^st Bank
as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial
Officer since 2007. Mr. Haydon commented, “It is a pleasure to promote Mr. Kim
to President and Chief Executive Officer. Having had the opportunity to work
with James over the last several years, he has proven himself as an integral
part of the leadership team and the success experienced at Community 1^st

Toni B. White, who has been Vice President and Controller, will be promoted to
Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Baldo
commented, “It is such a pleasure to recognize the achievements of Mr. Haydon,
Mr. Kim and Ms. White. The Board is grateful to have and recognize the talents
of its employees. Community 1^st Bank looks forward to continued growth and
success with the redistribution of roles.”

Community 1^st bank is headquartered in Auburn, California, with offices in
Sacramento, Roseville and Auburn, California. Community 1^st Bank offers a
wide range of business and consumer deposit products including remote deposit
capture, health savings accounts, online banking, mobile banking and cash
management services. The Bank also offers a full complement of loan products,
including commercial, consumer, and real estate loans. For more information
about the Bank, visit the Bank’s website at

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Community 1^st Bank
James J. Kim, 530-863-4803
President & Chief Executive Officer
Robert C. Haydon, 530-863-4801
Chairman of the Board
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