The firm was founded by Brian Kelley with one goal in mind – to assemble some of the top ex-bankers in the business, from some of the preeminent financial institutions in the Western United States. Our associates include a number of former bank CEO’s, Chief Credit Officers and Chief Financial Officers, who collectively have decades of experience in all levels of banking.
Mr. Kelley has established an expertise in lending, real estate and executive management honed over a 30-year career in banking and law. In April 2011, he stepped down as President/CEO of Pacific Commerce Bank (Los Angeles), a commercial banking and business lender active throughout Greater Los Angeles, where he grew the bank three-fold over a period of five years. Previously, at Professional Business Bank, he led a successful turnaround of what had been a struggling commercial bank, increasing its assets nearly four-fold and raising its stock price by 240% over a 3 year period. In 1999, he was the founding CEO of InterBusiness Bank, N.A., one of the most successful new start-up banks in California.
From 1989 to 1999 Mr. Kelley was with The Long-term Credit Bank of Japan, Ltd. (LTCB), Los Angeles Agency, ultimately serving as its Deputy General Manager, with responsibility for over $1.5 Billion in loan production as the highest ranking non-Japanese officer within the $12 Billion Agency. Leading the domestic corporate and project finance groups, he was instrumental in financing and managing a number of trophy projects and corporate relationships throughout the Western United States, as well as leading the bank’s syndication efforts. He also served Of Counsel with the prestigious Los Angeles law firm of Friedemann O’Brien (succeeded by Arent Fox), specializing in commercial real estate and banking law. He has testified on numerous occasions as an expert witness in the field of business and banking law.
A graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Brigham Young University and Law School, Mr. Kelley is a licensed attorney in California, Utah and Hawaii. He has served as a Director for the Boy Scouts of America, San Gabriel Council, Habitat for Humanity, has been a committee member and lecturer for the Mortgage Bankers Association and American Bankers Association, and on the Board of the Western Independent Bankers Service Corp, and a frequent lecturer on banking and finance. He has also been an active volunteer in a number of church and community affairs. A native California, Mr. Kelley and his wife are parents of seven children.
BHK Asslociates, Inc. are banking professionals who provide expert testimony and litigation support to attorneys representing financial institutions, businesses, and individuals. Expert witness services include analysis of key issues, case strategy, depositions, opinions, and court testimony in the following areas.
BHK Associates, Inc., also provides a broad range of advisory services to the financial industry and its clients, involving a number of disciplines:
Our experts have years of experience advising banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in the area of special credits, loan workouts and collection. Specific areas in which we have an expertise include: