In 1974, a group of local businessmen and ranchers came together to organize a local, independent bank that would serve the financial needs of the community. 15 members of this group became the first Board of Directors of Tri Counties Bank and opened the first branch on March 11, 1975 , in a mobile facility on Pillsbury Road.
In 1981, TriCo Bancshares, a holding company with the Bank as its sole subsidiary, was formed. Currently, there are 12 individuals serving as directors of both the Holding Company and the Bank. In addition, founding member Alex A. Vereschagin, Jr., retired Chairman William J. Casey, and retired Directors Virginia Walker and Carroll Taresh are all standing Director Emeriti.


Richard P. Smith
Chairman of the Board
Board Member, President & CEO Since 1999
TriCo Bancshares & Tri Counties Bank
(Chico, CA)

Michael W. Koehnen
Vice Chairman of the Board
Board Member Since 2002
Owner and President of CF Koehnen & Sons, an Orchard & Apiary Operation
(Ordbend, CA)

Cory W. Giese, CPA
Independent Lead Director

Board Member Since 2013
Principal of Giese Accounting & Tax
(Truckee, CA)

Craig S. Compton
Corporate Secretary since 2011

Board Member Since 1989
President of AVAG, Inc., an aerial application business
(Richvale, CA)

Donald J. Amaral
Board Member Since 2003
Retired Healthcare Industry CEO and Businessman
(Boerne, TX)

L. Gage Chrysler III
Board Member Since 2008
Retired President & CEO of a construction company
(Chico, CA)

Kirsten E. Garen
Board Member since 2020
SVP, Chief Information Officer at CDK Global and former IT Exec for both banking and healthcare industries
(San Mateo, CA)

John S. Hasbrook
Board Member Since 2002
President of Hasbrook Fetter Farms, Inc. and SunWest Wild Rice Co., agricultural enterprises
(Winters, CA)

Margaret L. Kane
Board Member Since 2020
President and CEO self-owned Management Consulting firm
(Sacramento, CA)

Martin A. Mariani
Board Member Since 2014
Partner of Mariani Nut Co., and M & L Fruit Company, agricultural enterprises
(Winters, CA)

Thomas C. McGraw
Board Member since 2018
Retired CEO & Director
of First National Bank of Northern CA
(San Anselmo, CA)

Kimberley H. Vogel
Board Member Since 2020
Former Investment Industry President and CFO
(Lafayette, CA)




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