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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 members Alex A. Vereschagin, Jr., and past Director Carroll Taresh are all standing Director Emeriti.


William J. Casey
Chairman of the Board
Board Member Since 1989
Health Care Consultant
(Chico, CA)

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

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

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)

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

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

Craig S. Compton
Corporate Secretary since 2011
Board Member Since 1989
President of AVAG, Inc., an aerial application business
(Richvale, CA)

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

Cory W. Giese, CPA
Board Member Since 2013
Principal of Giese Accounting & Tax
(Truckee, CA)

W. Virginia Walker
Board Member Since 2009
General Manager of The Jamison Group LLC, a consulting firm for tech companies
(Chico, CA)

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

Thomas G. Atwood
Board Member since 2018
President of Cypress Abbey Company
(Colma, CA)



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