Mike Hannley

Founder, Bank of Tucson

Industries of Expertise: banking

A lifelong Tucsonan, Mike Hannley has enjoyed a successful banking career for over 45 years in Tucson. In 1972, he began as loan trainee with Southern Arizona Bank, moving up over 10 years to regional vice president, then moved to Home Federal Savings where he spent five years as senior vice president, head of retail banking.

In August of 1986 Mike accepted a position of SVP director of professional division of National Bank of Arizona. This was a new start-up bank in Tucson, now headquartered in Phoenix, and he spent 10 years establishing a strong banking presence in Tucson. After a merger with Zions Bank he decided to take a chance and start his own bank which he appropriately named Bank of Tucson in 1996 as its founder, president and CEO. This became one of the most successful community banks in Tucson, growing to an asset size of over $300 million. After 22 years the bank was acquired by two holding companies, one Capital Bancorp limited, the largest holding company of community banks in the nation, and Grandpoint Capital Bank. Eventually, the bank was acquired by Pacific Premier Bank from Irvine, California.

Mike remains with the bank but relinquished the CEO title and oversaw the transition to PPBI.

Mike is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Banking, sits on 10 various community boards and is an accomplished member of many community organizations where he enjoys mentoring business practices to nonprofit organizations.

He has mentored and later hired  many students from the UA Eller College of Management and is passionate about helping young people navigate their way into a promising career.