Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth Pagliarini currently serves as our Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Ms. Pagliarini’s responsibilities include corporate strategy, capital markets activities, financial performance and reporting, risk management, audit and tax functions, and investor relations.
Ms. Pagliarini successfully broke the “glass ceiling” in her mid-twenties as chief executive officer and chairwoman of the board of an investment brokerage subsidiary of a public company in Beverly Hills, California. She also co-founded a boutique investment bank and registered broker-dealer.
Ms. Pagliarini is a member of the Board of Directors of First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), and serves on their audit, compensation, and nominating and governance committees. She also sits on the Mission Viejo, California City Council Investment Advisory Commission. In addition, she proudly serves on the Emeritus Board of Directors for Forever Footprints, a non-profit organization that provides support to families that have suffered the loss of a baby during pregnancy or infancy and educates the medical community to improve quality of care and response.
Ms. Pagliarini received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Valparaiso University where she was honored with their highest academic award, the Presidential Scholarship. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), an advanced designation awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners that focuses on fraud prevention, detection and deterrence.
In January 2020, Ms. Pagliarini won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Orange County Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards after receiving nominations for CFO of the Year in both 2019 and 2020. She has also been named one of “20 Women to Watch” by OC Metro magazine and nominated for The Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. Additionally, she has been honored by Step Up Women’s Network as the recipient of their prestigious Commitment to Philanthropy Volunteer Award and by Forever Footprints as the winner of their Compassion Award.