John H. Fairchild
1938 – 2017
Co-founder and CEO
John Fairchild founded our organization in 1984 after leading several other successful mortgage businesses and a career in finance. Then known as Phoenix Mortgage and Escrow, John led our company to quickly become one of the area’s top mortgage lenders, and oversaw transformations in the business including our transition to eventually become Pacific Crest Savings Bank, where he served as CEO until 2007. He continued to serve as board chairman until his full retirement in 2013.
To know John was to be embraced by his kindness, and he cared deeply and genuinely for his colleagues and his clients. Despite his gentle spirit, John wasn’t afraid to take risks. Under his leadership, Phoenix Mortgage grew to encompass seven branches with 220 employees, and he served as the architect for several business deals including the company’s sale and buy-back from Met Savings, its conversion to a bank, and rebranding as Pacific Crest Savings Bank.
John gave freely of his time and over the years held several board of director positions for organizations including the Ryther Child Center, Metropolitan Bancorp, and Interlinq Software. There were many charitable causes that were dear to him, including The Nature Conservancy.
John’s personal passion was for his stable of carefully selected Arabian horses that he raised on his beautiful farm in Marysville. He and his wife, Kerry, loved to welcome visitors to the farm when they weren’t traveling and competing around the country with their prize-winning horses – and John was particularly proud of realizing a goal to win a coveted championship, with himself in the saddle.