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Ed Zito – Co-Chair of the Board

Ed Zito is the retired, long-time President of Alliance Bank of Arizona. Mr. Zito still chairs the bank’s Asset and Liability Management and Investment Committee (ALCO).

Ed Zito has been a well-recognized business leader in Arizona’s commercial & investment banking sectors for over 30 years. He is also known for his extensive work on economic development and capital formation in Arizona. Zito was the initial Vice Chairman of Arizona Economic Resource Organization (AERO), a Governor-mandated public-private partnership formed to lead Arizona’s economic development initiatives. Recently, Zito was elected to the board of directors of Team ACA (a foundation associated with the Arizona Commerce Authority).

Currently, Mr. Zito serves on the board of directors for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Community Alliance, Canada Arizona Business Council, Shine Investments, and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership. He also serves on the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Steering Committee and Capital Formation Committee.

Previously, Zito led the Governor’s Council on Innovation and Technology, and has served on the boards of Arizona Multibank, Enterprise Network, Central Arizona Project Association, and the Xavier College Prep Board of Trustees.

Prior to moving to Arizona in 1981, Mr. Zito served in bank regulatory positions with the U.S. Treasury Department in New York and Washington D.C.

Upon his arrival to Arizona, Mr. Zito served in senior executive positions with First Interstate Bank (Wells Fargo), including President of First Interstate Equity Corporation (a small business investment corporation). Mr. Zito also served as Regional President and member of the board of directors for Imperial Bank Arizona, a business bank.

Mr. Zito holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University.