Gregory DuPratt, Chairman of the Board of First Northern Bank and First Northern Community Bancorp (Ticker Symbol FNRN), has announced the appointment of Richard M. Martinez to both the Bank and Company’s Boards of Directors. He will also serve on the Bank’s Directors Loan Committee. With the addition of Martinez, the number seated on both Boards will increase from ten to eleven directors.
Martinez, 55, is a partner in Triad Farms, a diversified row crop farm that operates property in Solano and Yolo Counties. He has been responsible for the financial management of the farming operations for the past 26 years. From 1981 to 1985, Martinez was employed by the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District in Yolo County and served as Division Manager for the Irrigation and Flood Control operations. “I am very much looking forward to serving on the Board of Directors for such a highly respected community bank that’s been locally owned and operated for over 100 years,” stated Martinez. “First Northern Bank’s commitment to remaining an independent bank benefits the local communities in many ways. Not only does the Bank give back to its communities through its lending to local businesses and residents, it provides monetary and in-kind donations to local non-profits, and it recognizes employees for their community service, civic, and volunteer activities.”
Martinez is also Chairman of the Dixon Joint Powers Authority for Regional Drainage and serves on the Board of Directors for the Dixon Resource Conservation District. He is active in many agricultural and natural resource related associations and advisory committees, such as the Yolo Basin Foundation, the California Farm Bureau, the California Tomato Research Institute, the Yolo Bypass Working Group, and the California Tomato, Alfalfa, Wheat, and Dry Beans Growers Associations. Martinez’ experience in management of both private and public sectors in the region has provided him with extensive knowledge of the local agricultural community. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from California State University, Chico. Martinez and his wife, Connie, raised their three daughters in Woodland, and recently have taken up residence in Dixon.