- Dominik Mjartan
- Optus Bank, Columbia, South Carolina
- President and CEO
Dominik Mjartan is president and CEO of Optus Bank, a U.S. Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and an FDIC-designated Minority Depository Institution. Under his leadership, Optus Bank reached over $300 million in assets up from a low of $47 million while directing nearly 90% of loans to underserved communities, businesses and people. Mjartan became president and CEO of Optus in 2017 after serving more than a decade as a senior executive officer at Southern Bancorp, most recently as the executive vice president of Southern Bancorp Inc., Southern Bancorp Bank's holding company. He also served as CEO of an affiliated lending company, Southern Bancorp Community Partners. He is a past chair of the CDFI Coalition. Currently, he is a director of the Community Development Bankers Association and the National Bankers Association. He also serves on the board of directors of the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development, the Opportunity Center and the South Carolina Bankers Association. Mjartan is the finance chair of Midlands Arts Conservatory and serves on the finance committee of Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network. Mjartan received his Bachelor of Science in management from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduating summa cum laude, and received his MBA from the University of Ulster in the United Kingdom, graduating with distinction.