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2015 Community Bank and Banker of the Year Awards

We are once again teaming up with Chairmanís Circle sponsor BDO to present awards, this year designed to honor independent banks and bankers in the West for contributions to their communities.

Award recipients - one community bank and one community banker - will be named during the Opening General Session of the Annual Conference in Maui. Winners will receive an award and a $1,000 donation will be made to the charity of their choice. 

Eligibility and Deadline

This award is open to any Community Bank or Community Banker in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and the U.S. Territories. Nominations should be made based on community contributions and activities made within the past 12 months. 

Two winners will be named - one community bank institution, one individual community banker. Winners will be selected from all nominations made by the deadline of February 15 and will be selected by members of the selection committee listed below.

Nominations may come from bankers or vendor firms. You may nominate more than one person or bank, and you are welcome to nominate yourself or your bank. There is no entry fee. 

To make a nomination, contact Ray Smith, Interim President & CEO, at (415) 352-2323 or ray@wib.org. Deadline for nomination is February 15, 2015. You may email or mail any documentation you wish to submit in support of the entry.

2015 Community Bank and Banker of the Year Awards Committee

Kevin Bender, EVP & COO, American River Bank, Rancho Cordova, CA

Jerry Ernst, President & CEO, Horizon Community Bank, Lake Havasu City, AZ

Ron Johnson, EVP, COO & CFO, The Bank of Commerce, Idaho Falls, ID

Dave Joves, SVP, California Region, Bank of Guam, San Francisco

Bryan Luke, President & COO, Hawaii National Bank, Honolulu

Mike Soza, Partner, BDO, San Francisco

Ray Smith, Interim President & CEO, Western Independent Bankers, San Francisco