Western Independent Banker - May/June 2013 - (Page 7)

A Message from the Chair Join Me in Welcoming the New WIB CEO Janet Garufis, Chair, Western Independent Bankers Ellen Sas, WIB President and CEO IN LATE MARCH, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of becoming WIB Chair for the next year. During my past two years on the WIB Executive Committee, I, along with other leadership members, have been keenly aware of the most important aspect of our role in corporate governance – succession planning and the hiring of a new CEO. When Nancy Sheppard advised the board about two years ago that she would be moving on after 25 years, the leadership began serious discussions about succession planning. The result of the board’s determination to take this role seriously is the hiring of an outstanding new president & CEO. Ellen Sas, our new leader, comes to WIB with the experience, attitude and skills the Search Committee defined as essential. First and foremost, she has a demonstrated leadership record that touches many of WIB’s stakeholders. In her roles as a two-time community bank CEO and as chairman of WIB Service Corporation, both the WIB and WIB Service Corporation boards and staff witnessed the type of person who can lead us to solutions to many of the challenges facing community banking and the association. Ellen was recognized nationally as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2005 by U.S. Banker magazine. She was rated number one on this list of “Youngest Stars” and number three on this list of “The Fast Lane.” Knowledge of community banking was number two on our essential skills list. Obviously Ellen’s experience in three community banks in Washington, combined with her experience as audit partner with McGladrey & Pullen and as senior auditor with Ernst & Young, where she worked closely with community banks and nonprofits, gives her intimate knowledge of the workings of our membership. She also has held the titles of CFO and EVP, Chief Risk Officer. She’s had personal experience in a merger, selling the first bank she led, NorthStar Bank, and negotiating a recapitalization plan for Seattle Bank after being brought into the troubled institution in 2008. She works as a consultant to a variety of financial services firms, including nonbanks in our banking space, giving her great insights into how the industry is changing and what banks need to do to compete differently. Her skill sets, too many to name here, include business planning, strategic planning, credit risk review, departmental assessments – all essential to both banks and WIB. Am I excited about the next step and decade for WIB? You bet I am! WIB has grown and advanced significantly in the past decade, and I am totally confident that WIB’s reputation as a leader in providing banks with the knowledge, services and products needed today and in the future will be advanced even further. Janet Garufis, Chair Western Independent Bankers & President/CEO, Montecito Bank & Trust Ellen Sas, our new leader, comes to WIB with the experience, attitude and skills the Search Committee defined as essential. Western Independent Banker May/June 2013 7 http://www.wib.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Western Independent Banker - May/June 2013

A Message from the Chair
Data Mining for Profits in 2013
Banks Must Face Their Own Fiscal Cliff
Boost Your Bottom Line with Lending Process Enhancements
Managing Interest Rate Risk to Achieve Strategic Profitability
Moving Mobile Banking Toward Acceptance – and Profitability
Alternative Revenue Strategies to Improve Bank Profitability
Analyzing Customer Performance to Increase Bank Profitability
WIB Service Corporation Report: Secrets to Success in 2013
Professional Development Resources
Welcome New Members
Index of Advertisers/ Advertiser.com

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