Social policy change is often driven by advocacy and the dynamic role played by those who argue or plead for change. Silent voices of those that sit on the sidelines don’t drive the change in the world they want to see, change is driven by the advocate who raises his or her voice. The need for industry and leaders who advocate for social inclusion, justice, and equity has never been greater.
Throughout my business career I have been an ardent advocate of the businesses and non-profit organizations I represented. I believe raising your voice for a cause or a policy you believe in is important. Over time the changes we see in industry often transpire or are accompanied by changes in legislation. Therefore, it is important to advocate for the change you want to see in your industry.
As an advocate for change it is vitally important to get to know your legislators at all levels and stay engaged in the legislative process by representing your industry or cause. My advocacy has often taken the form of lobbying at the local, state, and federal levels with frequent trips to state capitals or Washington, D.C. I don’t shy away from articulating my cause but understand and respect the process allowing for dissenting viewpoints.
Western Bankers Association
President and CEO - May 2019 to present
Independent Community Bankers of America
Board member, 2004-2006, 2008-2013, 2016
California Independent Bankers
President 2004, Chairman 2005 & 2007, Director 1998 - 2014
Independent Community Banks of Oregon
Board Member 2016