Social policy change is often driven by advocacy and the dynamic role played by those who argue or plead for change. Silent voices or those that sit on the sidelines don’t drive the change in the world they want to see, the change is driven by the advocate who raises his voice. The need for industry and leaders with a social purpose to play an increased role in advocating for change and industry issues 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. Changes over time will often transpire via legislation and it is important to advocate for the voice of your industry.
It is equally 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 times 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.
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