Join us in Hawaii at the beautiful Fairmont Orchid located on The Big Island for our 2021 Annual Conference.
Our agenda is now finalized! Read more to see our engaging line-up of speakers and learning session topics.
Western Bankers Association Announces Election of James Beckwith as Chairman of the Board of Directors
The Western Bankers Association (WBA) today announced James Beckwith, president, and chief executive officer of Five Star Bank and its holding company Five Star Bancorp (Nasdaq: FSBC), assumes the role of 2021-2022 chairman of the board of directors effective June 1, 2021.
WBA President & CEO Stephen G. Andrews has authored an opinion editorial addressing the banking industry’s concerns about a legislative proposal to create a public bank that would duplicate services already provided by banks. The opinion piece was published this morning by the Bay Area News Group and appeared in the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News.
WBA Banker’s Insight Podcast: Episode 16 with Tony Repanich from Shield Compliance Is Now Available!
In this episode we speak with Tony Repanich, President and Chief Operating Officer at Shield Compliance. We discuss the current state of the evolving cannabis industry and how it impacts banking. Tony explains the latest developments in Washington D.C. regarding the Safe Banking Act and what this legislation would look like for banks. We also talk about how the pandemic has impacted the cannabis industry and what that could mean for the future. And Tony shares his guidance for bankers as the industry expands.
A full year has passed since COVID-19 altered the way we live and work, and while the pandemic is still front and center in our lives and businesses, we have much to be hopeful for. According to the New York Times, more than 70 million Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine as of March 15th a critical step to reducing the number of new COVID-19 transmissions. Things are beginning to look up.