Join us at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel located in Dana Point, CA on November 14 - 17, 2021 as we host the 2021 Lenders & Chief Credit Officers Conference.
Our agenda is now finalized! View our line-up of exciting speakers and education learning sessions.
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.
The WBA has unfortunately made a difficult decision regarding our upcoming Annual Conference. With the COVID situation in Hawaii rapidly getting worse, we regretfully will be cancelling our conference. With the social gathering restrictions tightening in the state of Hawaii, the hotel was very concerned that they would not be able to successfully accommodate us given the reconfigurations we would need to do for our meeting space and meal function locations. We are very disappointed we will not be able to host this event, but believe it is the best course of action to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
Please note that the hotel will be reaching out to all registered guests and cancelling all reservations in our room block, without any penalty. There is no need for you to directly call the hotel. The hotel has also informed us that if you wish to still visit the island and stay at the hotel property during our event timeframe, they will honor the group rate we had secured. Again, please note the hotel will be automatically processing cancellations and refunding any deposits you may have paid.
Please also be advised that a refund will automatically be processed for your conference registration fee – there is no action that you need to take. If you are a sponsor or exhibitor, we will also be processing your refund for this event. Please allow up to 10 business days for the refund to process.
We sincerely appreciate your support of the WBA and this conference, and wish the outcome could have been different. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly if you have any questions.
These past few months have seen some positive improvements as it relates to the pandemic, the economy and the return to normal. Throughout this pandemic, the Western Bankers Association team has been laser-focused on our mission to serve this industry as an advocate and resource. We are looking forward to a busy end of summer and fall with a series of premier conferences and events as well as important advocacy initiatives and a joint Washington D.C. visit with our colleagues from Florida. Read more here.
A Conversation with James Beckwith & Steve Andrews
In this episode, Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association sits down for a chat with James Beckwith, President & CEO of Five Star Bank and its holding company Five Star Bankcorp (Nasdaq: FSBC). Mr. Beckwith is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Western Bankers Association.
Steve and James talk about how James got into banking and what he enjoys about the banking industry. James also discusses the challenges he sees facing the industry in the next few years. With James recently becoming the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the WBA, he shares his goals and priorities for WBA during his tenure and he discusses the value proposition of becoming a member of the WBA as well as the value of advocacy.