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WesternBanker Magazine

WesternBanker is a bi-monthly award-winning magazine dedicated to providing timely, relevant, and unique industry content. With a combined hardcopy and digital readership of over 30,000 professionals, WesternBanker represents a space to showcase subject matter expertise, writing aptitude, and insight into the issues affecting today’s banks.

All published writing is immediately nominated for the 2019 Excellence in Writing Award which recognizes outstanding coverage of bank or bank-related issues and is distinguished for its clarity of expression.

2019 Issues and Themes:

Jan/Feb: Deepening the Bench: Leadership & Diversity 
Mar/Apr: Tech Power: Transformation & Modernization
May/Jun: High Stakes: Compliance & Risk
July/Aug: Mid-Year Review: Industry’s Current Climate
Sept/Oct: The Numbers Game: Finance & Credit
Nov/Dec: The Year Ahead: 2020 Bank Trends & Forecasts

2018 Issues and Themes:

Jan/Feb: Leadership, Recruitment & Retention
Mar/Apr: Women in Banking
May/Jun: Mid-Year Review (industry’s current climate)
July/Aug: Technology & Fintech
Sept/Oct: Compliance & Risk
Nov/Dec: Looking Ahead: Community Banking, 2019

WBA is continually seeking articles written by its members. Submit here

WBA is fortunate to handle a high volume of query submissions. Articles not immediately accepted for publication in WesternBanker may be considered for future issues, release through the WBA Communities forum, or through high-traffic social media channels including LinkedIn.

To be considered for publication, please submit a query introducing the controlling idea for the article as well as key supporting points. The query should not exceed two paragraphs, and all proposed articles must be educational in nature; product pitches will not be considered. WBA does not accept previously published work, and all articles are subject to revision by WBA editors. If accepted for publication, WBA reserves the right to withhold publishing if content or deadline criteria is not satisfied.

Please note: articles are generally due four to six weeks before the release month; therefore queries must be submitted well in advance of the anticipated content deadline.

 

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Explore BankTalentHQ, the WBA’s Career Center Provider

BankTalentHQ is designed as a talent management resource for the financial industry and is brought to you by the Western Bankers Association in partnership with other state banking associations across the country.  BankTalentHQ is the premier talent management site for financial industry careers, and we know finding and keeping top talent is high on the list of the many challenges banks face.

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Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office Invitation

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office is inviting local area financial institutions to attend an upcoming symposium to help end human trafficking. The free event is scheduled for March 15, from 8: 30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Additional information on the event can be found here, and you can register to attend the event here.

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WBA Announces Incident Response Program to Bolster Cybersecurity for Member Banks

The FBI has reported that more than 4,000 cyber incidents occur, on average, each day. These incidents—breach, ransom ware, data privacy, etc.—can immediately disrupt operations and affect the bank’s bottom line and valuable reputations.

To mitigate against such incidents, the WBA has assembled an Incident Response Program (IRP) Team comprised of four complementary cyber security professionals.

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Congratulations to Our CBA Scholarship Recipients!
Congratulations to several of our CBA scholarship recipients who attended PCBS last week, a part of their two-week residence program. 

Congratulations to several of our CBA scholarship recipients who attended PCBS last week, a part of their two-week residence program. 

Pictured Top Row (From L) are: Matthew Damian, Mission Bank; Jason Gould, Citizens Business Bank; Hitesh Bajaria, Bank of Guam; and Zayd Elmufdi, US Metro Bank.And bottom row (From L) are: CBA SVP of Strategic Partnerships and PCBA graduate and faculty member, Julianna Graham; Jae Park, First Choice Bank; Cathy Mulvihill, East West Bank; Erin Probasco, Central Valley Community Bank and Ruth Edwards, Bank of Marin.

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Tax Reform Legislation Unveiled

Last week, House Republican leaders unveiled a draft of sweeping tax reform legislation — the first major overhaul of the tax code in more than three decades. Today, the House Ways and Means Committee is expected to begin a multi-day markup of this landmark legislation. Some of the major provisions of the bill include:

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Central Valley Community Banks’ Generosity and Community Support Highlighted this Holiday Season
Local members of the California Bankers Association proudly support several philanthropic endeavors in the Central Valley community

SACRAMENTO, CA   November 15, 2017 – Members of the California Bankers Association (CBA) play a critical role in supporting California’s local communities and their economies. In a 2017 CBA Community Relations Survey, banks shared their dedication to giving back to their communities by hosting local events, funding scholarship programs and supporting many philanthropic endeavors. In total, responding CBA member banks across California donated nearly $82 million last year.

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Benefits of Membership
CBA: In Business to Help its Members Succeed

In 2018, the Western Independent Bankers (WIB) merged with the California Bankers Association (CBA) to create the Western Bankers Association (WBA). Both names—the “California Bankers Association” and the “Western Independent Bankers”, as well as their respective areas of professional focus, have been retained by WBA, and operate as divisions of WBA.

CBA, the California state and federal advocacy division, is the advocate of the California banking industry for needed legislative, regulatory and legal changes.

The WIB division offers dynamic conferences, training seminars, more than 250 webinars and enhanced education for member banks. Conferences that have historically been offered by the CBA are now marketed and delivered by the WIB division of the WBA.

With more than 200 years of combined experience serving banks, the WBA is one of the largest, banking, trade associations and regional educational organizations in the United States. 

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The California Bankers Association and Beacon Economics Release California Banking Industry Intelligence Report
Report provides an overview of the banking sector, current interest rate environment and expected Federal Reserve action

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Bankers Association (CBA), one of the largest state banking trade associations, and Beacon Economics have released a fifth California banking report that examines important issues currently affecting California’s banks and the overall economy. The report is authored by Chris Thornberg, Ph.D., founding partner, and Jordan Levine, economist and director of economic research, at Beacon Economics.

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CBA Resources to Get Prepared for .bank Domain Name Availability

Thousands of new domains – including .bank – are making their way to the Internet.  The American Bankers Association partnered with banking industry participants to establish  fTLD Registry Services to operate .bank and ensure it is governed in the best interests of banks and their customers. Only verified members of the banking community will be able to register .bank domains.

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The California Bankers Association and Beacon Economics Release California Banking Industry Intelligence Report
Report provides a review of the bank lending environment and state of consumer finances for 2014

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Bankers Association (CBA) and Beacon Economics have released a sixth California banking report that examines important issues currently affecting California’s banks and the overall economy. The report is authored by Chris Thornberg, Ph.D., founding partner, and Jordan Levine, economist and director of economic research, at Beacon Economics. This report begins with an economic overview of the nation and of California, and then takes a closer look at the state of consumer finances and bank lending trends. Among the report’s key findings:

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CBA Launches Radio Advertising Campaign
Ad Focuses on Banks Ongoing Investment in Technology and Keeping Customer Information Secure

This two-week public awareness and education campaign will focus on the following timely themes: California banks’ ongoing investments in technology to make banking safer and more convenient for customers, including the deployment of chip-based credit cards; their ongoing commitment to protecting customers’ financial information and ensuring their customers are made whole financially in the event of a data breach at a retailer.

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The California Bankers Association and Beacon Economics Release California Banking Intelligence Report
Report reveals banks in California set records for lending in 2015

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Bankers Association (CBA) and Beacon Economics have released an eighth California banking report that examines important issues currently affecting California’s banks and the overall economy. The report is authored by Chris Thornberg, Ph.D., and founding partner at Beacon Economics. This report analyzes bank lending data for California through 2015, finding that banks set records for lending in 2015, as total loan value outstanding reached $930 billion in the fourth quarter*.

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The California Bankers Association and Beacon Economics Release California Banking Intelligence Report
Report reveals banking lending continues to exceed its previous record

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Bankers Association (CBA) and Beacon Economics have released an ninth California banking report that examines important issues currently affecting California’s banks and the overall economy. The report is authored by Chris Thornberg, Ph.D., and founding partner at Beacon Economics. This report analyzes bank lending data for California through the first quarter of 2016, finding that banks exceeded previous record levels, as total outstanding loan value reached $937 billion in the first quarter of this year*.

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CBA Releases 2017 Incident Response Playbook

The CBA has partnered with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FSISAC) and the American Bankers Association to provide the 2017 Incident Response Playbook, which delivers guidance to banks in California on actions to consider taking before a cybersecurity incident as well as needs and information-sharing protocols in response to and during recovery from a cybersecurity incident as well as recommendations for actions to take following a cybersecurity incident.

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The California Bankers Association and Beacon Economics Release California Economic Impact Report
Report reveals banks play a critical role in supporting California's economy

The California Bankers Association (CBA) and Beacon Economics have released a report, “The Economic Impact of California Banks” which examines the critical role banks play in supporting California’s economy and the communities where they do business. We have also produced a video that complements and highlights the important findings in the report.

The report is authored by Chris Thornberg, Ph.D., founding partner at Beacon Economics, and updates a previous study conducted in 2013.

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Equifax Breach: Resources to Communicate with Your Customers

As the Equifax breach continues to dominate headlines, you may begin to get questions from your customers and the media. Here are a few resources you might find helpful as you decide how to communicate about the breach: