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UPDATE: WBA’s 2021 Annual Conference

The WBA has unfortunately made a difficult decision regarding our 2021 Annual Conference. With the COVID situation in Hawaii rapidly getting worse, we regretfully had to cancel our 2021 Annual 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.


Message from Western Bankers Association President & CEO Stephen G. Andrews

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.


WBA Banker’s Insight Podcast: Episode 19 Is Now Available!

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.


WBA Banker’s Insight Podcast: Episode 17 Is Now Available!

Cybersecurity & Multi-Factor Authentication In Today’s Digital World

In this episode we speak with Richard Ormond, Stacy Stubblefield, and Thomas Peistrup. Richard Ormond is a Shareholder at Buchalter and Founder & Chairman at Ejudicate, Inc. Stacy Stubblefield is a Co-Founder of Telesign. Thomas Peistrup is General Counsel at InStyler and an Attorney at Tantalo & Adler LLP. We discuss the current state of cybersecurity in today’s digital world and provide some insight on how banks are dealing with these challenges. We also chat about how companies, such as Telesign, are providing multi-factor authentication technology to help banks add an extra layer of security to to their authentication methods.


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.


Read the Latest Update from WBA CEO Steve Andrews

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.



WBA President & CEO Steve 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 by the Bay Area News Group and appeared in the East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News.


WBA Banker’s Insight Podcast: Episode 13 With Anita Robinson Now Available!

Our newest Banking Insights Podcast episode features a conversation with Anita Robinson. A former bank CEO, Anita talks about her groundbreaking career, her role as the first woman to chair the California Bankers Association. She also reflects on what inspired her to create a legacy event like the Women in Banking Forum and how she is looking forward to this year’s three-day event, featuring keynote speakers TEDx speaker Sydney Lai and Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders, 19 sessions and 28 speakers.

Episode 13 – A Conversation with Anita Robinson

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A Message from CEO Steve Andrews

Every January we look forward to a new year filled with promise and potential. This January, given the year we just finished, most of us are likely tempering our expectations, not only in our professional lives, but our private lives as well. While 2020 tested us, we have learned from our experiences and should celebrate how quickly our industry pivoted under the most difficult circumstances, adapting and innovating to provide extraordinary service to customers and communities.


WBA Banker’s Insight Podcast: Episode 8 Now Available!

Banking Insights is a forum featuring industry leaders, innovators and regulators sharing their experiences, knowledge and insights on current events, policies and technologies that are transforming the banking industry.

Episode 8 – Introduction to Payment Processing Technology with Fitech


WBA Banker’s Insight Podcast: Episode 10 Now Available!

Banking Insights is a forum featuring industry leaders, innovators and regulators sharing their experiences, knowledge and insights on current events, policies and technologies that are transforming the banking industry.

Episode 10 – Online Account Opening with DocFox