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Episode 19 – 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.

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California Banks & COVID Relief Efforts

Since the beginning of this pandemic, California’s banks have been outreaching and working proactively with customers to minimize the adverse financial effects of this crisis. Beyond the proactive efforts by individual banks and the work they have been doing to implement and deploy relief made available through state and federal programs, we continue to encourage customers experiencing hardships to reach out early and immediately to their financial institution given their unique personal financial situation.

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ABA Banking Journal Podcast Features WBA Chair Dave Joves

Based in San Francisco and leading California’s market for the Bank of Guam, plus currently serving as chairman of the Western Bankers Association, Dave Joves shares a trans-Pacific view of banking on the latest episode of the ABA Banking Journal Podcast.

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Dave Joves, Senior Vice President and California Regional Manager of Bank of Guam Elected New Chairman of the Western Bankers Association

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Western Bankers Association (WBA) today announced that Dave Joves, senior vice president and California regional manager of Bank of Guam, will serve as the 2020-2021 chairman of the board of directors. Joves was officially elected at the WBA’s annual conference held in February.

“I am honored to serve the WBA and its members in this role,” Joves said. “It is a great privilege to represent and champion an industry that plays such a critical role in growing our economy and helping our communities thrive.”

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The Western Bankers Association Announces Industry Response to Coronavirus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Western Bankers Association (WBA) released the following statement regarding the  banking industry’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

“Banks are actively monitoring the latest reports from the Center for Disease Control and taking numerous precautions to help ensure the safety of their customers and employees. Banks have well-developed business continuity plans and are prepared and ready to help their customers in this time of need.

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Western Bankers Association Announces its Endorsement of Fitech
Partnership expands WBA member benefits to include merchant payment processing

SACRAMENTO, CA, – The Western Bankers Association, one of the largest banking associations in the U.S., announces its appointment of Fort Worth-based Fitech as its newest endorsed partner.

After a rigorous application and review process, Fitech earned WBA’s coveted endorsed partner status, chosen for its best-in-class merchant services offering, tailored specifically for community banks.