Steve Andrews Named the New President and CEO of the Western Bankers Association
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Western Bankers Association (“WBA”) today announced that Stephen G. Andrews (Steve) has been selected to serve as the president and CEO of the association, succeeding Simone Lagomarsino.
“The WBA is excited to have attracted a highly-regarded West Coast banking executive with a strong history of advocating for banks and the critical role they play in strengthening our communities,” said Debbie Skinner, chairman of the board of the WBA, and EVP and chief administrative officer of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California. “Steve will be a dynamic leader for the WBA, who is uniquely familiar with the ever-changing banking environment and also understands the important role the association has in supporting its member banks.”
Prior to his new role at WBA, Andrews served the industry as the president and CEO of four banks including, The Bank of Oswego, Bank of Alameda, Lamorinda National Bank and East County N.A. Additionally, Andrews has been an advisor to fintech social impact companies.
Andrews’ career, which spans three decades, also includes a dedicated history of serving the banking community as an advocate focusing on sensible financial reform and legislation. On numerous occasions, he has testified at both the state and federal levels in front of congressional policy committees and agencies on behalf of the industry.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the WBA during this important time where the financial landscape continues to evolve,” Andrews said. “I look forward to being a passionate advocate for our members, working to ensure that they have an operating environment supportive of their efforts to help our state and federal economies grow, and to serve their local communities.”
Andrews has also been active in financial education, teaching banking at California State University East Bay – China America Business Education Center, and at the Pacific Coast Banking School, where he also was a graduate.
About the Western Bankers Association
With more than 200 years of combined experience serving banks, the Western Bankers Association is one of the largest state-banking trade associations and regional educational organizations in the United States. WBA provides leading service and support to member banks throughout the Western States through two divisions.
CBA, the California state and federal advocacy division, is the advocate of the California banking industry for needed legislative, regulatory and legal changes.
WIB, the professional development division, provides education and training, and supports hundreds of banks headquartered throughout the 13 Western States by informing, educating and connecting more than 20,000 bankers.