Western Independent Bankers, a Division of Western Bankers Association, Announces 2018 Banker and Bank of the Year Recipients

Press release

SACRAMENTO —The Western Independent Bankers (WIB), a division of the Western Bankers Association, announced today the recipients of the 2018 Banker and Bank of the Year Awards to Tony Kallingal, regional market president of Scott Valley Bank, and Mohave State Bank, respectively. The announcement was made at the association’s Annual Conference in Kauai, HI, which hosted a record-breaking audience of bank presidents, senior officers, and directors. Award recipients were honored for their enduring impact on the communities they serve, exceptional bank performance, and demonstrated industry innovation.

“When I consider Tony’s approach to banking, management, and community, I’m reminded of the core beliefs that drew me to customer-focused banking early in my career,” said Michael Delucchi, executive director of WIB. “Tony embodies the best qualities of the classic community banker while practicing the forward-thinking that is so critical to our industry.”

“I am truly humbled to receive this prestigious award, especially after learning about the other candidates and their amazing contributions to the industry and their respective communities,” Kallingal said. “At Scott Valley Bank, we are proud to be part of the dynamic Western Bankers Association community, where together we celebrate our fellow members’ successes, and support and recognize continued contributions to our community banking industry!”

This commitment to relationships is echoed in the mission and values of Mohave State Bank, one of Arizona’s oldest and largest community banks. Under the guidance of President and CEO, Brian Riley, Mohave State Bank has found tremendous success in terms of growth, sustainability, and its far-reaching impact on the community.

“What I find most impressive about Mohave State Bank,” said Michael Delucchi, “is their leadership’s ability to recognize the diversity within their footprint and extend a level of trust in the managers to meet and exceed the needs of each local market; this, coupled with strong bank performance and their unwavering commitment to community makes Mohave State Bank an ideal recipient of Bank of the Year.”

“We are humbled to be named as the WIB’s 2018 Bank of the Year,” Riley said. “Community banks across the western region have such a daily impact on the communities they serve. Mohave State Bank is honored to be recognized for the difference we make in Arizona.”

Candidates are nominated and selected by bankers from across the West Coast. Finalists for the 2018 Banker of the Year were Brian Riley, president and CEO of Mohave Bank and Laurel Sykes, senior vice president and chief risk officer for Montecito Bank & Trust. Finalists for the 2018 Bank of the Year were Bank of Feather River (Yuba City, CA) and Tri Counties Bank (Chico, CA).

The 2018 Banker and Bank of the Year awards were made possible thanks to the generous support of Fitech Payments. For more information, visit http://www.fitech.com/.

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.

About Scott Valley Bank

Founded in 1858, Scott Valley Bank is California’s oldest independent community bank, with 11 branches from the Bay Area to Portland, Oregon. Scott Valley Bank is located in Walnut Creek at 590 Ygnacio Valley Road, (925) 944-0180, and in San Jose at 2001 Gateway Place, Suite 135 E., (408) 573-7710. For more information, visit www.scottvalleybank.com.

About Mohave State Bank

State Bank Corp., headquartered in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is the parent company of Mohave State Bank, the largest locally-owned bank in Mohave County. Mohave State Bank is a full-service bank providing deposit and loan products, and convenient online banking to individuals, businesses and professionals. The bank was established in October 1991, and the holding company was formed in 2004. The bank has nine full-service branches: two in Lake Havasu City, two in Kingman, two in Prescott, one in Bullhead City, one in Prescott Valley, and one in Cottonwood, Arizona. The company is traded over-the-counter as SBAZ. For more information, visit www.mohavestbank.com