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Statement on the Federal Proposal to Mandate Credit Card Routing Proposed by U.S. Senators Durbin and Marshall

Sacramento, Calif., July 29, 2022: “The California Bankers Association (CBA) strongly opposes federal legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) that would create a credit card routing mandate. This legislation would upend the current and thriving U.S. payments landscape by requiring every credit card to be reissued to include multiple networks on all credit cards.

Instead of increasing competition, consumers would lose the choices they currently have to merchants. This means they could be at risk with less secure and unreliable networks and lose the protections and benefits they currently rely on.

In addition, there is a significant cost to rewiring the credit card transactions process, not to mention reissuing more than 350 million credit cards currently in use. Financial institutions will need to make operational and network changes which will impact the calculations that financial institutions use to determine credit worthiness. A disruption in short-term lending credit can have a negative impact on consumers as they recover from the pandemic and navigate the economic uncertainties.” – Stephen G. Andrews, President & CEO

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Message from the President & CEO

Just as we welcomed a new year with optimism and hope, 2022 has already thrown us a couple of curveballs. We see war abroad, rampant inflation at home, and a pandemic not yet ready to surrender. Although these challenges are complex, we have weathered harsh storms before. I expect the industry to continue innovating and adapting during these challenging times, ensuring we deliver vital financial services and support our communities.

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Western Bankers Partners with BankerCollege to Provide High-Quality and Relevant Education and Training

The Western Bankers are excited to announce that we have partnered with BankerCollege to provide high-quality education, training, and certification content. This new partnership will more than double WB’s on-demand and live webinar offerings. As a member of the Western Bankers, you will have access to discounted rates for all of the BankerCollege offerings, including webinars, boot camps, and certifications on topics covering regulations, compliance, cannabis, accounting, lending, payments, strategy, retail and commercial banking, and operations, just to name a few. 

WB Web Pass holders and their employees will have unlimited access, for the calendar year, to BankerCollege’s 400+ webinars, and significantly discounted pricing for workshops, certifications, and much more.

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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.

Click here to listen.

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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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Calif. Banks Met With Frustration as PPP 2.0 Launches

Steve Andrews, president and CEO of the Western Bankers Association, issued the following statement regarding today’s re-opening of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program:

“California banks worked throughout the weekend to prepare for the re-opening of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) platform where Paycheck Protection Program loan applications must be submitted. Banks were hoping that the glitches that challenged the system during the first round of funding would be resolved.

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Californians Without a Bank Account Encouraged to Explore Options in Advance of Stimulus Check Disbursement

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Eligible Californians are expected to soon be receiving federal stimulus benefits, as part of the coronavirus economic relief package passed recently by Congress. Known as economic impact payments, it is estimated that this relief will bring $25 to $30 billion in funds to Californians who are struggling during these challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.


WBA’s Social Impact Awareness Campaign
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In 2018, the WBA, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco,  launched their social impact awareness campaign designed to share with public the tremendous impact our member banks have in the communities they serve. The focal point of the campaign is the creation of a series of regionally focused videos designed to highlight these efforts and showcase the positive impact.

The video series can be viewed on our YouTube page here.

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

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.

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Jim Lokey Honored as CBA’s Distinguished Banker of the Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Bankers Association, a division of the Western Bankers Association, today announced that Jim Lokey was honored as the CBA’s Distinguished Banker of the Year. Lokey was officially recognized at the WBA’s annual conference held last week.

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Debbie Skinner Named New Chair of the Western Bankers Association

SACRAMENTO – The Western Bankers Association (WBA) today announced that Debbie Skinner, EVP and chief administrative officer of Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California (F&M Bank), will serve as the 2018-2019 chair of the board of directors. Skinner, who has been a member of the board since 2015, was officially elected at the WBA’s annual conference held last week.

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Simone Lagomarsino Named New President and CEO of the California Bankers Association

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Simone Lagomarsino has been selected to serve as the new president and CEO of the association, succeeding Rod Brown, who is retiring after serving in that role for nearly 10 years. Prior to her new role with the CBA, Lagomarsino served as CEO of Heritage Oaks Bank, and president and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bancorp, headquartered in Paso Robles, Calif.