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California Bankers Louise Walker and Jeff Ball Elected to the American Bankers Association Board of Directors
Walker is the current chair of the California Bankers Association (CBA); Ball is member of the CBA board, and a former chairman

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that its current chair Louise Walker, president and CEO of First Northern Bank based in Dixon, and former chairman, Jeff Ball, president and CEO of Friendly Hills Bank based in Whittier, were elected to serve on the American Bankers Association board of directors at the association’s annual convention held in Nashville on October 18. Walker was elected to serve a three-year term, and Ball, who is also vice chairman of the ABA’s government relations council, was elected to serve a one-year term. Walker and Ball join former CBA board member, and fellow California bank executive, Paul Woolway, who is the president and CEO of Charles Schwab Bank, and was elected to the ABA board of directors in 2014.  

“Louise and Jeff are two very highly-regarded California community bank executives,” said Rodney K. Brown, president and CEO of CBA. “We are very pleased to see them both receive this prestigious honor to serve on the ABA board, joining approximately two dozen other bank executives selected from across the country. We greatly value their leadership within the CBA, and their background and experience will be invaluable representing the interests of California’s banking community in this national leadership position.”

With a career in banking spanning more than three decades, Walker has been an active member of the CBA for many years. She previously served as chairman of the association’s state government relations committee, and has served on the board of directors’ executive committee since 2011, which included a term as CBA’s treasurer.

Ball has more than 25 years of banking experience, and has been a member of the CBA board of directors since 2010. Ball served as chairman of the association for the 2013-2014 term, and is also the current chairman of the CBA’s federal government relations committee.

About the CBA

Established 125 years ago, the California Bankers Association (CBA) is one of the largest state banking trade associations in the country. CBA leads the way in developing relevant educational and legislative solutions to some of California’s more pressing financial and banking issues, including adult financial empowerment, identity theft, financial privacy, and elder financial abuse. CBA’s membership includes the majority of California’s commercial, community banks and savings associations. For more information, visit www.calbankers.com.

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