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In 2018, the Western Independent Bankers (WIB) merged with the California Bankers Association (CBA) to create the Western Bankers Association (WBA). Both names—the “California Bankers Association” and the “Western Independent Bankers”, as well as their respective areas of professional focus, have been retained by WBA, and operate as divisions of WBA.

CBA, the California state and federal advocacy division, is the advocate of the California banking industry for needed legislative, regulatory and legal changes.

The WIB division offers dynamic conferences, training seminars, more than 250 webinars and enhanced education for member banks. Conferences that have historically been offered by the CBA are now marketed and delivered by the WIB division of the WBA.

With more than 200 years of combined experience serving banks, the WBA is one of the largest banking, trade associations and regional educational organizations in the United States. 

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Support Needed for S.2155: Contact Your Representative Today!

With Congress back in session, the CBA is asking all of our members to please contact their representative and urge them to support bringing S.2155 to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible. On March 14, the Senate, on a historic and strong bipartisan vote, passed S.2155, which represents our most realistic chance at achieving commonsense regulatory relief and reform.

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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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Western Independent Bankers, a Division of the Western Bankers Association, Announces SavvyMoney as Best in Show Winner of the 2018 Fintech Showcase

SACRAMENTO — The Western Independent Bankers (WIB), a division of the Western Bankers Association (WBA), announced today that SavvyMoney was voted the Best in Show winner from a selection of fintech presenters attending the Fintech Showcase featured at WIB’s Annual Conference in Kauai, HI. This cutting-edge showcase was created to address the unique questions and concerns bankers experience when navigating the intersection of technology and financial services.

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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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The California Bankers Association Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Legislation


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate approved 67-31, S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. The bill, which will now advance to the House, is designed to right-size banking regulations to allow banks to better serve their customers and their communities, while maintaining appropriate safety and soundness controls. 

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Cannabis conundrum: What to do with billions of dollars that banks won’t touch

What to do with billions of dollars that banks won’t touch

By Mark Anderson  –  Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal
Nov 17, 2017

The billions that will be generated from California’s soon-to-be-legal recreational marijuana industry cannot be banked legally.

And that presents a real conundrum for companies that sell pot.

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Central Valley Businesses Give Back

Local members of the California Bankers Association are supporting several philanthropic endeavors in the Central Valley community, via the Central Valley Business Times. For example, in 2016 CBA member banks across California donated nearly $82 million.

Legislation & Advocacy

Press release

Support Needed for S.2155: Contact Your Representative Today!

With Congress back in session, the CBA is asking all of our members to please contact their representative and urge them to support bringing S.2155 to the House floor for a vote as soon as possible. On March 14, the Senate, on a historic and strong bipartisan vote, passed S.2155, which represents our most realistic chance at achieving commonsense regulatory relief and reform.

Press release

The California Bankers Association Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Regulatory Reform Legislation


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate approved 67-31, S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. The bill, which will now advance to the House, is designed to right-size banking regulations to allow banks to better serve their customers and their communities, while maintaining appropriate safety and soundness controls. 

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Treasury Releases Report Suggesting Significant Reforms to Banking Regulations

The U.S. Treasury Department has officially issued its 150-page report, making several recommendations for how Congress and the regulatory agencies can streamline bank regulation in a way that promotes economic growth.

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