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2013 Bank Presidents Seminar a Great Success

CBA wishes to thank all of you who attended our annual Bank Presidents Seminar, January 10-12. We had more than 285 attendees this year and a very robust program, including an opening keynote address by the Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry, and a luncheon address by the American Bankers Association Chairman, Matt Williams.Comptroller Curry’s remarks addressed the current regulatory environment and specific challenges facing California bankers, the examination process, as well as other key industry issues that have received notable press coverage including Basel III and the expired TAG program. Randy Roth, president & CEO of Vitex, Inc. moderated an informative panel discussion on technology in banking which featured Stan Ivie, regional director for the FDIC, Chris Myers, president & CEO of Citizens Business Bank and Anne Swank, group manager with Intuit Financial Services. Spirited discussion was also abound in our roundtable discussions, which focused on three topics: capital standards, mergers and acquisitions and asset quality. The program closed Saturday morning with remarks from CBA President & CEO Rod Brown, who delivered an update on the state of the CBA, and with Comerica Bank’s chief economist, Dr. Robert Dye, who provided an economic forecast for the state and the nation.

We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to our federal PAC by donating items or bidding on those items during our silent and live auctions, two very important sources of donations for our PAC. We raised more than $32,000, surpassing the impressive amount we raised last year. A special thanks to Jim Glines, who did a fantastic job as our auctioneer. We also would like to thank our many sponsors, who had a direct impact in making this annual seminar a success. Finally, congratulations to Bill Fike, who received the Distinguished Banker of the Year award for his longstanding service to the banking industry and to the CBA. We hope to see you all next year for the 2014 seminar, January 9-11, 2014, at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Santa Barbara.

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