Jeffrey Ball Named New Chairman of the California Bankers Association

Press release Beth Mills

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Jeffrey Ball, President and CEO of Friendly Hills Bank, will serve as the 2013-2014 chairman of the board of directors for California’s largest banking trade association. Ball founded Friendly Hills located in Whittier and also serves as director of the bank.

“The CBA is honored to have Jeff Ball serve as our chairman of the board this year,” said Rodney K. Brown, president and CEO of CBA. “With more than two decades of both large and community bank experience, Jeff’s breadth of industry knowledge will be an essential asset and valuable resource to the CBA and our members.”

“I am looking forward to my tenure as the association’s chairman,” Ball said. “California’s banking community has a very bright future ahead and through this important leadership position with the CBA, I look forward to continuing to support our member banks in their dedicated efforts to serve their customers and communities in California as we grow stronger and more successful.”

Ball has more than 25 years of banking experience, having spent the majority of his career in both commercial and investment banking for Bank of America. He began his career as a management trainee at Southern California Bank, a local community bank based in Downey, California.

Ball has been an active member of the CBA board and executive committee for the past three years and recently served as chairman of the Federal Government Relations Committee. He also represents California banks on the American Bankers Association Grassroots Committee for Federal Legislation.

In addition, CBA also recently named Brian Brooks, Tad Lowrey and Scott Racusin as Vice Chairmen at Large. See the following releases for more information:

About the California Bankers Association (CBA)
Established 122 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 financial empowerment, identity theft, financial privacy, and financial elder abuse. CBA’s membership includes the majority of California’s commercial, industrial and community banks and savings associations. For more information, visit