Rick Smith Named New Chairman of the California Bankers Association

Press release Jenna Mills

SACRAMENTO – The California Bankers Association (CBA) today announced that Rick Smith, president and CEO for Tri Counties Bank, based in Chico, will serve as the 2010-2011 chairman of the board of directors for California’s largest banking trade association.

“Rick Smith is a leader of the California banking industry and has been an active and dedicated member of the CBA for many years,” said Rodney K. Brown, president and CEO of CBA. “His skills as president and CEO of Tri Counties will be a great service to the association and our members, and we are honored to have him as our chairman.”

In his position as president and CEO, he is responsible for establishing and implementing long-range planning objectives and policies, directing bank activities such as acquisition, branch growth and marketing to augment the bank and maximize returns on capital and assets, acting as the primary representative for the bank with shareholders, major customers, community and industrial associations, regulatory agencies and the press.

Prior to becoming the bank’s CEO, Smith served as vice president of supermarket banking for Tri Counties Bank in 1993. In 1994, he served as vice president and chief information officer of the bank, then in 1995 he became senior vice president of customer/employee support and control, and in 1997, executive vice president in the same capacity. Smith advanced to president and chief operating officer in September 1998 and to chief executive officer and a director in November 1999.

Smith has been an active member of the CBA for many years, demonstrating his leadership and commitment to the association through service on a number of committees, including the Community CEO Roundtable Committee, CBA State PAC Committee, Corporate Governance Task Force, DFI Roundtable Committee and on the CBA Executive Committee.

About the CBA
Established more than 119 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 financial elder abuse. CBA’s membership includes nearly 200 of California’s commercial, industrial and community banks and savings associations. For more information, visit www.calbankers.com.