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CIB Honors Community Banking Rising Stars

Newport Beach, CA (September 12, 2013) — The California Independent Bankers (CIB) has announced winners of the 2013 CIB Rising Star Awards, honoring those in the community banking industry who  have shown exceptional promise of leadership and contribution to the bank and communities they serve.

 2013 CIB Rising Star Winners Include:

  • James Jefferson, Montecito Bank & Trust, Santa Barbara
  • Ashley Fairon, Union Bank, Correspondent Banking Division, Los Angeles
  • Mani Ganesamurthy, Summit Bank, Oakland
  • Summit State Bank, Santa Rosa (Overall bank achievement)

“The future of our industry lies in the hands of our emerging leaders, and these bright stars should be nurtured and recognized for their ability and ingenuity. The winners have shown great promise and innovation and inspire others for success,” said CIB Executive Director David Haithcock. “The Rising Star Awards have been well deserved by these accomplished recipients.”

In memory of Fred Rowden, a true community bank star, the California Independent Bankers’ Rising Star Award was created to encourage and reward exceptional accomplishments of community bankers in California.  The goal is to reward these individuals for their extraordinary achievements and to hold them up as an example and inspiration to others.

Winners were awarded through the following criteria:
1) Self-awareness: Knowledge of their own values, passions, skills, strengths and weaknesses; an ability to admit and learn from mistakes and to seek information to fill knowledge gaps.

2) Integrity: A strong sense of "what is right" and a demonstration of ethical practices that sets the tone for others.

3) Vision: A strong sense of where they are going as a person and where they think the community and the bank should be going – and how it might get there.

4) Effective communication: A willingness and ability to listen to and understand the thoughts, ideas and concerns of others and to clearly communicate their own. A vision is nothing if it can't be sold to others.

5) Enthusiasm: A lively interest in the people, issues and events around them, a feeling of excitement about the possibilities, and the energy to guide them towards fruition.

6) Innovation: The ability to "think outside the box" and develop new and effective solutions to old and emerging problems.

The California Independent Bankers (CIB) is a not-for-profit trade association, politically active on behalf of more than 120 financial institutions in California. CIB is also the California affiliate of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), with more than 5,000 independent bank members nationwide. CIB and ICBA are dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of community banks through advocacy, education and services for the benefit of the customers and the communities they serve. For more information log on to www.cib.org or www.icba.org.            

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