Ashley Horner named one of Independent Banker’s Emerging Community Bank Leaders

Independent Banker, the flagship publication of Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) has named Ashley Horner, the SBA Division Manager of Summit Bank, as one of its 40 Under 40: Emerging Community Bank Leaders.  The first-annual, nomination-based award recognizes up-and-coming community bankers who demonstrate exceptional potential in leadership, innovation and community work.  


“This group of young professionals should give all of us a sense of pride and optimism as we look to the future of America’s community banks,” said Matt Kusilek, publisher of Independent Banker.  “Now more than ever, this industry sees the value of the energy and ideas of people like our emerging leaders, who believe in the importance of the community banking model.  We’re really pleased to be able to highlight their accomplishments so far and look forward to what they’ll do next.”

Winners are showcased in the June 2019 issue of Independent Banker, which is showcased on the Independent Banker website and accessible via the digital issue of the magazine.  Ashley was recognized for her work in small-business development, where she established Summit Bank’s SBA division in 2014 and, three years later, was named one of the 10 emerging leaders in small-business lending nationwide, according to the Coleman Report.  

According to Craig Wanichek, president and chief executive officer of Summit Bank, “Ashley is passionate about inspiring and showing a path to success for the next generation of young people seeking to make a difference in business, finance and banking.”

With offices in Eugene and Bend and a Loan Production office in Portland, Summit Bank is a community bank that specializes in providing high-level service to professionals and medium-sized businesses and their owners. Summit Bank is quoted on the NASDAQ Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board as SBKO.  Summit is the number one community bank lender in Oregon for SBA Financing.  Summit Bank is designated this year as a City of Eugene “Bold Steps” award finalist for efforts contributing to sustainability and also as one of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon in 2019.