Next Generation of Banking Leaders Graduate from OBA Executive Development Program

Eugene, Oregon March 3, 2021. Summit Bank is pleased to announce the graduation of three of our Summit Bank colleagues from the Oregon Banker’s Association’s extensive Executive Development Program (EDP).  The 2021 OBA Executive Development Program graduates are Vice President & Business Client Advisor Carly Carmichael (Central Oregon), Vice President and Business Client Advisor Brian Thomas (Portland Metro) and Vice President & Director of Operations Renda Wolford (Eugene/Springfield).  The graduation ceremony was held virtually last month. 

The Executive Development Program helps foster the next generation of banking leaders across Oregon. The OBA program consists of 12 one-day sessions.  One of the programs featured guest speaker Joe Zavaglia, who spoke about credibility and ethics.  According to Thomas, “I enjoyed the class – it helped us process how to make right, right decisions. There are no right answers so finding the right solution for each client in banking is dire.” 

OBA President and CEO Linda Navarro mentioned that the graduates this year faced a series of adversities, including the threat of the pandemic. She said that all graduates deserve extra praise for their willingness and determination to finish out the program this year when the class converted to digital learning.   

The Executive Development Program includes sessions about Bank Profitability, Asset Liability Management and Understanding Credit Risk.  According to Carmichael, “Learning what other banks and banking professionals are doing in the areas we studied provided strong insight and new ideas to my work ethic, organization, and communication with others internally and externally.”  

Summit Bank President and CEO Craig Wanichek says the program provides a very comprehensive curriculum. “We are honored to have three colleagues complete the Oregon Bank Association Executive Development Program. It is a wonderful program for leaders on our team to get an immersion type of education in all areas of banking. It will be remarkable to see them utilize what they learned in all three of our markets.” 

With offices in Eugene, Central Oregon and downtown 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.

Contact:  Craig Wanichek, President & Chief Executive Officer 541-684-7500