Louise Walker Elected to Pacific Coast Bankers’ Bancshares and PCBB Board of Directors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — December 5, 2018 — Pacific Coast Bankers’ Bancshares, parent company of PCBB, announced today that Louise Walker, President and CEO of First Northern Community Bancorp (Dixon, California), was elected to serve on its board of directors.
“Louise has been an influential leader in the banking industry for many years, and we look forward to her experienced leadership and solid expertise to help bring PCBB to the next level,” said Ken Cosgrove, Chairman of the Board.
Steve Brown, President and CEO further noted, “Louise not only brings over 30 years of impressive banking experience, but she also provides insight from her vast community engagement to help us continue our progress in enhancing the customer experience with newer digital elements. We could not be more pleased Louise will be joining the board.”
Louise began her banking career at First Northern in 1979, and has held several executive management positions with the bank, including 14 years as Senior Executive Vice President and CFO. In 2011, she assumed the role of President and CEO of First Northern Community Bancorp and its subsidiary, First Northern Bank, with assets over $1 billion.
Louise is currently serving a three-year term on the American Bankers Association (ABA) board of directors as well as a board member of the Western Bankers Association (formerly CBA), in which she also served as Past Chair. In addition, she is serving a two-year term on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Advisory Committee on Community Banking. She also currently serves as Chair of the Solano Economic Development Corporation, and is a board member of Valley Vision, board member of the Roseville Community Development Corporation, Lambda Alpha, Sacramento Chapter, as well as the Yolo Food Bank. Louise holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College of California.
“I look forward to adding my insights and customer viewpoint to the board of directors in my new leadership role,” Louise Walker said. “I plan to leverage my already active involvement in the banking industry to provide additional strategic direction in alignment with the company’s mission to serve and support its community bank customers and shareholders.”
Current Board Members
- Ken Cosgrove, Chairman, Independent Director
- J. Mike McGowan, Vice Chairman, Board Member, Premier Valley Bank
- Steve Brown, President & CEO, Pacific Coast Bankers&rsqup; Bancshares and PCBB
- Jack Briner, President & CEO, California International Bank, N.A.
- Curt Hecker, Independent Director
- John Gaynor, Independent Director
- Tamara Gurney, President & CEO, Mission Valley Bank
- Minor Hinson, Independent Director
- J. Stephen Huntley, Independent Director
Established in Solano County in 1910, First Northern Bank has stood the test of time — only eight California banks founded earlier than First Northern are still in business today. In June 2015, First Northern topped the $1.0 billion mark in assets. First Northern is a regional community bank that fuels the community through lending, investments and volunteerism. The Bank has 10 branches strategically positioned along the I-80 corridor from Fairfield in Solano County to Auburn in Placer County. The Bank specializes in relationship banking, with experts available in small-business, commercial, real estate, agribusiness and mortgage lending. The Bank is a SBA Preferred Lender, has non-FDIC insured Investment and Brokerage Services, a mortgage loan office in Sonoma, and a commercial loan production office in Walnut Creek.
Founded by community bankers in 1997, PCBB was created with the sole purpose of helping community financial institutions become stronger. Our mission is to provide fellow bankers with high-quality, competitively-priced solutions and personalized service without competing against them. PCBB provides a comprehensive set of products and services including: correspondent and international services, lending services, hedging solutions, risk management advisory services (such as asset liability management, credit and liquidity stress testing, loan reserve analysis including ALLL/CECL), and customer profitability.