California Bankers, Western Independent Bankers Merge

The California Bankers Association and Western Independent Bankers on Jan. 1 finalized a merger. WIB merged into CBA, which changed its name to the Western Bankers Association. The Sacramento-based WBA is retaining both corporate identities for different purposes: CBA will focus on policy advocacy in California and at the federal level, and WIB will provide professional development programs for bankers across 13 Western states and territories.

“Together we are a stronger association, and this merger enables us to be a more efficient and effective resource for our member banks,” said WBA President and CEO Simone Lagomarsino. “The new association continues the legacy of providing bankers throughout California with exceptional advocacy resources at the state and federal legislative and regulatory levels, while expanding conference offerings and educational opportunities to banking professionals throughout 13 western states and U.S. territories.”