April 17 – Golden Valley Bank, headquartered in Chico, Calif., has announced that their president and CEO, Mark Francis, was awarded Community Banker of the Year by Western Independent Banker (WIB). WIB is a trade association that informs, educates and connects community banks to achieve the highest standards of personal and organizational performance. They represent 13 western states in the U.S.: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and U.S. territories.
Mark Francis has been an instrumental community member for many years. Highlights of his service include: Chico City Council member (’90-‘94); Board member for the Chico Chamber of Commerce for 10 years and served as Chairman in 2016; in 2018 will serve as Secretary for Chico Noon Rotary, which he has been a member and board member of since 1994. He was recently honored as the Chico Chamber of Commerce Business Advocate of the Year (2016) and inducted into the Chico Public Education Hall of Fame. He has over 30 years experience in banking and started Golden Valley Bank 11 years ago with over 400 local Founders and Advisors.
Golden Valley Bank Chairman, Don Hubbard has this to say about Mark, “Mark’s leadership in developing an exceptional team of bankers dedicated to providing ‘Absolutely Outstanding Customer Service’ has resulted in remarkable performance despite many economic challenges over the decade we have been in business. Most importantly, Mark has led a strategic effort to attract, develop and retain the next generation of bankers to help us reach our objectives for the next five and ten year periods.”
A short presentation will take place at Golden Valley Bank’s Annual Shareholder Meeting, this Thursday, April 13th at 6:00pm at Sierra Nevada Big Room (1075 E. 20th St.). Congressman Doug LaMalfa, will be presenting a recognition to Mark for becoming WIB’s Community Banker of the Year. Media is invited to attend the presentation.
Golden Valley Bank is a locally owned and operated commercial bank serving the needs of individuals and businesses in northern California. The Bank has a full service office in Chico, California and a Loan Production Office in Redding, California. For more information regarding the Bank please call 530-894-1000 or visit www.goldenvalley.bank.