SALEM, Ore., July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) inducted Rick A. Roby, president and CEO, Premier Community Bank, into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame during its 111th Anniversary Convention held last week in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Induction into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed peer-to-peer on members of the Oregon banking community. It recognizes the outstanding contributions inductees have made to the Oregon banking industry and the communities they serve.
Linda Navarro, president and CEO of the OBA, stated, "I can personally attest that Rick has excelled in his service and contributions to the Oregon Bankers Association, the Independent Community Banks of Oregon (ICBO) and to his community." Navarro added, "Rick is always willing to step up when asked, and more importantly, he absolutely gets what OBA is about and what banks and bankers need to do to be successful advocates. The OBA is honored to welcome Rick Roby into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame."
Roby was nominated by the bank that he helped found, Premier Community Bank in Hillsboro. In the bank's nomination packet, Fred Johnson, executive vice president and chief credit officer, stated, "Mr. Roby's contributions to the industry, the bank and its employees, and the communities the bank serves are significant." He added, "While their signatures are not attached, we submit this nomination of Rick knowing that every employee of the bank and many local community leaders would proudly add their signature if given the opportunity."
Roby began his banking career more than 40 years ago, advancing from teller to positions ranging from loan officer to investment officer to chief financial officer. He has served as president and CEO of Premier Community Bank, formerly known as Columbia Community Bank, since 1998. The bank formally opened its doors in early 1999. He came to Oregon from Ohio, where he served as president and CEO of The Sherwood State Bank, an organization Roby was part of for 18 years.
Upon arriving in Oregon, Roby immediately engaged his community and, as a result, is lauded by several community members for what he has done, including helping start the Washington County Business Council, supporting Washington County Community Action, and serving for years as a director and chair of the Care Partners Hospice and Palliative Care organization.
Deanna Palm, the president of the Hillsboro Chamber, wrote a letter in the nomination packet acknowledging Roby's leadership on their board, including his chairmanship of the Chamber in 2005. Palm stated, "Rick's leadership in implementing the vision for Premier Community Bank and the impact this institution has had on the Hillsboro community cannot be overstated. The staff of Premier Community Bank takes to heart the "community" part of their name." She added, "This level of commitment and care starts with a leader who inspires them to impact change. Rick is such a leader."
Roby has contributed to the banking industry in many ways, including serving on the OBA board from 2001-2009 and again from 2011 to present. He also served on the board of the ICBO from 2005-2011, and served as ICBO chair in 2008-2009. Roby also currently serves on the board of OBA's wholly-owned subsidiary, Synergy by Association, a position he has held since 2007.
Since its creation in 1987, the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame has inducted 76 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Oregon banking community and communities where they live and work.
About the Oregon Bankers Association
Established in 1905, the Oregon Bankers Association is Oregon's only full-service trade association representing state and national commercial banks, thrifts and savings banks chartered to do business in Oregon. More information is available at www.oregonbankers.com.
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SOURCE Oregon Bankers Association