SALEM, Ore., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) inducted Ann Marie Mehlum, U.S Small Business Administration associate administrator, into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame during its 110th Anniversary Convention held in Sunriver, Oregon in July. 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, "The Oregon Bankers Association is honored to welcome Ann Marie into the Hall of Fame. She is an instrumental part of OBA's legacy and is highly respected by her peers." Navarro added, "Ann Marie is truly one in a million. I couldn't think of a more deserving individual for this recognition."
Mehlum was nominated by the bank that she helped found, Summit Bank in Eugene. In the bank's nomination packet, Craig Wanichek, the bank's current president and CEO, stated, "Ann Marie has been such an important role model for young bankers. Many who have entered and remained in our business did so because they saw a leader – Ann Marie – doing things the right way, providing great service to clients and having fun along the way."
Mehlum is the daughter of Johan Mehlum, also a member of the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame. She has a bachelor's degree in economics and Norwegian from Pacific Lutheran University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and she also received her MBA from University of California - Berkley. During her studies, she served as a Fullbright-Hayes research fellow in Norway.
After working at Wells Fargo and Manufacturers Bank in California, Mehlum came back to Oregon and worked at Siuslaw Bank as chief credit officer. In 2004, she was selected by the founding board of Summit Bank to serve as the bank's CEO. Many of those board members were also behind her nomination and credit her for all she did to found, build and grow Summit Bank.
Mehlum has contributed to the banking industry in many ways, including serving as OBA chair in 2011-2012 and on the boards of the Independent Community Banks of Oregon and on OBA's subsidiary company, Synergy by Association. In 2012, Mehlum was selected to serve on the inaugural community bank advisory board of the FDIC, one of only 15 bankers nationwide. She also served on the Administrative Committee of the American Bankers Association's Community Bankers Council. Mehlum was selected in 2013 to become the Associate Administrator of Capital Access at the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C., a position she holds today.
Mehlum's contributions extend well beyond her industry activity. Her volunteer activities have included:
- The Eugene Chamber's Executive Committee
- The University of Oregon Foundation Advisory Committee for the Domestic Violence Clinic
- The Western Rivers Girl Scout Council
- Board President of the United Way of Lane County
- Ophelia's Place
- Oregon's Festival of American Music
- Sacred Heart Medical Foundation
- City Club of Eugene
- Eugene Rotary Club
- Cascade West Financial Services
In Mehlum's nomination packet, Priscilla Gould, retired executive director of the United Way of Lane County, stated, "Ann Marie is a standout in any setting because of her integrity, her passion, her willingness to roll up her sleeves to get the job done, her inquisitive nature, her refreshingly direct style and – on top of all – her humility."
Since its creation in 1987, the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame has inducted 75 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.
SOURCE Oregon Bankers Association