Oregon Bankers Association Inducts Randy Proctor and Lark Wysham into Hall of Fame

Jul 13, 2011, 14:31 ET from Oregon Bankers Association

SALEM, Ore., July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) inducted former Clackamas County Bank President Randy Proctor and Citizen Bank's Lark Wysham into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame during its recent 106th Anniversary Convention held in Gleneden Beach, OR. This honor recognizes the outstanding contributions these individuals have made to the Oregon banking industry and the communities they serve.

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Proctor, who died in 2006, was among four generations of Proctor family members to own and operate Clackamas County Bank. He became president of Clackamas County Bank in 1988 and served until his death in 2006. Born in 1951, Proctor graduated from Sandy High school in 1969 and later attended Mt. Hood Community College. Proctor served in the Army in 1971 and 1972. After that, he started working at the bank and graduated from Northwest Intermediate Banking School in 1978.

In the bank's nomination of Proctor, they said, "As President, Randy's conservative approach was instrumental in helping lead CCB through many economic challenges. His legacy continues to drive the current management style, which is to keep the bank stable and strong." OBA is grateful to Proctor for the many contributions he made to the industry. Proctor was a strong advocate for continuing education and giving bankers at all levels an opportunity to develop their knowledge. He chaired the OBA's education arm for four years and also served as a member of the board of directors of OBA's insurance agency.

Evidence of Proctor's deep commitment to his community are the many ways he personally contributed to his own community, including:

  • Serving nine years – four as president – on the Sandy Library board of directors, where he continued to promote opportunities for everyone in the community to have a chance to learn.
  • Serving 20 years on the board of Mt. Hood hospice – including a stint as chairman of the board.
  • Participating in the Sandy Optimist Club, where he willingly volunteered to work in their Christmas Tree Lot for many years – rain or shine. He and his daughter Sara Proctor also volunteered together to wash dishes each year at the annual Optimist Spaghetti Feed.

"Proctor was a solid banker, an advocate for lifelong education, and a dedicated contributor to his industry and the community he served," said Linda Navarro, president and CEO of the OBA. "But one of the most special things about Randy was that he didn't just "do" these things. He truly "lived" what he believed and was as authentic as they come."

Lark Wysham began her banking career in the early 1970s working for Wells Fargo Bank. In the late 1970s she moved to Oregon, working first for Citizens Bank of Madras, which was later Juniper Banking Company and then became Columbia River Bank. Wysham worked her way up through the ranks from teller through positions in lending, operations and management. She now serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Citizens Bank in Corvallis, a position she has held for the past 14 years.

Some of Wysham's accomplishments include:

  • Serving on the OBA board and chairing the association from 2008-2009.
  • Serving for several years on the board of OBA Services, which later became BancSource, OBA's wholly-owned subsidiary.
  • Representing community banks across the country on the American Bankers Association Accounting Committee and the FASB Small Business Advisory Board.
  • Testifying on countless occasions in Salem on banking issues, and traveling to Washington, DC many times with Oregon bankers to meet with members of Congress and regulators.
  • Being actively engaged in community organizations, including chairing the Corvallis area Boys and Girls Club and being very involved in the Benton County Foundation, Rotary and various healthcare initiatives for women and children.

Wysham was nominated for this award by Jon Johnson of First Federal of McMinnville, but many Oregon bankers also lent their support. For example, Bill Humphreys, president and CEO of Citizens Bank, who has worked side-by-side with Wysham for 25 years, said, "From the first day on the job, I found Lark to be a skilled banker and natural leader. She's demonstrated the difference between management and leadership, and her personal style is to lead by example. She has always been a well informed, balanced thinker, but it was her strong intuition, fair-mindedness, and common sense way of decision-making that won her the greatest number of followers."

Since its creation in 1987, the OBA's Hall of Fame has inducted 70 Oregon Bankers 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