Oregon Bankers Association Inducts Ron May and Patti Moss into Hall of Fame

Jul 31, 2012, 12:57 ET from Oregon Bankers Association

SALEM, Ore., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) inducted Ron May, director of Capital Pacific Bank, and Patti Moss, vice chair and former president and chief executive officer of Bank of the Cascades, into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame during its Annual Convention held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho recently.  The Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed peer-to-peer on Oregon bankers and recognizes the outstanding contributions these individuals have made to the Oregon banking industry and the communities they serve.

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Ron May served in the U.S. Army as a captain before beginning his banking career in 1970 with First National Bank of Oregon.  At First National Bank of Oregon, and then later at First Interstate Bank, he held many positions over 26 years. After May left First Interstate Bank, where he served as senior vice president for consumer loan services, he spent a few years in Stockton, California where he served as executive vice president of consumer banking for Union Safe Deposit Bank.  He then returned to Oregon to work briefly as chief executive officer of Pinnacle Bank of Beaverton before retiring.  May now lends his expertise to Capital Pacific Bank in Portland as a member of the board of directors.

The Oregon Bankers Association has benefited greatly from May's past involvement as a member of the OBA board of directors.  May also has an outstanding record of community service which ranges from leadership roles in Chambers of Commerce and community development corporations, to roles on various university boards.

George Passadore, retired Oregon president for Wells Fargo and member of the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame, recommended May for this award.  He stated, "Ron is a man of true integrity who played a critical role in helping shape our company's future - and at the same time our community's future."  Passadore added, "He...was my most trusted and reliable advisor.  I could always depend on his counsel to be candid, logical and insightful." 

Patti Moss started her career at U.S. Bank in 1977 but left shortly after to take part in building a new Oregon financial institution, Bank of the Cascades, headquartered in Bend.  Beginning as a teller in 1977, Moss worked her way up to become chief executive officer of the bank.  Moss's outstanding career has covered nearly all aspects of banking, and she has received repeated national recognition for her leadership.  Moss has been named three times as one of the top banking CEOs in the nation by U.S. Banker Magazine and was honored as one of the top 25 "Most Powerful Women in Banking" for five consecutive years.

Moss recently retired as chief executive officer of Bank of the Cascades, and she now serves as vice chair of the bank's board of directors.  Moss is widely recognized by the people that have worked with her as a role model and one who leads by example.   She is also known for her great pride in the banking industry.  She frequently comments how very proud she is to be a banker and have the opportunity to serve the financial needs of the bank's customers and community.

Her commitment to community is evidenced by her service as either a board member or chair of many organizations over the years, including:

  • St. Charles Medical Center
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Greater Bend Rotary
  • Oregon Regional Advisory Board for Higher Education; and
  • Oregon State University Advisory Board.

Moss's service to the industry is notable.  She served on the OBA board of directors from 1996 to 2002 and was recently named by Governor Kitzhaber to the Oregon Growth Board and elected as the board's co-chair.  She has been a strong voice in the Oregon banking industry's advocacy efforts and is recognized by her peers for working collaboratively on issues and initiatives to promote Oregon banking and its role in serving shareholders, customers, communities and employees. 

According to Bill Humphreys, president and chief executive officer of Citizens Bank in Corvallis, Moss "seems to have a unique ability to communicate her vision, and cause good people to follow her."  He added, "The most important thing that I learned from Patti was that with a clear vision, a healthy corporate culture, and a strong commitment to high ethical standards, an organization has the best opportunity to sustain high performance over the longer period."

Since its creation in 1987, the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame has inducted 72 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