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Stewart Named One of “25 Women to Watch” by American Banker Magazine

SEATTLE, Oct. 08, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Laurie Stewart, President and CEO of Sound Community Bank, has been named one of 2015’s “25 Women to Watch” nationally by American Banker Magazine.

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The “25 Women to Watch” is a ranking that honors top-performing female executives whose governance continues to shape the banking industry throughout the country. According to American Banker Editor Bonnie McGeer, Stewart “is being recognized as one of American Banker’s 25 Women to Watch because of her strong performance in her job and the influence she wields inside and outside of her company.” McGeer adds, “Stewart is impressive for what she has already accomplished, and we are eager to see what else she’ll do in the future.”

Stewart recently celebrated 25 years with the organization. Stewart was hired in 1989 as President and CEO of Associated Grocers Federal Employee Credit Union (AGFECU). In the ensuing 25 years, the Credit Union converted to a thrift and is now a fully public company traded on the NASDAQ. Stewart oversaw the growth of the organization from $38 million dollars to nearly $502 million dollars in the span of 25 years. She has a long history in community banking and participation in industry affairs. Recognized by American Banker as one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2011, she served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Washington Bankers Association (WBA) and is currently Chair for the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Stewart is the Chair of the American Bankers’ Association Governmental Affairs Committee, a flagship national banking committee. Stewart is a frequent speaker at conferences and colleges locally and nationally, and has testified in both Washington DC and Olympia, Washington on a variety of legislative and regulatory financial issues. She helped create the WBA’s Executive Development Program which is now in its fourth year of existence. Stewart is one of 14 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural FDIC Advisory Board and subsequently the CFPB Advisory Board.

Sound Community Bank is a Seattle-based community bank, providing personal and business banking services in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, and on the web at www.soundcb.com. Sound Community Bank is a subsidiary of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFBC).

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Source:Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc.