WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- East Bay community banking veteran Gerriann Smith has joined the Scott Valley Bank (SVB) Board of Directors, SVB President and CEO Craig Van Selow announced this week. Smith brings with her a wealth of commercial and community banking knowledge, as well as a keen understanding of the Bay Area market.
Prior to her retirement in July of 2016, Smith’s career included leadership roles at several influential community banks in the East Bay. While successfully retired, “Gerriann has too much talent and experience to leave on the sidelines,” said Van Selow. While she acknowledged it initially took some convincing to bring her partially out of retirement, Smith is happy she said yes to the opportunity.
“I had the privilege of working for Craig at Mt. Diablo National Bank, and we kept in touch after we both moved on to other positions,” she said. “After 20 years in business community banking, I consider it an enormous privilege to be asked to serve on the Scott Valley Bank Board. I think my banking expertise will be a positive addition as Scott Valley Bank grows.”
In addition to her new role on the Scott Valley Bank Board of Directors, Smith also sits on two East Bay nonprofit boards: The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, and RES Success in Martinez. In addition, she serves on two committees for Youth Homes, the oldest foster child agency in the East Bay area.
“Without exaggeration, I can say that Gerriann Smith has been the definitive community banker in the East Bay for a long time. The opportunity to add her experience and perspective to our board is very exciting,” Van Selow said. “Our board is strong, and under its guidance we will continue to accelerate our recent trends of business growth and expansion while maintaining our 159-year legacy of bringing handcrafted banking to the communities we serve.”
Founded in 1858, Scott Valley Bank is California’s oldest independent community bank, with 12 locations from the Bay Area to Portland, Ore. The bank remains an independently-owned institution as a subsidiary of the Learner Financial Corporation, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif. For more information, visit www.scottvalleybank.com.
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