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Mark Grescovich, CEO of Banner Corporation, a Keynote Speaker at American Banker's 18th Annual Best Practices in Retail Financial Services Symposium

WALLA WALLA, Wash., March 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Banner Corporation (Nasdaq:BANR), the parent company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, today announced that Mark J. Grescovich, President and CEO, is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the American Banker's 18th Annual Best Practices in Retail Financial Services Symposium. Grescovich will present on the topic, "Building Franchise Value During a Strategic Turnaround" on March 14, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

The American Banker's symposium is scheduled for March 13-15, at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA.

About Banner Corporation

Banner Corporation is a $4.27 billion bank holding company operating two commercial banks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Banner serves the Pacific Northwest region with a full range of deposit services and business, commercial real estate, construction, residential, agricultural and consumer loans. Visit Banner Bank on the Web at www.bannerbank.com.

CONTACT: MARK J. GRESCOVICH, PRESIDENT & CEO LLOYD W. BAKER, CFO (509) 527-3636Source:Banner Corporation