Alumnus Jeff Ball '89, chairman of the California Bankers Association (CBA), was recently featured in the association's magazine, California Banker.
"The current environment presents many challenges for banks of all sizes and we can best address these challenges as a unified industry," said Ball regarding his role as chair of the CBA. "The California Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes and the diversification of our volunteer leaderships team puts us in a unique position to improve the status of our overall industry. That is my priority for the coming year... Together we can achieve more and play a key factor in improving the economic environment for all segments of our state."
Ball, is the founder of Friendly Hills Bank in Whittier, CA and currently serves as president, chief executive officer and a director of the bank. Ball has more than 25 years of banking experience, having spent the majority of his career in both commercial and investment banking for Bank of America. He began his career as a management trainee at Southern California Bank which was a local community bank based in Downey, California.
Ball has been active in a number of community and civic organizations with board experiences that include the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Business Council, Junior Achievement and the Whittier Host Lions Club. He serves by appointment as a commissioner for the Legal Services Trust Fund of the State Bar of California and the Bond Oversight Committee for the Whittier Union High School District. In addition to his role as treasurer of the California Bankers Association, he is also chairman of CBA’s Federal Government Relations Committee.