Fresno First Bank Executive Selected to Speak at International Leadership Conference

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A bank executive at a small regional bank located in Fresno, Calif. has been selected as a speaker for the 16th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference. Rick Whitsell, Fresno First Bank CEO, will join other top executives as a panelist to speak in front of a global audience of more than 1,200 attendees.

We’ve restructured the company to give everyone a voice and close the gap between managers and employees. Our tellers know as much about the finances and inner-workings of the company as I do.

Rick Whitsell, Fresno First Bank CEO, has been selected as a speaker at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference. Whitsell will join other top executives as a panelist for a global audience of more than 1,200 attendees.

Under Whitsell’s leadership, the community bank has grown into the leading SBA loan lender in the region. Fresno First Bank has fostered a reputation for superior customer service and trust within the community by creating a culture that stands apart from traditional banking institutions.

Rick Whitsell, CEO and President of Fresno First Bank, believes that creating a meaningful culture for the employees will translate into strategic business results and profits.

“We’ve restructured the company to give everyone a voice and close the gap between managers and employees,” said Whitsell. “Our tellers know as much about the finances and inner-workings of the company as I do.”

Whitsell will deliver a presentation titled "Banking on Values: How Ownership Builds Trust in the Financial Industry". The presentation will be a part of a larger session where other top executives explore the role of the CEO in creating positive cultures and communicating values to drive strategic results.

The 16th Annual ILA Global Conference runs Thursday October 30 – Sunday November 2 at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. The ILA Conference is a global network for those who practice, study and teach leadership, and offers workshops and panels on how businesses, organizations and individuals can strengthen and develop leadership skills. For more information and to register, visit http://www.ila-net.org.

About Fresno First Bank
Founded in December 2005, Fresno First Bank is headquartered in Fresno. Additional information is available at http://www.FresnoFirstBank.com

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