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WBA Member Spotlight: Dave Joves, Chairman


Dave Joves is the 2020-2021 Chairman of the Western Bankers Association Board of Directors. His term ended on May 31, 2021, and he will continue to serve as our Immediate Past Chairman for the 2021-2022 term. We thank Dave for his service as Chairman this past year and we are pleased to feature him as our first Member Spotlight in our Engage Community Forum.

What motivated you to accept the nomination to become chairman of the WBA?

It’s an honor and very humbling to be able to represent the association as its chair. It was hard to say no.

Looking back on the past year, what was the highlight and what was the biggest challenge you experienced as chairman of the association?

2020 will forever be defined as the year of COVID-19 and it represents both the biggest challenge and highlight of the year. The association played a critical role in supporting its members by coordinating meetings with the SBA through the PPP rollout and with the regulatory agencies to create a dialog for the best ways to respond and assist the membership’s customers. I was proud of our membership’s response in providing economic support to its communities.

What did you learn about WBA that you didn’t know before?

The depth and breadth of knowledge of the association’s staff. We have an extremely talented and dedicated team.

What benefits do you think bankers might receive if they became more engaged in WBA?

They would realize how valuable the association’s advocacy efforts are in preserving their banks franchise value from adverse regulation and the importance of having banker representation in Sacramento and Washington. Additionally, the value of the relationships you form with other bankers and the benefit of being able to solve problems through advice from your network.

What’s something about the Bank of Guam that most people might not know?

The Bank of Guam operations span eighteen time zones.

What advice would you give to future chairmen?

Take full advantage of the brain power around the table. People are more than willing to help, you just have to ask.