SEATTLE, Feb. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Laurie Stewart, President and CEO of Sound Community Bank, was bestowed an Executive Excellence award by Seattle Business Magazine at a ceremony held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, WA, on January 31, 2019.
“This award is tremendously meaningful,” said Stewart. “It’s humbling to be recognized by prestigious Seattle Business Magazine. This award is a real testament to the fantastic team of employees at Sound Community Bank. They deserve the recognition – recognition of our financial success, dramatic growth, sustainability, philanthropy, community support, and our culture. I am privileged to lead this group and truly honored to be recognized among thirteen other Pacific Northwest executives.”
Each year Seattle Business Magazine names a slate of executives who demonstrate outstanding leadership in guiding their companies to success. This year, the judging panel received nearly 100 applications, a record-breaking year for entries. Nominations included Washington State’s most respected leaders and executives.
Stewart recently celebrated 29 years with Sound Community Bank. In these years, Stewart led the conversion of the organization from a $38 million credit union to a $720+ million publicly traded commercial bank. She has a long history in community banking and participation in industry affairs. Stewart serves as Chair Elect of the American Bankers Association and was recently named Community Banker of the Year and one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2011, 2015, 2017 and once again in 2018 by American Banker. She served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Washington Bankers Association (WBA) and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Arthritis Foundation. Stewart is a frequent speaker at conferences and colleges locally and nationally, and has testified in both Washington DC and Olympia, Washington on a variety of legislative and regulatory financial issues. She helped create the WBA’s Executive Development Program. Stewart is one of 14 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural FDIC Advisory Board and subsequently the CFPB Advisory Board.
Sound Community Bank is a full-service bank, providing personal and business banking services in communities across the greater Puget Sound region. The Seattle-based company operates banking offices in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Jefferson and Clallam Counties and on the web at www.soundcb.com. Sound Community Bank is a subsidiary of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFBC).
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