CHEYENNE BANKER APPOINTED TO
AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION POST
Cheyenne, WY– The American Bankers Association has selected Tom Bass, President, Wyoming Bank & Trust, to serve on the advisory board of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the industry’s preeminent graduate school.
The ABA Stonier Advisory Board is made up of 9 dedicated industry leaders from across the nation. Working closely with the curriculum director, ABA leadership, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the board helps shape the strategic direction of the school. Advisory board members may also serve as capstone advisors and are very active on campus.
“Tom’s remarkable expertise and leadership will help steer the direction of Stonier as it fosters the next generation of banking leaders,” said Jim Edrington, executive vice president of ABA’s Professional Development Group. “He is a welcome addition to the advisory board with valuable insight on the management and stewardship skills needed to successfully navigate the changing landscape of the financial marketplace.”
The banking industry’s first-ever graduate school, the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking trains the future leaders of the industry; most students hold the titles of vice president or senior vice president. Twenty percent are executive vice presidents, chairmen, or CEO’s. In addition, many represent federal regulatory agencies or firms serving the industry. All participants are considered rising stars in their organizations and represent more than 45 states and 18 foreign countries. For 80 years, Stonier has trained more than 25,000 of the nation’s top banking executives and government regulators, many of whom have reached the pinnacle of their organizations.
Mr. Bass is very active in the Cheyenne community and was awarded the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Chamber Spirit award for his involvement and commitment to his town. Tom is especially proud of being on the Honor Flight Wyoming board of directors which helps Wyoming WWII veterans visit the Washington D.C. Memorial. In 2012, Wyoming Bank & Trust was chosen as the national top honoree in the National Community Bank Service Awards for the bank’s outstanding leadership in its participation in the “Honor Flight Wyoming” program. As the Grand National award recipient, Wyoming Bank & Trust was recognized for its participation in the “Honor Flight Wyoming” program, which was launched in 2008. The organization has had six flights from Wyoming and raised more than $626,000 from private donors, which has resulted in flying 679 World War II veterans and 358 Guardians and staff to Washington, D.C. Tom Bass served a vice president of the Honor Flight Wyoming organization and one of its founding board members. Tom also serves on the board for the Laramie County Library Foundation and is the past Treasurer and Development Committee Chairman. Tom is also a past President of Cheyenne YMCA board of directors, as well as the Kiwanis Foundation, and is a graduate of Leadership Cheyenne. “I am honored to help advance Stonier’s tradition of preparing leaders to shape the future of our industry and the communities they serve,” said Mr. Bass.
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ABOUT WYOMING BANK & TRUST
Wyoming Bank and Trust’s mission is to provide outstanding personalized banking services to our customers in Wyoming and on the Internet. We believe that our strength lies in the principle that “what is good for the customer, is ultimately best for the Bank.” Wyoming Bank & Trust has been providing home-town, personal service to its customers since 1919. We are a closely-held, locally owned Bank and don’t have to get approval from anyone but ourselves (within State and Federal regulations, of course). Our “One On One” personalized service is not a result of expensive corporate training or sensitivity training, just good ol’ western hospitality. Our people make the difference.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $15 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $11 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans.