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Lynne Herndon - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Lynne Herndon – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lynne Herndon – Phoenix city president, BBVA Compass Bank

Herndon, who has worked in the banking industry for roughly 25 years, oversees the business lending activities in Phoenix for commercial lending and commercial real estate lending, including treasury management and deposits. Total loans outstanding under management are $950 million. Herndon also serves as the 2012-2013 chairman of the board of directors for the Arizona Bankers Association (AzBA). She earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Alabama.

Surprising fact: “I love rock ’n’ roll music and I go to about 20 concerts a year.”

Biggest challenge: “Keeping the sales team motivated during the 2008 downturn was challenging. Frequent communication as well as positive feedback for good work was critical.”

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Enterprise’s Barry joins AzBA board

The Arizona Bankers Association today announced Jack Barry, chairman of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Arizona region, was recently elected to the association’s board of directors.

“Jack is well-respected for his leadership at Enterprise as well as for his long-standing commitment to the Phoenix community,” said Lynne Herndon, AzBA board chairman. “We are delighted to welcome him to the board as we continue to expand the scope and reach of AzBA, the voice of Arizona’s banking industry for more than 100 years.”

Barry joined Enterprise in 2008 as President of the Bank’s Arizona Region. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Market Leader for the former M&I Bank in Phoenix, where he was responsible for all commercial banking operations in the Phoenix area. He has also held senior management positions at the former Southwest Bank in Arizona and Mark Twain Bancshares in St. Louis, Missouri.

Barry earned a BS from the University of Missouri and holds a Certificate of Accountancy from the State of Missouri. He is past President of the Arizona Chapter of the RMA, is a former director of the Arizona Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, is on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix and is vice president of Phoenix Country Club.

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Enterprise's Barry joins AzBA board

The Arizona Bankers Association today announced Jack Barry, chairman of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Arizona region, was recently elected to the association’s board of directors.

“Jack is well-respected for his leadership at Enterprise as well as for his long-standing commitment to the Phoenix community,” said Lynne Herndon, AzBA board chairman. “We are delighted to welcome him to the board as we continue to expand the scope and reach of AzBA, the voice of Arizona’s banking industry for more than 100 years.”

Barry joined Enterprise in 2008 as President of the Bank’s Arizona Region. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Market Leader for the former M&I Bank in Phoenix, where he was responsible for all commercial banking operations in the Phoenix area. He has also held senior management positions at the former Southwest Bank in Arizona and Mark Twain Bancshares in St. Louis, Missouri.

Barry earned a BS from the University of Missouri and holds a Certificate of Accountancy from the State of Missouri. He is past President of the Arizona Chapter of the RMA, is a former director of the Arizona Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, is on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix and is vice president of Phoenix Country Club.

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Q&A with Lynne Herndon

Lynne Herndon, city president for BBVA Compass, will serve as the 2012-2013 chairman of the board of directors for the Arizona Bankers Association (AzBA).  Herndon succeeds James Lundy, president and CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona, as chairman of the association.

“I am excited to step into the chairman role and work with the other board and association members,” said Herndon.  “These last few years have required steadfast legislative attention and advocacy at all levels.  We have also had to respond to heightened regulatory attention and pressures.  Acting with a single voice has made a larger impact.  I look forward to continuing to strengthen the unified voice of the bankers within the state.”
Herndon sat down with Az Business magazine for a far-reaching Q&A.

AB: Why did you choose banking as a career?
Lynne Herndon: I chose banking because it allowed me to utilize both my interpersonal and analytical skills. I enjoy meeting with customers and I enjoy analyzing a business situation and offering a solution. Bankers help companies accomplish their goals of growth and expansion.  It’s a perfect fit.

AB: Tell us one thing about you that would surprise most people?
LH: My two favorite things are college football, namely Alabama football, and rock ’n’ roll music.  My husband and I go to at least 20 concerts a year, both in and out of state.

AB: What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the banking industry since you started?
LH: Regulation.  Banks are held to a much higher standard in areas of underwriting, appraisals, and compliance. Our required level of due diligence is therefore deeper.

AB: What has been your biggest challenge in the banking industry?
LH: Winning business in a highly competitive market. Arizona has many, many banks. And many banks are chasing the same deals.

AB: What has been your greatest accomplishment in banking?
LH: Lending when times are good is easy. Lending when economic times are tough is hard. I’m proud of the fact that BBVA Compass was able to lend money during 2009 and 2010, two very difficult years.

AB: The Valley is home to many female banking leaders. Why have so many more women risen to the top of the industry here in Arizona compared with other parts of the country?
LH: There are more women in banking today because more women are seeking and aspiring to senior management positions in this industry. In particular, more women are pursuing positions in commercial banking.

AB: What do you hope to accomplish as chairwoman of the Arizona Bankers Association?
LH: Our marquee issue is amending Arizona’s anti-deficiency statute.

AB: The banking industry has been beaten up a bit over the last few years thanks in part to Wall Street, what does the industry need to do to begin to mend its public perception?
LH: Bankers need to proactively speak to clients about what we are doing.  We are in business to make loans and we are looking for ways to loan money to individuals and businesses.  Our workforce is also very active in our communities giving both time and treasure.  We need to tell our story.

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BBVA Compass’ Herndon Will Chair Arizona Bankers Association

The Arizona Bankers Association (AzBA) announced  that Lynne B. Herndon, city president for BBVA Compass, will serve as the 2012-2013 chairman of the board of directors for the association.  Herndon succeeds James Lundy, president and CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona, as chairman of the association.

“I am excited to step into the chairman role and work with the other board and association members,” said Herndon.  “These last few years have required steadfast legislative attention and advocacy at all levels.  We have also had to respond to heightened regulatory attention and pressures.  Acting with a single voice has made a larger impact.  I look forward to continuing to strengthen the unified voice of the bankers within the state.”

Herndon has worked in banking for roughly 24 years.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Alabama as well as obtained the certified public accountant designation.  Herndon has served as an active member of the AzBA board since 2008.  She has served in the capacity of chair-elect for the association for the past two years.

In addition to Herndon’s election to chairman, the AzBA announced the election of its 2012-2013 board of directors during its recent 109th Annual Convention & Meeting.  The new board consists of the following officers who provide leadership to the association and the members of its staff.
· Chair:  Lynne B. Herndon, City President, BBVA Compass
· Chair-Elect:  Mike Thorell, President, Pinnacle Bank
· Vice-Chairman:  Benito Almanza, Arizona President, Bank of America
· Immediate Past Chairman:  James Lundy, CEO, Alliance Bank of Arizona

· Toby Day, Arizona President, Arizona Business Bank
· Gail Grace, President & CEO, Sunrise Bank of Arizona
· Steve Johnson, President, BMO Harris Bank
· Chuck Luhtala, President, Canyon Community Bank
· Brian Riley, CEO, Mohave State Bank
· Joe Stewart, Chairman & CEO Arizona, JP Morgan Chase N.A.
· Gerrit van Huisstede, Regional President, Well Fargo Bank N.A.
· Candace Wiest, President & CEO, West Valley National Bank

“I am pleased and honored to have these distinguished banking professionals serve and guide our association in the coming year,” said Paul Hickman, president and CEO of the AzBA.  “I look forward to a successful and productive year with Lynne and the newly-elected board.”

Business Lending - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Now Is The Right Time For Business Lending, Financial Banking

Now is the Right Time for Business Lending, Financial Banking

Now might be the right time for businesses looking for financial backing to reach out to banks to help with plans for expansion and growth.

“When small businesses are given the tools to grow, that means growth for the economy,” says Craig P. Doyle, Arizona regional president of Comerica Bank. “We have the ability to provide capital to those businesses that can grow.”

The status of business lending in Arizona has been in question during a tough economy, but the reaction from Arizona banking representatives has been similar across the board: banks are lending, and the number of loans issued has increased over the past year.

Most banks in Arizona have weathered the economic crisis fairly well, and have had the ability to continue to make loans.

Dean Rennell, a regional president at Wells Fargo Bank says he has seen a steady improvement in business lending over the past year.

During that period Wells Fargo extended approximately $14.9 billion in loans to small businesses nationwide, a 13 percent increase over the year before.

In Arizona alone, Rennell says he has seen Wells Fargo’s lending increase 15 percent over the past year.

“Borrowers are showing improved financial performance,” Rennell says. “That means they’ve adjusted to what people are calling the ‘new normal,’ and they’ve diversified and become more efficient.”

Rennell is seeing a significant amount of loans from small businesses looking to buy competitors or real estate, or expand the company.

Companies that had cut back on expenses are now starting to invest in new equipment and technology that they had refrained from purchasing in the past.

“We’re seeing expansion requests and some businesses are taking advantage of the opportunities they see in the marketplace,” Rennell says.

Arizona banks have been able to lend during the recession because Arizona has a large number of companies that are well managed and credit-worthy, experts say.

“Most banks in Arizona are capitalized and have enough liquidity and capacity to make loans,” says Curt Hansen, executive vice president of the National Bank of Arizona. “There are a lot of well-run large and small banks, and Arizona is a good market long-term.”

When looking at possible loans, banks still desire the same qualifications they have in the past, such as a good track record, a strong management team and an ability to weather tough times.

The biggest difference now is that banks are paying more attention to the actual documents required for the loan.

“Bankers are looking at borrower’s ability to withstand short-term shocks and the borrower’s ability to repay the loans requesting,” Hansen says.

Lynne Herndon, city president at BBVA Compass, has seen an increasing number of loan requests coming from the small business segment.

“Almost 70 percent of business owners in Arizona belong to the smaller business segment, and that’s the segment where we’re seeing growth,” Herndon says. “Those entrepreneurs and business owners were cautious before and are beginning to venture out more.”

Most businesses large or small have some form of lending, whether it is a line of credit, equipment loan or real estate loan. Lines of credit are necessary for companies to continue to operate, and many companies are renewing the lines of credit they already have.

BBVA Compass Phoenix saw double-digit loan growth in 2010 of about 12 percent, and has seen about a 15 percent increase in 2011.

The only area where Herndon says he doesn’t see as many loans being issued is in real estate lending.

According to Herndon, the uncertainty in the Arizona housing market plays a huge role in the decline of real estate lending. People are still wondering if values have hit bottom.

“The economy is still a concern, and the political climate,” Herndon says. “Most of the companies and businesses here need a banking relationship in order to maintain and grow their company. The demand for loans is definitely increasing and I’m hopeful this trend will continue to improve.”

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Arizona Bankers Association, Bankers Give Back - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Arizona Bankers Association Impacts State’s Economy, Communities

Arizona Bankers Association Impacts State’s Economy, Communities

Ryan Suchala, Bank of Arizona, Arizona Bankers AssociationBank of Arizona President Ryan Suchala recognizes the importance of community.

“This is where we live, work and play and in many cases the city where we are shaping our families,” Suchala says. “As a father of three I give my time to better our community because this is where my boys will become men. Last year, Bank of Arizona employees spent close to 450 hours working in our community and I personally became a board member at Arizona Women Education and Employment.”

To show the Arizona banking industry’s impact on its communities, the Arizona Bankers Association (AzBA) produced a brochure titled “Arizona Banks Give Back.” The report provides a picture of the economic and charitable support the banking industry gives back to the communities it serves, and shows the influence banks have on Arizona’s economy.

Arizona Bankers Association is an organization with more than 70 members that works to create a unified voice and engage members in issues that affect the banking industry.

Lynne Herndon, city president at BBVA Compass“It’s clear the banking industry has been under a microscope the last few years,” says Lynne Herndon, city president of BBVA Compass. “We wanted to pull our information and be treated collectively as an industry to say we are looking to work with companies to help them with their financial needs.”

Arizona Bankers Association created the “Arizona Banks Give Back” survey in November 2010 to collect a variety of data from Arizona banks. The results were released in February 2011. The 12-page brochure includes statistical data that shows how banks provide financial and social stability in Arizona.

The banks that chose to participate in the survey felt that it provided a good opportunity to change the way people currently view banks. The biggest surprise to Paul Hickman, president and CEO of Arizona Bankers Association, was how high bank lending was in Arizona in 2010.

According to the survey results, Arizona banks lent $5.9 billion in new and renewed commercial loans, and more than $11 billion in new and renewed consumer loans in 2010.

“A lot of the feedback we’ve been getting is ‘Wow, I didn’t realize the volume of lending was that great in this economy,’” Hickman says.

The number is likely higher as only 35 AzBA-member institutions responded to the survey, which only represents 63 percent of the organization’s membership, and does not include information from non-member banks.

In today’s economy, banks are more cautious about lending, but the data proves that Arizona banks are continuing to lend to commercial businesses and consumers.

“We keep hearing banks won’t lend,” Hickman says. “But banks don’t make money if they don’t lend.”

Banks want to lend so they can pump money into Arizona’s economy.

Arizona banks provide direct loans to help the state government finance public improvements by improving water, sewer and public health facilities and by helping build schools.

Banks pay income tax to help support local communities as opposed to credit unions, which don’t pay federal income tax.

Arizona banks are also putting money into the economy by being a leading employer of local residents. Banks bring high-wage jobs to the local community, and employ more than 42,000 Arizonans.

Wells Fargo Bank was the fifth largest employer of Arizonans in 2010, and the average salary for an employee working at a bank was around $66,625 in 2010.

By providing jobs, banks provide a ripple effect in the community, because employees pay state taxes and are also consumers that put money back into local businesses.

Arizona banks are also doing more than just putting money into the economy. Members of Arizona banks are striving to aid their community through service.

According to the results from the Arizona Banks Give Back survey, bank employees donated 211,615 volunteer hours to community service in 2010, and donated $15.5 million to charitable and cultural organizations.

“Actions speak louder than words,” says Craig P. Doyle, Arizona regional president of Comerica Bank. “We get out and are active in making a difference in our communities. It’s better than just handing money out.”

To show their commitment to the communities they serve, Comerica employees work with nonprofits like Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Homeward Bound, Junior Achievement, Sojourner Women’s Shelter, United Food Bank, Central AZ Shelter Services and many others.

An effort from Suchala and the Bank of Arizona helped improve literacy across the Valley.

“Last year, we hosted our annual Caring for Kids Book Drive and collected over 14,000 books for children and adults in our community,” Suchala says. “We educate with multiple employees teaching Junior Achievement programs and with educational programs to local school children. Our employees have worked together this past year sorting school supplies at the annual Salvation Army Pack to School Drive, serving food alongside Alice Cooper for the Cooperstown Christmas for Kids event and pounded nails at two Habitat for Humanity events.”

“These are good members of the community,” Hickman says. “These are people that are donating their money and time at philanthropies around the state and they’re trying hard to impart their discipline.”

Arizona banks participate in programs such as neighborhood revitalization, financial education and assistance for the underprivileged.

In 2008, Mohave State Bank created a program called “Junior Bankers.” Three years later, Mohave State bankers are still training children at Jamaica Elementary School in Lake Havasu about balancing accounts, taking deposits and bank rules. Volunteers meet each week with students before school. The program has expanded to three other elementary schools.

In 2010, the National Bank of Arizona donated one of its foreclosed homes in Glendale to Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. The bank partnered with the organization to help renovate the property, and 118 people worked to build walls, paint and landscape the property.

Arizona banks are committed to helping the community both financially and through service, Hickman says.
“This industry is like the cardiovascular system of our economy and it needs to be robust and healthy,” Hickman says. “We don’t grow or recover without this industry.”

For more information about the Arizona Bankers Association, visit azbankers.org.

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Arizona Gives Back: By the Numbers

  • More than $5.9 billion distributed in commercial loans (new and renewed) in 2010
  • More than $11 billion distributed in consumer loans (new and renewed) in 2010
  • More than 1,300 banking center locations in Arizona
  • More than 42,000 people work for Arizona banks
  • $66,625 is the average bank employee salary

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Arizona Business Magazine November/December 2011