Established June 12, 1905, the Oregon Bankers Association is a full-service trade association with a membership that includes state and national commercial banks, savings banks and trust companies chartered to do business in Oregon. The mission of the OBA is to be the voice of Oregon banking.
The Oregon Bankers Association serves a dynamic, innovative and community-minded industry. The dual-chartered system of banking, involving both state and national charters, is well utilized in Oregon. It promotes a strong, competitive banking system designed to maximize service to Oregonians. In all of our collective endeavors, the Oregon Bankers Association and its members strive to ensure that Oregon remains a great place to do business, and indeed, a great place to do banking.
Membership in the OBA signifies a financial institution's commitment to the principles of banking and the belief that more can be accomplished collectively than individually. One of the many strengths of OBA is the role it plays as a sounding board for thoughts, ideas and opinions from bankers across the state. Ideas are channeled from the general membership, heard, analyzed and acted upon. Bankers explore issues affecting the banking industry's day-to-day and long-range outlook, with OBA acting as the industry voice.
The official decision-making body of the OBA is the board of directors, which meets five times per year to deal with policy issues affecting the industry. Board members representing institutions of all sizes in Oregon are elected to three-year terms during the OBA's annual meeting. The board also has four committees, including the Governance and Compensation Committee, the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee, the Advocacy Committee and an Executive Committee.
The Community Banks of Oregon, a sister entity of the Oregon Bankers Association, is a unique voice dedicated to banks headquartered in Oregon. The principle mission of the CBO is to support and promote community banking in Oregon. CBO provides a forum for addressing issues unique to community banks and promotes community banks through initiatives like Oregon Community Bank Week.
Like the Oregon Bankers Association, CBO seeks to maintain fair and competitive ground rules among various types of financial entities, regardless of size and charter. It is governed by its own board of directors but shares staff and resources with OBA. To facilitate collaboration and communication, the chair of OBA serves on the CBO Board, just as the CBO chair serves on the OBA Board.
The collaborative relationship between the OBA and CBO is largely unique in America. This enlightened approach to the issues facing the banking industry – regardless of size, location or charter – has resulted in successes that have benefited the entire Oregon banking community and its customers.
In essence, the Oregon Bankers Association and the Community Banks of Oregon together form an advocacy organization of banks and bankers working in a spirit of unity for the benefit of families, businesses and communities that depend on a diverse financial services industry.
Formed through the 1999 merger of the Oregon Bankers Association's two for-profit subsidiaries, the OBA Insurance Agency and OBA Services, Synergy by Association, Inc. (formerly BancSource) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Oregon Bankers Association. Synergy serves as a trade association buying cooperative by leveraging the collective purchasing power of association members across the U.S. to increase quality and reduce costs.
Today, Synergy by Association partners with over 30 state bankers associations across the country and several other trade associations in the Pacific Northwest.
Association members can have tremendous confidence in the first-rate quality of every Synergy by Association business partnership. This quality commitment begins with a meticulous due-diligence process directed by our professional staff and board of directors. The attention to high standards of service continues with careful on-going scrutiny and collaboration between the Synergy by Association team and our business partner representatives.
Participation in Synergy programs drives a vital stream of financial support to the Oregon Bankers Association and Synergy’s association partners.
Organized by the Oregon Bankers Association in 2013, the OBA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a primary mission of education. The Foundation seeks to enhance educational opportunities for individuals in the areas of banking, public and private finance, financial literacy, business, financial planning and related subjects.
The OBA Education Foundation endeavors to accomplish its mission through engaging in activities such as raising and expending monies to:
Finance courses, curricula, scholarships and/or grants to advance the study of banking, finance and related subjects;
Promote and finance courses of study in financial literacy;
Sponsor and otherwise support continuing education programs for bankers and other persons engaged in the financial services industry and for members of the general public in the areas of financial literacy, financial planning, banking, finance and related subjects.
The OBA Education Foundation envisions a “vibrant banking and business community that attracts the best talent and empowers all Oregonians to be financially educated and secure.”