Brent Beardall appointed chairman of American Bankers Council

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The American Bankers Association (ABA) recently announced that Washington Federal Bank President and CEO Brent Beardall has been appointed chairman of the organization’s American Bankers Council.

Brent Beardall

Beardall’s term will be for the 2021-2022 membership year. His previous within Seattle-based WaFd Bank include vice president, controller, and chief financial officer.

The American Bankers Council serves as a peer group for midsize bank chief executives, providing input to the ABA regarding pivotal regulatory and legislative matters. Additionally, the panel participates in regular meetings to exchange information and share banking industry best practices.

“Brent is a strong leader who brings a passion and enthusiasm for banking to this important role,” ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols said. “His wealth of knowledge and experience, along with his commitment to ensuring that the banking industry makes a positive difference in the communities we serve, makes him a great choice to lead ABA’s American Bankers Council.”

Beardall said he is honored to accept the ABA post.

“I look forward to working closely with my fellow midsize bank CEOs across the country and the ABA’s professional staff to advance our industry’s agenda,” Beardall said. “Banks of all sizes have provided critical support to our communities through the pandemic, and with the right policy environment, we have an opportunity to help drive the recovery forward.”

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