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The concept of a program for bankers from nations bordering the Pacific Ocean first occurred to Dr. Kermit O. Hanson, then Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Washington and concurrently Educational Director of the Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS), when he was returning to Seattle on a flight from Australia in late November 1975. A tour of Pacific Rim nations and the awareness of the significant developments in the western Pacific convinced Dean Hanson that real potential for economic growth and opportunity existed among the nations bordering on the Pacific.

On December 1975, Dean Hanson first presented the concept of the program to bankers from the western United States serving on the Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS) Administrative Committee. None of the members had experience in international banking and the reaction was one of caution since the idea seemed very foreign. However, they gradually did agree to support a program and present the concept to the PCBS Board of Directors.

The Board Chairman, at the time, Alvin J. Schoenhals, Senior Vice President of Zions First National Bank in Salt Lake City; Vice Chairman Ralph J. Crawford, Vice Chairman of Wells Fargo Bank, NA, in San Francisco; and a few other Board members reacted very positively. Their interest prompted the Board to appoint a task force chaired by Crawford to explore the nature, need and feasibility of a program for Pacific Rim bankers.

The task force went about with the proposal of the program, and on September 3, 1976, the Board unanimously approved the task force recommendation that a three week Pacific Rim Bankers Program be offered. The task force also set out primary goals for PRBP which were:

  • Examine issues of mutual interest to all Pacific Rim nations
  • Improve participants’ abilities to handle banking and management problems
  • Facilitate banking relationships between the U.S. and other Pacific Rim nations

Today, these goals still hold true for PRBP, and we continue to offer your officers the best program to help them succeed in this current globalized business world.

Learn more about our:

Ashish Sharma
Board President
Senior Vice President
Head of Strategic Payment Solutions
Wells Fargo International Group
San Francisco, CA USA


Emma Schroder
Director, Financial Institutions Group
Institutional Banking & Markets
Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Quynh (John) Ngoc Do (PRBP 2012)
Executive Vice President, Head of Treasury
Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam – BIDV


Leon Ferro
MD, Head of Banks, North America
Standard Chartered Bank
New York, NY, USA

Yung-Chang (Jim) Ho
Head of Greater China Business Development and Advisory
Cross-Border Strategy and Governance
Wells Fargo International Group
Philadelphia, PA, USA


John Ladany
Managing Director,
Correspondent Banking Group
Treasury and Trade Solutions
New York, NY USA


Lisa Loucks
Associate Director
Executive Education
UW Foster School of Business
Seattle, WA USA


Jennifer Mullen
Executive Education
UW Foster School of Business
Seattle, WA USA

Patrick Rooney (PRBP 1999)
Senior Vice President
Corporate Credit
Global Risk Management
Toronto, Ontario CANADA


Bryan Stagg (PRBP 1994)
Executive Director and Head of Banks


Thomas Taylor (PRBP 1991)
Senior Vice President & Regional Director, Pacific Northwest
East West Bank
Bellevue, WA USA


Craig Weeks
Senior Vice President and Manager,
International Banking Group
US Bank
Seattle, WA USA

Padmaja Chunduru
Country Head (US Operations)
State Bank of India
New York, NY USA


Elise Fairbairn
Managing Director, Head of Global Client Experience
Westpac Institutional Bank


James Jiambalvo
Orin and Janet Smith Dean
UW Foster School of Business
Seattle, WA USA

David S.C. Kwok (PRBP 1981)
Managing Director & Chief Executive
Shanghai Commercial Bank Ltd.


Akhil Lamba
Managing Director and Global Head
Global Transaction Banking
TD Securities – TD Bank Financial Group
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Jih-Chu Lee
Bank of Taiwan
Taipei City, TAIWAN, ROC

David K.P. Li
Chairman & Chief Executive
The Bank of East Asia Limited


Khan Prachuabmoh (PRBP 1980)
Bank of China (Thailand)


Roosniati Salihin (PRBP 1982)
Deputy President
Panin Bank