SEATTLE, Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Laurie Stewart, President and CEO of Sound Community Bank, was selected as the candidate for the Vice Chairman position on the American Bankers Association (ABA) slate of officers.  Once elected at the ABA Annual Convention in Chicago, October 15-17, Stewart begins a 3-year term.  The position advances from Vice Chairman to Chairman-Elect, finally to Chairman over the course of the term.

"I am honored to be nominated for this important role," said Stewart.  "The evolution of the banking industry signals the importance of collaboration, governance and ensuring a positive impact.  I plan to advocate for the industry with these ideals in mind. "

"We're excited that the nominating committee has put forth such an impressive slate of officers who have contributed so much to our industry," said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. "These bankers are passionate and engaged industry leaders who volunteer tremendous amounts of their time to represent banks of all sizes before Congress, regulators and gatherings in the U.S. and around the globe.  Our industry is grateful for their leadership, dedication and expertise."

ABA represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation's $17 trillion banking industry and its 2 million employees.  The association provides educational benefits and programs for its members, represents the industry in Washington and speaks on behalf of the industry in the press.

Stewart recently celebrated 26 years with Sound Community Bank.  In her 26-year career with Sound Community Bank, Stewart led the conversion of the organization from a $38 million dollar credit union to a $588 million publically traded commercial bank.  She has a long history in community banking and participation in industry affairs.  Recognized by American Banker as one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2011, 2015, and once again in 2017, she served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Washington Bankers Association (WBA) and is immediate past Chair for the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.  Stewart is a frequent speaker at conferences and colleges locally and nationally, and has testified in both Washington DC and Olympia, Washington on a variety of legislative and regulatory financial issues.  She helped create the WBA's Executive Development Program which is now in its seventh year of existence.  Stewart is one of 14 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural FDIC Advisory Board and subsequently the CFPB Advisory Board.

Sound Community Bank is a full-service bank, providing personal and business banking services in communities across the greater Puget Sound region. The Seattle-based company operates banking offices in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Jefferson and Clallam Counties and on the web at  Sound Community Bank is a subsidiary of Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFBC).

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