Walla Walla banker named woman of influence

Puget Sound Business Journal named Baker Boyer CEO Megan Clubb to its prestigious list for 2009.

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When it comes to making the Puget Sound Business Journal's prestigious list of 2009 Women of Influence, Walla Walla bank executive Megan Clubb attributed her success to the influence of her own role models.

Clubb, president and chief executive officer of Baker Boyer Bank, was honored along with 15 other Washington women Nov. 19. She credited her late parents Baker and Jean Ferguson for their guidance in her success, according to an announcement on the award.

"They instilled in me the importance of giving back to the community and always operating in an honest and open manner," Clubb told a crowd of more than 500 people during the awards banquet in Bellevue last month.

The sixth annual awards are intended to "shine the spotlight on local businesswomen, community leaders and philanthropists who are a force in the Puget Sound area," according to the nomination description.

Clubb, a board member for the William D. Ruckelshaus Center, a neutral resource and joint effort of Washington's two research universities for collaborative problem-solving, was the only honoree from outside the Puget Sound region.

The recognition came just about two weeks after Clubb joined a delegation of state business leaders on a "trade mission" with key members of the Obama administration.

Her "authority and power to move the needle in business and industry" were key to her selection as a Woman of Influence. Honorees, which included top level executives from Swedish Medical Center, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Woodland Park Zoo, among many others, were selected by a panel of judges for their accomplishments, contributions to their communities and positions as mentors and role models to others.

In a prepared statement, Clubb gave credit for her success to her colleagues at Baker Boyer and in the community.

"When you have the support of organizations like the Walla Walla Watershed Alliance and other community groups, you have the opportunity to follow your passion and make a difference."

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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