Walla Walla's Baker Boyer Bank has continued to do well despite the tumultuous national economy. Given that the banks and lenders have been among the hardest hit, that's a real feat.
So it makes sense that Megan Clubb, Baker Boyer's president and CEO, was among the Washington state business leaders who traveled with Gov. Chris Gregoire to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with White House officials.
Clubb and eight other state business leaders, including executives from Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, met with top officials in the Obama administration including Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, a former governor of Washington.
"We were really able to share real-world examples of businesses and what businesses are dealing with," Clubb said last week in an interview with the U-B's Vicki Hillhouse. "The president is focused on creating jobs. Since small business is key to job recovery, it was the perfect segue to my comments about the importance of maintaining a healthy community banking system."
Clubb said Congress can help speed the recovery of the national economy "by supporting legislation that helps community banks do their job."
While in the capital, Clubb also met with U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, and a Walla Walla native.
Clubb's inclusion in this cross-country trade mission is recognition of the solid job she and Baker Boyer employees are doing.
It used to be what's good for General Motors is good for the nation. That's clearly not the case anymore.
But what's working in Walla Walla might very well be good for the nation.
We can only hope a bit of the business philosophy that has kept Baker Boyer successful while other banks have sputtered or failed will make an impact on the national leaders.
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