Oregon Small Business Center Network
Warren Banks spent 25 years in the financial services industry, primarily in international trade and finance management positions. Assignments included Seattle, Tokyo and then Portland, where he established a whole owned trade and finance subsidiary of Seafirst Bank. He later held senior positions with U.S. Bank, the State of Oregon and Matsushita Kotobuki, a Panasonic subsidiary located in Vancouver, WA. He is currently a Global Trade Advisor with the Oregon Small Business Center Network. He joined the WMC board in 1990, and was Treasurer for about 13 years. He currently serves as an ex-officio member of the board and chairs the Marketing and Promotion Committee, which has jurisdiction over the display and website upgrades.
Warren is one of two members (Tom Zelenka is the other) who joined the WMC board in the early days and is still active with the organization. He has seen many positive changes to WMC during this time. The sources and level of funding have increased as WMC expanded its programs and services to more sectors of the wheat value chain. WMC’s initial target countries were Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Now, technical training, product development and research services are provided to customers located throughout Asia and S.E. Asia, South America, the Middle East and Africa.
Warren says, “What a ride it has been and continues to be to see the positive impact of a small, but very knowledgeable, productive and committed staff! WMC continues to expand its footprint worldwide, to the benefit of U.S. wheat producers.”