Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Mark J. Grescovich
Mark J. Grescovich
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark J. Grescovich Mr. Grescovich joined the Bank in April 2010 and became Chief Executive Officer in August 2010 following an extensive banking career specializing in finance, credit administration and risk management. Under his leadership, Banner’s net client relationships have grown 93% since December 2009 and Banner was named one of Forbes Top 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Institutions, being the only bank headquartered in Washington state to earn the recognition in 2014. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Grescovich was the Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Banking Officer for Akron, Ohio-based FirstMerit Corporation and FirstMerit Bank N.A., a commercial bank with $25.1 billion in assets and over 380 branch offices in five states. He assumed the role and responsibility for FirstMerit’s commercial and regional line of business in 2007, having served since 1994 in various commercial and corporate banking positions, including that of Chief Credit Officer. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Mr. Grescovich was a Managing Partner in corporate finance with Sequoia Financial Group, Inc. of Akron, Ohio and a commercial and corporate lending officer and credit analyst with Society National Bank of Cleveland, Ohio.
Peter J. Conner
Peter J. Conner
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Peter J. Conner

Peter Conner joined Banner Bank in 2015 when the bank acquired AmericanWest Bank, where he was also the CFO. Conner has more than 25 years of experience in executive finance positions at a large national bank as well as community banks. Additionally, he spent time as a managing director for a private equity firm where he evaluated and placed equity fund investments in community banks. Conner earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California at San Diego, and holds a master’s degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. Currently, Conner is a member of the board of directors for Spokane Habitat for Humanity.

Craig Miller
Craig Miller
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Craig Miller Craig Miller is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, as well as the Ethics Officer for Banner Corporation and its subsidiaries. He joined Banner in 2016 and is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal functions. Miller previously served as a senior litigation partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle. He has extensive experience in state and federal commercial trials, mediations and arbitrations, covering a wide variety of litigation matters with special concentration in distressed credit cases. Miller earned his bachelor degree from Grinnell College and his juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School. His community involvement includes board service with the YMCA of Greater Seattle, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, and the University of Washington Meany Center for the Performing Arts, where he is serving as Board President.

Board of Directors

Gary Sirmon
Chairman
Gary L. Sirmon is Chairman of the Board of Banner Corporation and Banner Bank. He joined Banner Bank in 1980 as an Executive Vice President and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1982 until February 2002.
Robert D. Adams
Robert D. Adams sold his business interests in 2005 as a Partner in, and retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of, Carroll Adams Tractor Co., which sold and rented farm, industrial and consumer equipment and with which he was affiliated for 36 years. Through his career, Mr. Adams developed expertise in management, risk assessment, and agricultural and commercial building construction.
Cheryl R. Bishop
Cheryl R. Bishop began her banking career at Skagit Bank in 1971, holding a variety of positions throughout her career before being named Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Ms. Bishop served on the Board of Directors of Skagit Bancorp, Inc. and Skagit Bank from 1991 until their acquisition by Banner and Banner Bank, respectively, in November 2018. Ms. Bishop belongs to and has held officer positions in many prestigious professional associations such as the American Bankers Association, where she currently serves as a director, the American Institute of Banking, Financial Women International, Washington Bankers Association and Western Independent Bankers. She is a current member or is involved with various community organizations including Skagit/Mount Vernon Rotary, Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Mount Vernon First United Methodist Church, Western Washington University Foundation, Jerry Walton Foundation Board, Skagit Valley Hospital—Community Outreach Committee and Honorary Chair of the Skagit Family YMCA Building Campaign. Ms. Bishop holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Washington.
Gordon E. Budke
Gordon E. Budke has served as Director of Banner Corporation since 2002. He is President of Budke Consulting, PLLC, which specializes in general business assistance to small and growing companies. A Certified Public Accountant with over 34 years’ experience in public accounting, Mr. Budke retired as a Partner from Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in October 1997. Mr. Budke also serves on the Board of Directors of Yokes Foods, Inc.
Connie R. Collingsworth
Connie R. Collingsworth serves as Chief Business Operations Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (“Foundation”) in Seattle, Washington. Since 2007, she has also served on the Foundation’s Management Committee. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2002, Ms. Collingsworth was a Partner of Preston Gates & Ellis, now K&L Gates, a leading Northwest law firm based in Seattle, where she served as Lead Attorney for a broad range of commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity financings. Ms. Collingsworth is a graduate of Andrews University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska. She also earned a Master of Laws degree in international business legal studies from the University of Exeter in England.
Mark J. Grescovich
Mr. Grescovich joined the Bank in April 2010 and became Chief Executive Officer in August 2010 following an extensive banking career specializing in finance, credit administration and risk management. Under his leadership, Banner’s net client relationships have grown 93% since December 2009 and Banner was named one of Forbes Top 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Institutions, being the only bank headquartered in Washington state to earn the recognition in 2014. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Grescovich was the Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Banking Officer for Akron, Ohio-based FirstMerit Corporation and FirstMerit Bank N.A., a commercial bank with $25.1 billion in assets and over 380 branch offices in five states. He assumed the role and responsibility for FirstMerit’s commercial and regional line of business in 2007, having served since 1994 in various commercial and corporate banking positions, including that of Chief Credit Officer. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Mr. Grescovich was a Managing Partner in corporate finance with Sequoia Financial Group, Inc. of Akron, Ohio and a commercial and corporate lending officer and credit analyst with Society National Bank of Cleveland, Ohio.
Roberto R. Herencia
Roberto R. Herencia is a financial services industry executive, consultant and thought leader with 30 years of broad experience in the banking industry. He has held the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer of the community banking subsidiary of a top 30 publicly traded bank holding company, CEO of a publicly traded community bank, head of emerging markets at a major domestic and international bank, and consultant to regulators, community banks and private equity investors. Mr. Herencia has been the President and CEO of BXM Holdings, Inc., an investment fund specializing in community banks, since 2010. In 2013, he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Metropolitan Bank Group in Chicago, now Byline Bancorp, and its subsidiary, Byline Bank. In addition, Mr. Herencia serves as Chairman of First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP) and its subsidiary bank, FirstBank Puerto Rico. He also served as an independent director of SKBHC Holdings and was on the board of AmericanWest Bank prior to its merger with Banner. Mr. Herencia was nominated by President Obama to serve as a member of the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”) and was confirmed by the Senate in October 2011 and re-nominated in 2013. He is a Trustee of DePaul University and Northwestern Memorial Foundation in Chicago and serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Chicago, the Navy Pier Corporation in Chicago, and Operation Hope in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Mr. Herencia has received numerous awards for his civic contributions including the Distinguished Corporate Citizenship Award from The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the Evy Award from A Silver Lining Foundation and the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He graduated magna cum laude and received his B.S.B.A. in finance from Georgetown University and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
David A. Klaue
David A. Klaue served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of F&M Bank until its acquisition by Banner Bank in May 2007. He is Chairman of the Board of Empire Lumber Co., a diversified wood products manufacturer with operations in Washington, Idaho and Montana; Felts Field Aviation, an air transportation company; Park Ranch Land & Cattle Co., a cow/calf, feeder and hay producer; and Empire Investments, a real estate investment company, companies with which he has been affiliated for over 31 years. He is a Managing Member in various other real estate investment, equipment and sales companies.
John R. Layman
John R. Layman served as Co-Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of F&M Bank until its acquisition by Banner Bank in May 2007. He is Managing Partner of Layman Law Firm, PLLP, with which he has been associated since 1983. His areas of practice include real estate development, commercial litigation, personal injury and product liability. He also has experience in corporate duties, securities litigation, fiduciary obligations and reporting requirements.
David I. Matson
David I. Matson is currently a director of First BanCorp PR, where he is Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committees. He previously served as an independent director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Starbuck Bancshares and AmericanWest Bank. Mr. Matson has more than 34 years of experience as a senior commercial banking executive, beginning his career with UnionBanCal Corporation in 1976. From 2005 until his retirement in 2010, he was the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of UnionBanCal Corporation and Union Bank of California, N.A. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Matson was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In these capacities, Mr. Matson had direct responsibility for corporate treasury functions, strategic and financial departments, corporate development functions including mergers and acquisitions, the controller’s department, tax department and corporate services. Mr. Matson received dual B.S. degrees in civil engineering and engineering administration from Michigan Technological University and an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University.
Brent A. Orrico
Brent A. Orrico is President of FAO Corporation, an asset management company, and is a principal of B & O Financial Management Company, with which he has been affiliated for 16 years. Mr. Orrico has 31 years of experience in banking and finance-related business activities, including having served as an executive officer at a major financial institution and being a founding member of two community banks. Mr. Orrico also serves as a director of Islanders Bank.
Kevin F. Riordan
Kevin F. Riordan retired as a Banking & Capital Markets audit and client service Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), a global professional services firm, in June 2014, having served in that capacity since 2000. Prior to joining PwC in 1994, Mr. Riordan served various banking and securities trading companies as both an independent auditor and senior financial/accounting executive. During his career at PwC, Mr. Riordan gained significant experience working with the boards and audit committees of publicly-traded banking and lending institutions while managing major client relationships across multiple markets. In those roles, Mr. Riordan developed expertise in complex accounting, auditing and financial reporting matters including financial instrument valuations, hedge accounting, securitization transactions, risk assessment and internal controls. Mr. Riordan has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1983. His qualification as an audit committee financial expert was the primary reason for his nomination to the Board.
Merline Saintil
Merline Saintil serves as the Chief Operating Officer at 7 Cups, the world’s largest artificial intelligence (AI) platform for anonymous and holistic mental health support and emotional well-being. 7 Cups is available in 189 countries & 140 languages headquartered in Silicon Valley. Prior to 7 Cups, Ms. Saintil served as a senior executive in the Product & Technology group at Intuit, a Fortune 500 company and maker of QuickBooks and TurboTax. Prior to joining Intuit, Ms. Saintil held a variety of leadership and technology roles at Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, Adobe, PayPal and Joyent.
Terry S. Schwakopf
Terry Schwakopf currently serves as an Independent Senior Advisor to the banking practice of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, which provides governance, regulatory and risk strategies advisory services to clients in the banking industry. Prior to joining Deloitte in 2007, Ms. Schwakopf was Executive Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco with overall responsibility for banking supervision. In that capacity she oversaw the supervision of state member banks and bank and financial holding companies in the nine western states that comprise the San Francisco District. During her 23-year career with the Federal Reserve, she had a number of other responsibilities, including oversight of community affairs, public information, the corporate secretary’s function and communications. Before joining the Federal Reserve, she held positions in both the commercial banking and savings and loan industries and worked as a consultant to community banks. Ms. Schwakopf is a member of the advisory board of Blockchain Capital, a venture capital fund. She was on the board of United Way of the Bay Area and is actively involved in a number of international organizations and civic groups. Ms. Schwakopf previously served on the boards of directors of Bridge Bank and Bridge Capital Holdings, Nara Bank and Nara Bancorporation, and Rabobank, NA. She was a member of the accreditation cadre for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and a board advisor for Solar Mosaic, a crowdfunding site for solar energy financing.