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American Riviera Bank VP Ann Hansen Named a Top 20 Under 40 Professional in 2019 SLO Tribune Competition

Paso Robles, California -  Ann Hansen, Vice President, Commercial and Agribusiness Banking Officer for American Riviera Bank, has been selected as a winner of the San Luis Obispo Tribune's Top 20 Under 40 annual award that recognizes young San Luis Obispo County professionals who have shown professional excellence and a commitment to community service.

The Tribune received about 100 nominations for its fourteenth Top 20 Under 40 competition and Ann was selected by an independent panel of judges. She will be recognized at an award luncheon hosted by The Tribune on Thursday, February 7 at The White Barn in San Luis Obispo.

Joining American Riviera Bank in August 2017, Ann was instrumental in opening the bank’s first full-service branch in San Luis Obispo County. The new office, which opened in February 2018, is located at 1601 Spring Street in Paso Robles. With a background in agribusiness and lending, Ann mentors other staff members and enjoys helping local business owners succeed.

“Ann is an amazing woman and we are so fortunate to have her as part of Team ARB,” said American Riviera Bank EVP and Chief Operating Officer Joanne Funari. “Ann has done more at her age then most have done in their lifetime.  We are so proud of Ann.  She is an integral part of this community and was instrumental in the successful opening of our first office in San Luis Obispo County.”

Ann is a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness, with a concentration in Finance. Ann is also a graduate of the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School, a three-year program from which she earned a graduate degree in Banking as well as a Leadership Certificate from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle, where Pacific Coast Banking School is located.

With a background in family ranching, Ann is a board member and past president of San Luis Obispo County CattleWomen and a board member of the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee. She joined San Luis Obispo County CattleWomen when she began attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2003. She became active at board meetings as a representative of the Cal Poly Young Cattlemen’s Committee, served as a State Cattlemen’s Convention intern, and attended many state and national conventions. She worked for livestock shows and auctions during her summers, including the California State Fair, the California Mid-State Fair, the Monterey County Fair and the Santa Barbara County Fair. Ann was named the 2014 San Luis Obispo County CattleWoman of the Year and has enjoyed volunteering with co-workers at the Junior Livestock Auction at the California Mid-State Fair for several years over the past decade.

Ann is very committed to and recognizes the importance of serving her community. She is the current Vice Chairperson on the San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation Commission, an advisory group for the Parks & Recreation department staff and the county Board of Supervisors. Ann further serves as treasurer of the Paso Robles Rotary Club and she is a member of the club’s Investment Committee. She also has lent her support to a number of local non-profits over the years including the American Heart Association, Central Coast Cancer Support Community, Jack’s Helping Hand, Paso Robles Children’s Museum and Studios on the Park.