Date & Time 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Event Description 

A Graduate Business Alumni Event at the Commonwealth Club
A conversation with a small, medium and large bank...

Top executives from Mechanics Bank (CEO Steve Buster), U.S. Bank (Northern California President Mike Walker), and Wells Fargo (Executive Vice-President, Commercial Banking, Perry Pelos) will answer questions we all are asking: what is the future of credit and bank lending for businesses as well as for individuals? What can we expect by way of new products, regulations, restrictions, opportunities and risks? What are banks doing differently following the recent chaos? And what will they have to do differently in the future?

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Host & Location: The Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market Street, San Francisco; (415) 597-6700. Contact: Kevin O'Malley, chair, Business & Leadership Forum
Cost: $8 Commonwealth Club members, $15 nonmembers, $7 Saint Mary's College students (with valid ID)
Register: To RSVP, click here.

5:30 p.m.: Registration, check-in, beverages
6 p.m.: Call to order
6:05 p.m.: Panel/program introduction and discussion
7:15 to 7:30 p.m.: Program close

Program presented in association with the Graduate Business Alumni Chapter of Saint Mary's College of California.

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 Steven Buster has been president and CEO of Mechanics Bank since July 2004. Before Mechanics, Buster was managing director for U.S. Trust Company. His 35-year career in banking includes five years in London with First Interstate Bank and five years in Singapore with Standard Chartered Bank, managing their Asia Pacific region. Buster is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.A., MBA)

 Perry Pelos is executive vice president and group head of the Western Division of Wells Fargo National Commercial Banking which provides loan, treasury management and deposit products for middle-market businesses with annual sales between $10 million and $750 million. Pelos joined Wells Fargo in 1987. He is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A., MBA).

 Michael Walker has been president of U.S. Bank, Northern California, since 2005. Walker is a 35-year veteran of the financial services industry with a background in commercial, corporate and investment banking that includes 23 years at J.P. Morgan Chase and its predecessor institutions. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.


Tom Cleveland, chair, is Transamerica Professor of Finance at the Saint Mary's College School of Economics and Business Administration. His distinguished career includes 17 years as partner and CPA at DeLoitte & Touche, the last six years as national and international director of banking. He has served as CEO, CFO, and chief lending officer at two banks. He is former mayor of Lafayette. He earned his MS and MBA at Michigan, his D.Eng. at Stanford and his Ph.D. at UC Davis.

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Questions? Contact Jackie Williams.

This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary's College Graduate Business Alumni Chapter.

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