Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New Board Members

September 10, 2009 1:00 pm

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce today announced two new appointments to its Board of Directors including: City National Bank Executive Vice President Rod Banks; and JPMorgan Chase Market Manager of the Middle Market Banking Group for the Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara regions Robert Lagace.  The new members accepted their posts and joined the prestigious Board at the September 10, 2009 Board of Directors meeting.

“The L.A. Area Chamber is pleased to welcome Rod Banks and Robert Lagace to our Board of Directors,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  “These business leaders will bring important experience and perspective to our Board as we continue to help grow business, create jobs and accelerate economic recovery in the Los Angeles region.”

Returning to the L.A. Area Chamber Board of Directors, Rod Banks oversees City National Bank’s commercial banking strategy, business development and client service in California.  With more than 30 years experience in financial services, Mr. Banks also oversees the coordinated delivery of credit, depository and cash management services to middle-market companies, and, in concert with the company’s Private Client Services and Wealth Management divisions, provides clients with trust, investment management, brokerage and advisory services.  Mr. Banks currently serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, and the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Council on Economic Education.

As Market Manager of the Middle Market Banking Group for JPMorgan Chase, Robert Lagace oversees the bank’s commercial banking team focusing on companies generating revenues between $10MM and $500MM in the Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara markets.  Mr. Lagace’s banking experience encompasses more than 20 years serving in senior roles in commercial, large corporate and investment banking at leading firms.  Mr. Lagace currently serves on the boards of the Arcadia High School Athletic Booster and the Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. 


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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