Affiliate Sponsor Spotlight – Savings Bank

By: Susan Stout • Contributing Writer

SBMC logo Savings Bank is proud to be an Affiliate Sponsor of the Lake County Winegrape Commission.  “As a local community bank, Savings Bank is well-positioned and deeply committed to playing a vital role in the success of the Lake County community,” says Scott Yandell, Savings Bank president and chief executive officer.

“Over the past 110 years, Savings Bank has taken pride in their long history of working with generations of local agricultural businesses.  Customers can be reassured that lending decisions are made locally and that their deposits are reinvested in loans within the community they call home, providing a vital source of capital to local businesses and individuals.”

Savings Bank welcomes David Weiss, vice chair of the Lake County Winegrape Commission board, to its board of directors.  A resident of Lake County since 1993, Weiss formed Bella Vista Farming Company, LLC, in 2000.  He provides valuable Lake County representation on the Savings Bank board.  With his expertise in management and development of agricultural property, Weiss provides the bank with guidance in assessing agricultural markets and agricultural loans. He is active in many industry organizations including the California Pear Advisory Board, the Lake County Farm Bureau, and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

Savings Bank Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer Pete Dodson at the Lakeport branch has 13 years of experience as an agricultural and commercial loan officer. Dodson graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Business Management. He lived in Lake County for 20 years before moving from the area in 2004, then returning in the spring of 2012. Dodson is a charter member of the Kelseyville Sunrise Rotary Club and has been a Rotary member for over 20 years.

Susie Robinson, assistant vice president/branch manager for Savings Bank, is a 12-year Lake County resident.  She manages the newly constructed Lakeport branch located at 290 S. Main Street.  She has 25 years of banking experience.

Additional Savings Bank locations include branches in Ukiah, Hopland, Redwood Valley, Willits, Laytonville, Mendocino and Fort Bragg.

For more information about Savings Bank, visit the web site,, or call the Lakeport branch, 707-263-7102.


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