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AmericanWest Bank Completes Acquisition of PremierWest Bank; Names Local Leadership

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AmericanWest Bank Completes Acquisition of PremierWest Bank; Names Local Leadership

SPOKANE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– PremierWest Bank is now AmericanWest Bank. Today, AmericanWest Bank’s holding company completed the acquisition of PremierWest Bancorp (NAS: PRWT) , the parent company of PremierWest Bank, based in Medford, Oregon. Immediately following the close, PremierWest Bank was merged into, and became part of, AmericanWest Bank.

“On behalf of our entire company, I welcome the valued customers and talented employees of PremierWest Bank to AmericanWest Bank,” said Scott A. Kisting, Chairman and CEO, AmericanWest Bank. “Customers will continue receiving outstanding service from the bankers they’ve come to trust, now with the benefit of immediate access to increased lending capabilities and an expanded network of locations.”

The PRWT shareholders approved the sale on March 28, 2013 at a special shareholder meeting. The necessary regulatory approvals had been received previously, clearing the way for the completion of the sale.

At the close of the transaction, AmericanWest Bank’s assets totaled $3.8 billion and the Bank’s footprint expanded to 112 branches. Customers will continue to access their accounts as they always have, including using their existing debit cards, checks, online banking and branch locations.

Additionally, today Mike Koch was named President of the Bank’s Oregon and Northern California Region. Koch has more than 23 years of banking experience, including expertise in business lending, special assets and all aspects of consumer lending. He is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.

“Mike is one of our very best — a highly skilled banker with a history of actively engaging employees and the community,” Kisting said. “Mike and his family are settling in Medford and his first priority is getting to know the employees and customers throughout the region and I am confident they will appreciate his energetic leadership style and unwavering commitment to community banking.”

Founded in 1974 and based in Spokane, Washington, AmericanWest Bank is a business-focused community bank offering commercial and small business banking, mortgage lending, treasury management products as well as a full line of consumer products and services. The Bank now has locations in, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Utah. Learn more about us at www.awbank.net

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Kelly McPhee, Director of Communications, 509-232-1968
kelly.mcphee@awbank.net

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RF Industries Announces the Appointment of Independent Board Member Joseph Benoit

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RF Industries Announces the Appointment of Independent Board Member Joseph Benoit

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– RF Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: RFIL) announced today that it has appointed Joseph Benoit to serve as an independent member on the Company’s Board of Directors.

From 1992-2012 Mr. Benoit held executive positions of increasing responsibility at Union Bank. As a Senior Vice President/Market President he directly managed over 100 Union Bank branch offices. In 2008 he became Executive Vice President and head of Business Banking for Union Bank. He subsequently served as Union Bank‘s integration manager for their FDIC assisted acquisitions.

Mr. Benoit has served on numerous boards, primarily in a finance capacity, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Pacific Coast Banking School and the San Diego Zoological Society Foundation. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego State University, an MBA from National University and he is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Howard Hill, CEO of RF Industries, stated, “We are very pleased to welcome Joe as a new independent member of our Board of Directors. We believe that his extensive financial experience will be of tremendous value to our board as we look to build long term value for our shareholders.”

About RF Industries

RF Industries manufactures, designs and distributes Radio Frequency (RF) connectors and cable assemblies, medical cabling products, RF wireless products and fiber optic cable products. Coaxial connectors, cable assemblies and custom microwave RF connectors are used for Wi-Fi, PCS, radio, test instruments, computer networks, antenna devices, aerospace, OEM and Government agencies. Medical Cabling and Interconnector products are specialized custom electrical cabling products for the medical equipment monitoring market. RF Wireless products include digital data transceivers for industrial monitoring, wide area networks, GPS tracking and mobile wireless network solutions. Fiber optic cable, connector and harness products serve computer, aerospace, computer networking and specialty applications.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to future events which are subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: changes in the telecommunications industry; the operations of the Cables Unlimited division which was acquired in June 2011; and the Company’s reliance …read more

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