Randy Proctor joins Bankers Hall of Fame
Recognition reflects his contributions to the industry, bank and community
As Linda Navarro and other selection committee members sifted through nominations for the Oregon Bankers Association Hall of Fame, Randy Proctor stood out for his love of community.
'We heard stories of him always offering a helping hand,' said Navarro, president and CEO of the Oregon Bankers Association. 'If he was in the bank and saw through the window someone had a car problem, he would go out and assist them.'
At its 106th anniversary convention June 27, the association inducted Proctor, former Clackamas County Bank president, into the Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame.
Julie Snell, the bank's executive vice president; Cathy Stuchlik, president and sister of Randy; Jarrett Stuchlik, Randy's nephew, who also works at the bank; and Sara Proctor, Randy's daughter, accepted the award.
'It was a wonderful tribute to my brother and his many years of service in banking,' Cathy Stuchlik said. 'It's an honor and privilege to receive this award, and it says something about the longevity of the bank.'
The induction came a month after Clackamas County Bank celebrated its 100th anniversary. Navarro said the bank's centennial celebration and Proctor's induction 'drives home who OBA is and who it serves.'
Proctor, the fourth generation of family bank leadership, died in 2006 at age 55 after battling cancer. He had served as Clackamas County Bank president from 1988 until his death.
Blending work with volunteerism, Proctor served on the Sandy Library board of directors for nine years, including four as board president; acted on the Mt. Hood Hospice Board for 20 years with a stint as board chairman; and volunteered through the Sandy Optimist Club's Christmas tree lot and spaghetti feed.
A woodsman and an avid hunter, Proctor valued time with family and friends, and welcomed visitors to his home.
In its nomination letter, Clackamas County Bank describes Proctor's conservative approach that led the bank through economic challenges. 'His legacy continues to drive the current management style which is to keep the bank stable and strong,' the letter reads.
Proctor attended Mt. Hood Community College and served in the Army for two years after graduating from Sandy High School in 1969. He began working at the bank after serving in the Army and graduated from the Northwest Intermediate Banking School in 1978.
For five years, Proctor stepped away from the bank to create a concrete fabrication business, Northwest Stepping Stones. His three-tiered bubbling concrete fountain remains in a courtyard separating operations and loan-investment sides of the main Sandy bank.
Returning to the bank in 1985, Proctor assumed the presidency in 1988 when his father retired.
From 1989 to 1992, Proctor served as president of the American Institution of Banking and chairman of the board. He would later become an instructor for the principles of banking class, which was offered to bank employees.
During his time with the American Institution of Banking, Proctor attended Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, focusing his final project on the role an independent community bank plays within the community it serves.
In addition, Proctor chaired the Oregon Bankers Association's education arm for four years and served as a member of the board of directors of the association's insurance agency.
'The thing that was so special about Randy was he was very much his own authentic person who understood the fundamentals of banking,' Navarro said. 'It's absolutely long overdue for a member of the Proctor-Stuchlik family to be inducted.'
Seventy bankers have been inducted into the OBA's Hall of Fame since its creation in 1987. The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding contributions to the Oregon banking community and communities where bankers live and work. Proctor is one of two posthumous inductees and the first member of the Proctor-Stuchlik family to be inducted.
Also inducted into the Hall of Fame this year was Lark Wysham of Citizen's Bank in Corvallis.
Navarro said the nomination process is competitive, measuring how a person has contributed to the banking industry, his or her community and the association. Selection committee members include past recipients and people 'very respected in the industry' who know what it means to be a good banker.
'Proctor was a solid banker, an advocate for lifelong education and a dedicated contributor to his industry and the community he served,' Navarro said.