Political Action Steering Committee


Mission Statement:

 To provide consultation and advice in crafting and implementing the Association’s public policy agenda, including political financial support strategy and government relations grassroots advocacy.


To oversee and administer all forms of political financial activities for the AzBA. Including but not limited to the foregoing:

  • Oversee the funding of the AzBA’s two Political Action Committees (PAC)
    • Write and administer annual PAC campaigns.
    • Promote campaigns at committee member’s institutions.
    • Help promote the campaigns at other member   banks.


  • Oversee candidate support.
    •   Approve/reject candidate requests for PAC funds.
    • Help our candidates with direct fundraising at their events in consultation with our      partners at the American Bankers Association by –
      • Serving on event host committees;
      • Circulating candidates’ invitations to friends and colleagues;
      • Circulating candidates’ on-line fundraising URL to friends and colleagues.


  • Aid in the promotion of other forms of political financial activities for the banking industry inside and outside of Arizona, including  –
    • Independent expenditure campaigns;
    • The ABA’s Financial Education and Advocacy Initiative (PEAi); and
    • The State Bankers Associations’ Friends of Traditional Banking (FOTB).




Mike Thorell, Chair

Pinnacle Bank, President & CEO


Paul Hickman, Treasurer

Arizona Bankers Association, President & CEO


Theresa Kleinlein (Advisory)

Arizona Bankers Association, Director


Bill Ridenour (Advisory),  AzBA General Counsel

Snell & Willmer, L.L.C.


Wendy Briggs (Advisory)

Veridus, Director


Jay Kaprosy (Advisory)

Veridus, Director


Jack Barry

Enterprise Bank & Trust, President & CEO


Jerry Ernst

Horizon Community Bank, President & CEO



Terry Frydenlund

1st Bank Yuma, President & CEO


Curt Hansen

National Bank of Arizona, Executive Vice President


Bryce Lloyd

FirstBank of Arizona, President


Sherri Slayton

Alliance Bank of Arizona, CEO


Dave Ralston

Bank of Arizona, Chairman


Brian Riley

Mohave State Bank, President & CEO


Patricia Rourke

Bankers Trust, Market President


Janet Ryan (Alternate)

Mutual of Omaha Bank, Assistant General Counsel