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AzBA Staff

Meet the Team

"People go into regular banking because they want to make a difference" - Paul Hickman, AzBA President & CEO

The AzBA team advocates on behalf of community banks in Arizona and provides a unified voice for the industry across the state. The team works tirelessly to keep the industry connected, informed and supported.


Paul has served as the President & CEO for AzBA since 2010. Prior to leading the team he worked as the State Director, Chief of Staff & Policy Director for Senator John McCain. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.

Steven Killian

Director of Government Relations


Steven joined AzBA in 2015. Prior to joining the team he worked as a Policy Advisor for Business Regulatory Affairs & Local Government in the Arizona Governor's office.

Kerensa Williams

Director of Operations


Kerensa joined AzBA in 2018. Prior to joining the team she spent 18 years working University Housing Operations at Arizona State University, Central Arizona College & Southern Methodist University.

Carly Friday

Membership & Government Relations Coordinator


Carly joined AzBA in 2019. Prior to joining the team she worked on staff in the U.S. Senate as a Deputy Outreach Director, Constituent Advocate and Scheduler for Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain.

Bill Ridenour

General Council, Fennemore Craig