& Merchants Bank (F&M) is pleased to announce that senior vice
president and regional manager Scott Dowds and his wife Jane were named
the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year by the YWCA
of North Orange County.
"Scott has demonstrated tremendous leadership that extends beyond his
role as an officer with Farmers & Merchants Bank and into the local
community," said W. Henry Walker, president of F&M Bank. "I am proud of
Scott and Jane's philanthropic investment, as it reflects the values of
service and integrity that F&M Bank was founded on."
Together, the Dowds' joined forces to make a positive impact in North
Orange County through community service, while raising three children
and pursing full-time careers.
Scott, who has worked for F&M for nearly two decades, is the senio vice
president and regional manager of the Fullerton, Santa Ana, Orange and
Garden Grove offices. A fixture in North Orange County, Scott is the
current past president of the Fullerton Rotary Board of Directors and
previous chairman of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce. He served as a
director of Eastside Christian Schools and the Fullerton Boys & Girls
Club. He currently sits on the planning committee for the Fullerton
Mayor's Prayer Breakfast and as treasurer of the Los Hombres Amigos
As a counselor with the Long Beach Unified School District, Jane helped
disadvantaged youth deal with academic challenges, social and family
issues during a 30-year career. She also worked as a counselor in the
Multicultural Studies Program at Cerritos College.
"The YWCA is saluting Scott and Jane Dowds for their proactive
involvement in charitable organizations that make a difference in the
lives of women and children throughout Orange County," said Diane
Masseth-Jones, executive director of the YWCA of North Orange County.
"Guided by their Christian principles and passion to help others, they
capture the true spirit of our organization which is designed to empower
generations of families by addressing their changing needs."
The YWCA will recognize Scott and Jane at its 21st annual
Chocolate Fantasy Gala on February 8. Also being honored: Kimmie Vinson,
owner of Kimmie's Coffee Cup Restaurants as Woman Entrepreneur of the
Year and Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPH, Professor of Health Science,
and Director of the Health Promotion Research Institute at California
State University, Fullerton as Health Advocate of the Year. The event
will be held at the Los Coyotes Country Club, Buena Park, Calif.
About Farmers & Merchants Bank
Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank
has 21 branches in L.A. and Orange counties. The Bank specializes in
commercial and small business banking along with business loan programs.
Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach is a California state chartered
bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
(Member FDIC) and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about
F&M, please call the media contacts listed or visit the website, www.fmb.com.
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