Susan Horton caught our attention six years ago when she turned around the struggling Wheatland Bank, rescuing it from sale and turning it into a strong regional player in Washington State.

During her tenure, assets have doubled from about $75 million to $189 million, even as Wheatland has diversified and expanded into new markets. When Horton took charge of Wheatland in 1999, this CPA was just 37 years old and had never worked in a bank before. She ranked among the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking for five years in a row.

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