WASHINGTON — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Advisory Committee on Community Banking welcomed seven new members on Wednesday.

The panel meets three times a year and has been providing advice and guidance to the FDIC on policy and regulatory issues affecting small community banks since it was established in 2009.

"The Advisory Committee has proven to be an important source of information and input for the FDIC on the many significant issues facing community banks," FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said in a statement.

Members serve two year terms unless they are extended for an additional period. There are now 15 members, short of the allowed maximum of 20.

The new members joining the committee are: Roger Busse, President & CEO, Pacific Continental Bank, Eugene, Oregon; Christopher W. Emmons, President & CEO, Gorham Savings Bank, Gorham, Maine; Jack A. Hartings, President/CEO, The Peoples Bank Co., Coldwater, Ohio; Arvind A. Menon, President & CEO, Meadows Bank, Las Vegas, Nevada; Mary Ann Scully, Chairperson, President & CEO, Howard Bank, Ellicott City, Maryland; Gwen M. Thompson, President & CEO, Clover Community Bank, Clover, South Carolina; John Tolomer, President & CEO, The Westchester Bank, Yonkers, New York.

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