George Koffler, president and chief executive officer of Bank of Eastern Oregon, has been inducted into the Oregon Bankers Association Hall of Fame.

The honor recognizes Koffler's contributions to the Oregon banking industry, said Linda LaRue, chairman of the Bank of Eastern Oregon board.

"We are very proud that George is the newest inductee into the OBA Hall of Fame," she said. "It is a testament to his leadership, integrity and work ethic."

Koffler served 10 years on the Oregon Bankers Association board of directors, including a year as chairman. He has served on national banking committees and was on the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council for three years.Qualls new BEO vice presidentJohn Qualls, assistant vice president and commercial-agricultural loan officer at Bank of Eastern Oregon has been named a vice president of the bank. Qualls provides lending services in the Heppner, Condon, and Fossil branches of Bank of Eastern Oregon and has a customer base that stretches through Gilliam, Wheeler, and Morrow counties.

"John is a good communicator and does a great job handling a wide range of relationships. We appreciate the skill and dedication he brings to the job and the large portfolio he handles," said E. George Koffler, president.

Qualls is a graduate of Heppner High School and Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, with a degree in Agricultural Business Management.

After a short stint with the Oregon State University Extension Service, Qualls joined Bank of Eastern Oregon in April 2002. He also is a captain in the Oregon National Guard and served 18 months on active duty in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

Qualls and his wife, Doashea, and children Sydney, Hayden, and the most recent addition, Sophie Lynn, live in Heppner. County fair to be meeting topicDave Stuvland, Umatilla County Fair manager, will be the guest speaker at the next Hermiston Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting luncheon at 11:45 a.m. July 22. He will speak about getting ready for the fair.

The cost for lunch is $10. Reservations are required. Call 567-6151 for more information.

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