F&M Bank Salutes "California's Strongest People You Can Bank On"

For years, Farmers & Merchants Bank has held fast to the core values, established by founder C.J. Walker, of Honesty, Integrity, the Home, the Church, and Service Above Self. It is this commitment that has served as the backbone of our organization through good times and bad, all the while assuring our customers that their assets will always be safe and secure.

Our long-standing tenure as a regional bank has provided the opportunity to serve a diverse group of individuals who share these values. They are visionary leaders who have shaped the very landscape of their communities and the lives of their neighbors. To honor their contributions, F&M established and is proud to present F&M’s “California’s Strongest People You Can Bank On” Awards.

Claudia Copley, Daniel K. Walker

Claudia Copley

Founder and inspirer with 4GIRLS, a two-day workshop where girls from vastly different backgrounds, cultures, and economic standings join together to access valuable tools for empowerment and self-expression.

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Christine Walker, Donald Glasgow

Donald Glasgow

Business owner, community leader, and co-founder of Kingdom Builders Ministry, an organization providing a range of vital services and supplies to poor communities in Mexico.

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W. Henry Walker, Randy Gordon

Randy Gordon

President and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce who played a central role in leadership and fundraising to bring the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House to MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

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Jim Holden, Daniel K. Walker

Jim Holden

Lifelong fisherman and founder of Fish for Life, an organization that is “spreading love one boat at a time” by taking local kids in need on a once-in-a-lifetime ocean voyage and fishing trip.

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Faisal Hasmi, Vera Jimenez, W. Henry Walker.

Vera Jimenez

Award-winning KTLA 5 News meteorologist and dedicated Redondo Beach Rotarian who has worked with organizations both at home and abroad supporting literacy, women’s empowerment, children and families, poverty and other vital causes.

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Leilanie Jones, W. Henry Walker

Lailanie Jones

Executive Director of Precious Lamb Preschool in Long Beach, which offers life-changing early education to homeless children throughout the community with the mission of “breaking the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.”

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Daniel K. Walker, Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Community leader with The Beacon House Association of San Pedro, which supports young men battling homelessness, drug addiction, and incarceration on the road to becoming responsible, service oriented, and hard-working members of the community.

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Christine Walker, Debbie Painter

Debbie Painter

Founder of Autism by the Sea, a community resource for families with children on the autism spectrum that delivers irreplaceable support, education, and awareness (SEA) along with nurturing peer support.

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Gary Remland, W. Henry Walker

Gary Remland

Owner of Remland Insurance who helped to start Rotary Club of Orange’s work with Mary’s Kitchen, a vital source of food for at-risk community members who receive brown bag lunches and a much-needed hot meal, as well as spearheaded the launch of the Orange Field of Valor program.

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Daniel K. Walker, Kenneth Tokita

Dr. Kenneth Tokita

Renowned oncologist, founder, and leader of a wealth of local initiatives supporting cancer research, education, development, and personal growth, including the Parnassus Society, for young people across Orange County.

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