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Mary Carryer has joined the board of PremierWest Bancorp. Carryer held executive management positions with Bank of Hawaii, Westpac Banking Corp. and Wells Fargo and Co. before her retirement. She was part of a management team that turned around a major Australian bank, oversaw technology applications for a network of banks in the South and West Pacific, and was an American bank's Asian branch network group manager.

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PremierWest Bank announced Bill Yarbenet, executive vice president and chief credit officer, will leave at the end of January for a job on the central coast of California. Joe Danelson, executive vice president, will assume the role of chief credit officer. Danelson's banking experience covers 29 years in a variety of senior roles, including significant credit portfolio management and a stint as regional president for U.S. Bank. Senior vice president Steve Erb joins the executive management team, overseeing the branch system, consumer lending and mortgage operations, as well as the investment and finance company subsidiaries. Erb has extensive branch-banking experience spanning 26 years, including at Wells Fargo.

The appointments are subject to regulatory approval.

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Lithia Motors board member Bill Young has been named to the advisory board of automotive image company EVOX IMAGES. Young also is on the Fuel Systems Solutions board and a former chief executive officer of Volkswagen America. He was executive director at J.D. Power and Associates and president and chief executive officer of Advanced Machine Vision. He has mentored startups and young companies for more than a decade.

Also joining the board are James D. Power IV, son of J. David Power III, founder of J.D. Power and Associates; and Steve Wilhite, who has served as a senior executive at Volkswagen, Apple, Nissan, Hyundai and Jumpstart Automotive Group.

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The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association has hired Tim Caswell as the organization's new regional representative for Central and Southern Oregon. He joins four other associates who represent the interests of the restaurant and lodging industry in the state.

Caswell's background includes more than 20 years as a small business advocate. Most recently, Caswell was executive director for Southern Oregon High Performance Enterprise Consortium. He has been a field representative for the National Federation of Independent Businesses and operated his own small business.

Caswell will support membership activities, training programs and government affairs for the local area.

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