Jim Ford serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of PremierWest Bancorp and its subsidiary, PremierWest Bank. Mr. Ford has an extensive background in banking, beginning his banking career with First Interstate Bank in 1980. He currently serves on the board of the Oregon Bankers Association.
Mr. Ford is active in the southern Oregon community, serving on the boards of Southern Oregon University, SOREDI (Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc.), and the Oregon Club of Southern Oregon.
Mr. Ford earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon in 1980. He also is a 1992 graduate of the University of Washington's Pacific Coast Banking School. Mr. Ford lives in Ashland.
Mr. Ford began his service on the SAIF Board of Directors on July 1, 2010.