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Hicken is honoree

Posted: July 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

James D. Hicken, as the Loan Ranger, salutes Zontians, left to right, Chris Miller, Terry Kanowsky, Jo Ann Rodriguez and Alicia Estrada. Hicken, president of the Bank of Santa Clarita, has been selected as the 2011 Celebrity Tribute Dinner honoree by the Zonta Club of SCV.

James D. Hicken, president and CEO of Bank of Santa Clarita, has been selected as the honoree for the 2011 Celebrity Tribute Dinner sponsored by Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

The event is scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills.

The theme for this year’s dinner is “The Loan Ranger Rides Again,” in tribute to Hicken’s banking career, as well as his teen years, when he spent his summers working on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.

Planning for the 2011 dinner is currently under way, guided by Zontians Alicia Estrada, administrative chair; Chris Miller, logistics and Terry Kanowsky, fundraising.

“Jim Hicken is an excellent honoree for Zonta’s tribute dinner,” Estrada said. “He is a leader in both his career and community-service activities, and his background makes for a very interesting theme. I think our guests will enjoy this year’s dinner very much.”

Hicken has 33 years of commercial banking experience. Prior to founding the Bank of Santa Clarita, he served as executive vice president and chief lending officer of Valencia Bank & Trust. An SCV resident for the last 15 years he has actively supported a number of SCV nonprofits.

The tribute is Zonta’s top fund-raising event of the year and supports the club’s scholarship, grant and community service programs. Zonta is dedicated to improving the lives of women locally and worldwide.

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