SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2008--U.S. Bank will
present an economic forecast to more than 250 business clients as part
of its annual customer appreciation event on Monday, March 17 at 4:30
p.m. at the City Club in San Francisco.
Lon Hatamiya and Tapan Munroe will provide a panel discussion of
economic events impacting the San Francisco and California business
community. Hatamiya is the former secretary of the California
Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, the state's primary promoter of
economic development, job creation and business retention. He is also
a member of the U.S. Bank local advisory board in Sacramento. Munroe
is president of Munroe Consulting Inc., an economic consulting firm
engaged in research and consulting support for business and public
sector clients. Formerly the chief economist for PG&E, Munroe is a
widely published author and frequent commentator on regional and
national news programs.
New this year, U.S. Bank will present the inaugural U.S. Bank
Shared Values Partner Award and a significant cash contribution to the
charitable trust of Rogers Family Co. & JBR, Inc. in San Leandro,
Calif., for its compassion in taking care of families in Mexican,
Central American and African communities where their partner coffee
growers and suppliers live and work.
"Their Coffee Family Community Aid projects are simply amazing,"
said Michael Walker, president of U.S. Bank in northern California.
"The Rogers family has reinvested in these communities by building
schools, teaching sustainable farming practices, providing health care
and much more. In the past, the only option these farmers had was to
sell to brokers who paid much less and did not reinvest with the
farmers. Thanks to the work of the Rogers Family Charitable Trust,
they are growing thriving communities and goodwill for American
The U.S. Bank Shared Values Partner Award is given to a business
customer that exemplifies values shared by U.S. Bank, which include
community involvement, employee empowerment and satisfaction, and
customer service. A video of the work that the Rogers family does in
these regions will be presented at the March 17 event.
The Rogers Family Company was founded in 1979 by Princeton
University graduate and ex-Revlon executive Jon B. Rogers and his wife
Barbara Rogers. The Rogers gambled and took a second mortgage on a
home to purchase and eventually transform a small, bankrupt firm into
what today collectively comprises one of the nation's leading
wholesalers/roasters of branded gourmet coffee. The company is one of
the nation's few remaining family-owned gourmet coffee roasters. The
Rogers Family Company today supplies millions of pounds of coffee
(including Fair Trade Certified) and tea each year to discriminating
customers worldwide under various brands including the Organic Coffee
Co., San Francisco Bay Premium Gourmet Coffee, Fairwinds Gourmet
Coffee, AUDUBON COFFEE and Cafe Jerusalem. Visit
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with $238 billion in assets, is the
parent company of U.S. Bank, the 6th largest commercial bank in the
United States. The company operates 2,518 banking offices and 4,867
ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage,
insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products
to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the
web at www.usbank.com.
This invitation only event is open to members of the news media.
CONTACT: U.S. Bank Media Relations
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
SOURCE: U.S. Bank