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David Buehler named new TBAS CEO

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Source: TBAS media release

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Territorial Bank of American Samoa’s (TBAS) board of directors has announced a change in its senior management team.

According to TBAS Board chair, Olivia C. Reid, Drew Roberts is leaving his position as CEO of the bank, as the executive search for a permanent CEO - which had been underway for the last several months - has materialized a qualified replacement.

As such, the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS) is very fortunate and pleased to be welcoming back a very familiar face to the territory as the new CEO of TBAS: David A. Buehler, who has 22 years of vast banking experience with Bank of Hawaii, Citizens Bank & Trust of Wisconsin, USDA Farmers Home Administration of Wisconsin, and First Savings and Loan Association of Guam.

Buehler served as Bank of Hawaii’s district manager of local operations (2002-2006) and  BoH’s branch manager (1989-1991). His other roles with Bank of Hawaii included assistant manager - main branch; branch manager - Saipan; manager - consumer loan services - Honolulu; branch manager - Kona; and manager - West Pacific Corporate Banking, Guam.

In his long banking career with other financial institutions, Buehler held the positions of president, senior vice president - lending and guaranteed loan officer.  He also brings back with him valuable experience as a commercial real estate agent and property manager, and he also owned Orona Investments in Kona, Hawaii.

The board looks forward to Buehler joining the TBAS team with his extensive banking expertise in order to continue its progress with continually expanding services as the people’s bank of American Samoa.  He will also be an asset to the bank in training local staff so they may continue to advance within TBAS’ management levels.

The TBAS board, management, and staff sincerely thank the community for its immense support since it opened its doors over three years ago.

You have contributed to the success of the people’s bank and we wish you all a very happy and prosperous year ahead and look forward to continuing to serve your banking needs.