First Independent Bank has named Kara Harris as assistant vice president, business banking.
Harris is responsible for expanding business banking opportunities with new and existing clients and matching the needs of business customers to a range of banking services which offer new efficiencies and critical safeguards.
Harris’ diverse professional background combined with a record of establishing successful business relationships provide a solid foundation for her new position. Harris spent most of her career in the hospitality sector working with well-known casino properties in Northern Nevada, directly assisting corporate and business tourism customers in mining, manufacturing, logistics, and related industries. Most recently, Harris was director of workforce at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN).
She is a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Nevada and Girls On The Run – Sierras and sits on the young leaders committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Nevada. Harris is also a strong proponent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and worked closely with the Washoe County School District while at EDAWN to expand robotics and STEM opportunities for students.