Banner Corporation to Participate in Panel Discussion at FIG Partners West Coast CEO Conference

Banner Corporation to Participate in Panel Discussion at FIG Partners West
Coast CEO Conference

WALLA WALLA, Wash., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Banner Corporation
(Nasdaq:BANR), the parent company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, today
announced that Mark J. Grescovich, President and CEO, is scheduled to
participate in a "Best Credit Recovery Stories" Panel at the FIG Partners West
Coast Bank CEO Conference on Thursday, February 7, at 2:45 p.m. PST.

The conference is scheduled for February 6-7 at the Intercontinental Hotel in
San Francisco.

About Banner Corporation

Banner Corporation is a $4.27 billion bank holding company operating two
commercial banks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.Banner serves the Pacific
Northwest region with a full range of deposit services and business,
commercial real estate, construction, residential, agricultural and consumer
loans.Visit Banner Bank on the Web at www.bannerbank.com.

CONTACT: MARK J. GRESCOVICH,
         PRESIDENT & CEO
         LLOYD W. BAKER, CFO
         (509) 527-3636
 
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