Wilbur H. Stevens
Mr. Stevens was one of the three founding owners of Stevens, Sloan & Shah CPAs. He specialized in auditing banks and testifying as a Certified Fraud Examiner. He also provided accounting, consulting and tax advice for his business and individual clients. He served in the United States Army during World War II. For his efforts, Mr. Stevens was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the China Service Medal, and the China War Memorial Medal. After the war, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1949 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and was elected to the honor society of Phi Beta Kappa. During his 60-year career, Mr. Stevens served as President of the California Society of the Certified Public Accountants, President of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and Vice President of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He chaired numerous committees and instructed many continuing education courses.
In addition, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the California Society of CPAs. He served his community as President of the Salinas Chamber of Commerce, founded and was Chairman of Valley National Bank, and was Director Emeritus and Founding Chairman of Pacific Valley Bank. He also founded several Rotary Clubs in Salinas and neighboring areas. He served as Governor of Rotary International District 523 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Following in the footsteps of his father, Mr. Stevens joined the Masonic Order and was proud to be a life member. In addition to serving several lodges as Worshipful Master, he was a member of the Knights Templar, Royal Arch Masons, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Sojourners.