LAS VEGAS, Jan. 29, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) - City National Bank today announced that John Guedry, executive vice president and Nevada region manager, has been chosen to serve as a board member of Opportunity Village and Women's Development Center (WDC), two of the most well-known and prominent nonprofit organizations in southern Nevada. Guedry joins a group of very distinguished individuals serving on the boards of both of these highly regarded nonprofit agencies. (For an image of Guedry, go to

Guedry is a longtime Nevadan who has been actively involved in the community throughout his professional career that spans nearly 25 years. During the past eight years as head of City National Bank's Nevada operation and its predecessor bank, Business Bank of Nevada, Guedry has served on numerous nonprofit boards and various community projects. Some of his involvement includes past chairman of the Leadership Las Vegas Program, past chairman and board member of the American Heart Association, past corporate recruitment chairman of the Walk to Cure Diabetes, immediate past chairman and current member of the Nevada Bankers Association, and current member of the Nevada Development Authority.

"Giving back and helping those in need is something that was instilled within me when I was very young and continues to be an important part of my life today," Guedry said. "It's an honor and a privilege to serve on the boards of what many consider to be two of the most prominent and highly regarded nonprofit agencies in southern Nevada. These organizations are doing phenomenal work with the intellectually disabled and disadvantaged women and children in our community."

Opportunity Village, founded in 1954, is a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities by providing them with vocational training, employment and social recreation services that make their lives more productive and interesting. Through Opportunity Village's vast programs and services, hundreds of people with disabilities are learning vocational skills and being placed in jobs throughout southern Nevada. (For more information about Opportunity Village, go to

Women's Development Center first opened its doors in 1990, bringing a new era of hope, support, and opportunity to economically disadvantaged women and children in southern Nevada. WDC's ultimate goal is to end the cycle of poverty by helping individuals and families reach complete self-sufficiency. To assure its clients' transaction to successful living, WDC follows through with an individualized action plan that addresses everything from employment, household management, and budgeting to health, social issues, and child care. (For more information about Women's Development Center, go to

City National Bank strongly encourages its senior officers to serve on at least one board a year, while all colleagues of the bank are encouraged to get involved in the communities where they work and live by volunteering their time to worthy causes. The majority of the bank's colleagues donate at least three hours a month at one of the five at-risk elementary schools the bank has adopted throughout Nevada beginning in 2003. Last year, City National colleagues donated more than 1,700 hours of volunteer services to charitable and community organizations in Nevada, which was a 13 percent increase over the previous year.

City National contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business. The four main areas of the bank's philanthropic outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.

About City National

City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN). It is backed by $15.9 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 62 offices, including 15 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada and New York City. The company and its nine majority-owned investment affiliates manage or administer more than $59 billion in client investment assets, including $37.8 billion under direct management.

City National has nine branch offices in Nevada, including five in Las Vegas and one each in North Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Minden. The bank also has loan production offices in Reno and Stateline in South Lake Tahoe.

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