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NMBA mourns longtime executive

The board and members of the National Marine Bankers Association announced the sudden passing on Aug. 20 of their colleague Jesse Bragg.

Bragg was a consumer finance executive with more than 30 years of service with Bank of the West, its predecessors and Essex Credit Corp.

“Jesse was instrumental in the turnaround, positive growth and success of Essex Credit,” according to the association. “He cultivated outstanding lending relationships with national organizations, finance sources and vendors that became important operational components to his business. Jesse's leadership has left a positive legacy for Essex Credit and its consumer recreation finance business.”

Bragg served as president and a board member of the Association of Consumer Vehicle Lessors. He was active with the NMBA, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and other business associations throughout his career.

A memorial service and reception to celebrate his life has been scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, Calif.

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