Contact: Mark J. grescovich, President & CEO Lloyd W. Baker, CFO (509) 527-3636 News Release

Exhibit 99.1
     
Contact: Mark J. grescovich,
President & CEO
Lloyd W. Baker, CFO
(509) 527-3636
 
 
Banner Corporation Announces Results of Annual Meeting;
Shareholders Approve All Proposals and Confirm All Nominated Directors to Board

Walla Walla, WA – April 23, 2014 - Banner Corporation (NASDAQ GSM: BANR) today announced that shareholders approved all proposals, including the adoption of the 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan, and re-elected all director nominees at its 2014 Annual Meeting held April 22, 2014 in Walla Walla, Washington.
 
About the Company
 
Banner Corporation, the parent company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, is a $4.5 billion bank holding company operating two commercial banks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  The banks serve the Pacific Northwest region with a full range of deposit services and business, commercial real estate, construction, residential, agricultural and consumer loans.
 
 
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