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President | Chief Executive Officer
Martin Steele, President and Chief Executive Officer, joined The Bank in June 2013. Mr. Steele spent the prior 3 years at Charter Bank in Bellevue, a subsidiary of Boston Private Bank, where he served as President & CEO. Prior to Charter Bank, Mr. Steele held senior management positions at Commerce Bank of Washington and Bank of America. Mr. Steele's civic involvement has included board of trustee positions with Seattle Opera, Boy Scouts, ACT Theatre, Junior League, Multiple Schlerosis Society, Salvation Army, Imagine Housing, and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Yale University and Rutgers University.
SVP | Chief Operating Officer
Sheri Peña, Chief Operating Officer, joined The Bank in August 2013 as head of community banking with oversight for the bank's branch network, compliance, deposit operations, and client services. Ms. Peña has more than 25 years of banking experience and was previously with Pacific Crest Savings Bank, where she was a senior vice president of client management. She attended college in Santa Rosa and is a graduate of Washington Banker's Association Compliance School. She has held numerous accreditations, including NASD Series 6 and 63 licenses, and is a passionate advocate of financial education, volunteering at local schools for all ages.
SVP | Chief Financial Officer
Geri Bullard, Chief Financial Officer, joined The Bank in October 2014. Ms. Bullard is a certified public accountant as well as a certified management accountant. She was most recently with the State of Idaho where she worked as a Bank Examiner. Prior to her role as an examiner, Ms. Bullard held the Chief Financial Officer positions at Idaho Trust Bank, Syringa Bank, and Mission Bank. Ms. Bullard completed her BS at Humboldt State University and is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.
SVP | Chief Credit Officer
Jeanne Hansen, Chief Credit Officer, has been with The Bank since its inception in 1996, then known as The Bank of Edmonds. Ms. Hansen's prior positions include 3 years as credit administrator for West One Bank, and credit analyst and loan administrator for small business loans at Security Pacific Bank of Washington. Her past community involvement includes membership with the Rotary Club of Edmonds, where she served as secretary, as well as the Puget Sound Chapter of Risk Management Associates where she served as president.
SVP | Commercial Lending
John Huey III, Senior Vice President, joined The Bank in September 2013 to lead the commercial lending team of relationship managers and oversee commercial loan production throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Mr. Huey was most recently a senior vice president and market manager at Viking Bank, now AmericanWest Bank, and also held portfolio management positions at The Commerce Bank of Washington as well as US Bank. Mr. Huey is a graduate of Oregon State University and attended the Aarhus Graduate School of Management in Aarhus, Denmark. He is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School and Northwest Intermediate Commercial Lending School. He is former president of the Seattle Executives Association and is currently on the board of the Manufacturing Industrial Council and the Washington Oral Health Foundation.
VP | IT Manager
Mr. Carey, Vice President and Manager of IT, has been with The Bank since September 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology and computer industries. Prior to joining The Bank of Washington, he was Vice President at Union Bank (formerly Frontier Bank) for six years where he managed client technologies and dozens of in-house and turn-key application systems on multiple platforms.