Columbia State Bank Welcomes Brooke Garcia

October 20th, 2010
Contact: JoAnne Coy
Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(253) 305-1965

Columbia State Bank Welcomes Brooke Garcia,

Vice President and Treasury Management Officer

Bend, OR – Columbia State Bank welcomes Brooke Garcia, Vice President and Treasury Management Officer to its Bend – Wall Street location. Ms. Garcia will advise and consult on Treasury Management and deposit services for business, non-profit and government clients in Central Oregon.

“Brooke is a great addition to our Treasury Management Team. Her experience as a trusted expert in cash management solutions and her extensive knowledge of the Central Oregon market will prove to be a great benefit for us and our customers. We are very happy to have her on board,” said Stewart A. Williams III, Vice President and Regional Treasury Management Team Leader.

Mrs. Garcia brings 5 years of overall banking experience to her new position. When asked about her new role, she commented “I am excited about having the opportunity to work with a strong Northwest community bank.” Prior to joining Columbia State Bank she worked as a Professional Banking Officer at the Bank of the Cascades. Ms. Garcia earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Having lived in Bend for the past four years with her family, Ms. Garcia is an active member of the community. She volunteers her time to the Family Access Network Foundation, serving as their Vice Chair. She is also a member of the Oregon Municipal Finance Officers Association.



About Columbia

Columbia State Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Banking System, Inc. is a Washington state-chartered full-service commercial bank headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. Columbia Bank was awarded third place in the large employer category by Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2010 and was designated one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Washington’s Best Workplaces 2010”.

With the January, 2010 FDIC-assisted acquisitions of Columbia River Bank and American Marine Bank, Columbia State Bank has 85 banking offices, including 60 branches in Washington State and 25 branches in Oregon. Columbia State Bank does business under the Bank of Astoria name at the Bank of Astoria’s former branches located in Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita and Tillamook. More information about Columbia can be found on its website at