Columbia State Bank Welcomes Wendy McGrane


November 8th, 2010
Contact: JoAnne Coy
Corporate Communications and Investor Relations


Columbia State Bank Welcomes Wendy McGrane, Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer

Bend, OR – Columbia State Bank welcomes Wendy McGrane, Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer to its Bend Wall Street branch.  Ms. McGrane will assist businesses in Central Oregon to achieve their short- and long-term goals by providing tailored banking and lending solutions.

“Columbia State Bank is pleased to add Wendy to our commercial team.  With a reputation as a leading commercial banker in the Central Oregon market, Wendy will be extremely successful in meeting all of the business financial needs with a focus on companies ranging from $2 million to $75 million in annual sales.” said Gary R. O’Connell, Senior Vice President and Commercial Team Leader.

Having worked with Liberty Bank and US Bank, Ms. McGrane brings over eight years of experience to her new position.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School.

Ms. McGrane is an active member of the Bend community, where she lives with her family.  She is President of the Growing Tree Children’s Center, a member of the Oregon Business Development Corporation, and volunteers her time to The United Way of Deschutes County.  She is also a member of the RMA Young Professionals National Committee.


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