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From financing to risk management to M&A, our Commercial Banking Team is made up of industry leaders who focus on developing successful long-term business relationships. We are ready to help you achieve your professional and financial goals.


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Chris Gruenfeld SVP, Commercial Banking Team Leader
719 2nd Ave, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98104-1701 phone: 206-223-4542
Chris Gruenfeld, senior vice president and commercial banking team lead for Columbia Bank, works tirelessly to help his clients reach their goals through the establishment of a trusting relationship. In the course of this relationship, he provides expertise and strategic counsel for clients in the mortgage banking, commercial finance, private school, professional service, real estate, transportation and commercial construction industries.

Chris is a commercial banking veteran with more than 30 years' of experience. He earned his business degree from the University of Idaho and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School. He is active in the community including through service to the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, The United Way and at his local church.
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Michael J Hiller SVP, Regional Commercial Banking Manager
1301 A Street, Suite 800 Tacoma, WA 98402 phone: 253-305-1907
Michael Hiller, senior vice president and regional manager for commercial banking at Columbia Bank, firmly believes that all healthy relationships are built on the foundation of trust. As such, he provides an engaged and consultative approach toward all client interactions, working in their best interest, with a strategic emphasis.

A veteran banker with over 30 years’ experience, Michael oversees the commercial banking team in the South Puget Sound region – composed of two banking teams (Tacoma & Olympia) and also oversees Columbia Bank’s International Banking Group. Michael earned a BS degree in Finance, a Masters of Business Administration and graduated from the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School. A dedicated volunteer and leader in the community, Michael has been heavily involved with the Rotary Club, Boys and Girls Clubs, the First Tee organization, the Association of General Contractors and the Milgard Business School at University of Washington, Tacoma.
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Kevin N Meabon SVP, Commercial Banking Team Leader
721 2nd Ave, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98104 phone: 206-223-4547
Kevin Meabon is senior vice president and team leader for Columbia Bank's commercial banking team as well as the team leader for the Native American financial services group. In this role, Kevin focuses his energies on building relationships, providing real value and helping each client overcome any challenges. With Columbia's growing Native American financial services group, Kevin helps drive economic activity and social improvement in the lives of Northwest Native Americans.

A commercial banking veteran for 16 years, Kevin has built one of the largest and most complex portfolios for the bank. A University of Washington graduate and graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, Kevin is active in his community including with the Washington Indian Gaming Association and the Construction Financial Management Association. In 2018, Kevin was honored as a 40 Under 40 award winner by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
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Doug Weber SVP, Commercial Banking Team Leader
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 200 Bellevue, WA 98004 phone: 425-691-5040
Doug Weber, senior vice president and team lead for Columbia Bank’s commercial banking team provides the highest level of service and builds strong relationships with his clients so that their success becomes his personal goal. As a team leader for Columbia Bank in eastern King County Washington, Doug is an expert in commercial lending to all industries ranging from professional services, technology, manufacturing and more. 

A 17-year banking veteran, Doug has also held senior positions in commercial credit analysis, real estate lending, commercial lending and relationship management. A graduate of Western Washington University, Doug is active in his community as a volunteer coach in both soccer and lacrosse.
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Jeff Wilcox SVP, Commercial Banking Team Leader
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 200 Bellevue, WA 98004 phone: 425-637-9781
Jeff Wilcox, senior vice president and team lead for commercial banking at Columbia Bank, leads the Bellevue, Washington team and works diligently to ensure the highest levels of client service (business development and risk management). Jeff is an expert at providing strategic counsel for business verticals including low income housing, food, beverage and consumer products, M&A financing and manufacturing and distribution.

A 26 year veteran in the finance industry – with the past 17 in banking – Jeff is a graduate of Utah State University. He is deeply connect to the community and has been active with or helped lead a number of community organizations including the Overlake Medical Center Foundation, varying Providence Healthcare Foundations, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the Bellevue Downtown Association and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound.
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Matt Abtahi SVP, Commercial Banking Officer
721 2nd Ave, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98104 phone: 206-223-8465
Matt Abtahi, senior vice president for Columbia Bank’s commercial banking team believes that great customer service is in his team’s DNA and that they identify, define and propose sound financial solutions before a client even makes a request. Further, he and his team are experts at providing creative ideas that drive client success. 

A banker with more than two decades of experience, Matt is a longtime Northwest resident, having graduated from the University of Oregon. He is active in his community including current and past leadership and volunteer work with Lions International, Northshore Education Foundation and DECA.
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Michael Evans SVP, Commercial Banking Officer
1301 A Street, Suite 800 Tacoma, WA 98402 phone: 253-396-6976
Michael Evans, senior vice president and commercial banking officer for Columbia Bank, firmly believes in getting to know his clients and working tirelessly to achieve their goals. There is little that Michael has not seen in his career in banking and he is extremely effective at finding creative solutions that meet and exceed client expectations throughout the South Sound Region. 

A veteran banker with more than 30 years’ experience, Michael graduated from the University of Washington, Tacoma as well as the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School. He has also held leadership positions for some of the largest banks in the US including Chase, US Bank and KeyBank. Michael is also active in local business leadership including with the World Trade Center, Association for Corporate Growth and his local economic development board and chamber of commerce.
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Kit Gerwels SVP, Commercial Banking Officer
721 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98104 phone: 206-223-4552
Kit Gerwels, senior vice president for Columbia Bank’s commercial banking team considers it his mission to serve clients and organizations by leveraging his business and banking expertise to achieve their financial goals. His mindset is to fully understand his clients business and determine the best solutions for their individual needs.

Kit is a veteran banker with more than 18 years’ experience and is an expert in shepherding clients through the mergers and acquisition process. A graduate of the University of Washington and a graduate with honors from the Pacific Coast Banking School, Kit is also an active volunteer with Financial Beginnings, Habitat for Humanity and the Seattle Union Gospel Mission.
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Christine Liu SVP, Commercial Banking Officer
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 200 Bellevue, WA 98004 phone: 425-691-5029
Christine Liu, senior vice president and commercial banking relationship manager for Columbia Bank, provides financial expertise, counsel, and customized solutions to help clients reach their complex financial goals. Through competitively priced financial solutions, her clients get the best financial alternatives available to meet their short-and long-term goals. 

Christine began her banking career in 2002 at Wells Fargo Bank as a business specialist in Seattle and as a team leader for the business specialist group. She has been recognized as a top performer numerous times including recognition as the Number One Business Banker in the State of Washington in 2017. Fluent in both Chinese Mandarin and Taiwanese, Christine graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School and is also a board member of the Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS) in Seattle.
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James Miller SVP, Commercial Banking Officer
1301 A Street, Suite 800 Tacoma, WA 98402 phone: 253-305-1934
James Miller, senior vice president and commercial banking officer for Columbia Bank, is an expert in a wide range of financing structures including acquisitions and asset based lending, and possesses outstanding experience in various industries including timber, energy, manufacturing and religious organizations. 

A banker with more than 20 years' of experience, James has been with Columbia for 13 years, and now manages the largest commercial banking portfolio in the South Puget Sound region. He is also active in his community including as the past treasurer and board member for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.
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Blair P O'Brien SVP, Commercial Banking Officer
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 200 Bellevue, WA 98004 phone: 425-456-8925
Blair O’Brien, senior vice president for commercial banking at Columbia Bank, provides creative and complex financing solutions that help clients meet their financing objectives. Acting much like a quarterback for the client relationship, Blair is the main point of contact and works with other bank product & service experts to provide a one-stop shop, full service experience. He is a strong believer in listening first, then diving in to find solutions that work for the specific needs of his clients. 

Blair has been with Columbia Bank for 12 years and in commercial banking for 21 years. His areas of focus are: food, beverage and consumer products, finance companies, hospitality, M&A, and service companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle Pacific University. His strong Northwest roots serve him well as he works with clients throughout the region as well as volunteering his time to numerous local organizations.
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Luke Pingel SVP, Commercial Banking Officer
719 2nd Ave, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98104 phone: 206-223-4550
Luke Pingel, senior vice president and commercial banking officer with Columbia Bank is an expert at providing tailored banking services for nonprofit and governmental clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Luke designs solutions based on client's unique needs and in consideration of the unique challenges of project funding such as capital campaigns, state, and federal grant funding. For more than a decade, Luke has built outstanding relationships in the nonprofit sector with clients in education, healthcare, human services and religious organizations among others; and in the governmental sector with cities, counties, housing authorities, ports, school districts and utilities.

Luke serves as Columbia Bank’s municipal banker for the state of Washington, but also draws heavily on his experience in working with schools and universities, social service agencies, and Native American Tribes, as well as marine transportation, seafood companies and finance organizations.
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Brandon Barnes VP, Commercial Banking Officer
2820 Harrison Ave NW Olympia, WA 98502 phone: 360-742-6094
Brandon Barnes, vice president and commercial banking officer for Columbia Bank’s commercial banking team, focuses on creating mutually beneficial relationships which serve clients, the market and the community in general. He believes that frequent and effective communication is key to building and maintaining trust and he always works toward meeting and exceeding client expectations. 

Brandon has been in the banking industry for more than eight years, including roles as a vice president and business banking officer. A graduate of the Washington Bankers Association Executive Development Program, Brandon has always been active in his community including as a volunteer for YMCA, YWCA, United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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Carrie Benjamin VP, Commercial Banking Officer
303 Union Ave SE Olympia, WA 98501 phone: 360-357-7013
Carrie Benjamin, vice president and commercial banking officer for Columbia Bank’s commercial banking team works tirelessly to find proactive solutions for her clients in all facets of their financial needs. She is well known for providing honest feedback and clear direction in building a relationship that works well for both banker and business leader. As a generalist on the team, Carrie takes a holistic approach in realizing the desired outcomes for her clients. 

A veteran banker with more than 20 years’ experience at Columbia Bank, she has previously worked as a loan support officer and other related roles. Active in her community, Carrie is a board member with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and has volunteered for numerous organizations in Washington including, the Salvation Army, YWCA, Olympia Rotary and the Boys and Girls Club.
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Jon Collavo VP, Commercial Banking Officer
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 200 Bellevue, WA 98004 phone: 425-691-5003
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Ryan Hamilton VP, Commercial Banking Officer
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 200 Bellevue, WA 98004 phone: 425-691-5033
Ryan Hamilton, vice president and commercial banking officer for Columbia Bank, provides financial expertise and customized services to help local businesses. He focuses on lending and cash management tools, and takes a long-term view of banking relationships to help clients meet their goals. 

Ryan has 15 years' of banking experience beginning with Wells Fargo in 2004, where he held positions in the retail bank before being accepted into the business banking training program in 2005. He served as a senior business relationship manager in the wholesale bank, working with a wide variety of clients, ranging from local businesses to government and nonprofit entities. A graduate from the University of Washington, Ryan joined Columbia Bank in 2018.
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CJ Mitchell VP, Commercial Banking Officer
719 2nd Ave, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98104 phone: 206-223-4557
CJ Mitchell, vice president for Columbia Bank’s commercial banking team believes that a great banker provides great client service, demonstrates outstanding industry expertise and is always reachable and available. His overriding philosophy is to work hard each day to build genuine relationships that bring long-term benefit to his clients. 

An accountant by training, CJ has been in banking for three years and graduated with both an accounting degree and MBA from Gonzaga University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Puget Sound Chapter of the Construction financial Management Association and the Washington State Society of CPAs.
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Brock Mullins VP, Commercial Banking Officer
719 2nd Ave., Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98104 phone: 206-254-2769
Brock Mullins, vice president and senior relationship manager for the Seattle commercial banking office of Columbia Bank is an expert at building long-lasting relationships with clients. His area of focus includes extensive experience working with a wide range of middle-market companies, including manufacturers, distributors and service companies. 

A veteran banking executive in the Puget Sound region, Brock is a graduate of the University of Washington with degrees in business and communications. In his personal time he pursues writing, photography, and classical piano.
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Noah Stockton VP, Commercial Banking Officer
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 200 Bellevue, WA 98004 phone: 425-691-5040
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Hieu T Tran VP, Commercial Banking Officer
1110 112th Ave. NE, Suite 200 Bellevue, WA 98004 phone: 425-638-0300
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Scott Zylka VP, Commercial Banking Officer
303 Union Ave SE Olympia, WA 98501 phone: 360-412-7893
Scott Zylka, vice president and commercial Banking officer with Columbia Bank is an expert at establishing new, long-term, successful commercial banking relationships and maintaining and fostering the growth of existing commercial banking relationships. Scott's focus throughout the South Puget Sound is in providing strategic counsel in commercial lending, and has a wealth of experience in the construction, contracting, medical, retail and wholesale industries.

A veteran banker of more than 14 years, Scott earned his accounting degree at Marquette and his MBA from DePaul University. Scott moved to the Pacific Northwest just a few years ago and enjoys all the region has to offer.
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Linda Reid VP, Relationship Banking Officer
101 E 6th Street, Suite 100 Vancouver, WA 98660 phone: 360-735-3719

Linda Reid, relationship banking officer in Vancouver, Washington, is responsible for client relationship management and retention and is dedicated to creating new ways to enhance those relationships. She is also responsible for developing new business relationships and formalizing a strong network of referral sources while sharing the Columbia Bank story in her community. Linda strives to deliver the highest level of customer service and always puts client’s needs first.

Linda has nearly 40 years in banking, including 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. Her expertise resides in nonprofit and small business banking. She is actively involved in her local community, serving as a board member with Vancouver’s Downtown Association; Leadership Clark County; the Clark County Mural Society; The Nonprofit Network of SW Washington, Ducks Unlimited and Washington State University Business MAP Growth Program. She is also an active committee member for Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and a volunteer with Junior Achievement.

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Jamie Louie-Smith VP, Relationship Banking Manager
1011 Harlow Road, Ste. 101 Springfield, OR 97477 phone: 541-984-2226

Through a consultative approach, Jamie Louie-Smith, vice president, commercial relationship manager for Columbia Bank, provides solutions to clients and prospects that assists them with their unique business needs. Jamie manages a team that supports those clients and prospects and whom works to ensure an excellent client experience. Jamie is experienced in underwriting many types of commercial loans including commercial real estate, equipment financing, lines of credit, startups and acquisitions. Over the past several years, Jamie has specialized within the medical and dental niche as well as nonprofit organizations.

With more than 15 years of experience, Jamie launched her banking career in 2002 as a client service specialist at Pacific Continental Bank before serving as a senior credit analyst. Jamie attended the University of Oregon where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, majoring in sociology and receiving a business minor. Jamie also attended the Western School of Commercial Lending and graduated in 2013 from the Leadership Eugene-Springfield Program. Jamie was a recipient of the 20 under 40 Rising Business Star award in 2008.

In an effort to improve the communities she serves, Jamie is active on a variety of non-profit committees and boards with the goal of putting her skillset to the best possible use. Jamie is actively involved with Food for Lane County, Springfield Education Foundation, Looking Glass Youth and Family Services and the Eugene/Springfield Risk Management Association.

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Elena Fracchia AVP, Wealth Advisor
111 West 7th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401

In her role as wealth advisor for Columbia Bank in Eugene, Ore., Elena Fracchia serves as a wealth consultant and resource to individuals and businesses who want to learn more about Columbia Bank’s wealth management services. She is responsible for meeting with people and assessing their needs before providing an objective and unbiased recommendation on which experts will be best to provide clients with the products and services they need. Elena is dedicated to understanding the underlying needs of each client to ensure they are getting what they need.

Elena has a background and expertise in nonprofit management, financial education and community engagement. Prior to her role as wealth advisor for Columbia Bank, Elena served as community relations officer at Pacific Continental Bank for over a year. Elena attended the University of Oregon where she received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the Robert D. Clark Honors College as well as her Master’s Degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. Elena is actively involved with the University of Oregon and previously worked with United Way of Lane County, Oregon Retirement Savings Taskforce, Northwest Health Foundation, Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth and the Climate Leadership Initiative.

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Margot Swanson Relationship Banking Officer
805 SW Broadway, Ste 780 Portland, OR 97205 phone: 503-542-8518

Margot Swanson, relationship banking officer at Columbia Bank in Portland, Ore., is dedicated to providing excellent customer service to her clients and leveraging the expertise of her team to develop banking and treasury management solutions that fit the unique goals and needs of each individual organization she works with. Margot is also tasked with building new relationships in the community and bringing new clients to the bank. Margot establishes solid relationships with new and existing clients by striving to learn about each client’s needs and goals to develop a strategy that will help them get there.

Margot was previously an associate director of development at the Oregon Health and Science University Foundation. Graduating Cum Laude in her class, Margot received her Master of Business Administration from Willamette University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whitworth University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in business management.

Working in the nonprofit sector for more than eight years, Margot has developed a strong network in the community that includes strong relationships with past colleagues, board members and volunteers from these organizations. Margot is dedicated to her local community and recognizes that it is a much stronger and more prosperous place when corporate and nonprofit communities are closely aligned and focused on shared goals for the cities and states in which they operate. Previous volunteer experience includes Sisters of the Road and Dove Lewis Animal Hospital. Margot was also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she was also a speaker at the International Conference in April 2017 and was also part of the Willamette Valley Development Officers.

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Heather Gabbert AVP, Relationship Banking Officer
25 Division Avenue Eugene, OR 97404 phone: 541-338-1411

Heather Gabbert, relationship banking officer for Columbia Bank, is a true advocate for her clients, and spends the time needed to provide them with the kind of strategic counsel they need to succeed. Heather works hard to ensure that her clients never feel as if they are a “transaction,” but instead feel like a partner with her through conversations. Heather’s goal is to develop a relationship that lasts for many years.

An 11-year banking veteran, Heather has experience in many areas including as a client service specialist and assistant branch manager and has held positions in both the retail and commercial sectors. She is active in the community including involvement with United Way Emerging Leaders program and in service to organizations including Food for Lane County, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society and the Eugene Mission.

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Kelly Heffner AVP, Relationship Banking Officer
255 Coburg Road Eugene, OR 97401 phone: 541-984-2306

Kelly Heffner, relationship banking officer for Columbia Bank, believes in providing top-notch client service and going the extra mile to help clients reach their financial needs and goals. Her specialty is working to develop a client’s strategic plan and making adjustments and modifications along the way in order to maximize success.

Kelly has been a banker for six years, but also has more than 15 years of client service experience. A University of Oregon alum, she is very active in her community including current and former leadership and volunteer positions with the Eugene Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, United Way of Lane County, CASA of Lane County, FOOD for Lane County and Financial Beginnings of Oregon.

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Kim Diercks Credit Analyst
414 Church Street Sandpoint, ID 83864 phone: 208-255-3384

Kim Diercks, commercial credit analyst for Columbia Bank, is well known in her community of Northern Idaho for developing outstanding relationships with clients and helping them navigate the credit authorization process. Kim specializes in providing strategic counsel to a host of local clients serving many communities and people throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington.

A Stanford University graduate, Kim has been involved in banking for the past 16 years since moving to Sandpoint. She is deeply involved in her community including as a board member for Kinderhaven, board president of 7B Women – a women’s advocacy group, and as a board member of Columbia Cares - a Columbia Bank-affiliated organization that provides aid to community members in crisis.

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Rhonda VanOrder VP, Treasury Management Sales Officer
521 12th Avenue South Nampa, ID 83651 phone: 208-899-8470

Rhonda VanOrder, vice president, treasury management sales officer for Columbia Bank, is an expert at helping clients utilize the bank’s treasury management services to effectively and efficiently move their money in order to reach their financial goals. Rhonda works tirelessly to build a sound relationship with clients based on the art of listening and really hearing what they need from their financial partner.

A veteran banker of more than 26 years, Rhonda has vast experience in treasury management, commercial and consumer loans, as well as mortgage lending. She is also extremely active in her community and currently volunteers for Rotary Club, Relay for Life, Salvation Army, Future Farmers of America and the Cambridge First Baptist Church.

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