Our team provides services to individuals and families, to owners and employees of privately held businesses and to the boards of community foundations. We help you to develop sustainable strategies that support the people and causes that matter most to you.
Susan Brinkman has gained a strong expertise in the administration of personal and charitable trust and investment management accounts throughout her 22 years in the trust industry. Susan uses her broad experience and fiduciary knowledge to find solutions for her clients’ financial, tax, investment and estate planning needs. Her experience has taught her to be attentive to her clients’ needs and goals and to look for appropriate solutions that add value. Susan believes that the key to providing a high level of service to her clients is building strong relationships.
Susan Brinkman is a graduate of the Cannon Trust School. In addition, Susan is an honors graduate of the ABA’s National Graduate Trust School. She attended Colorado State University.
Susan is an active participant in her community, volunteering with several organizations. She currently works with Awana Clubs International and is the former CEO of the National Organization Caring for Kids (NOCK). Susan previously served on the Boards of Gig Harbor Academy and the Tacoma Symphony.
Rob Howell is Director of Investments for Columbia Bank’s Trust and Investment Services with more than 35 years of industry experience. He specializes in development and management for a variety of trust and investment disciplines, including asset allocation strategies, risk management and strategic client solutions.
Rob takes a very active approach to client relationships, to ensure a complete understanding of an individual’s goals. He works closely with clients to instill a sense of confidence, so they can work together to mutually arrive at financial solutions. Rob believes the success of any business is determined by building and maintaining strong relationships. He believes Columbia Bank has a genuine philosophy of doing what is right for clients, and that to be a “trusted advisor” is not only what you are, but what you have earned.
Based in Tacoma, Rob covers the entire Oregon and Washington footprint for Columbia Bank. In the past he has volunteered with the American Red Cross, among others.
Bryce Ralston has been with Columbia Bank for more than seven years and currently serves as vice president, portfolio manager. With expertise in global asset allocation, he manages complex portfolios of high-net worth individuals across both trust and non-profit accounts.
Based in Coeur d’Alene, he works with clients across Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. For Bryce, genuine customer service is at the core of his philosophy. He believes in order to provide the highest level of service, he must put clients first. He does this by genuinely listening to his clients and understanding their unique circumstances to ensure that he manages their assets to accomplish their goals.
Bryce received his B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently a member of the Market Technicians Association, a not-for-profit professional organization devoted to expanding the field of technical analysis.
Raquel Ramage is responsible for administering trust and investment accounts for Columbia Bank, which includes building and strengthening existing client relationships. She specializes in trust account administration and risk management issues including discretionary actions, communication with beneficiaries and professional advisors. Raquel covers the entire Idaho market.
Raquel places her highest priority on customer service. Her approach centers on listening to clients and ensuring an understanding of their specific needs, while integrating those with intimate understanding of trust regulations and requirements.
Raquel earned her B.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as her M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. Her community activities include involvement with local Parent Teacher Associations.
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