Summit Bank is pleased to announce it has hired Gary O’Connell as its Central Oregon Region, Market President. Mr. O’Connell has been a commercial banker in Bend for 15 years and was most recently serving as a Senior Vice President – Commercial Banking Team Leader. Mr. O’Connell has a finance degree from the University of Portland and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. “Gary embodies our culture of working closely with clients and caring about the community,” said Craig Wanichek, president and chief executive officer. “We are off to a great start, the responses from the business community has been very strong.”
“I am very excited to be joining the Summit Bank team,” said O’Connell. “They are committed to being flexible, responsive and aligned with the clients’ goals. We look forward to the opportunity to become a major participant in the Central Oregon market.”
Summit recently purchased a bank office at 560 Columbia in Bend, Oregon. The office located on the corner of Colorado and Columbia is currently being remodeled. With this expansion, Summit Bank also plans to add up to 2 additional board members from the Bend area. The office will focus on serving professionals and community-based businesses. It will be a full-service commercial bank operation; accepting deposits, providing commercial, personal, and SBA loans, as well as operating a drive-through window.