Whidbey Island Bank Expands SBA Lending Capabilities to Support Ongoing Growth

SBA Lending Experts Christine Heckert and Steven Evans Join Whidbey Island Bank

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| Source: Washington Banking Company

OAK HARBOR, Wash., April 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Christine Heckert, a 33-year banking veteran, has been named senior vice president and SBA Manager for Whidbey Island Bank. In addition to SBA Department oversight, Ms. Heckert will also lead an expanded SBA Lending team in Lynnwood. Joining Ms. Heckert in the sales and development area is Steven Evans, VP/SBA Commercial Lending Officer.  Also joining the team are Renee Petit as AVP/SBA Credit Supervisor and Jennifer Stoves as SBA Credit Assistant.   

"Christine's leadership and experience are a great addition to the bank," noted Bryan McDonald, Whidbey Island Bank's CEO and President. "We're excited to expand this strategic effort, solidifying our SBA lending expertise throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Bringing Christine and Steven to Whidbey Island Bank adds more depth to our already substantial commitment to the SBA's Preferred Lender Program in Region 10, which is serviced by 28 Commercial Lending Officers, as well as the SBA Lending team."

Heckert and Evans bring their skills to an already accomplished SBA team that includes Janie Sacco, VP/Market Manager and Shawn Perry, SBA Lending Officer, currently housed at the bank's Lynnwood Financial Center, with Ryan Patrick, SBA Loan Coordinator and Emy Bautista, SBA Credit Assistant in Burlington.

Whidbey Island Bank is a full-service community bank, serving local Northwest communities in 32 locations across Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom, King and Snohomish counties. The bank was established in 1961 to provide high-quality lending, deposit, transaction and investment services to individuals and businesses. The bank is a subsidiary of Washington Banking Company (Nasdaq:WBCO).

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For additional information, contact:
Mary M. Bailey
Whidbey Island Bank
(360) 757-5020