Executive Team

John W. Blizzard

John W. Blizzard

President and Chief Executive Officer

John W. Blizzard is President and Chief Executive Officer at Seattle Bank. John joined Seattle Bank in January 2014, and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank in April 2014. John is responsible for developing and leading the organization's vision and operating strategies. John comes to Seattle Bank with over 20 years of banking and financial services experience. John's industry experience includes eight years with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. Prior to joining Seattle Bank, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Bank. John earned an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University, and an MBA from Seattle University. He is a graduate of the University of Washington's Pacific Coast Banking School.

Josh Williams

Josh Williams

Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer

NMLS ID# 1316449

Phone: (206) 436-3428

[email protected]

Josh Williams is Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer at Seattle Bank. Josh joined the Bank in 2014 and leads its commercial, private banking, specialty mortgage, and family office services teams. He has over 20 years of banking experience, serving as a resource to closely held businesses and their owners, and building and leading successful teams. Prior to joining Seattle Bank, Josh held various positions at Wells Fargo, most recently as Senior Global Banking Consultant. Josh earned a degree in Economics and Political Science from Macalester College, and an MBA from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Josh serves as Treasurer of the Mt. Baker Community Club’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship Fund.

Jayson Callies

Jayson Callies

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Jayson Callies is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Seattle Bank. Jayson joined the Bank in 2016 and is responsible for managing the Bank’s IT infrastructure and the evaluation and implementation of new client-facing technologies. Jayson has over 16 years of bank technology experience, with extensive expertise in network infrastructure, core banking systems, and communications technology. He began his banking technology career with Whidbey Island Bank, working there for over 9 years. Jayson most recently was employed with Northwest Bank, where he held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Keith McCullough

Keith McCullough

Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Keith McCullough is Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Seattle Bank. Keith joined the Bank in 2012 and is responsible for credit risk management and oversight of the portfolio underwriting and loan operations teams. He has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry, starting at Key Bank with various positions in credit administration and lending for both consumer and business customers. Prior to joining Seattle Bank, Keith served as Senior Credit Administrator for Charter Bank in Bellevue and as Senior Treasury Manager for its parent company, Boston Private Bank. Keith earned a degree in Economics from Whitman College and has enjoyed volunteering at local community organizations such as Ventures and United Way.

Karen Mefford

Karen Mefford

Executive Vice President, Corporate Initiatives

Karen Mefford is Executive Vice President, Corporate Initiatives at Seattle Bank. Karen joined the Bank in 2014 and is responsible for overseeing and managing projects related to the Bank's digital offering and core systems. Karen has over 20 years of banking experience, with deep expertise in vendor and operations management. Karen began her career with Washington Federal, and spent many years with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, where she served as Vice President and Director of Operations. She earned a degree from Gonzaga University.

Bryan Johnson

Bryan Johnson

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Bryan Johnson is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Seattle Bank.  Bryan joined the Bank in 2019 and is responsible for managing the Bank’s financial planning and analysis and oversight of the Finance and Accounting team. Previously, he spent eight years at SmartBank in Knoxville, TN where he was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). During that tenure, Bryan oversaw the finance area as the Bank grew from $250 million to $2.3 billion in assets and became a publicly traded company. He has deep experience in bank acquisitions having been involved in six transactions. Bryan has eight years of experience in private and public company valuation work for a Registered Investment Advisor. Bryan is a C.F.A. and holds an M.B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee, and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis

Senior Vice President, Deposit Operations and Client Experience

Sharon Davis is Senior Vice President, Deposit Operations and Client Experience at Seattle Bank. Sharon joined the Bank in 2019 and is responsible for Bank Operations and Client Experience. Previously, she spent six years at Premera Blue Cross, providing oversight for customer service, membership and billing, and claims processing. In that role, Sharon led five operations teams and over 100 operations professionals. Prior to this, Sharon was SVP, Bank Operations Manager at Cascade Bank in Everett, WA. Sharon attended Edmonds Community College and has held leadership roles in a number of local non-profits, including serving as a board member of both the United Way of Snohomish County and Everett Chamber of Commerce. 

Diana Steiner

Diana Steiner

Senior Vice President and Manager of Reverse Mortgage Operations

Diana Steiner is Senior Vice President and Manager of Reverse Mortgage Operations at Seattle Bank. Diana rejoined the Bank in 2018, having previously served as the Bank’s Controller from 2004 to 2010. Diana is responsible for managing the Bank’s reverse mortgage portfolio, including accounting and financial modeling. Diana is a CPA and has over 15 years’ experience in financial services, in various audit and accounting roles. Prior to rejoining Seattle Bank, Diana served as Vice President and Accounting Operations Division Controller at HomeStreet Bank. Diana earned a degree in Accounting from Lubbock Christian University, and in 2010 embarked on a four-year journey aboard a 34-foot sailboat, ultimately covering 35,000 miles and visiting 30 countries.

Board of Directors

John Blizzard

John W. Blizzard is President and Chief Executive Officer at Seattle Bank. John joined Seattle Bank in January 2014, and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank in April 2014. John is responsible for developing and leading the organization's vision and operating strategies. John comes to Seattle Bank with over 20 years of banking and financial services experience. John's industry experience includes eight years with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. Prior to joining Seattle Bank, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Bank. John earned an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University, and an MBA from Seattle University. He is a graduate of the University of Washington's Pacific Coast Banking School.

Nick Eitel

Nick Eitel is Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Eitel served as CEO of Everett Shipyard Inc., a Seattle-area privately owned commercial shipyard, from 1992 until its sale in 2008 to Todd Shipyards. In 2000, Mr. Eitel co-founded and served as a Director and CEO of Gear.com, until its merger with Overstock.com in 2001. Mr. Eitel also makes private equity investments on his own behalf. Notable pre-liquidity event investments include Coinstar, Amazon.com, Aquantive, Market Leader and Insitu. Mr. Eitel holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BS from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Stan Baty

Stan Baty joined the Board of Directors of the Bank in March 2011. Since November 1996, Mr. Baty has served as the Vice President of Columbia Pacific Management, Inc., where he is responsible for real estate related investment decisions. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Stan Baty was a financial analyst for Nomura Securities Corporation. Mr. Baty is a graduate of the University of Washington.

John Waechter

Mr. Waechter re-joined the Board in 2020. Mr. Waechter previously served on the Board from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Waechter currently serves as Managing Director at Delafield Hambrecht Inc. (“DHI”). DHI manages private investment funds, and makes private equity investments. Prior to joining Delafield Hambrecht Inc., he served as CEO of Saltmine, Inc. He also co-founded Waechter Lufkin in 1997, and served as Principal of the Seattle-based Broker Dealer specializing in seed-stage private placements. Mr. Waechter graduated from Whitman College and received an MBA from the University of Washington.

Jon Fine

Jon Fine joined the Board in 2014, and serves as the Chairman of the Seattle Bank Audit Committee. Mr. Fine was previously the Chief Executive Officer of United Way of King County for 19 years. Mr. Fine's leadership in the financial services field is equally as strong as that of his community involvement--he worked in the financial industry with Puget Sound Bancorp, the largest independent bank in Washington, where he served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Puget Sound Bank and Managing Director of Puget Sound Securities. Mr. Fine formerly served on the Boards of Columbia Bank, Russell Investments, Group Health Cooperative, the Seattle City Planning Commission, Washington Health Foundation, Jewish Family Services, Seattle Rep Theatre, Evergreen School, Leadership Tomorrow, Thrive by Five Washington, and King County Committee to End Homelessness, among others. He currently serves on the Boards of the Seattle Colleges Foundation, and the University of Washington Medical School Campaign Initiatives Committee. Mr. Fine holds a BA from Dartmouth College as well as an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.