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Seattle Bank Adds To Management Team

Jayson Callies, Karen Mefford And Jeannie Ciesynski Joining Management Team

10/14/2016

Seattle Bank is excited to announce additions and changes to the management team to support high growth. Jayson Callies has joined the Bank as Chief Technology Officer, while Karen Mefford and Jeannie Ciesynski have taken on new roles as Chief Operations Officer and Deposit & Treasury Executive, respectively.

“We are very focused on building a great bank that is built on driving value to our clients. To do that, we must have the best talent around. The addition of Jayson and alignment of roles, will allow us to expedite a number of client focused initiatives we have in our pipeline. Jayson, Jeannie, and Karen are key to our success as a High Tech / High Touch banking alternative for clients”, said John Blizzard, President & CEO of Seattle Bank.

Jayson Callies joins the Bank from Northwest Bank where he was Chief Technology Officer for three years. Previously, Jayson was at Whidbey Island Bank for over nine years, most recently as VP, Information Technology Manager. Jayson’s extensive experience in core IT bank infrastructure, new technology evaluation and implementation, and mergers & acquisitions, will be integral to the Bank’s ability to execute on a number of client facing technologies.

Jeannie Ciesynski’s newly created role is SVP, Deposit & Treasury Executive. In this role, she will work with the Bank’s largest and most complex deposit, escrow, and Treasury Management clients and prospects to craft solutions that best suit their needs. Jeannie has a unique set of skills including extensive operations management experience and great client relationship skills that will enable her to deliver valued consultation to clients. Jeannie has been with Seattle Bank for seven years and spent over fifteen years at various community banks in operations management roles prior to that.

Karen Mefford’s newly created role is Chief Operations Officer. In this role, she will manage the Bank’s back-office operations and Client Services Team. Karen will be responsible for developing the operational infrastructure to support rapid growth as the Bank scales its’ business. In addition, Karen will work closely with the management team in building out the Banks’ client technology suite. Karen has been with Seattle Bank for two years and previously was VP, Member Services at FHLB Seattle where she had extensive operational responsibilities for over 10 years. Prior to that she spent several years at Washington Federal.

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