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  • Kitsap Bank Announces 2023 Shred to Fed Dates

    August 29, 2023
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the dates for its fourth annual “From Shred to Fed” shred event series, benefiting local food banks. The public is encouraged to bring outdated or sensitive documents for safe destruction and disposal, and to support local food banks at the same time with a monetary donation. Money raised to date from this event is over $70,000. All funds raised at this event will go toward supporting the following local food banks: Kitsap Bank Branch Date Time Benefiting Port Townsend Saturday, September 9th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Port Townsend Food Bank Sequim Saturday, September 9th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Sequim Food Bank Silverdale Saturday, September 16th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Central Kitsap…
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  • Kitsap Bank Announces the Passing of 70-Year Director, Vice-Chairwoman, and Community Philanthropist, Helen Langer Smith

    July 31, 2023
    Kitsap Bank is saddened to announce the passing of 70-year Director and Vice-Chairwoman of the Board, Helen Langer Smith.  Langer Smith’s 70-year tenure on Kitsap Bank’s Olympic Bancorp Board of Directors until her passing on July 28, 2023, makes her one of the longest-ever serving bank directors in the country.  Born in Port Orchard on June 5, 1929, Helen Langer Smith was the daughter of Frank E Langer, Jr (Kitsap County Bank’s 4th President) and Hannah Norum Langer (Kitsap County Bank’s 5th President).  A Port Orchard resident, Langer Smith attended school in the South Kitsap School District, graduating from high school in 1946. Helen went on to attend the University of Washington where she graduated cum laude with a Journalism/English degree and an Economics minor in 1950.  Active in the campus community, she was President of Mortar Board and served on staff of both the Tyee yearbook and the school paper, The Daily.  She pledged…
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  • Kitsap Bank Announces Community Glass Starfish Scavenger Hunt

    July 17, 2023
    In honor of Kitsap Bank’s 115th Anniversary, the bank is hosting a community-wide scavenger hunt July 31st – August 11th.  Each glass starfish is hand-crafted by Lisa Stirrett’s Creative Warrior Studio and will be hidden in parks and beaches in the communities the bank serves. Two starfish will be released each day except for August 8th, the bank’s anniversary date, when there will be six starfish released. The community is encouraged to get outdoors and explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest with friends and family in search of these unique treasures.  Kitsap Bank will be releasing clues to the hidden starfish daily throughout the hunt on Facebook and Instagram. The glass starfish symbolize Kitsap Bank’s commitment to #causegood in the communities it serves.  Inspired by the well-known “Starfish Story”, the starfish serve as a reminder that everyone has the ability to make a difference.  No deed is too small or cause…
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  • Kitsap Bank Named One of Washington's Best Workplaces by Puget Sound Business Journal

    June 20, 2023
    Kitsap Bank has once again been named one of Washington’s Best Workplaces by the Puget Sound Business Journal. The program was launched to identify and recognize best practices in the hiring and retention of great people. The Puget Sound Business Journal in partnership with Quantum Workplace sent surveys to the employees of participating companies to determine placement on the Best Workplaces list. Companies were evaluated by employees in six areas - communication and resources, individual needs, manager effectiveness, personal engagement, team dynamics, and trust in leadership. 100 companies are ranked into four categories based on company size; Kitsap Bank was ranked in the extra-large company category. The Washington’s Best Work Place finalists will be celebrated at a one-of-a-kind awards event at T-Mobile Park on August 17th. “We are honored to be named one of Washington’s best workplaces,” comments Steve Politakis, Kitsap Bank Chief Executive…
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  • Kitsap Bank Announces 2023 Scholarship Recipients

    June 1, 2023
    Each year, Kitsap Bank provides scholarships to students of employees who are graduating high school and going on to attend a college or technical school. This year, the Bank presented seven scholarships to 2023 graduates. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are: Student Name School Parent (Kitsap Bank Employee) Sarah Cates North Kitsap High School/ Olympic College Jennifer Cates Matthew Galvez Bellarmine Preparatory Dennis Galvez Stephanie Hart Bainbridge High School Stacy Hart Mya Torres- Hernandez Olympic High School/ Olympic College Marsha Torres-Hernandez Luna Moloitis Port Townsend High School Lana Landers Mathias Martinez Open Doors High…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Jessica Connolly

    May 10, 2023
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jessica Connolly to Branch Manager of Kitsap Bank’s Bethel and Lund Branch in Port Orchard. With over 10 years of experience in the banking industry, Connolly joined Kitsap Bank in 2022 as the Assistant Branch Manager of the bank’s Southern Region. Active in her community, Connolly serves as the President of the Board for Central Kitsap Food Bank and has spent many hours volunteering her time with other organizations throughout the region. “Jessica has a passion for service and creating meaningful connections with clients, business partners and peers,” stated Jennifer Ruckman, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Manager. “Her passion for delivering an exceptional client and employee experience, and community focus will serve her well in her new role.”   Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, operating 18 locations throughout Western…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Jackie Smith

    May 5, 2023
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jackie Smith to Vice President, Retail Operations Leader. Smith began working at Kitsap Bank as a Client Service Specialist in 2011; and during her 12 years, has steadily advanced to her current position as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of Kitsap Bank’s Bethel and Lund Branch in Port Orchard. Smith is a graduate of the Leadership Challenge and the Washington Bankers Association’s Branch Manager Development program. “Jackie has made significant contributions to the organization. Her strong leadership skills and passion for creating meaningful relationships with her business partners, peers, and clients will serve her well in her new role,” stated Charles Robertson, Senior Vice President Chief Retail Officer. “She has been a huge asset to the Kitsap Bank team and we are pleased to recognize her efforts with this promotion.”   Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is…
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  • Kitsap Bank Honors Employee Of The Quarter

    May 1, 2023
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce Kendra Meyer, Deposit Support Specialist II, has been named the Employee of the First Quarter for 2023. Meyer joined Kitsap Bank in March 2017 as a Deposit Support Specialist I, and has steadily advanced her career being promoted last year into her current role. She was selected for this award by her peers, who praise her for her dependability, positive attitude, and being a trusted member of the Deposit Support Team. They noted that Meyers’ dedication to assist her peers and client-centric philosophy make her invaluable to the Deposit Support team. “Kendra has become a “go-to” for many of her teammates,” stated Lucy Walter, Assistant Vice President, Deposit Support Operations Officer. “Her willingness to share knowledge with others has made her an invaluable team player.” Kitsap Bank’s Employee of the Quarter award recognizes employees for significant contributions to the operating excellence of…
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  • Olympic Bancorp, Holding Company For Kitsap Bank, Welcomes Two New Directors To Board

    March 30, 2023
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce that at today’s annual meeting, Jeff Dolven and Tina Pappas were elected to the Olympic Bancorp Board of Directors. Dolven serves as President and CEO of Skookum Contract Services. Based in Bremerton, Skookum Contract Services is a leader in precision manufacturing, facilities management and logistics services across thirteen states and the District of Columbia. An exceptional leader in his field, Dolven has led Skookum’s expansion beyond its Washington State roots, implemented new business lines that have realized a 500% increase in total sales, and dramatically expanded the integration of Veterans into Skookum’s workforce. Dolven joined Skookum Contract Services, as their Chief Operating Officer, over 18 years ago. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United Sates Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State…
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  • Kitsap Bank Welcomes Marisa Gooding

    March 22, 2023
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce that Marisa Gooding has joined its Marketing team as Marketing Coordinator. In her role as Marketing Coordinator, Gooding will be managing events and working with the Bank’s non-profit community partners, among many other duties. A lifelong Kitsap resident, Gooding most recently worked as a Marketing Ops Specialist at a local Kitsap County boutique. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Western Washington University. “We are very pleased to welcome Marisa to the Kitsap Bank family,” remarked Janet Silcott, Vice President/Marketing Director, “Marisa is enthusiastic and committed to Kitsap Bank’s mission of causing good in the communities that we serve.”    Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, operating 18 locations throughout Western Washington. With $1.6 billion in assets, the Bank provides a full…
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