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  • Kitsap Bank and Soroptimists Sponsor "Knittin' Tree"

    December 10, 2018
    Kitsap Bank and Soroptimists International of Port Orchard are joining together once again to sponsor the 26th annual Knittin’ Tree clothing drive.  Knittin’ Tree is a holiday season project designed to collect warm sweaters, gloves, mittens, hats, lap robes, and slippers that helps to meet the need for children and seniors in the South Kitsap community. Items can be dropped off for the holiday season project now through December 20th during lobby hours at the following Kitsap Bank Branches: Bay Street: 619 Bay Street Port Orchard, WA 98366 South Park: 1700 Village Lane, SE Port Orchard, WA 98366 Bethel and Lund: 3324 Bethel Road, SE Port Orchard, WA 98366 “We are pleased to again partner with the Soroptimists to give back to the community,” stated Linda Smith, Kitsap Bank Executive Vice President and Credit Administrator. “Through this year’s project we hope to raise awareness of the needs here at…
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  • Kitsap Bank Helps Bridge the "Green Divide"

    December 6, 2018
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce its involvement with a project that will help bring solar access to underserved populations.  While solar has started to become more mainstream, not all access to renewable solar energy is equal. Over 95% of state incentive funding goes to single family home owners, leaving out renters and many low to moderate income families.  This is known as the “Green Divide”, a phenomenon which Kitsap Bank is working with strategic partners on to overcome.  Emerald Cities Seattle and Spark Northwest have been collaborating to bring the benefits of renewable solar energy to low income residents and the non-profits who serve them for over 2 years, while Access Solar has been working to leverage federal tax credits, state incentives, and utility green power funding to enable solar on non-profit owned affordable housing.  To date, over 900 kilowatts of projects have been pre-qualified in 10 affordable housing buildings under the…
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  • Kitsap Bank Honors Employee of the Quarter

    December 5, 2018
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce that Denee Watson has been named Employee of the Third Quarter of 2018. Watson joined the Kitsap Bank family in May 2015 as a Client Service Representative at the bank’s Bethel & Lund branch in Port Orchard. She was soon promoted to the Loan department where today she specializes in loan documentation. Watson was selected for this award by her peers, who praise her for her outstanding professionalism, willingness to work in partnership with others, and desire to share her wealth of knowledge with her team.  “Denee’s passion for teamwork and collaboration makes her a valuable asset at Kitsap Bank,” stated Steve Politakis, Chief Executive Officer. “Our ability to serve our customers well is directly dependent upon how well we work together as a team. Denee excels in this area.” Kitsap Bank’s Employee of the Quarter award recognizes employees for significant contributions to the operating…
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  • Sequim Bee Farm is Named Kitsap Bank's 2018 edg3 FUND Winner

    November 16, 2018
    Sequim Bee Farm of Port Angeles edged out four other worthy competitors in Kitsap Bank’s fifth annual edg3 FUND small business competition, taking home the grand prize of $20,000. Edg3 FUND (rhymes with hedge fund) was created to recognize small businesses that are not only working hard to make a profit, but are also having a positive impact on the community.  This year, Kitsap Bank received numerous applications from entrepreneurs throughout Western Washington in industries ranging from technology and health products/services to environmental services, food/beverages and agriculture.  After much deliberation, the pool of fifteen semi-finalists was selected, and then a public vote helped to determine the five finalists. On November 15th, the finalists gave their pitches before a live audience of over 250 people at the Kitsap Conference Center at Harborside in Bremerton. The winner was chosen by an independent panel of judges composed of entrepreneurs, small business…
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  • Kitsap Bank Welcomes Karin Lohrman

    October 10, 2018
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce that Karin Lohrman has joined its team as the Branch Manager of its Sequim Branch. Lohrman joins Kitsap Bank with over 20 years of banking experience, and has spent her career serving the Puget Sound community. “Delivering a consistent, top-quality experience throughout the organization is our priority at Kitsap Bank,” stated Tammy Armacost, Vice President/Regional Manager. “Karin is experienced, enthusiastic, and committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service.  We are very pleased to welcome her to the Kitsap Bank family.”   Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, operating 21 locations throughout Western Washington.  With over $1 billion in assets, the Bank provides a full range of financial services to commercial and individual clients.  Kitsap Bank has been named a Preferred Lender by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a…
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  • Kitsap Bank Annouces edg3 FUND Finalists

    October 3, 2018
    Kitsap Bank has announced the five finalists in the fifth annual edg3 FUND Small Business Competition.  These companies, chosen in part by a public vote, will move on to compete in the final phase of the competition, edg3 FUND Live, on Thursday, November 15th at 5:30pm at the Kitsap Conference Center at Harborside in Bremerton.  There, the finalists will present their pitches before a live audience and an independent panel of judges; and the winner will be awarded with $20,000.  “We were very impressed with the caliber of businesses represented in our semifinalist grouping,” stated Tony George, Kitsap Bank President/COO.  “Their commitment to bettering their communities is truly inspirational.”The following companies were selected as finalists for the edg3 FUND Live competition: Compost Manufacturing Alliance  …
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  • Kitsap Bank Announces Kitsap Investment Services

    September 27, 2018
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce its partnership with Commonwealth Financial Network, the nation’s largest privately-held Registered Investment Advisor- Independent Broker/Dealer. Commonwealth was selected as the new broker/dealer, due to their long history of sound business practices, highly personalized service, and commitment to independence--a philosophy that matches the Bank’s own approach to serving clients. At the same time, Kitsap Bank has also changed the name of its investment group from Olympic Investment Center to Kitsap Investment Services.  While customers will work with the same great team of investment advisors they know and trust, modifications have been made to the logo, as well as the look of the products, services and tools used in investment transactions.   “This is the beginning of a great new relationship,” stated Steve Politakis, Chief Executive Officer.  “Commonwealth’s advanced technology and…
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  • Kitsap Bank Honors Employee of the 2nd Quarter

    August 27, 2018
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce that Jayme Beason, Senior Loan Coordinator, has been named Employee of the Second Quarter of 2018. Beason joined the Kitsap Bank family in May 2016 and has quickly become a valuable asset, not only to her immediate team, but to the bank as a whole. Her co-workers describe her as being an individual who embraces challenges with a positive attitude.  “Jayme’s dedication to the Bank, hard work and her consistency to go above and beyond make her a valuable member of the Kitsap Bank team.” stated Tony George, Kitsap Bank President & Chief Operating Officer. “We’re pleased to recognize Jayme’s excellent performance with this award.” Kitsap Bank’s Employee of the Quarter award recognizes employees for significant contributions to the operating excellence of the Bank.   Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, operating 21 locations throughout…
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  • Kitsap Bank Announces edg3 FUND Semi-finalists

    August 24, 2018
    Kitsap Bank has announced 15 semi-finalists in their 2018 edg3 FUND small business competition. The mission of edg3 FUND (rhymes with hedge fund; the 3 is silent) is to recognize entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their community in three ways:  economically, socially, and environmentally.  The bank received numerous applications from entrepreneurs throughout Western Washington in industries ranging from food and agriculture, to technology, recreation, health and wellness, and more.  “We are excited to have received applications from a number of very promising companies,” stated Tony George, Kitsap Bank’s President/COO.  “All of these innovative and hardworking business people are doing great things to promote a sustainable community, and we were honored that they invested their time and effort to join our contest.”  The top 15 companies will now move on to the semi-final round, which includes a public vote.  The companies…
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  • Kitsap Bank Awards Scholarship to Maggie Kipple

    July 6, 2018
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce that Maggie Kipple has been selected as a recipient of a scholarship through the bank. Kitsap Bank awards scholarships to eligible students enrolled in Western Washington University’s program at Olympic College in Poulsbo. Maggie is currently working toward her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with plans to pursue a career in Human Resource Management. “We are extremely pleased to provide Maggie with this scholarship,” stated Steve Politakis, Chief Executive Officer. “At Kitsap Bank, education is very important to us and we are happy to help continue her education at Western.” Since 2017, Kitsap Bank has given out two scholarships per academic year to two students who are enrolled in any of the four-year programs in Poulsbo being offered by Western’s College of Business and Economics, or who are enrolled in Western’s Computer and Information Systems Security (CISS) program. Recipients…
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