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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Jennifer Gelsleichter

    March 4, 2019
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer Gelsleichter to Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of the Bremerton 6th & Pacific Branch. Gelsleichter has been with Kitsap Bank for 17 years. Active in the community, she currently serves as a Board Member for the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce. “Jen is a tremendous asset to the Kitsap Bank team,” states Marlene Mitchell, Vice President/Regional Manager. “She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and committed to providing our customers with the highest level of service.” 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 Corporate Philanthropist by the Puget Sound Business…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Branch Managers Joy Balstad, Jennifer Blais, and Jan Ralls

    February 26, 2019
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Joy Balstad, Jennifer Blais and Jan Ralls. Balstad serves as Kitsap Bank’s Port Townsend Branch Manager, Blais as Port Hadlock Branch Manager, and Ralls, Port Ludlow Branch Manager. Each has been promoted to Assistant Vice President. Balstad has over 35 years of financial experience. She began working at Kitsap Bank in 2017, but has spent her entire career serving the Puget Sound community. Balstad has worked with many non-profit organizations, including the local Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and YMCA. Blais joined Kitsap Bank in 2007, and has over 20 years of banking experience. She is committed to her community, serving as Board Member and Treasurer for the East Jefferson County Rotary for the past 7 years.  Ralls has been in banking for nearly 20 years. She joined Kitsap Bank in 2015 as the Port Ludlow Branch Manager. Active in the community, Ralls currently serves on the committees for Port Ludlow…
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  • Kitsap Bank Promotes Lisa Pugh

    February 25, 2019
    Kitsap Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Lisa Pugh to Vice President, Appraisal Review Analyst. Pugh has been with Kitsap Bank for 15 years.  In her role as VP/Appraisal Review Analyst, Pugh manages the Bank’s real estate valuation function and risk exposure of real estate collateral. She was a member of the 2016 20 Under Forty class, is an active volunteer with Mary’s Place and sits on the Board of Directors for Kitsap Residences. Pugh holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. “Lisa is a stand-out in her profession, and a dedicated member of the Kitsap Bank team,” commented Linda Smith, Executive Vice President and Credit Administrator. “We are pleased to reward her efforts with this promotion.” Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, operating 21 locations throughout Western Washington.  With over $1…
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  • Kitsap Bank Spreads The Love On Valentines Day By Donating $15,000 To Area Non-Profits

    February 14, 2019
    Kitsap Bank made a surprise announcement this Valentine’s Day, donating $15,000 to local non-profit organizations as part of the bank’s MAD (Making a Difference) For Our Community Program. For every hour that Kitsap Bank employees volunteered in 2018, the bank donated money to a non-profit of their choice. In total, employees volunteered almost 4,000 hours.  The selected non-profits received notification of the surprise donations on February 14th. “Kitsap Bank is proud of our tradition of community involvement, which spans more than a century,” stated Steve Politakis, CEO. “Our employees have done a tremendous job giving back. Their dedication, commitment and capacity to contribute not only makes them a great asset to Kitsap Bank, but also to our communities in which we live and work.”     The non-profits that are benefiting from Kitsap Bank’s MAD (Making a Difference) For Our Community Program are: Bremerton…
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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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