Whidbey Island Bank announced that it is expanding its Small Business Administration lending capabilities by hiring two experts in the field. Bryan McDonald, CEO and President of Whidbey Island Bank, welcomed Christine Heckert as Senior Vice President and SBA Manager, and Steven Evans as VP/SBA Commercial Lending Officer.
Christine Heckert, a 33-year banking veteran, will supervise the SBA Department and will also head an expanded SBA Lending team in Lynnwood. She has 25 years experience in the SBA industry, holding top positions in several banks. In 2010, Heckert completed the Executive Development Program, a comprehensive program given by the Washington Bankers Association, where she learned all aspects of banking operations. She was also awarded as the Financial Services Champion by the Small Business Administration.
Meanwhile, Steven Evans has years of experience both in the banking and private industries. Among his previous employments are the Foundation Bank, Bank of America, and IKON Office Solutions. He earned his college degree from the University of Washington. Evans is also a Board Member of the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest.
McDonald said having Christine and Steven on board adds more depth to the Bank’s commitment to the SBA’s Preferred Lending Program in Region 10. He added that they are a great addition to the team as the Bank solidifies its expertise in SBA lending in King and Snohomish Counties.
About Whidbey Island Bank
Whidbey Island Bank is a full-service community bank established in 1960. It operates 32 branch locations, throughout 6 counties in Northwest Washington, including San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom, King and Snohomish counties.