Cliff Rubert has been appointed executive vice president of Lakewood-based Northwest Commercial Bank, according to CEO & President Kurt Graff. He will continue serving the bank as Chief Lending Officer in addition to his additional responsibilities.
The bank will open a full service branch in Auburn early in April and is planning to open another branch on Puyallup’s South Hill in 2009. The two facilities will continue the growth pattern of the last year which resulted in being named by the Business Examiner as the South Sound’s fastest growing business for 2007.
Graff pointed out that with the planned expansion the bank’s board of directors felt there was a need to create the new executive post. Currently Northwest Commercial Bank has loan production offices operating in both communities slated for full service banks.
Rubert joined Northwest Commercial Bank in 2004 after spending more than 25 years in banking, most of it in Pierce County. His positions included commercial lending officer and branch manager.
He grew up in Alaska and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage. He left there to accept his first banking job at the First National Bank of Nevada. Rubert is a graduate of the Northwest Intermediate Banking School in Oregon and has attended numerous special banking courses during his career.
With his wife Renee, Rubert has made his home in Puyallup for more than 20 years. They have two grown sons. Among community organizations in which he is active, Rubert serves on the board of Greater lakes Mental Health in Lakewood and is a member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood.
Northwest Commercial Bank, founded in 2002 by a group of Lakewood business owners and individuals, is located at 5726 100th Street SW in Lakewood.
The Auburn branch will be the bank’s first, although the loan production office in Puyallup was established more than a year ago and the Auburn loan production office came on line during the last quarter of 2007.