Continuing its strategic plan for growth even in a period of economic uncertainty, Lakewood’s Northwest Commercial Bank has named Jeff Goodell (left) to head its Puyallup Loan Production office. The announcement was made by NWCB President and CEO Kurt Graff.
Goodell spent three years at Frontier Bank as a loan department officer at the Tacoma branch and before that worked for Eisenhower & Carlson Law Firm in the research and collections department. The new commercial loan officer has a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences from the University of Washington and is a graduate of Pierce College with paralegal certification. Goodell has also attended financial related classes at the American Institute of Banking.
Graff said the 6-year-old Northwest Commercial Bank opened a new branch in Auburn last year to go with the Puyallup Loan Production office. “We know our customers – local businesses and individuals ‚Äì and work very closely with them. That has helped us avoid most of the problems that have plagued many of the large banks,” Graff explained.
“We are not experiencing the problems that some of the large, national banks have encountered,” the bank’s chief executive noted. “We continue working with businesses and individuals, making loans and handling all their financial needs.”
Northwest Commercial Bank has never been involved in any sub-prime loan areas or other activities that have caused such massive troubles in parts of the banking industry, Graff added. “We’ve got money to lend and encourage old and new customers to contact any of our loan officers,” Graff added.
Goodell is a native of the Tacoma area. He graduated from Franklin Pierce High School and currently lives in Tacoma with his wife, Leah, and their 2-year-old son Jonah. He is involved with the Puyallup / Sumner Chamber of Commerce and is a volunteer with the Tacoma Goodwill’s Literacy and Youth Build programs.
Northwest Commercial Bank was opened in 2002 by a group of Lakewood area business and community leaders. The bank’s headquarters is located at 5726 100th St SW, Lakewood and the Loan Production Office is at 12515 Meridian E. Suite# 101, Puyallup, WA 98373.