Business of the Quarter
Elma Chamber of Commerce Presents Umpqua Bank with Business of the Quarter Award
The Elma Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors presented Business of the Quarter Award, for the fourth quarter of 2016, to Brenda Pierog and Terri Key of Umpqua Bank. The plaque was presented at the Elma Chamber membership meeting held at Satsop Business Park on December 14, 2016.
Umpqua Bank was presented the award based on enhancement to Elma and support of the community. The bank was built in the early 1980’s, when the defaulted Satsop Nuclear Power Plant construction was underway, to serve a booming community. The name was Rainier Bank when it moved to the current location, 106 South 3rd Street, from the old National Bank of Commerce building on Main Street. Umpqua Bank merged with the former Sterling Bank in April 2014.
Umpqua Bank has six full time employees and one part-time employee. Brenda Pierog, Manager has been with the bank since 2012. Terri Key, Lead Associate, has been with the bank for 39 years. One of the full time employees is an application engineer who transferred from Forest Grove, Oregon to Elma. He works for his department remotely either from home or from the Elma office.
When asked about any business upgrades or improvements Brenda said, “We are continuing to streamline our loan processes and recently updated to a new and improved online banking platform. As far as physical improvements a new heating and air conditioning system was installed last year. Plans for the future include new carpet and tile in the building.
The Umpqua staff is very involved in the community and always willing to volunteer. They volunteer for Elma Chamber Heat on the Street Car Show and Elma Winter Wine Festival. In addition, they have hosted chamber membership meetings. Umpqua Bank staff also volunteer at the local schools.
Umpqua Bank is always working to improve their processes to allow for easier and more convenient banking for their customers. The Umpqua Bank goal is simply to be “the world’s greatest”! Thank you Umpqua Bank for all you do.