Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York Adds Three Financial Advisors in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore., May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Strand, Atkinson, Williams
& York, Inc., the retail brokerage subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation,
(Nasdaq: UMPQ), has hired three executives. Shawn Gergen, Steve Nelson and
Kyle Hunter will each have the title of vice president, senior financial
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"Strand Atkinson Williams & York is in a period of growth and expansion
throughout Oregon and California," said president Bradford Wear. "Shawn, Steve
and Kyle add terrific skill and expertise to our Oregon team, and will be a
key part of our continued success."
Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York, Inc. hired Shawn Gergen in February
2006 from Merrill Lynch, where he worked since 2000 and earned his CFP.
Previously, Gergen spent 17 years as an owner at Allstate Insurance, where he
gained his CIC designation. Shawn lives in Eugene with his wife and four
Steve Nelson was hired in April 2006, after 11 years at A.G. Edwards.
Nelson began his career in San Francisco and has over 20 years of experience
in the brokerage and banking industries. Nelson has a masters degree in
liberal arts from Southern Oregon College and lives in Ashland with his wife.
Kyle Hunter began work for Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York, Inc. in
March 2006, after six years at Wedbush Morgan Securities. He has over 17 years
of experience in investment banking. Hunter studied business and finance at
the University of Southern Colorado and is currently on the board of directors
for the Oregon Council on Economics Education. Hunter currently lives in
Portland and has three children.
In addition, with the expected acquisition of Western Sierra Bancorp later
this month, Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York, Inc. will add six advisors to
About Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York, Inc.
Founded in 1928, Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York, Inc. (SAWY), a
subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation, is the second largest securities
firm headquartered in Oregon. A full service brokerage firm, SAWY has
locations in Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon and
About Umpqua Holdings Corporation
Umpqua Holdings Corporation is the parent company of Umpqua Bank, an
Oregon-based community bank recognized for its entrepreneurial approach,
innovative use of technology, and distinctive banking solutions. Umpqua Bank
has 96 locations between Sacramento, Calif. and Bellevue, Wash., along the
Oregon and Northern California Coast and in Central Oregon. Recently
recognized as the most admired banking services company in Oregon by Oregon
executives and by BusinessWeek magazine as one of the "best ideas" of 2005,
Umpqua Bank continues to gain attention for its innovative customer
experience. Umpqua Bank's Private Client Services Division provides tailored
financial services and products to individual customers. Umpqua Holdings
Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit
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