Brad Bleything to Lead Expansion of Commercial &
Industrial Loan Portfolio
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corp.
(NASDAQ:UMPQ), has launched an Oregon corporate banking division to
expand its commercial and industrial loan portfolio. To lead the effort,
Brad Bleything has joined Umpqua Bank as senior vice president and
manager of Oregon corporate banking.
Bleything comes to Umpqua from Bank of the West, where he most recently
served as senior vice president and regional manager. He has more than
35 years of banking and financial advising experience and is charged
with developing and overseeing all aspects of Umpqua's newly formed
"Brad has great expertise in the corporate banking industry and we're
pleased to have him on board," said Brad Copeland, senior executive vice
president and chief credit officer. "With Brad's leadership, our
commercial team is well-positioned to expand Umpqua's commercial and
industrial loan offerings, providing regional businesses with the
financial products and services they need to grow and succeed."
Umpqua's corporate banking division is dedicated to serving
manufacturers, distributors and other core businesses. The division will
specialize in providing a full array of tailored financial products and
services to mid-market businesses with annual revenues generally ranging
from $5 million to $50 million.
About Brad Bleything
Bleything held a number of positions during his tenure with Bank of the
West, including oversight of retail and commercial banking
responsibilities in Oregon and Washington. Before joining Bank of the
West, he spent 12 years with West One Bank leading mid-market lending
activities and later community bank management.
A native Oregonian, Bleything attended Oregon State University and
earned a graduate degree from Pacific Coast Banking School at the
University of Washington. An active member of the community, he
currently sits on the boards of the University Club of Portland,
Portland Youth Philharmonic and Opera Theater Oregon. He also volunteers
as a youth music mentor and serves as a faculty member of the Pacific
Coast Banking School.
About Umpqua Bank
Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua
Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:UMPQ) and has 150 locations between Napa,
Calif. and Bellevue, Wash., along the Oregon and Northern California
Coast and in both Central California and Central Oregon. Umpqua Bank has
been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking
strategy by national publications including the Wall Street Journal,
New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and
CNBC. The company has been recognized for the past three years in a row
on FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies
To Work For." Umpqua Holdings also owns retail brokerage subsidiary
Umpqua Investments, which has locations in Umpqua Bank stores and in
dedicated offices throughout Oregon. Umpqua Bank'sPrivate Bank provides
tailored financial services and products to individual customers. Umpqua
Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more
information, visit http://www.umpquabank.com/.
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Source: Umpqua Bank