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Drew Ness , Chief Relationship Officer

Drew Ness

Chief Relationship Officer

Drew Ness joined 1st Security Bank of Washington as Chief Operating Officer in 2008. In 2018, he was named Chief Relationship Officer. Being a fourth-generation Pacific Northwesterner, Mr. Ness has deep roots in the community. His primary focus is to bridge connections with nonprofits in the Greater Puget Sound region and to introduce them to the innovative, holistic approach which makes 1st Security Bank the community banking partner of choice for nonprofits. Mr. Ness is actively involved with several nonprofits and currently serves as board chair of the Greater Seattle Business Association.

Mr. Ness has 28 years of diverse banking experience, including the following: retail branch sales and service, management of retail networks, security, construction, product development, and delivery systems; regional and national customer service, senior management training, and community relations.

He served as Vice President and Manager of the Corporate Deposit Operations Department for Washington Federal for a year following its acquisition of First Mutual Bank in 2007. At First Mutual Bank, Mr. Ness served as Vice President and Administrative & Operations Manager of the Retail Banking Group from 2004 to 2007. Prior to that, from 1990 to 2004, he served in a wide variety of positions at Seafirst Bank, Bank of America's Northwest Region, and Bank of America's Southern California Region.

Fun Fact:

I know what it's like to be in a rickety Jeep which runs out of gas high up in the Andes, to walk to the first hut I can find, to try to explain in Spanish my predicament to an indigenous family, to have them tap a treasured supply of gas to get me back on my way, and to be graciously refused payment when I tried to reimburse them. Their simple dwelling, warm smiles, and generous spirit to this stranger -- me -- I will never forget!

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