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Kelli Nielsen , Executive Vice President, Retail Banking & Marketing

Kelli Nielsen

Executive Vice President, Retail Banking & Marketing

Kelli Nielsen is Executive Vice President of Retail Banking and Marketing at 1st Security Bank. She has 28 years of banking experience including three years at 1st Security, where she also served as Senior Vice President of Retail Sales. Previously, Kelli was SVP of Retail Banking at Sound Community Bank, and Vice President, Sales and Service Manager of Retail Banking at Cascade Bank. She began her banking career at Seafirst/Bank of America in Washington State.

Kelli is passionate about building relationships and helping others; she served on the Washington Bankers Association (WBA) Education Committee for 15 years. She is the current Chair of the WBA Retail Leadership Committee.  Kelli is a 2016 graduate of the American Bankers Association (ABA) Stonier Graduate School of Banking and is a Task Force Committee Member for Women at Stonier. She is also a 2016/2017 Capstone Advisor to other third year students at Stonier. She was recently named to the Advisory Board of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking for the 2018-2019 term.

Kelli has also authored and published two children’s books, is a Certified Life Coach, holds a Certificate of Leadership from Wharton and holds three certificates from the Ritz Carlton Leadership Training Center. Kelli enjoys working with children and recently returned from her second volunteer trip to Guatemala, assisting Long Way Home, a nonprofit to which she has dedicated her passion for eight years building schools with sustainable materials in that country.


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