On Friday, July 24, Baker Boyer was notified by an employee that they tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had already been off work due to illness reported earlier in the week. The Bank quickly determined that the potential exposure to clients and other employees was minimal, thanks in part to appropriate pandemic controls and protocols already in place.
Walla Walla Public Schools and Baker Boyer Bank partner to help provide a bit of relief to families of younger students this fall by providing funding for school supplies to all elementary and middle school students.
The final link between Bank of Commerce and Milton Freewater branch of Baker Boyer Bank will punch the time clock one last time on Friday, July 3. Charlotte Birdwell is ready to retire.
Michael J. Mahoney and Jason H. Pratt were elected Directors at the Baker Boyer Bancorp Annual Shareholder Meeting on May 21, 2020.
Baker Boyer affirms the inherent value of every person and that each and every one of us deserve the benefits of fundamental human rights. We believe that a diverse community is stronger and more vibrant and are committed to helping foster equality to achieve the goal of mutual respect and love for all.
As restrictions temporarily ease as Northwest counties qualify for their state’s reopening phases, Baker Boyer has made the difficult decision to continue the closure of our public areas to our clients, continuing to offer a range of alternatives to in-person banking. However, effective immediately, we will begin to schedule in-person meetings on a limited basis for banking business.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce the promotions of Shona Deckert, Stephanie Angotti, Karina Martinez, Camdia Byma, and Melody Baston. Baker Boyer makes a point to promote from within and capitalize on the significant developed experience and skills of our long-term employees.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the demand for food support and safety for many families and individuals, Baker Boyer has committed to donate $42,000 to selected programs in Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater, Tri-Cities, and Yakima.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce that it has been ranked 53rd in American Banker magazine’s “Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks” for 2020, up six places from last year’s position.
Baker Boyer announces will process more than 300 PPP loan applications at an average of $175,000. However, it has reached capacity and will no longer be accepting new applications for the program.
Partnering with nine local restaurants, Baker Boyer is subsidizing all the costs to show gratitude to those on the “front lines” caring for the community during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Baker Boyer president and CEO, Mark Kajita, provides an update regarding depleted funding for the PPP loan program.
Updated guidelines for Independent Contractors and Self-Employed Individuals to officially apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act.
Today, April 10, is scheduled to be the first day for Independent Contractors and Self-Employed Individuals to officially apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. However, we will not be able to begin to process these applications until we receive additional guidance from the SBA or Treasury Dept.
Today, April 3, is the first day for business owners to officially apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. This letter includes the latest “how to apply” information, including last-minute changes and clarifications. These changes may affect you if you already completed earlier versions of the application. Please read the letter for more details.
The newly-enacted federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act aims to ease financial concerns for small businesses. However, many of the key programs like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) do not have clear processes about how to apply and process applications. In this letter to business owners, Mark Kajita provides more context about what to do now and what to expect in the near future.
Baker Boyer President and CEO, Mark Kajita, reaffirms Baker Boyer's position of financial strength and ability to serve clients during the Coronavirus pandemic.
In order to help protect our clients and employees in addressing the potential risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Baker Boyer announces the closure of all of our branch lobbies and meeting rooms to the general public effective Tuesday, March 17. Baker Boyer’s drive thrus and ATMs will remain open.
During this period of market volatility and uncertainty about COVID-19, Baker Boyer's team of experts have created a collection of resources to help our community understand and navigate the current and changing environment.
I am writing to share my thoughts about the current and potential impacts of a new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. Overall, I believe this is a time to neither panic nor ignore precautions. Rather, it is a time to make calm, rational and prudent decisions in order to ensure your health and the health of others.
The following was written by Shannon Buchal, Collections Manager, Fort Walla Walla Museum. It was originally published as part of the museum’s newsletter, The Dispatch, Volume 2019, No. 4. This content and images are republished by permission from Fort Walla Walla Museum. Be sure to visit the museum to view the special Baker Boyer exhibit, as well as the many rooms of artifacts and displays about the history of the Walla Walla Valley.
Baker Boyer plans for growth in facilities and staffing to meet the expanding needs of the Yakima Valley. The new facility will open in Spring 2020. This page will chronicle construction progress and milestones.
Baker Boyer is deeply committed to the communities we serve and seeks opportunities to partner with amazing organizations who share that same commitment.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce the promotions of four to Vice President and two to Assistant Vice President. Promoted to Vice President are Michelle Conner, Cathy Schaeffer, Mario Delgadillo, and Anne Sumner. In addition, Dana Evans and Heather Dixon have been promoted to Assistant Vice President.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce the promotions of Jolene Riggs, Kain Evans, Vesna Dodge, and Rob Blethen to Executive Vice President (EVP) and Executive Committee member.
Baker Boyer tapped the students of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla to collaborate with them for the creation of a marquee float in the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Parade on August 31 and to repurpose the float into a lighted holiday version for the December 7 Holiday Parade of Lights. Both floats received “Grand Champion” honors as the overall best in each parade.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce the promotions of Camille Snell and Jessica Johnson to Vice President.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce Becky Kettner as an Investment Advisor Representative for the Walla Walla team and Sean Haselrig as an Investment Advisor Representative for the Tri-Cities team. This advisory securities registration includes the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE), Series 7 and 66 registrations, which are tests that cover ethics, investment suitability, and regulatory compliance.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce the hiring of Sean Haselrig as an Investment Advisor Representative and Nick Punch as a Business Advisor for the Tri Cities location. Baker Boyer also is excited to announce Tyson Romanick as a Portfolio Manager, Travis Wittnebel as a Business Advisor, and John Adams and Caleb Flippo as Trust Advisors.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce the promotions of Michelle Thacker to Director of Retail and Digital Banking, Lynsey Sherry to Banking Operations Manager, and Olivia Loomis to Trust Advisor.
Cathy Schaeffer, Assistant VP and Family Advisor, and Hollina Wadsworth, Financial Planner, have been awarded the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce that it has been ranked 59th in American Banker magazine’s “Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks” for 2019. More than 600 qualified institutions were considered for the nationwide ranking. Baker Boyer is one of 11 banks to achieve ranking in the State of Washington. It is the 12th consecutive year Baker Boyer has received this distinction.
We have had several reports that a phone scam has resurfaced in our area. In this latest scam, a caller says that he’s from the government and your Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended. He sounds very professional. So you should do exactly what he says to fix things…right? Wrong! Your Social Security number isn’t suspended. Ever.
Rob Blethen, VP and Family Advisor Manager, has been awarded the Certified Financial Planner™ designation by the CFP Board. In addition, Olivia Loomis earned the Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) credential from The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA).
This Statement of Support is Baker Boyer's pledge to fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Judy Hicks, Baker Boyer Consumer Loan Supervisor, received the “Patriot Award” from the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
At the Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on February 22, Lora Zink, Baker Boyer’s Branch Manager in Milton-Freewater, was named Junior Citizen of the Year.
Baker Boyer voted Best Bank and Best Mortgage Company in the Union-Bulletin's "Best of the Best" readers' choice awards for 2019.
The “We’ve Got Your Back” loan program will have simplified qualifying terms and be available to any Federal Employee impacted by the government shutdown if they are on furlough, working without pay, or have experienced any direct financial impact due to the lack of monthly payroll income.
Baker Boyer is pleased to announce the promotions of Jodi Venneri and Levi Waggoner to Vice President, and of Nick McShane and Anna Duncan to Assistant Vice President. All promotions were effective January 1, 2019.
Baker Boyer plans for growth in facilities and staffing to meet the growing needs of the Yakima Valley. This is in stark contrast to many financial services firms that have exited the market in favor of remote phone and web-based service only.
Baker Boyer recently promoted Jessica Johnson, a Business Advisor, to Assistant Vice President.
Ted returns to Baker Boyer as Senior Portfolio Manager. He is responsible for the management of individual and retirement accounts as well as researching and choosing the right investments for clients.
As Credit Administrator, Rosendo will be in charge of the bank's entire commercial and consumer lending portfolio. He will use his loan experience to assess and manage credit risk for the bank and its clients, ensuring successful lending practices.
This $25,000 Legacy Gift will help the YMCA to refurbish and expand the Harmony Room/Learning Center serving preschool, after-school child care, and summer camp. These programs are essential to serve working families in the Walla Walla Valley.
Baker Boyer has appointed John Cunnison as Vice President, Chief Investment Officer effective on January 1, 2018. Cunnison is a CFA® charterholder and served as Senior Portfolio Manager since 2013.
Susie Colombo received the 2017 Award of Merit recipient and the Walla Walla Valley’s Woman of the Year from the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce. Susie is a Vice President and Family Advisor at Baker Boyer in Walla Walla. Over the past 35 years, she has been an active participant and generous member of the Chamber of Commerce, Exchange Club and Providence St. Mary Foundation.
Legacy Donation Awarded to Christian Aid Center
Jim Wilson Hired as AVP | Marketing Director
Cathy Schaeffer Hired as Family Advisor
Baker Boyer Promotes Karen Benge to Vice President
Mark Hess Named to Community Bankers of Washington’s Board of Directors
Becky Kettner Hired as Trust Advisor
TJ Middlesworth Leaving Position as Chief Investment Officer, John Cunnison Takes on Additional Responsibilities as Interim CIO
TJ Middlesworth Leaving Position as Chief Investment Officer, John Cunnison Takes on Additional Responsibilities as Interim CIO
Your Financial Security is Important to Us
Baker Boyer is Proactive in Technology Security
Kip Kontos Appointed to Board of Directors
Improved Mobile Banking App
Baker Boyer Announces Second Recipient of Legacy Giving Program
Baker Boyer Presents Two Business Advisors
Vesna Dodge Promoted to Regional Manager
Camille Snell Earns National Certification
Introducing Our Legacy Giving Program & First Recipient
Introducing D.S. Baker University
Baker Boyer’s Security Systems Foil Intruder
Baker Boyer Announces Change for Foreign Debit Card Transactions