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Owl of the Quarter


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The owl symbolizes wisdom, intuition, and the ability to perceive what others may find difficult to see. Owls often demonstrate regal silence, fierce intelligence, and—when needed—power and endurance. For six generations, Baker Boyer employees have demonstrated such an unwaveringly prudent and long-term perspective.

With its “Owl of the Quarter” award, Baker Boyer celebrates an employee who best exemplifies these characteristics. Whether this be demonstrating teamwork, helping other employees achieve their goals, or providing clients with excellent customer service, the Owl of the Quarter is recognized by his or her peers as going above and beyond for those around them.

Winners of Owl of the Quarter

Joe Burlingame

Joe Burlingame

Joe has been with Baker Boyer since 2011. Joe works directly with business clients in his role as Senior Business Advisor. He specializes in commercial lending with a focus on small businesses and agriculture. Joe provides business counsel and financial services to his clients on a daily basis.

Here is what Joe's nominator had to say about him:

"Joe has been an unbelieveable asset to the bank. There has not been a better mentor, coach, or human being that I have come across in my time here. Truly a great man and we are all lucky to have him here!"

Melissa Steffanson

Melissa Steffanson

Melissa Steffanson has been with Baker Boyer for 2 years. In her role as a Trust Associate, Melissa works on daily account settlement and balancing duties, client services, reviews and compliance, reports preparation, and working on special projects and training sessions. Recently she has been an integral part of multiple large projects at Baker Boyer.

Here is what Melissa's nominator had to say about her:

"Melissa has ensured the success of the Cetera Migration project. She has done this through a meticulous attention to detail and have provided a business process expertise that ensures we are meeting the needs of our clients while saving our employees precious time. At every turn she has engaged with a positivity, enthusiasm and can do attitude. She embodies the "power of nice" and drive the output of those around her."

Susan Eggers

Susan Eggers

Susan Eggers has been with Baker Boyer for 21 years. As a personal banker, she works with clients to open new accounts, change signers on business accounts, and handles notaries. Susan has two great grandchildren that keep her busy in her spare time. 

Here is what Susan's nominator had to say about her:

"She goes above and beyond with assisting both clients and coworkers as needed. She's always the first one to volunteer to do things even with SO many other things on her plate. She is an excellent multitasker with such a positive attitude. She's definitely a GREAT addition to Baker Boyer for the past 20+ years she's been here. We're lucky to have her."

Cathy Schaeffer

Cathy Schaeffer

Cathy Schaeffer joined Baker Boyer in 2017. She is currently the Walla Walla Family Advisor Manager. Cathy works with Family Advising clients and the team of D.S. Baker Advisors to deliver expertise and advice on banking, investments, retirement planning, trusts, and business lending. She helps clients organize data and build scenarios for financial planning to reflect their goals and values. Cathy is a partner and resource to clients, helping them stay informed and on-track through every step in their financial journey. 

Here is what Cathy's nominator had to say about her:

"Despite being incredibly busy with end-of-the-year work, Cathy has gone above and beyond as a trainer and mentor to me as the newest Family Advisor with daily check-in appointments, getting me answers to numerous questions outside her work scope for my convenience, and so much more. She also has led by example in all ways and never once complained or responded in a negative manner."