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Peoples Bank Opens Permanent Branch Location in Oak Harbor

October 18, 2021

Oak Harbor Branch

Entrance of the new branch Oak Harbor, WA

Peoples Bank Opens Permanent Branch Location in Oak Harbor
The new Oak Harbor Financial Center opens on Monday, October 25, at its new location, 570 NE Midway Blvd.
Oak Harbor, WA – October 18, 2021 – Peoples Bank is pleased to announce the opening of its relocated Oak Harbor Financial Center at 570 NE Midway Blvd. on Monday, October 25. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is also planned for 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 27, during which Peoples Bank will be recognized as the “Business of the Month” by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Customers and community members are invited to join City of Oak Harbor Mayor Robert Severns, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Board President Jeff Pleet, and Charles LeCocq, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Peoples Bank, at this event.

“Our decision to purchase property and relocate our Oak Harbor Financial Center is significant as it solidifies our long-term commitment to serving the Oak Harbor and Island County community,” said Mark Swanson, Retail Sales and Service Director at Peoples Bank. “Our new location offers many facilities upgrades including dedicated customer parking, improved access to our Drive-Thru teller, and plenty of room for future expansion.”
Peoples Bank began serving customers in Island County when it opened its Coupeville branch in July 2004. The Bank opened its Oak Harbor branch the following year and added a Real Estate Loan Center in Freeland in 2015. Today Peoples Bank retains 19 full-time employees at its three branch locations in Island County.
The Peoples Bank Oak Harbor banking team is led by the following financial services advisors:
  • Jim Slowik, Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer. Jim has over four decades of experience in business and banking. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Jim has lived and worked on Whidbey Island for more than 35 years and is actively involved in giving back to the community through his work with the Island Thrift Board, North Whidbey Lions Club, Oak Harbor Rotary Club, the Oak Harbor School Board, the City of Oak Harbor, and the Island County Board of Health.
  • Jason Joiner, Vice President and Business Development Officer. A lifelong Whidbey Island resident, Jason has served Oak Harbor in several roles, including as a commercial real estate broker for 15 years and as Chief Deputy Assessor for Island County. He has also served as chair of the Island County Housing Authority, as a member of the Island County Affordable Housing Task Force, Washington State Dept of Transportation Ferry Advisory Committee, and other public committees.
  • Brittney Shigley, Mortgage Loan Representative. Brittney is a lifelong Whidbey Island resident who grew up in a U.S. Navy family. She is a member of the executive team for Whidbey Young Professionals, a group created to help with networking, professional development, and community service opportunities.
  • Keith Hamilton, CFP®, APMA®, Peoples Investments - LPL Financial Advisor. Keith offers investment clients comprehensive financial guidance, including wealth and portfolio management, retirement, estate, and insurance planning.
“The entire Oak Harbor team is very excited to welcome customers to our new location where we will continue to offer a full relationship banking experience, including personal and business banking, real estate lending, and investment planning,” said Carron Chernobieff, Peoples Bank district branch manager. “Peoples Bank is deeply committed to serving the Oak Harbor community, as evidenced by our dedication to hiring local staff, our participation in local civic and business organizations, and our sponsorship of community events.”
Peoples Bank was founded 100 years ago with a commitment to give back to the communities it serves. As a member of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Bank sponsors the annual golf tournament and Crab Cakes and Cocktails celebration to help raise funds for local events. It also sponsors the Oak Harbor Music Festival, Hydros for Heroes, Oak Harbor Pigfest, and the Soroptimist Oak Harbor “Power of the Purse” program. It is also a business partner with the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum.
About Peoples Bank
Peoples Bank is a locally owned and operated, independent full-service community bank with $2.6 billion in assets. Headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, Peoples Bank has been serving the community for 100 years and operates 23 branches throughout Washington. Reflecting its strong financial management practices, dedicated employees, and long-standing customer relationships, Peoples Bank was awarded a superior five-star rating from BauerFinancial, a leading independent bank rating firm. Learn more about Peoples Bank at