30 Plus Years of Service:
Islanders Bank was organized in 1980 by a number of San Juan County residents, two of which are still active board members. Their goal then, as now, was to serve the financial needs of the county, its businesses and its citizens.

Islanders Bank 2013-2014 Board of Directors:

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Brian Brown, Chairman
Mr. Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors, joined Islanders Bank in 1996. Brian has 54 years of combined banking experience including seven years as C.E.O. of South Sound National Bank, eighteen years as C.E.O. and President of San Juan County Bank and he has served as interim President of Islanders Bank. He has had an active role in the development of The Village at the Harbour, an Assisted Living community in Friday Harbor, and remains involved in numerous community projects.

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Brad Williamson, President & CEO
Brad Williamson is President and C.E.O. of Islanders Bank. Prior to joining Islanders Bank in early 2011, Brad was the Director of Washington State’s Division of Banks; the primary regulator of Washington State chartered Banks, Savings Banks and Trust Companies for five years. Brad was an Examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for a number of years early in his career and then served as Senior Vice President of Phoenix Savings Bank (Lynnwood, Washington) and later was Managing Director of RSM McGladrey’s Northwest Risk Management Practice throughout the Western United States.

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Richard Barton
Richard Barton is the Chief Lending Officer of Banner Bank. He began his banking career with Seafirst Bank (later Bank of America) in 1972. Prior to joining Banner Bank he was most recently the Credit Risk Management Executive for the West Coast, responsible for working with eight production offices in Washington, Oregon and California.  Mr. Barton is a graduate of the University of Colorado and holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Washington. He joined Banner Bank in June of 2002 and became a member of the Islanders Bank board in 2007.

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Wally Gudgell
Mr. Gudgell is a founding director of Islanders Bank. Mr. Gudgell was raised on Orcas Island and has been the leading realtor in the county for nearly thirty years. He has been involved with numerous successful regional organizations both for profit and not-for-profit. He is recognized as an expert in real estate planning, development, permitting, and valuations.


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Virginia Hawker
Ms. Hawker joined the Islanders Bank board in 2004.  A long-term local resident, she founded her current Orcas Island business, Inter Island Petroleum Inc., a petroleum distributor, in 1985 and currently serves as President and CEO.  She has been involved in many community boards throughout her career and currently serves on the Orcas Island Community Foundation investment committee.  Ms. Hawker is a graduate of the University of Montana.

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Steve Kennedy
Mr. Kennedy joined the Board of Directors in 2003 and presently serves as Audit Committee Chairman. Steve started his career as a Canadian Chartered Accountant after graduating from the University of British Columbia. He moved to Friday Harbor in 1985 and now practices as a CPA. Steve has also served as a board member for many non-profit organizations over the years. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with family, boating, woodworking and travel.


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Dick Kneipp
Mr. Kneipp was involved in the foundation of Islanders Bank beginning in December of 1980. He served as C.E.O. and was a member of the board of directors when the bank began operations in July of 1981. Dick retired as C.E.O. of the bank in July of 2008, but continues to serve on the Islanders Bank Board of Directors. Dick has been member of a number of community boards and civic organizations during his time in the San Juan Islands. Dick is a graduate of Washington State University with a degree in Business and Finance.


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Dave Moorhouse
Dave is a self-employed 35 year resident of San Juan Island who has been a board member of Islanders Bank since 1989. He has started several island businesses including Downriggers and Petro San Juan. He has also been involved in developing commercial properties including the Town Square Building (Cask and Schooner), San Juan Propane and also the residential development of The North Forty subdivision on San Juan Island.


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Brent Orrico
Brent A. Orrico is President of FAO Corporation, an asset management company, and is a principal of B & O Financial Management Company, with which he has been affiliated for 19 years. Mr. Orrico has 35 years of experience in banking and finance-related business activities, including having served as an executive officer at a major financial institution and being a founding member of two community banks. Mr. Orrico also serves on the Board of Directors for Banner Corporation.


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Tom Starr
Tom is a retired Land Surveyor and was a Principal in the firm of Star Surveying and Engineering, Inc., serving the San Juan Islands. He is a graduate in Engineering from Cal Poly, Pomona and has lived on San Juan Island since the 70’s. Tom served as a San Juan County Commissioner from 1993-1996 and has served on various other volunteer boards and commissions. He has served on the Islanders Bank Board, offering his Land Use and Environmental experience, since 2002.