PENDLETON - Mike Short, a veteran commercial banker, has joined FirstBank Northwest. FirstBank has named him vice president and senior commercial lending officer.

Short resigned from U.S. Bank after 10 years in its commercial lending effort. "I'm extremely excited about Mike Short joining FirstBank Northwest," Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager Dan Leighty said. "With his amount of local customer knowledge and his experience, he's an extremely good commercial lender. His number of contacts alone will be very beneficial to FirstBank."

Leighty expects Short will play an integral role in expanding the bank's commercial, agricultural and real estate lending in Umatilla County.

Short officially began working at the bank today, and will be available to customers beginning next week. He's excited to get going in his new position

"This is a wonderful opportunity to join a sound, aggressive, growth-oriented company without having to re locate my family or sever the valuable relationships I enjoy within the community," Short said. "I love the work I do which includes representing the interests and goals of clients, working with figures to assist clients with managing their businesses and helping them navigate the specialized and sometimes complex nature of banking. I like to help people solve problems that keep them awake at night."

Short, who has lived in Pendleton for 18 years, also serves as a Chamber of Commerce director, president of the Pendleton Air Museum, is on the Round-Up City Development Corporation executive committee, Eastern Oregon Regional Airport Commission and has been appointed to the recently formed Pendleton Progress Board.

Short is married, with four children attending public schools in Pendleton and one who graduated from Pendleton High School in 2004, now living in Havre, Mont.FirstBank Northwest Corp. serves eastern Washington, northern Idaho, Eastern Oregon and southwest Idaho through its FirstBank Northwest subsidiary. FirstBank operates 20 branches from its Clarkston, Wash., headquarters.

The Pendleton Branch of FirstBank Northwest is located at 1701 SW Court Ave.

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