A Message from Our CEO

January 10, 2017

Dear valued client, 

On Monday, January 9, the boards of directors of Pacific Continental Bank and Tacoma, Washington-based Columbia Bank announced the execution of a definitive agreement to merge Pacific Continental with Columbia. Our board and the bank’s leadership believe this is an excellent opportunity to combine two well-respected Northwest banks that share a deep commitment to clients and local communities.

For more than 40 years, Pacific Continental Bank has remained committed to providing local businesses, nonprofits, property managers, health care and professional service providers with a relationship-focused brand of banking. Our commitment to specialized expertise, high standards in client satisfaction and dedication to our communities has enabled our franchise to grow, attracting knowledgeable bankers who are invested in the success of our clients. Columbia Bank shares these core values, allowing our clients and bankers to continue to benefit from our style of banking through a broader network of locations with additional services that complement those we provide today. 

Columbia Bank is a Northwest regional community bank with 143 offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. It is ranked among the top 20 banks in the nation on Forbes list of “America’s Best Banks” and has been named a “Best Place to Work” for the past ten years. They place the highest priority on relationship-based banking while offering the sophisticated business services found at national financial institutions. Columbia shares our commitment to expertise in business banking and is actively involved in making the communities they serve better places to live and work. 

We recognize a change of this nature will lead to questions. Please continue to bank as you always have. The Pacific Continental services you enjoy today have not changed and the talented bankers you know so well will continue to provide you with exceptional service throughout and beyond the transition. We anticipate closing the merger in the second quarter of 2017, following regulatory and shareholder approval. We have enclosed additional information to answer questions you may have regarding the merger. Please feel free to contact your banker or our Client Support Team at 1-877-231-2265 if you would like to speak with someone in more detail. 

We appreciate your partnership; it has been a privilege to serve you as Pacific Continental Bank and we look forward to serving you for many years to come as part of Columbia Bank. 

Best regards, 

Roger Busse
CEO, President

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