Officers & Directors


Officers & Directors

Leadership Team

Craig Wanichek
President and CEO
Craig is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He has over 20 years of banking experience during which he managed significant business relationships with family owned businesses in the Willamette Valley. He currently serves on the Associated Oregon Industries Board, and previously served as chair of the City of Eugene Budget Committee and on the Boards of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and Cascade Health Solutions.
Jenny Bennett
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, CFMP
Jenny holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Oregon. She joined Summit Bank in 2015, and has more than 14 years of experience in marketing and business development for independent community banks. Jenny's goal is to help clients choose the most appropriate products and services and to ensure the banking needs of our clients are met. She is the President of the Board of Directors of the Relief Nursery, and the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Shedd Institute of the Arts. She is Chair of the Oregon Banker's Association Marketing Committee. She earned her Certified Financial marketing Professional (CFMP) designation from the American Bankers Association in 2018.
Scott Goldstein
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Scott was part of the Bank's founding Management team in 2003. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California with a focus in Portfolio Management and Financial Services. Prior to the founding of Summit Bank, Scott served as Chief Financial Officer for Bit-by-Bit Computers, Inc. and has held analyst and lender positions with Wells Fargo Bank and Siuslaw Valley Bank.
Margaret Holmes Tibbets
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
As Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer of Summit Bank, Margaret oversees bank strategy and is responsible for internal operations including loan and deposit operations, compliance, human resources and technology integration. She has expertise in risk and compliance management in commercial and retail banking and has proficiency in managing regulatory relationships. A native Oregonian, Margaret has a tenured career in community banking and has served in leadership positions at many regional banks, working most recently as Senior Vice President Bank Administration Officer at a $6.3 billion bank in Northern California. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Oregon State University and is a 2018 graduate of the Western Bankers Association (WIB) Executive Development Program, where she was also an advocate for banking reform on Capitol Hill.
Gary O’Connell
Market President, Central Oregon Region
As Market President of our Central Oregon Region, Gary manages all operations in Central Oregon for Summit Bank. Gary has more than 15 years of commercial banking experience in Central Oregon with national and regional banks prior to joining Summit Bank. Independence, local decision making and market knowledge are reasons Gary believes in Summit Bank's mission to be Central Oregon's local community bank. Gary is co-founder and Chairman of the Central Oregon Junior Achievement office. He serves on the Business Oregon Finance Committee, the Oregon Bankers Association Grassroots Committee, the Ridgeview High School Business Advisory Board and speaks at high schools and universities around the state about financial literacy and careers in the financial services industry. Gary also served 8 years in the Oregon Army National Guard as an Armor Officer. He is actively involved in events with Economic Development for Central Oregon and other organizations that support economic, cultural and educational initiatives in the community. Gary is passionate about providing professional, local and responsive solutions to fit the needs of our clients.
William "Bill" Whalen
Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Bill's affinity for and career in banking began over 25 years ago when he graduated from California State University - Long Beach with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. He offers a diverse background in lending, credit administration and management, further complemented by his graduation from the Pacific Coast Banking School. Bill's knowledge drawn from experience in both large corporate and community banks gives him a unique perspective that makes Bill an exceptional resource for local businesses and community members. Actively engaged in the local Eugene community, Bill serves as a Board Member for CASA of Lane County, is a Vice-Chair of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce's Local Government Affairs Council, and is a Commissioner on the Eugene Police Commission. NMLS # 1008717

Board of Directors

Paul Weinhold
Chairman
R. Paul Weinhold is the President/CEO of the University of Oregon Foundation. He is a founding Director of the Bank and currently serves as the Board Chair. He has served in leadership roles for a variety of local non-profits. Prior to joining the University of Oregon Foundation, he spent more than 20 years in leadership roles in the commercial insurance industry. He has been a member of the Summit Board of Directors since 2003.
Andy J. Storment
Vice Chairman
Andy is a Founding Director and currently serves as Board Vice Chair, and as Chair of the Loan Committee. He is a Managing Director of McKenzie Capital, a locally owned private equity firm that manages investments in commercial real estate and operating companies in Oregon. Formerly, he was Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary of Percon Incorporated and has prior experience in the accounting and wood products industries.
Craig Wanichek
Craig is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He has over 20 years of banking experience during which he managed significant business relationships with family owned businesses in the Willamette Valley. He currently serves on the Associated Oregon Industries Board, and previously served as chair of the City of Eugene Budget Committee and on the Boards of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and Cascade Health Solutions.
Richard M. Abraham, MD
Richard is a Founding Director of Summit Bank. He has been a practicing Emergency and Occupational Medicine physician with Cascade Medical Associates since 1979 and is their current President. He is also managing partner of Eugene Urgent Care walk-in clinics and the Medical Director of Cascade Health Solutions Occupational Medicine Program. He serves on the boards of Cascade Health Solutions, McKenzie Willamette Medical Center, and the Safety and Health Institute.
Patty Buehler, MD, MPH
Dr. Patty Buehler is a surgeon and small business owner in central Oregon. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 1986. After earning her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she went on to attain a masters of public health degree at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As an active community member she sits on the board of directors of the Bend Surgery Center, the Bend Surgery Center foundation, and Lines for Life. She volunteers for EyeCare America, Volunteers in Medicine and Operation Sight. Dr. Buehler enjoys spending time with her husband of 25 years, Dr. Knute Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon and state legislator. They have two grown kids and two spoiled dogs.
Alan V. Evans
Alan is a Founding Director and currently serves as a member of the Loan Committee. He is founder and President of Evans, Elder & Brown, Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage active in sales, leasing, and development of commercial properties. He also serves as Vice Chair of the the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. He previously served as Chair of the Arts Foundation of Western Oregon and as a member of the boards for the Eugene Opera and the Oregon Bach Festival.
Dan Hobin
Dan Hobin is the Co-Founder and CEO of G5, the leading provider of digital marketing effectiveness in the property management sector. With over 20 years of experience building technology companies with high growth, Dan oversees G5's strategic direction, execution, and planning. Dan is a co-founder of Bend Venture Conference, a major local event connecting early stage companies with seed investment opportunities, as well as participating on the advisory board for OSU Cascades. Dan completed his B.A. at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese Business. He is also a graduate of the Shibusawa International School in Fukaya, Japan. Dan lives in Bend, OR with his wife, Sara, and three boys.
Ross Kari
Ross Kari retired in 2013 as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Freddie Mac. He currently serves as a trustee on the University of Oregon’s Board of Trustees. Ross has a distinguished career in banking and finance. He spent a large portion of his career – from 1983 to 2001 – at Wells Fargo, rising from senior financial analyst to executive vice president and chief financial officer. He has also served as chief financial officer of Fifth Third Bank and Safeco and executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Ross also served as a director and chair of the audit committee for KKR Financial Holdings LLC – a publicly traded specialty finance company.
Steven Korth
Steve has been a Director since 2008 and currently serves as a member of the Loan Committee. He is the Director of Real Estate and Development for his family business McKay Investment Company. He has served on the boards of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Lane Metro Partnership, and the Oregon Community Foundation. He is also active in local government, having served on the Mayor of Eugene’s Economic Development Committee, the Eugene Enterprise Zone Committee.
Ann Marie Mehlum
As a former director and founding President & Chief Executive Officer of Summit Bank, Ann Marie Mehlum brings institutional knowledge, outstanding leadership and banking expertise to our board of directors. In her recent role as Associate Administrator of Capital Access at the US Small Business Administration, Mehlum oversaw SBA programs that provide access to capital for American small businesses and a portfolio that exceeded $100 billion. Along with her experience at the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington D.C., Mehlum has three decades of community banking experience that include the founding of Summit Bank. She has also held numerous board leadership positions, and served on the FDIC Community Bank Advisory Council, the Oregon Bankers Association and the Treasury CDFI Advisory Board. Locally, she has served on many non-profit boards including the United Way of Lane County and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, she was inducted into the State of Oregon Bankers Hall of Fame for lifetime contributions to the banking industry.
Andy Moore
Andy has been a Director since 2010 and currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee. He is Co-President of MLF Group, LLC (Pepsi-Cola Eugene, Coos Bay & Newport and Northwest Vending Company) and President of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Bend. He currently serves on the boards of the Oregon Soft Drink Association, the American Beverage Association, Cascade Health Solutions, Willamette Valley Council of the Oregon Community Foundation, and the Eugene Country Club.
Dennis G. Orem
Dennis is a Founding Director and currently serves as a member of the Compensation and Nominating Committee. He is the CEO of Jerry’s Home Improvement Centers, with stores in Eugene and Springfield. He has been an active participant in local, regional and national industry trade organizations including serving on the boards of the Western Building Materials Association, the Home Center Institute, and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.