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Arcadia Environmental finds friendship in financial quest

As a full-service environmental remediation company in Coos Bay, Arcadia Environmental offers specialized service for hazardous materials, construction and demolition work.

Their work includes testing and cleanup for asbestos, mold and fuel storage tanks, which requires unique training and expertise to do the job right, says General Manager Ken Newman.

When Ken was offered the opportunity to become an owner of the business, he knew he would need a banking expert to ensure the transition went smoothly.

“I went to Deena at Oregon Pacific Bank, and she helped me with the purchase,” he says. “Having Deena, not only as a friend but as a banker, worked great for me because she had all the knowledge that I needed when I needed it.”

Commercial Relationship Manager Deena Gisholt says she was glad to help Ken fulfill his dream of owning a business.

“It’s always good to see someone succeed,” she said. “Ken started out working for someone, then had a dream to get out on his own. So, he helped get this company started and was instrumental.”

As the business continues to mature, Ken expects that his relationship with Oregon Pacific Bank will continue to grow, as well. In addition to knowing that he can count on us for honest advice, he also appreciates our prompt, friendly service.

“I can go into the bank and everybody at the bank knows who I am,” he says. “The bank is more than just a financial institution — they’re friends.”

Deena says she values the personal connections and takes pride in knowing her customers – that’s always how she’s done business during her 40 years of banking. One of the best parts about working at Oregon Pacific Bank, she says, is that it’s capable of offering full-service banking yet small enough to be connected to its communities.

“We might be considered small, but we offer ever service that everyone else offers plus some,” she says.

As a full-service environmental remediation company in Coos Bay, Arcadia Environmental offers specialized service for hazardous materials, construction and demolition work.

Their work includes testing and cleanup for asbestos, mold and fuel storage tanks, which requires unique training and expertise to do the job right, says General Manager Ken Newman.

When Ken was offered the opportunity to become an owner of the business, he knew he would need a banking expert to ensure the transition went smoothly.

“I went to Deena at Oregon Pacific Bank, and she helped me with the purchase,” he says. “Having Deena, not only as a friend but as a banker, worked great for me because she had all the knowledge that I needed when I needed it.”

Commercial Relationship Manager Deena Gisholt says she was glad to help Ken fulfill his dream of owning a business.

“It’s always good to see someone succeed,” she said. “Ken started out working for someone, then had a dream to get out on his own. So, he helped get this company started and was instrumental.”

As the business continues to mature, Ken expects that his relationship with Oregon Pacific Bank will continue to grow, as well. In addition to knowing that he can count on us for honest advice, he also appreciates our prompt, friendly service.

“I can go into the bank and everybody at the bank knows who I am,” he says. “The bank is more than just a financial institution — they’re friends.”

Deena says she values the personal connections and takes pride in knowing her customers – that’s always how she’s done business during her 40 years of banking. One of the best parts about working at Oregon Pacific Bank, she says, is that it’s capable of offering full-service banking yet small enough to be connected to its communities.

“We might be considered small, but we offer ever service that everyone else offers plus some,” she says.

Banker Spotlight
Deena Gisholt

Deena Gisholt

SVP, Team Leader/Commercial Relationship Manager
Coos Bay Branch
541-269-7929

“When the community thrives, we thrive, and our clients thrive. It’s a win-win.”

If you’ve lived in the Coos Bay area for anytime at all, you’ve more than likely crossed paths with Deena Gisholt. When she’s not serving customers at Oregon Pacific Bank, she’s been active in numerous civic leadership roles, which led her to being named the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year for 2020.

Deena, a Senior Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, has served customers at the Coos Bay branch for 18 years. She worked for another bank for 20 years prior. She joined OPB because of its community banking environment, where “you know everyone,” she says.

Deena enjoys her job because of the relationships she’s built with clients over the years. “That’s really what it’s all about,” she says. “Trying to learn what’s important to them, what their needs are, helping them to accomplish their goals.”

She’s spent her entire life in the South Coast area, growing up on a dairy farm in Norway, southeast of Coos Bay. Her family bonds and lifelong friends keep her rooted.

When her daughters were in school, Deena was involved in the PTA, served as a basketball coach, and helped in other supportive roles.

As for her civic involvement, she’s served for more than 20 years as a board member on the South Coast Development Council. She’s also served as president and board member of the United Way of Southwestern Oregon. She was involved in the Rotary Club for a while and was president of the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce.

Deena has since stepped back from some of those roles, focusing on her work as a board member for Kids Hope Center, an advocacy organization that helps support children who’ve experienced abuse. She says her “passion for children” is what drives her in what can be difficult but important work.

Deena says she’s grateful to work for a bank that encourages employees to be involved in volunteer and civic organizations.
“When the community thrives, we thrive, and our clients thrive,” Deena says. “It’s a win-win.”

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