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Chuck's Seafood

Chuck’s Seafood nets big benefits from small-town banking

Much like the waves of the ocean, customers roll in and out of Chuck’s Seafood daily. They come for the high-quality halibut, Albacore tuna, Chinook salmon, oysters and Dungeness crab that they’ve come to expect from this this local fish market, right on the bay in Charleston.

Serving local residents and tourists alike, Heath Hampel co-owns the business with his two brothers and believes that no matter how big a business gets, you can’t sacrifice excellence. It’s why, even though they do own their own commercial canning and processing for suppliers who serve major retail giants, they still shuck their own oysters and use an old-fashioned smokehouse, fired with native Alder wood.

Knowing you should never abandon high standards for commercial success is why Heath trusts Oregon Pacific Bank for his financial needs. Our shared values of supporting the local community by providing a service that goes above and beyond the competition makes us a great team.

“The best part about Oregon Pacific Bank is the friendly and helpful staff,” Heath says. “It’s really what makes them stand out from other banks. They care about and understand the hard work that we put into our business.”

Chuck’s Seafood was founded by Chuck and Alberta McGeorge in 1953 as a retail fish market, smokehouse and cannery, serving sports fisherman. In 1980, Jack and Diana Hampel bought the business, which is now run by Heath and his brothers.

At Oregon Pacific Bank, we are proud to work with a family-owned business that is dedicated to quality and to the Charleston and the greater Coos Bay community. The next time you’re in Charleston, be sure to stop by and see Heath and ask him what’s in, fresh from the sea.

Banker Spotlight

Deena Gisholt

Deena Gisholt

SVP, Team Leader/Commercial Relationship Manager
Coos Bay Branch

“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.

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