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Gib’s RV Superstore has been serving the Coos Bay community and beyond for more than 70 years. They sell and service new and used RVs, from towable travel trailers to motor homes. Their customers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common.

“They’re all looking for fun and making memories and having some adventures,” says Lisa Larkin, co-owner of Gib’s.

Lisa’s own adventure with Gib’s began in 2013, when she and her husband, Ray, and longtime sales manager Bob Schultz decided to buy the business. Oregon Pacific Bank was with them from the start to help ensure all of their banking needs were met.

“(OPB) made the transition from the previous owners to us as seamless as possible,” Lisa recalls. What she appreciated most, she says, is that our community-minded banking team was already familiar with their business.

“We weren’t just dealing with the bank, we were dealing with individual people that knew our business, cared about our business and cared about the community, to be able to help us be successful,” she says.

Bob says the company’s relationship with OPB goes back to the financial crisis of 2009, when many businesses were struggling.

“The big box bank informed us that they weren’t going to deal with dealers our size,” Bob recalls. “That’s when the previous owner got together with Deena at Oregon Pacific Bank, and Gib’s RV has been with Oregon Pacific Bank ever since.”

Deena Gisholt, Commercial Relationship Manager at our Coos Bay Branch, is proud of her team and their ability to help customers when they need it. Part of that, Deena says, is taking the time to visit the customer’s business in person and to better understand their needs.

“Our goal is to always take care of our customer,” Deena says. “The goal in banking is to provide customer service and to take care of the banking needs of your clients, and so it’s really rewarding when you can help someone through the process.”

These in-person visits have impressed Lisa and, she says, she has enjoyed building a relationship with our banking team. “They’re very personable — not only do we go there, but they come here,” she says. “They’re very good about staying in contact and talking with us, understanding our business, looking around at what our business does.”

Lisa also acknowledges the bank’s community commitments. “I love that Oregon Pacific Bank is a part of Coos Bay, Coos County in all kinds of forms other than just being a banker,” she says. “They’re good partners with the community and get involved in the community, and that’s very special to us.”

Bob agrees: “Oregon Pacific Bank, they get it. They get that this is a small community, and they get our needs, as far as our goals and what we’re trying to do,” he says.

Gib’s RV Superstore has been serving the Coos Bay community and beyond for more than 70 years. They sell and service new and used RVs, from towable travel trailers to motor homes. Their customers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common.

“They’re all looking for fun and making memories and having some adventures,” says Lisa Larkin, co-owner of Gib’s.

Lisa’s own adventure with Gib’s began in 2013, when she and her husband, Ray, and longtime sales manager Bob Schultz decided to buy the business. Oregon Pacific Bank was with them from the start to help ensure all of their banking needs were met.

“(OPB) made the transition from the previous owners to us as seamless as possible,” Lisa recalls. What she appreciated most, she says, is that our community-minded banking team was already familiar with their business.

“We weren’t just dealing with the bank, we were dealing with individual people that knew our business, cared about our business and cared about the community, to be able to help us be successful,” she says.

Bob says the company’s relationship with OPB goes back to the financial crisis of 2009, when many businesses were struggling.

“The big box bank informed us that they weren’t going to deal with dealers our size,” Bob recalls. “That’s when the previous owner got together with Deena at Oregon Pacific Bank, and Gib’s RV has been with Oregon Pacific Bank ever since.”

Deena Gisholt, Commercial Relationship Manager at our Coos Bay Branch, is proud of her team and their ability to help customers when they need it. Part of that, Deena says, is taking the time to visit the customer’s business in person and to better understand their needs.

“Our goal is to always take care of our customer,” Deena says. “The goal in banking is to provide customer service and to take care of the banking needs of your clients, and so it’s really rewarding when you can help someone through the process.”

These in-person visits have impressed Lisa and, she says, she has enjoyed building a relationship with our banking team. “They’re very personable — not only do we go there, but they come here,” she says. “They’re very good about staying in contact and talking with us, understanding our business, looking around at what our business does.”

Lisa also acknowledges the bank’s community commitments. “I love that Oregon Pacific Bank is a part of Coos Bay, Coos County in all kinds of forms other than just being a banker,” she says. “They’re good partners with the community and get involved in the community, and that’s very special to us.”

Bob agrees: “Oregon Pacific Bank, they get it. They get that this is a small community, and they get our needs, as far as our goals and what we’re trying to do,” he 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 and as president of the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Deena was involved with the Myrtle Point, Coquille and Bay Area Rotary clubs and still supports their efforts as a Paul Harris Fellow.

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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