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Hoberg’s Complete Auto Repair keeps motoring along

Shasta and Kevin McMullen have spent years keeping people’s vehicles up and running and out on the open road. But when the pandemic hit, people suddenly had no place to go. It was hard to image how a virus could affect their auto repair shop, but before long they knew it was serious business.

“We realized it probably wasn’t going to go away by the end of March and we were probably going to have to do some adjustment,” says Kevin. “It got pretty slow for a while and we had to lay both of our guys off.”

In this video, you’ll learn how important it was for Shasta and Kevin to keep the wheels on their auto repair business. As third-generation owners of Hoberg’s Complete Auto Repair in Florence, Kevin and Shasta were dedicated to their staff but didn’t know what to do. Then they got a call from Kim Erickson at Oregon Pacific Bank, who wanted to let them know that a PPP loan could help them retain and pay their employees.

“I have known Kevin and Shasta for a very long time,” says Kim. “When I took those loan papers down to have them sign them, it was the best feeling ever to see their happiness and to see their gratitude.”

Shasta and Kevin say they are grateful for the relationship they have with Oregon Pacific Bank and are happy to be fully operational again.

“I think the biggest thing for us, being a family business and small, you’re worried that a crisis like this could just make you go away, and Oregon Pacific was here to help us,” Shasta says.

“That was our goal,” Kim says, “To see our community still thrive and these small businesses be able to keep their doors open.”

In all, Oregon Pacific Bank has loaned more than $125.2 million to 752 businesses and nonprofits in Lane, Coos, Douglas and Jackson counties, as part of the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program, retaining more than 15,000 local jobs. Part of the CARES Act, these forgivable loans provide a direct incentive for businesses and nonprofits to keep workers employed during the crisis.

Shasta and Kevin McMullen have spent years keeping people’s vehicles up and running and out on the open road. But when the pandemic hit, people suddenly had no place to go. It was hard to image how a virus could affect their auto repair shop, but before long they knew it was serious business.

“We realized it probably wasn’t going to go away by the end of March and we were probably going to have to do some adjustment,” says Kevin. “It got pretty slow for a while and we had to lay both of our guys off.”

In this video, you’ll learn how important it was for Shasta and Kevin to keep the wheels on their auto repair business. As third-generation owners of Hoberg’s Complete Auto Repair in Florence, Kevin and Shasta were dedicated to their staff but didn’t know what to do. Then they got a call from Kim Erickson at Oregon Pacific Bank, who wanted to let them know that a PPP loan could help them retain and pay their employees.

“I have known Kevin and Shasta for a very long time,” says Kim. “When I took those loan papers down to have them sign them, it was the best feeling ever to see their happiness and to see their gratitude.”

Shasta and Kevin say they are grateful for the relationship they have with Oregon Pacific Bank and are happy to be fully operational again.

“I think the biggest thing for us, being a family business and small, you’re worried that a crisis like this could just make you go away, and Oregon Pacific was here to help us,” Shasta says.

“That was our goal,” Kim says, “To see our community still thrive and these small businesses be able to keep their doors open.”

In all, Oregon Pacific Bank has loaned more than $125.2 million to 752 businesses and nonprofits in Lane, Coos, Douglas and Jackson counties, as part of the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program, retaining more than 15,000 local jobs. Part of the CARES Act, these forgivable loans provide a direct incentive for businesses and nonprofits to keep workers employed during the crisis.

Banker Spotlight
Kim Erickson

Kim Erickson

SVP, Team Leader/Manager of Residential Lending
Florence Branch
541-997-7121

“I always tell people that OPB is not just a job for me — OPB is part of my life.”

Kim Erickson has always felt a strong connection to her hometown of Florence. She once spent some time away, but it didn’t work out. “I made it three months,” she says. “I decided to come back home.”

There’s a reason she’s always felt that special bond. “My home base has always been Florence,” she says. “It’s a small town where everybody knows everybody. It has a good feel. Everybody cares about everybody. It has very good community spirit.”

Kim is now a Senior Vice President and Manager of Residential Lending at Oregon Pacific Bank in Florence, where she started out as a teller 23 years ago. “They definitely like to encourage people to move up,” she says.

OPB does a lot to support the local community, Kim says, and she likes being active in civic activities. She has served as president of the Rotary Club of Florence and on the PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center Community Health Board. She’s also active in community fundraising efforts.

In her personal life, Kim enjoys spending time with her extended family in Florence and going on hunting and camping trips. She also enjoys supporting her children’s involvement in the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops, club sports and school activities.

Part of Kim’s community outreach efforts includes helping teach financial classes at Siuslaw High School and Siuslaw Outreach Services, which aims to help people who need assistance overcoming crisis situations. She says financial education is critical, and she often hears how people who attend her courses wish they’d learned some of the concepts earlier in life.

By helping others and serving the larger community, Kim is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference with the support of Oregon Pacific Bank.

“I always tell people that OPB is not just a job for me — OPB is part of my life,” she says. “They’re my family. I love what I do for a living. When I come to work every day, I’m happy to be here.”

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