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Northrim Bank Promotes Executives

Mar 31, 2022 | Finance, Right Moves

Northrim Bank is promoting two employees within the Executive Group. 

Mike Huston

Mike Huston becomes the bank’s President, a title that Chairman and CEO Joe Schierhorn had been holding as well. Huston also remains Chief Lending Officer, a position he attained in 2017 when he was hired as an executive vice president.

While at Northrim, Huston led the bank’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) process, resulting in more PPP loans originated than at any bank in Alaska.

Huston was previously chief banking officer at First Interstate Bank in Billings, Montana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. He is immediate past chair of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and continues to serve on the United Way of Anchorage board.

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Amber Zins

Amber Zins is promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President from her previous role as chief administrative officer. Zins has been with Northrim Bank for fourteen years since she was hired as internal audit manager. Zins holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UAF and is a certified public accountant. Zins was an adjunct professor at UAA for twelve years. She is further developing her skills by attending the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

Drew McCann

Also, to manage a new loan production office in Nome, Northrim hired Drew McCann for the position of VP, Lending Branch Manager 1.

McCann was previously director of the Nome Convention and Visitor Bureau. He is taking classes at UAS toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management.

Northrim’s Nome Loan Production Office is located on the first floor of the Bering Straits Native Corporation building on Front Street, providing loan applications and lending information. Schierhorn says he is pleased that Northrim is expanding into Nome to respond to the demand for services in the Norton Sound region.

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