Oregon Coast Bank, which operates offices in Newport, Toledo, Waldport, Lincoln City, Pacific City and Tillamook, has announced a number of recent personnel changes.
Bo Smith has joined the bank as a commercial lender covering Lincoln and Tillamook counties.
After graduating high school in Coulterville, Ill., Smith attended the University of Arkansas, where he studied political science and met his wife, Jaime, an Arkansas native. Smith spent several years working in commercial and industrial chemical sales in Knoxville, Tenn. In 2004, the Smiths decided to follow their hearts and move more than 2,600 miles to Waldport, to found Lighthouse Baptist Church, where Bo still serves as pastor.
Smith’s banking career began in 2005 when he was hired by Bank of the West to become a personal banker in Yachats. He later served as branch manager for six years.
Smith then spent three years working for Umpqua Bank in Waldport before accepting a position as a commercial lender with West Coast Bank, which was subsequently acquired by Columbia Bank. Eight years later, citing a desire to “return to his roots at a locally owned institution,” he accepted an offer to join the commercial lending team at Oregon Coast Bank.
Longtime Newport banker Mariann Vanderhoff has been named a senior real estate lender at Oregon Coast Bank.
A native of Molalla, Vanderhoff earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in economics at Southern Oregon University, where she met her husband, Eric.
Mariann started in the insurance industry during 1998, working for Nationwide. Four years later, after giving birth to twins, she became a fulltime homemaker. During 2005, the Vanderhoffs moved to Newport, and Mariann returned to the insurance industry, working at a local Allstate office.
In 2008, Vanderhoff accepted an offer to become a banker and started her training as a teller. After six months, her responsibilities broadened to include loan servicing. In 2016, she moved into real estate lending.
Active in the community, Vanderhoff has been a member of several school booster clubs and currently volunteers for the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time she gardens, reads, cooks and enjoys walks near her South Beach home.
Sylvia Aleckson has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president/operations specialist based at the bank’s Newport headquarters. Aleckson, whose banking career spans 27 years, has been with Oregon Coast Bank for the past 18 years.
Raised in Toledo, Aleckson started in banking as a teller at the Newport branch of National Security Bank. As her knowledge of the industry increased, she was promoted to operations officer. Later, she served in operations for Lincoln Security Bank.
In 2002, less than two months after the opening of Oregon Coast Bank in Newport, Aleckson accepted an offer to become the bank’s first operations manager. She then served several years in the new accounts department before being named operations specialist.
Aleckson and her husband, Steve, recently built a new home in Toledo. The couple’s two daughters and two grandchildren also reside in Toledo.
Active civically, Sylvia currently serves as the treasurer of the Toledo Summer Festival. When not working, she enjoys camping, four-wheeling and spending as much time as possible with her grandkids.
Veteran Newport banker Janet Mishey has joined Oregon Coast Bank as a credit analysis officer at the bank’s Newport headquarters. Born and raised in Newport, Mishey has 28 years of experience in local banking.
After graduating from Newport High School, Mishey moved to Colorado, where she was employed leading Rocky Mountain trail rides on horseback. After returning to Oregon, she was hired by National Security Bank, where she worked for 15 years in the positions of teller, new accounts assistant and later, regional manager.
In 2007, Mishey joined West Coast Bank as a loan assistant in commercial lending. When that bank was acquired by Columbia Bank in 2013, Mishey became a credit analyst officer on the bank’s commercial team, a position she held until accepting the opportunity to join Oregon Coast Bank this year.
A Siletz homeowner, Mishey has two grown children and three grandchildren, with a fourth on the way. All are also residents of Siletz. In her spare time, she trains horses and remains an active trail rider. She also enjoys quilting, painting and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren.