New banker has eye on business

Published on Thu, Feb 6, 2003 by Meg Olson

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New banker has eye on business

By Meg Olson

Tucked away in an upstairs office at Blaine's Sterling Savings Bank, one of the company's senior commercial bankers is hoping to attract clients from all over northwest Washington to the local branch. "The goal is to develop enough new business in Whatcom and neighboring counties to have a team of business bankers and support staff here,"said Doug Cutting, Sterling vice president of business banking.

Cutting and his family moved to Semiahmoo in 2001 and, after commuting to Federal Way several days a week for two years he decided to move his office to Blaine and start a business banking center here. �So far it�s going really well,� he said. �In the short time I�ve been up here I�ve gotten a dozen new businesses.�

Cutting said his team will be offering everything from financing options to basic banking services. �We�re all pretty experienced and well-seasoned but we also offer that extra personal touch businesses really appreciate,� he said. �Really knowing the people you bank with is a big deal to a lot of people.� In his 20 years as a banker Cutting has made smaller banks his specialty, moving up the coast from San Francisco to Seattle.

In a brief hiatus from banking he also developed a non-profit loan program for small businesses in Montana.

While Cutting will be specifically targeting larger businesses, he will also be working with bank manager Larry Sutton to serve small operations. �I don�t want anyone to think they�re too small,� he said. �We want to develop relationships with any size business.�

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