SVP, Team Leader/Commercial Relationship Manager
Charley Thompson has been making music for as long as he can remember. While growing up, the whole family, cousins and all, would gather for Sunday dinner, followed by an evening of strumming and singing.
“You had to play something,” he says. “It was expected.”
It ignited in him a love of music that has stayed with him all these years. He and his guitar are regular visitors at wineries in the Roseburg area, where he entertains visitors with songs by James Taylor, the Eagles, Gordon Lightfoot and more.
“Music has been my lifelong passion,” he says.
His uncle, a studio guitarist in Los Angeles, helped train him and, after serving in the U.S. Army, Charley studied classical guitar at Portland State. He went into banking as a profession and continued to carry his guitar with him to play various gigs on the weekends across the state. His 45-year banking career took him from eastern Oregon to Portland, then to the coast before he landed in beautiful southern Oregon.
Charley joined Oregon Pacific Bank in 2016. He’s now a Senior Vice President and Team Leader/Commercial Relationship Manager at our Roseburg branch.
“I’ve worked for really large banks and smaller banks,” he said. “I wanted to join a good, solid, community bank that’s really focused on the community.”
OPB offers a level of expertise that’s unique for its market, Charley says. Businesses can expect fully detailed insights during conversations with OPB professionals.
“Our ability to deeply dive into a financial statement with a client is one of our strong suits,” he says.
Charley is happy to be in Roseburg, a town that he’s long wanted to call home. He loves the climate, the size of the town, and residents’ commitment to the community.
He works to help those in need in Roseburg by serving as the current chair for Peace at Home, an organization that assists men, women and children who have been abused or find themselves in other difficult situations.
He’s also on the executive committee for the Umpqua Community College Foundation and volunteers his time as a member of the Compassionate Ministries Team for Redeemer’s, a Christian fellowship group.
In addition, Charley shares his love for music by serving on the committee for Music on the Half Shell, an organization that puts together free summer concerts in Roseburg’s Stewart Park.
Similar to the way music can bring people together, a bank can be much more than a financial institution – it can be an instrument for change in a community. When a bank can help a business or nonprofit grow and thrive, the community thrives.
Building relationships and helping clients achieve their goals is the secret to community banking.
“Businesses have somebody they can talk to,” Charley says. “It doesn’t matter how big and small they are. It’s important, as a community banker, that you spend time with them and learn about their challenges, successes and interests.”
To find out how we can help you and your nonprofit or business succeed, give us a call at 541-677-9454.