SVP, Team Leader/Manager of Residential Lending
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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