Union Bank, N.A., recently announced that local veteran banker Ronald Heller will join the bank on August 30 serving as market president for Washington State. Based in Everett, he will report to Senior Vice President and Head of Pacific Northwest Branch Banking Brian W. Hawley. Heller joins Union Bank after serving 32 years in leadership positions at Wells Fargo and predecessor First Interstate Bank. He was most recently senior vice president and community banking president for the Northwest Washington division of Wells Fargo.
“Ron brings many years of leadership and experience in the industry and in the community, which will be instrumental to help with our growing footprint in Washington,” said Hawley. “Ron’s appointment underscores our commitment to the state, as he is a lifelong resident of the Northwest, and has a clear understanding of the region and the banking needs of our customers.”
Heller holds a bachelor’s degree in banking, finance and management from Central Washington University. Active in the community, Heller is currently treasurer of Secret Harbor/Foster Care Resources. In addition, he has served on the boards of Providence Seaside Hospital and the Economic Development Association of Skagit County.
“Ron is a well-known and engaged community leader serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations during his long banking career in Washington,” said Patrick M. Fahey, Union Bank regional chairman of the Pacific Northwest and former chairman and chief executive officer of Frontier Financial Corporation and chairman of Frontier Bank. “I look forward to working closely with Ron as he continues to share that commitment to Washington’s communities in his new role at Union Bank.”