Board & Management

Board of Directors 

Our Bank was founded by a group of local business people, small business owners, and executives. Our Directors bring significant depth and breadth of experience to their role with the Bank. Industry experience includes finance, legal, accounting, real estate, engineering, manufacturing, technology, and marketing. Seven of our eight Directors have been with our Board for 10 years or more, with six having been original founders of the Bank in 2004.

Deeply committed to the Bank and its important role in the communities it serves, our Board committed significant funding to the capital of the Bank to ensure that the Bank’s long-term commitment to the communities continued. Being locally owned and locally managed ensures the level of commitment to long-term relationships.

The following is a list of Current Board members, including areas of specialty:

Executive Management

Terry Peterson 

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Terry joined Pacific West Bank in November 2018 and brings over thirty-five years of building successful banking companies in both Washington and California.  Recently, he spent five years in the San Francisco Bay area.  He and his wife have family and friends living throughout Oregon and Washington and he is happy to be returning to his roots in the Pacific Northwest.

Michele Baker

SVP, Chief Credit Officer 
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Michele, who joined Pacific West Bank in December 2014, has been a banking relationship manager for over 25 years in the West Linn, Lake Oswego and Portland markets. As Chief Credit Officer, Michele brings to the Bank a strong background in finance, business lending, and credit underwriting. Her experience working with a variety of business owners results in establishing long-lasting banking relationships which help our clients to grow and succeed. Michele enjoys being active in our community, including current and past Executive, Board and volunteer positions with the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, Business Alliance, Oregon Dressage Society, United Way and the OSU Master Gardener program.

Ben Mansheim

SVP, Chief Operating Officer

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Ben joined Pacific West Bank in October 2012 and manages the day-to-day operations of the Bank, internal controls, as well as security and regulatory compliance for the Bank. He has over 15 years of banking industry experience in Northwest community banks. Ben serves on the Oregon Bankers Association Committees for Compliance and CRA.

Jason Wessling
SVP, Chief Financial Officer

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Jason joined Pacific West Bank in February 2019 and brings over fifteen years of banking experience in the Portland Metro Area. Jason’s career also includes three years as a public accountant serving the auditing, tax and consulting needs of a variety of banks. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College and a post-baccalaureate degree in accounting from Portland State University.


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