The secret to Liberty Bank’s success has been recruiting outstanding banking talent and working with diligence to provide extraordinary personal service at every turn and transaction, always balanced by fiscally sound banking principles. The Liberty Bank team of professional bankers has more than 468 years of combined banking expertise, and is dedicated to building lasting relationships with each and every client. From board members to back office personnel, everyone is invested in the vision to be a bank like no other.
“I’m enthusiastic to support a community bank that is focused on stewarding the financial needs of local businesses and entrepreneurs who are the heart of our communities.”
Michelle Connor is president and CEO of Forterra, a real estate non-profit dedicated to securing and preserving land in the Pacific Northwest. During her 25-year career with this premier conservation non-profit, she has worked on more than 400 transactions worth $500 million and provided executive leadership in all phases of public policy, community engagement, negotiations, fundraising, and innovative finance. She has a track record of community engagement including participating in the International Women’s Forum, Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission, USDA National Urban and Community Forest Advisory Council, and the Urban Land Institute. Michelle, who grew up on Budd Inlet in South Puget Sound and now lives in Seattle, is a third-generation Washingtonian. She earned her M.S. from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources and B.A. from the Evergreen State College.
"I’m excited to see Liberty Bank expand to Bellevue and look forward to serving the local community while helping the bank grow.”
Susan Preston is the Managing Partner of SeaChange Fund, where she fosters entrepreneurial growth in the Pacific Northwest through early-stage investments. She is a savvy angel investor and globally recognized author, consultant and speaker on angel and venture financing. Susan has worked in senior management of early-stage companies and was a partner in three law firms. She has taught in the MBA program at the University of Washington and is former chair and lead instructor for the Angel Resource Institute. A resident of Newcastle, Susan received her JD, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and her BS, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Microbiology and Public Health from Washington State University. She has served as a director on more than 35 boards of private and public entities.
"As a community bank, we are invested in the community, and the community is invested in us. I'm proud to be part of that."
Rick Darrow is committed to community banking. As president of Liberty Bay Bank, he views his role as driver, team builder, and risk manager.
Rick has over 30 years of senior and executive management experience in community banking. During his career, he has always been interested in sustained growth and partnerships. He was a Founding Executive of Charter Bank, an innovative relationship-oriented community bank in Bellevue, Washington. Throughout his career, Rick has honed his leadership, business relationship banking, and investing skills at robust institutions such as University Savings Bank, Enterprise Bank, and Washington Mutual.
Rick holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
"Community banks are the backbone of small town America."
Ronald E. Roark has lived in Gig Harbor since 2002. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crown NorthCorp Inc. (Crown), an international specialty financial services firm that Ron co-founded in 1977. He has brought his experience with corporate policy, risk management, and asset management to many boards including: Crown Westfalen Bank, Bank of Maine, and Brown Gibbons and Lang Investment Bank. Currently Ron leads the revitalization efforts of the Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard. He holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and finance from Drake University.
"As founders, we designed this bank to be fiscally sound, yet progressive, and with a team deeply invested in a friendly, client-oriented approach. We are absolutely determined to serve with integrity in all we do. Everybody entering the bank is greeted by professional bankers."
Bill moved to Washington in 1958 and has had an extensive leadership career in the construction industry in the Puget Sound area. He led the local Building Industry Association, was elected as President of the State Association in 1987, and then served as the National Representative for Washington State. In 2001, he was inducted into the BIAW Hall of Fame. A resident of Kingston since 1962, Bill has also been active in the community, serving on the Kitsap County Planning Commission from 1980 to 1995, and as Chairman of the Kitsap Developers Council in 2004. He’s a member of Kingston Cove Yacht Club, and remains active in property and real estate management and investment. Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington in Microbiology in 1965.
“Liberty Bank is not only a financing resource, but it has a level of expertise and agility that allows our team members to be strategists and trusted advisors, capable of making swift decisions and recommending alternatives our clients may not have even considered.”
A Seattle-born long-time resident of the Northwest, Joe has been involved in commercial real estate in Kitsap County and the Puget Sound region for over 30 years. He developed expertise in brokerage, development, leasing and sales, and is presently a Commercial Realtor with Windermere Commercial Real Estate. Joe serves on the board of directors of Pacific Northwest Title of Kitsap County, and he is the President of Kitsap Commercial and Investment Brokers Association-Kitsap County. He also serves on the board of West Puget Sound Youth for Christ. Joe has a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington State University and a Masters from Pepperdine University. After graduation he became a Navy pilot and was on active duty until 1979.
“I am proud to serve on the board of a bank that is as dedicated as I am to the success and vitality of local businesses, local families, and the region. Liberty Bank is authentically invested in the communities it serves.”
Jeff grew up in North Kitsap and has lived and worked in the region during his entire career. He now co-owns two Red Apple stores, one in Poulsbo and one in Bremerton, and he operates the Poulsbo store. He helped start a successful Kitsap County automotive dealership, building it over the course of 20 years into a company with more than 60 employees and selling his interest in 2010. Jeff is a member of the Northwest Grocery Association, has served on the board of the Poulsbo Historical Society, and is very active in community projects including Fishline. He brings a special passion for supporting the success of local businesses and the regional economy to his board service.
"Taking time to investigate exactly how we can best help clients succeed is at the heart of my own business philosophy, and that of the bank."
Eric has a passion for the challenges facing Kitsap businesses and became involved as a bank founder in 2006. He is the owner of Art Anderson Associates, an award-winning 50 year-old family business in Bremerton which is deeply involved in transportation planning, engineering, and design of industrial and marine projects for a broad range of commercial clients throughout the United States. Eric is past Chairman of the Bremerton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and has been active with numerous regional and national trade associations. A Bremerton native, Eric received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1972.
Liberty Bank strives to be the community bank of choice for businesses, professionals, and individuals. We are ever mindful of the trust placed in us by our clients and shareholders.
Innovation. Determination. Collaboration. Inspiration. (Perhaps not what you’d expect from a bank, but that’s just the point.)
Liberty Bank was founded in 2009 by regional business leaders with a breadth of professional expertise and a determination to create a different breed of bank: one that is truly invested in the success of each and every commercial and personal banking client, fiscally rock solid, and deeply engaged in the communities it serves.
Headquartered in Poulsbo, Liberty Bank is a vibrant, dynamic institution that is thriving across the West Sound region. Hundreds of business and personal banking clients in the greater Puget Sound region – from Port Orchard to Port Townsend to Seattle - have put their trust in us.
"The years of banking intelligence and dedication of the Liberty Bank banking team to partner with their clients, find creative solutions, and to nurture the regional economy is an authentic expression of the true meaning of community banking."
Jeff Uberuaga / Director
We’re right where you need us.
Liberty Bank and its team are uniquely positioned to bring the best of business and personal banking right to your doorstep. With headquarters centrally located in Poulsbo, we service hundreds of clients across the West Sound and Greater Seattle region by delivering exceptional personalized service, offering time and money-saving technologies, and standing firm in our commitment to exceed the service expectations of each and every client. (And we even have a professional courier for door-to-door business pick-ups and deliveries).