"Home is where the heart is. We provide affordable housing solutions, give back through our charitable endeavors locally and abroad. It is essential to us that we have a dynamic banking partner that’s as serious about community building as we are." Kelly & Wendell Verduin
Business and Life Partners
Husband and wife business partners Kelly and Wendell Verduin have been on a 35-plus year journey together that’s taken them to some interesting and far-flung places. Over several decades they have developed a thriving business, Northwest Communities, Inc., which has constructed, owned, and managed dozens of affordable manufactured housing communities across the United States, as far away as Oklahoma and Florida.
Now permanent Washingtonians, they have rightsized their business with a focus on several in-state community properties along the I-5 corridor from Lake Stevens to Centralia. Hard work, success, teamwork, and diligence have provided them not only the opportunity to create and manage affordable housing for thousands of families and individuals, but also the opportunity to give back on a global scale though their non-profit work with Second Table Ministries.
With her accounting degree, Kelly has been the Managing General Partner of Northwest Communities, juggling multiple bank accounts and hundreds of transactions per month. She’s also the treasurer for Second Table Ministries. The right banking relationship is key to her ability to multi-task with ease and accuracy.
“Choosing Liberty Bay Bank with its focus on authentic community values just made sense,” says Kelly. “They are not only community builders like us, but so service-oriented, tech-savvy, and also locally owned. They rise up to meet my complex banking needs. Promises made are promises kept, and everyone at LBB knows my name. I like that.”
Community Building Beyond Borders
While Kelly still manages the hectic day-to-day operations of the business, Wendell has more time to dedicate his attention to their charitable work, as expressed though Second Table Ministries, a non-profit collaboration with North Point Church of Poulsbo. Second Table Ministries works to brings sustainable partnership solutions to some of the most in-need South African communities and churches. It has helped create and support daycare centers, meal programs, water supplies, educational programs, community vegetable gardens, and partnerships between South African and American churches.
“We’re proud to be part of improving the spirit and conditions of community locally and internationally,” says Wendell. “And we’re not shy about boasting about our pride in Liberty Bay Bank as our church’s bank, and our non-profit banking partner, too.”