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Whidbey Island Bank Opens New Branch in Woodinville, Wash.


Dec 5 - Whidbey Island Bank, the operating subsidiary for Washington Banking Co. (NASDAQ:WBCO), is now open in its newest office located at 13930 N.E. Mill Place Ste. 112, Woodinville, WA 98072.

“We’re happy to have the doors open at our new office and our employees are very eager to extend the Whidbey style of banking to more of our Eastside neighbors,” said Bryan McDonald, president of Whidbey Island Bank. “Our Woodinville team is headed by Rob Raile, a 25-year banking veteran who has been with us for the past six months.”

“I’m excited about the opportunities that the new location provides for our team and for the convenience it offers our customers,” said Raile. “Having commercial and retail customers bring their banking business to Whidbey even before the office opened is a great indication of what lies ahead.”

In addition to Raile, the Woodinville team includes Commercial Loan Officer Chris Ulin, Credit Analyst Jake Hilleary, Credit Assistant Barb Jeffries, Real Estate Loan Officer Kathleen McCormick and Customer Service Specialist Kellie Tuttle. “We anticipate that our competitive suite of products and attentive service will continue to be well-received by the many new business and retail customers in this fast-growing community,” Raile added.

Branch hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An ATM is on premises and available for use 24 hours a day. The branch phone number is 425-419-2180. Grand opening festivities are planned for the first quarter of 2013. Whidbey Island Bank now has three King County branch locations within its 31-branch network in northwestern Washington.

About Washington Banking Co.
Washington Banking Co. is a bank holding company based in Oak Harbor, Wash., that operates Whidbey Island Bank, a state-chartered, full-service commercial bank. Founded in 1961, Whidbey Island Bank provides various deposit, loan and investment services to meet customers’ financial needs. With its two FDIC-assisted acquisitions in 2010, Whidbey Island Bank currently operates 31 full-service branches located in six counties in Northwestern Washington. In June 2009, Washington Banking was added to the Russell 2000 Index, a subset of the Russell 3000 Index. Both indices are widely used by professional money managers as benchmarks for investment strategies. For each of the past three years Washington Banking was ranked the top financial institution in the Pacific Northwest region in the Seattle Times’ “Best of the Northwest” annual review of public companies.