Kitsap Bank reports growth for Q1 of ’08 | Central Kitsap Business Briefs

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Kitsap Bank cites strong growth

Kitsap Bank, with 12 full-service branches in the county, reported continued growth for the first quarter of the year, with total assets reaching a record $796 million on March 31, up $25 million. Asset quality remains strong and income from continuing operations was $2.4 million, while deposits reached $626 million, increasing $30 million for the quarter. Loans grew to $667 million, a $14 million increase for the period.

Olympic Biz Exchange

celebrates anniversary

Members of the Olympic Business Exchange (OBE), a chapter of Business Network International (BNI), celebrated the group’s third year anniversary last month with a member mixer event at Silverdale Yacht Club on May 22.

Founding members of the organization, many of whom are still active with the chapter, were recognized and the group’s past presidents received honorary plaques.

OBE members meet every Thursday morning to network and pass business referrals. In the past year alone, the membership was responsible for passing $120,879 (May 2007-April 2008) of business referrals within the group.

For more information about OBE, visit its Web site at or contact OBE President Dagmar Lacy at (360) 876-0706 or e-mail

Decorating professional recognized

Roberta Anderson of Anderson Homes Redesigned in Silverdale has been selected to serve on the newly created Development Council for The Society of Decorating Professionals. Anderson was selected out of nearly 400 members of SDP to serve on the 11-member Development Council.

During the one-year term, Anderson will serve on the SDP Development Council focusing on the Membership Development and Conference Registration.

Anderson can be reached at (360) 471-HOME or e-mail her at Roberta@AndersonHomes

Abelda is top employee

Ashley Gardens of Bremerton, a memory care community, recently named Marites Abelda Employee of the Quarter. Abelda has been a resident assistant at Ashley Gardens since 2007. She was recognized for her “caring nature, knowledge of residents’ needs and expertise in delivering resident-centered care,” Ashley Gardens said.

For more information about Ashley Gardens of Bremerton, call (360) 478-7277 or stop by the community at 3231 Pine Road in Bremerton.

Vector Marketing opens office

Vector Marketing recently opened a new sales office in Bremerton operated by Vector District Manager Jake Schmitt.

The Kitsap County office is located at 2817 Wheaton Way, Suite 210. Sales representatives market Vector’s product, CUTCO Cutlery, through in-home presentations and use the sales office as “home base.”

As an independent contractor, Vector district managers individually own their Vector sales office. Being a Vector district manager allows Schmitt to be an entrepreneur while having guidance and support from corporate headquarters. All managers begin as sales representatives.

After first working as a sales representative, Schmitt worked his way up through the company, holding several managerial positions before receiving his most recent promotion. He is a graduate of Oregon State University.

For more information about Vector Marketing, visit its Web site at or call (877) 888-0314.