As Executive Vice President and Director of SBA Lending for Umpqua Bank, Steve Rice has more than 30 years of banking experience and a deep knowledge of local and national markets. After working at large and small banks throughout the Pacific Northwest and California, Rice has spent the past year as a leader in Umpqua�s, focused on strategic initiatives, integrating Umpqua and Sterling commercial banking and leading the nation�s 13th�largest SBA operation.He recognizes that Umpqua offers associates and clients a unique banking service, one that combines the sophisticated expertise and product mix of a large institution with the values and culture of a community bank. Key to this is Umpqua�s culture, which is focused on giving back to the local community, creating an environment of empowerment and emphasizing local decision-making. �Whether it�s donating time to a local non profit or conducting a morning Motivational Moment, Rice recognizes that exceeding customer expectations is a natural by-product of that culture.With a broad experience leading geographically diverse teams, financial expertise and insights into customer needs, Rice has generated significant growth in the bank�s small business arena. In 2013 alone, his teams provided more than $165 million in loans for businesses throughout the United States. Rice received an MBA from the University of Portland and an advanced banking degree from Pacific Coast Banking School.
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