Clackamas County Bank unveils new Gresham branch
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What: Clackamas County Bank grand opening celebration
When: noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12
Where: 1101 N.E. Burnside Road, Gresham
Featuring: refreshments, giveaways, promotions, ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m.
NOTE: This story was amended to clarify Justin Stuchlik's official title as Clackamas County Bank's executive vice president, and that the Gresham branch accommodates the bank's property/casualty and investment services.
After years of leasing space for its Gresham branch, Sandy-based Clackamas County Bank (CCB) now has a striking new facility to call its own.
Construction on the two-story 8,400-square foot building at 1101 N.E. Burnside Road concluded in late 2019. The branch moved from its longtime Gresham Village Plaza location at 2482 S.E. Burnside Road and quietly reopened in the new spot in early January.
"We really wanted to have our own (building), and the dirt the building's on," said Cathy Stuchlik, president and chairwoman of CCB's board of directors. "It's an opportunity to expand our services."
Stuchlik also described the structure, which boasts high ceilings and oodles of natural light, as providing a warm, welcoming feel to the bank's loyal Gresham-area customer base.
"The community has been great to us for years," she said. "It's always been supportive of us, so this gives us an opportunity to be supportive of them."
Although work, helmed by Bremik Construction, fell slightly behind schedule after the building's December 2018 groundbreaking, members of the Stuchlik family, whose ancestors founded the bank in 1911, couldn't be more satisfied with the results.
"We're very pleased with the way it all turned out," said Justin Stuchlik, CCB's executive vice president and chief lending officer. "(During construction) I was here at least once a week and toward the end almost every day. I got to see it coming together."
The larger community is invited to check out the new bank branch during a grand opening event from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12. The gathering will feature refreshments, prize giveaways and promotional items, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m.
Nearly doubling Clackamas County Bank's current space in Gresham, the new building was designed to accommodate the bank's property & casualty, and investment services, its current 12 employees along with future staff, a two-lane drive-through — including automatic and interactive teller machines — and a spacious second-floor Community Room business and community groups can use for meetings and events.
Cathy Stuchlik indicated there's already ample demand for the latter.
"All you have to do is call and inquire and we'll get it set up for them," she said.
Clackamas County Bank headquarters will remain in downtown Sandy at 38975 Proctor Blvd., and CCB branches will remain open in Boring and Hoodland.
With its ample use of wood and sculpted, art-deco-like metal railings and other tastefully eye-popping elements, the building — designed by SUM Architecture and engineered by AKS Engineering — combines a quasi-rustic feel with state-of-the-art amenities and decor. An open-air balcony located outside the Community Room provides a sweeping view of Burnside Road and adjacent neighbors.
"We wanted this branch to feel inviting, comfortable, not a stuffy bank branch," Justin Stuchlik said.
Behind the branch building, two interactive teller machines give drive-through customers an opportunity to interact with live tellers on a clear video feed.
"They can switch to ATMs after hours," said Jarrett Stuchlik, executive vice president and CFO. "They do everything the teller does (in person). It's just like Skype."
Formed in 1911 by A.I. Deaton and M.A. Deaton, Clackamas County Bank played a role in the development of Sandy while serving customers in further reaches of Clackamas County. In 1918, Walker A. Proctor, Cathy Stuchlik's great grandfather, invested $10,000 to buy a controlling interest, which led to five generations of family leadership.
When Proctor retired, Fred Proctor Sr. became chief of operations and cashier until 1955, when his sister, Eugenia Proctor Alt became CCB's president — the first female president of any Oregon bank.
Fred Proctor Jr. became president in 1974, followed by his son, Randy, in 1988. Fred's daughter Cathy Stuchlik became board chairwoman in 1993 and co-led the bank with Randy, her brother, until his passing in 2006, when Cathy was elected president.
Her sons Justin and Jarrett joined the board and the management team and continue the Proctor-Stuchlik tradition as fifth-generation leaders.
For Justin, Jarrett and Cathy Stuchlik, the new branch opens a bold new era for the long-running community bank.
"We have more of a presence now," Justin said.
"This is a place we can be proud of," Jarrett noted.
"It's kind of like coming home," Cathy said. "We have our own place now."
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