September 6, 2009
Melanie Dressel interview - Columbia Banking System
 Melanie Dressel interview – Columbia Banking System

RJ with Melanie Dressel of Columbia Banking System

RJ with Melanie Dressel of Columbia Banking System

I drove down to Tacoma to meet the CEO of Columbia Banking Systems, Melanie Dressel, for a video we were making for the Puget Sound Business Journal.  Columbia Banking was a finalist for the “Best Workplace” award.    Melanie did a great interview.  She talked about the reasons her company has been successful in such a challenging business climate.  She said that the culture of the organization and the focus on the values of customer service and treating people right were paying off.  She said that her philosophy is to hire good people and you will succeed.  She said that every employee goes through a boot camp to make sure everyone understands the culture and values.  Melanie proved to be a very strong leader and I learned a lot from our interview.  Thanks, Melanie!

Egils Milbergs - 2010-04-19 22:22:18
Melanie Dressel is an extraordinarily capable executive. Gets a lot of the credit for setting the direction of Washington State's long range economic development plan.
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