A banking veteran with more than 25 years of lending and management experience, Jamie brings an entrepreneur’s level of energy, engagement and creativity to Meriwether Group Capital. Jamie’s diverse experience in management, mentorship and strategic business planning for growing companies makes him an invaluable and trusted advisor, going far beyond the boundaries of traditional lending.
Over the years, Jamie has built a reputation as a highly effective change agent, able to help founders and business leaders realize their companies’ potential through sound strategy, P&L oversight and financial analysis and guidance. This high-level overview gives Jamie unparalleled insight into the opportunities and challenges of the targeted, lower middle market businesses and will be a critical factor in Meriwether Group Capital’s ability to select the best possible slate of borrowers for the Hero Fund.
Jamie’s experience spans commercial banking, middle-market banking, retail banking and community banking with an emphasis on commercial and industrial and commercial real estate operations. Having spent 35 years in the Seattle and Portland markets, he offers a familiarity with the region that enhances Meriwether Group Capital’s understanding of the circumstances and hurdles of growing a business in the Pacific Northwest.
Off the clock, Jamie’s enthusiasms include mixology and BBQ (especially when they come together), rabid fandom for the Seahawks and taking time to recharge with the family along the Pacific Coast. He spends significant time in the nonprofit world, contributing his expertise to multiple community organizations.
- 27 years in commercial banking, including executive roles across 4 banks.
- As CEO of a regional community bank, grew assets from $175 million to $1 billion over 8 years, while also growing net income from $1 million to $12 million in the same timeframe.
- Co-founded and launched a growing, disruptive and innovative private credit fund in the Pacific Northwest.
- As Fund Manager for Meriwether Group Capital, grew assets under management to nearly $15 million in two years while delivering above-market returns every quarter.
- Community leader with board and committee positions with various nonprofits, including a current position with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland.