1st Security Bank Names Nicklaus CCO

1st Security Bank of Washington chose Stephanie Nicklaus to succeed Robert Fuller as chief credit officer, effective following Fuller’s retirement on Aug. 17. Fuller has served as the bank’s CCO since 2013. Nicklaus joined the bank in December 2022.

“Rob will be missed by employees and customers alike,” Joe Adams, CEO of 1st Security Bank, said. “In Rob’s ten years as 1st Security Bank’s CCO he developed a great working relationship with Dennis O’Leary, the bank’s chief lending officer, as well as the lenders and bank customers. Rob, Dennis and the team were true business partners and collaborators. They instilled in their teams the idea that “Everyone is Credit and Everyone is Production.” This concept ensured that our customers received only outstanding service. Rob’s approach to credit has left a strong legacy for all of us to follow.”

Nicklaus has more than 20 years of diverse experience in the banking industry, including many years in credit, lending, operations and leadership, as well as experience as a chief credit officer. Early in her banking career Nicklaus found a passion for commercial lending, leadership development and most significantly encouraging collaboration across business lines.

“Rob built an excellent team and a strong credit culture. His leadership and professionalism will be a tough act to follow,” Nicklaus said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue Rob’s legacy and take this amazing team culture into the future.”

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