Joe Connors is Vice President and Commercial Relationship Banking Officer at Columbia Bank.

A former CPA, his in-depth knowledge and experience in Finance, Accounting and Banking Joe has proven himself an invaluable asset to his clients. He has established himself as a banking leader in a number of regional industries, including Manufacturing, Distribution, Construction and Professional Services. Joe invested the first 20 years of his professional career in public and private industry accounting. His most recent 18+ years have been dedicated to assisting clients in commercial banking.

In addition, Joe writes and speaks on the subjects of access to and the cost of capital, and the importance of avoiding too much emphasis on the Income Statement to the exclusion of the Balance Sheet, and service quality.

Joe is a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, MA where he earned his BA in Accounting. He subsequently earned an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA and is a graduate of the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School – a masters-level program offered through the Pacific Bankers Management Institute and the University of Washington, Foster School of Business.

Active in non-profits, he serves on the Boards of St. Andrew Legal Clinic (2011-2021), VertueLab (formerly known as Oregon BEST) and Construction Financial Management Association – Portland (OR) Chapter. He is an active member of Vistage and a Founding member of the Portland Chapter of the Financial Executives Networking Group.