Tim Rasmussen, Board Chair
Vice President, Trade Finance Relationship Manager
Tim Rasmussen serves as an International Trade Service Consultant for Umpqua Bank. He has been with Sterling since 2010 and is based in Seattle. Tim’s experience covers International Sales, Trade Operations, Foreign Exchange and Retail Banking.
Tim has more than 30 years of experience in banking, working for JP Morgan Chase, Washington Mutual, Sakura Bank, First Interstate Bank, Dresdner Bank and HSBC.
Tim is a past Chairman of the Northwest Committee on Letters of Credit, and was a national representative for the IFSA Letter of Credit Committee. Currently Tim serves on the BAFT-IFSA National Trade Finance Committee.
Tim is a graduate of the University of Washington-Seattle with a BA in Economics.
Rita E. Dillon, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Specialty Banking & Capital Markets
Rita Dillon serves as the commercial products manager for Banner Bank’s specialty banking and capital markets activities. The range of products and services includes government guaranteed lending programs, such as SBA and Export-Import Bank programs, Asset Based Lending, Trade Finance, Treasury Management, Syndications, and Interest Rate Hedging.
Rita has more than 25 years of banking experience, including national accounts at J.P. Morgan in New York, middle market banking at Seafirst and Bank of America in Seattle, and community business banking at Bank of Bellevue and HomeStreet Bank, prior to joining Banner Bank in 2011. Rita is a graduate of Georgetown University with dual degrees in Finance and International Management.
Senior Managing Director, International Trade
Washington State Department of Commerce
Before joining Commerce’s Export Assistance team, Isabelle managed and developed the French-American Chamber of Commerce – Dallas/Fort Worth, whose mission is to promote trade and investment between France and North Texas with a focus on aerospace. Isabelle assisted U.S. companies enter or expand into the French market and acted as a liaison for the French-American business community, government agencies, trade and community-based organizations. Responsibilities included planning and organizing aerospace-related events such as ITAR seminars and an annual Aerospace Industry Forum, bringing together leaders in the aerospace industry providing procurement opportunities to small supply chain companies within the global aviation industry.
Director, Strategic Regulatory Policy
Boeing Capital Corporation
Kimberly Pearson is the director of Strategic Regulatory Policy for Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC), a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary responsible for arranging, structuring and providing financing solutions for Boeing’s commercial airplane and space and defense products and services. In this role, Pearson works to ensure that global aircraft industry financing policies and regulations promote the sale and delivery of Boeing aircraft. She works with global export credit agencies, including the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and supports initiatives of the Aviation Working Group (AWG), a not-for-profit industry organization dedicated to improving the global regulatory environment for aviation finance and aircraft trading
International Business Manager
Christie is the Quality Manager and International Business Manager for SPIO, Inc. SPIO manufactures medical devices for children with special needs. Christie overseas and manages SPIO’s global distributors, is responsible for R and D and new product development, and maintains the quality and regulatory systems for the company. Christie has a BA and MA in International Studies and has lived and worked in many countries including Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Spain, The Netherlands, and Ukraine. She has over 25 years of experience in international relations and development and a passion for exporting and international business