2017 September 8 by Brad Ogura
September 8, 2017 — As you may have seen, Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, experienced a data breach that affects 143 million American consumers. What can consumers to to protect themselves? Click on the link below for more information from the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency that works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.
2017 September 8 by Brad Ogura
September 8, 2017 — As you may have seen, Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies, experienced a data breach that affects 143 million American consumers. What can consumers to to protect themselves? Here is information from the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency that works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.
The Equifax Data Breach: What to Do
by Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.
Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.
There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.
Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computer and an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.
Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll.
You also can access frequently asked questions at the site. Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach:
Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.
Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.
Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.
If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.
File your taxes early — as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.
Visit Identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.
2017 July 26 by Brad Ogura
Heritage Expands its Business Banking
Franchise in Seattle-Bellevue Metropolitan Area
July 26, 2017 — Heritage Financial Corporation (“Heritage”) (NASDAQ: HFWA) and Puget Sound Bancorp, Inc. (“Puget Sound”) (OTCQB: PUGB) jointly announced today the signing of a definitive agreement under which Heritage will acquire Puget Sound in an all stock transaction valued at approximately $126.1 million, or $35.84 per share, based on the closing price of Heritage common stock of $27.15 on July 26, 2017.
2017 June 20 by Brad Ogura
June 20, 2017 — Puget Sound Bank earned a five-star “superior” rating from BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm, for the 27th consecutive quarter.
Star ratings are released quarterly and assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars, with five being the strongest. Ratings are based on the overall financial picture of the financial institution.
BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. The ratings are independent, meaning no institution is able to pay to be rated or excluded.
2017 May 17 by Brad Ogura
May 17, 2017 — Puget Sound Bank has been recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of Washington state’s top corporate philanthropists. The Corporate Citizenship and Healthy Community Champion Awards luncheon held today at the Seattle Sheraton honored corporate philanthropists and companies who have made significant contributions in Washington.
Puget Sound Bank placed on the Journal’s “Corporate Philanthropists – Small” category (revenue of $20 million or less) at position 7, up from position 10 last year. For the past nine years the Puget Sound Business Journal has compiled information for corporate giving in Washington state. Puget Sound Bank has placed on the list in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In 2016 we have been active supporting a variety of organizations, including Victim Support Services, King County Police Union, Nellie Goodhue Group Homes, Summit Assistance Dogs, Bellevue LifeSpring, Elizabeth Gregory Home, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue, St. Vincent dePaul School, Invest in Youth, Crush Kid’s Cancer, Washington Women in Need, and Bellevue College Foundation.
2017 May 17 by Brad Ogura
May 17, 2017 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCBB:PUGB), today announced a formal succession plan adopted by its board of directors, which will be implemented over the course of the next year. The following management changes are being implemented immediately:
Jim Mitchell, currently President and Chief Executive Officer, will be retiring in May 2018. He will continue to serve as CEO and a Director for the next year.
Sean Brennan, will continue to serve as Chief Lending Office and is being promoted to President, effective immediately. Following Mitchell’s retirement, he will be promoted to CEO.
Tony Chalfant, will continue to serve as Chief Credit Officer and is being promoted to Chief Operating Officer.
Phil Mitterling will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer and is taking on additional responsibilities as Chief Information Officer.
2017 May 2 by Brad Ogura
May 2, 2017 — Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB: PUGB), the holding company for Puget Sound Bank, today announced that Jim Mitchell (Puget Sound Bancorp president and chief executive officer), as well as Phil Mitterling (Puget Sound Bancorp executive vice president and chief financial officer) and Tony Chalfant (Puget Sound Bank executive vice president and chief credit officer), will attend the 19th Annual D.A. Davidson Financial Institutions Conference in Denver, May 9-11, 2017.
Investors interested in more information about the conference or to schedule a one-on-one meeting should contact their D.A. Davidson representative.
2017 April 26 by Brad Ogura
April 26, 2017 — On May 15, 2017 Puget Sound Bank will be honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of Washington state’s top corporate philanthropists at the annual “Corporate Citizenship and Health Community Corporate Champion” awards program. Puget Sound Bank will share the spotlight with 75 other companies that will be recognized for outstanding community outreach.
2017 April 19 by Brad Ogura
ROE at 10.78% and ROA at 1.01%;
Consecutive Quarter for High Performing Profitability Levels
April 19, 2017 — Puget Sound Bancorp (OTCQB: PUGB), the holding company for Puget Sound Bank, today reported net income of $1.3 million or $0.39 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2017. This compares to $1.0 million or $0.30 per share for the year-earlier quarter, a 30% increase year-over-year for both net income and earnings per share.
2017 April 11 by Brad Ogura
April 11, 2017 — Continuing with our theme of “A Decade of Shared Success” from our 10-year anniversary celebration in 2015, Puget Sound Bank again reaches out to everyone we’ve worked with to express sincere thanks to all who have contributed to our success.
On April 11, 2005 we opened our doors to form a business bank serving the Puget Sound region. We recognize each and every day the significance of our customers, service providers and employees in helping Puget Sound Bank become more exceptional every day.