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President and CEO
After spending over 30 years in executive banking roles in the Seattle area, Jim Mitchell assembled the team that started Puget Sound Bank. Past local positions include senior vice president and manager of the Seattle corporate banking office of Sterling Savings Bank and senior vice president of U.S. Bank in Seattle.
Although a Northwest native, Jim previously spent 11 years in Southern California with United California Bank (Wells Fargo) and Security Pacific Bank managing various commercial banking teams.
He earned a law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, an MBA from the University of Washington, and an undergraduate degree from Seattle University. He currently serves on the boards of Washington Bankers Association, the Western Independent Bankers Association, Bellevue LifeSpring (formerly known as Overlake Service League) and the Advisory Board of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics. Past board participation has included the Washington state chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Intiman Theatre in Seattle.
EVP, Chief Lending Officer
Sean P. Brennan was one of the original organizers of Puget Sound Bank. After obtaining his bachelor degree in Finance from Loyola Marymount University in 1984, Mr. Brennan began his professional career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Brennan returned to his home state of Washington in 1987 and served fourteen years as Vice President for U.S. Bank’s Commercial Banking Group. In 2000, Mr. Brennan joined Washington Trust Bank and helped lead the successful development of a newly formed commercial and private banking office in Seattle. In 2005, Mr. Brennan partnered with former bank colleagues, James Mitchell and Tony Chalfant, to form Puget Sound Bank. He has had the privilege of managing an experienced team of commercial and private bankers that have leveraged their strong community ties to foster consultative client relationships. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Brennan has been a member of Seattle University’s Planned Giving Committee since 2007. He has been involved with the St. Joseph School Endowment Board since 2005 serving in various capacities, including the Executive Committee. His family is involved with raising funds for both Recovery Café and Agros International.
EVP, Chief Credit Officer
Tony began his career as a National Bank Examiner with the US Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), followed by 21 years in commercial banking, most recently as SVP with US Bank. Tony graduated from Washington State University in Finance/Economics and from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He is a board member of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club, a member of the Eastside Business Roundtable and former member of the Bellevue Art Museum Board of Trustees. Tony is married and has two daughters.
EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Phil has over twenty years of banking experience in finance, treasury, and operational functions. Most recently, Phil was First Vice President and Operational Risk Manager at Washington Mutual Bank. Phil began his career with Seafirst Bank and Bank of America, working there for sixteen years in various accounting, finance, and treasury functions. He left Bank of America as the Vice President and Senior Manager of the Seattle Office of Corporate Treasury. After Bank of America, Phil spent five years as Treasurer of EverTrust Financial Group. Phil has an MBA from the University of Washington.