Christine Heckert, senior vice president and SBA department manager at Olympia-headquartered Heritage Bank, has been named Small Business Administration 7(a) Lender of the Year by Colman, a leading resource for small business bankers.

Heritage Bank, Christine Heckert

Christine Heckert. Photo courtesy Heritage Bank.

Heckert has worked in the SBA industry for more than 30 years.

“An SBA loan can make a big difference to a small business and that’s what drew me to lending,” she said. “At Heritage Bank, we all work hard to understand our business customer. It’s more than a transaction, it’s a relationship.”

“Christine has been instrumental in developing and growing the SBA loan program for Heritage,” added Bryan McDonald, executive vice president and COO at Heritage Bank. “She and her team expertly guide clients through the entire process.”