Columbia Credit Union Welcomes Sharif Burdzik as Small Business Lending Officer
Posted by Katy Wagnon on October 24, 2022
Columbia Credit Union, based in Vancouver, Washington, has welcomed Sharif Burdzik to their Business Lending Team to spearhead the credit union’s small business outreach and support in the greater Vancouver and Portland metro areas.
Having spent a decade working at banks with nationwide footprints, Burdzik found his passion for community and small business banking after moving to the Pacific Northwest in the early 2000s. Since, he has served on the boards of many local organizations, including Clark College Veterans Advisory Board, Leadership Clark County, the Hazel Dell Salmon Creek Business Association, Cascadia Technical Academy Foundation, the New Day Community Dental Clinic, the Fourth Plain Business Coalition, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Burdzik also currently serves on the WSU Diversity Advisory Board and is a director for Partners in Careers, the Clark College Foundation, and the Watershed Alliance. An active member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Burdzik has also served the City of Vancouver on both the Fire Service Delivery Committee and the Police Department Community Task Force and currently serves on the annual evaluation committees for the City’s CDBG, HOME and Affordable Housing Fund grant programs.
“Bringing Sharif on board allows us to double-down on our commitment to being the area’s number one small business resource,” said Columbia Credit Union’s SVP Chief Credit and Lending Officer Marc Timm. “One-on-one service for small business needs like new equipment, space, or capital is what we want to be the best around at providing—and Sharif is the right person to get us there.”
“Columbia CU has long provided top service on consumer loans, mortgages, and larger commercial loans, and we know many of our members also own their own businesses,” said Burdzik. “I’m excited to elevate our small business focus, so we can more comprehensively ‘make life better’ for the business owners in our community.”