World class expertise. Local values.

Experienced business leaders with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest.

Our Board of Directors reflects our Northwest focus and the customers we serve. They are senior business and community leaders, and their combined experience provides an invaluable perspective on business as well as the regional and national economy. In addition to being CEO’s, bankers, economists, and CPAs, our Directors are deeply involved in community organizations anchored in the Northwest.

Northwest Bank is owned by Western Capital Corporation, a bank holding company, and is chartered in Idaho.

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"Northwest Bank was founded by business and banking professionals who understand the pitfalls of conventional banking. Our commitment, from the Board of Directors and entire team, is to exceed the customer's expectations by focusing on each opportunity, making decisions quickly, and delivering sound and creative solutions."

Jeff Gow
Chairman and Founder


Jeff D. Gow
Chairman and Founder, Bellevue, Washington (WCC/NB)

Jeff Gow is the Chairman and a founder of Western Capital Corporation, as well as the Chief Executive Officer and managing member of Shelter Holdings, a private investment company in the Pacific Northwest. He also owns and manages an income property portfolio of apartment and office projects located in the Pacific Northwest, and holds multiple equity interests in several industries, including technology and aerospace.

Jeff worked at Polygon Northwest Company for over 30 years and served as Chief Executive Officer from 1988 until its sale in 2014. He attended the University of British Columbia from 1976 to 1980, where he studied history.


Steven D. Wasson
Vice Chairman, Lake Oswego, Oregon (WCC/NB)

Steve Wasson is the CEO emeritus of Northwest Bank, and brings over 30 years of experience in banking leadership to his role including positions with U.S. Bank, Riverside National Bank and Bank of America, and its predecessor banks. In his last two roles with U.S. Bank, he was Executive Vice President and Manager of Business Banking with over $6 billion in assets and 1,000 employees, and Executive Vice President and Manager of Commercial Real Estate with over $3 billion in assets and 350 employees.

He also served as a director, Executive Vice President and the Chief Credit Officer of Oregon Bank, and the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Credit Officer of Riverside National Bank. From 2001 through 2007, Steve was engaged in private equity investing in community banks. Steve completed the University of Washington’s Pacific Coast Banking School in 1984 and the Stanford Financial Management Program in 1988.


John D. Jackson
Director, Boise, Idaho (WCC/NB)

Mr. Jackson founded Jacksons Food Stores, Inc. in 1975, growing from one location to 234 convenience stores & car washes in six western states; and managing 800 Extra Mile stores in CA, WA and OR through a joint venture with Chevron. Mr. Jackson also owns and operates Jackson Energy, delivering fuel to over 800 retail locations in nine states; Capitol Distributing, a grocery wholesaler serving 600 convenience stores; and Jackson Jet Center, an FBO offering air charter, maintenance, management and fuel.

Mr. Jackson is a member or past member of several boards including St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, US Bank-Western Idaho, Boise State Foundation, Chairman Emeritus National Shell Wholesale Council, Chevron Western Region Marketer Council and State of Idaho Petroleum Storage Tank Fund. He attended Boise State University, majoring in Accounting.


William K. Ilett
Director, Boise, Idaho (WCC/NB)

Bill Ilett has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trans Corporation, a privately-held equipment finance leasing company in Boise Idaho, since 1982. In addition, he is a well-known investor in commercial and residential real estate throughout southern Idaho, who both consults with others and speaks at seminars on transportation financing issues.

Bill graduated from Boise State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and is also a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive).


John W. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Director, Lake Oswego, Oregon (WCC/NB)

Dr. John Mitchell has been an Economist for more than forty years. He was a Professor of Economics at Boise State University, and later served as Chief Economist and Western Regional Economist for U.S. Bancorp.

John received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Williams College in 1966. He then went on to earn both a Master of Arts in Economics and a doctorate in Economics at the University of Oregon in 1970.

He is currently a principal at M&H Economic Consultants, Lake Oswego, Oregon, where he publishes and frequently speaks on economic matters. He is a Trustee for the Tax Free Trust of Oregon, a public mutual fund, and was previously a Director of Oregon Mutual Insurance Company.


Jamie Shulman
Director, Lake Oswego, Oregon (WCC/NB)

Jamie Shulman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Bank. He brings over 22 years of experience in the banking industry to his role, including leadership positions at U.S. Bank, BBVA Compass, and now, Northwest Bank. At U.S. Bank he served in a variety of retail and small business banking leadership roles, including Small Business Regional Manager for Arizona and Nevada. At BBVA Compass he served as a Commercial Banking Team Leader and Manager of the West Dealer Commercial Services.

Jamie has been with Northwest Bank since 2013, previously as President, Oregon Division, and then as President and Chief Operating Officer. A graduate of the University of Denver, he is also actively involved in the community, serving on boards and committees including the Portland Children’s Museum, Boys & Girls Aid, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Arlington Club, and the Portland Jewish Federation.


Robert A. Underhill
Director, Seattle, Washington (WCC/NB)

Bob Underhill is the principal of Robert A. Underhill P.C. (“RAUPC”), a Seattle-based professional services firm specializing in tax and wealth planning. Bob brings both an intimate knowledge of Northwest markets and a high level of expertise in accounting, tax and risk management to his role.

Prior to founding RAUPC, he spent nearly 25 years with an international accounting firm, heading its Pacific Northwest Private Client Services practice. He is a member of the Missouri Bar and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is a registered investment advisor.

Bob graduated from The University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctor. He is also a past president of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants; a board member of the University of Washington Foundation; and a member of the University of Washington and Seattle University Planned Giving Committees. He currently serves on the board of Theo Chocolate Incorporated.