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Sterling Financial

Spokane-based Sterling Savings Bank and holding company Sterling Financial Corp. were founded in 1983 by William Zuppe and Harold Gilkey.


  • Sun., June 19, 2011

    Caldwell: West Point trained local bankers to survive

    The U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduates about 1,000 second lieutenants each year. Although trained to command men and women in combat, many leave the Army when their hitch …

  • Wed., April 20, 2011

    Sterling says profit is hopeful ‘milestone’

    The last time Sterling Financial Corp. reported a profit was in October 2008. It’s taken more than two years, but Spokane-based Sterling Savings (traded as STSA) reported a first quarter …

  • Sun., Feb. 13, 2011

    Local financial institutions weighing options

    Local bank and credit union officials said last week they have no immediate plans to eliminate free checking, but pending Federal Reserve Bank regulations may force them to reconsider. Inland …

  • Fri., Feb. 4, 2011

    Rusnak named CFO at Sterling Financial Corp.

    Patrick Rusnak has been appointed chief financial officer of Sterling Financial Corp. If regulators approve the appointment, he will succeed Dan Byrne, who has held the position since Sterling opened …

  • Fri., Jan. 21, 2011

    Employees kept focus during crisis

    Sterling Financial Corp. survived because employees did not let its capital woes break their focus on customer relationships, Chief Operating Officer Ezra Eckhardt said Thursday. Meanwhile, he said, officers worked …


  • Tue., Jan. 18, 2011, 11:46 a.m.

    Full resume: Before Sterling, Ezra Eckhardt worked in tech, manufacturing

    To add just a bit more focus to the post below about Ezra Eckhardt speaking at the next Greater Spokane Inc. event, here’s some more bio on the featured guest. …

  • Tue., Jan. 18, 2011, 8:27 a.m.

    Eckhardt to discuss Sterling’s recapitalization

    Ezra A. Eckhardt, president and chief operating officer of Sterling Savings Bank, will visit Greater Spokane Incorporated this week to talk about how he helped lead the bank’s recapitalization project. …

  • Wed., Dec. 29, 2010, 10 a.m.

    Reward for tips on armed bank robber

    Detectives are hoping for fresh clues in an armed bank robbery Dec. 2 in Spokane Valley. A gunman demanded cash from two tellers at Sterling Savings Bank, 11205 E. Sprague …

  • Tue., Dec. 28, 2010, 3:10 p.m.

    SPD nabs Tri-Cities bank heist suspect

    Patrol officers arrested a suspected bank robber Monday night after detectives in the Tri-Cities tracked him to northwest Spokane. John T. Walker, 22, was arrested as he fled from a …

  • Fri., Dec. 3, 2010, 8:52 a.m.

    Bank robbery update

    No arrest has been made in yesterday’s bank robbery. A K9 team was unable to track the suspect and people in a home that drew police’s attention for a time …