20 Under 40: Heather Gabbert

AVP, Relationship Banking Officer

Columbia Bank

Heather has been with the bank for over 14 years and remained dedicated to advancing her experience, business acumen, and leadership among colleagues. Having started as a client service specialist (better known as a teller), Heather worked over the years to advance her career to what it is today. She currently is Assistant Vice President, Commercial Relationship Banking Officer.

With her talent and experience in the industry and company, Heather is often a sought-out resource among peers and colleagues. She offers a gentle and quiet leadership, often listening first before responding, taking her time to process information and consider all sides. This has proven to be an incredible asset in an industry often being pushed to make changes quickly and efficiently.

Heather is one of our star community bankers. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but Heather seems to stretch those hours in ways that many people could not keep up for years. She currently serves as a member for Relief Nursery, Imagination Library, and Food for Lane County. She has participated for over a decade with United Way of Lane County’s Day of Caring. Heather is always the first to sign up and rally the team together.