Originally from California, Scott Becker came to Kirkland in 1998 to pursue a career at the Kirkland Bank of Commerce and immediately fell in love with the city and the warmth of its people.
“The welcoming nature of the Pacific Northwest is incredible. If you show an interest, you are instantly welcomed into the community,” said Becker, who since June has been serving as vice president, relationship officer of 1st Security Bank in Redmond.
Due to Becker’s love for his community, he got involved early, and stayed involved in the local community and its organizations. Studio East, a Kirkland-based performing arts nonprofit for young people, was one of the first organizations that Becker signed on to more than 20 years ago, when the nonprofit was just getting started.
Additionally, Becker is a former president of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and the Kirkland Rotary. He said he makes it a priority to immerse himself in the world of local business on the Eastside.
In the small amount of free time he has left after volunteering, business networking, and planning events for the community, Becker said he likes to stay tuned into the business world at large by reading.
“The Wall Street Journal is really my bible. I make sure I read it every day. I (also) read the Forbes 400 and Fortune magazine to kind of keep up with business in that regard,” Becker said.
After spending a long career in banking, Becker was recently ready to retire but ended up getting hired by 1st Security Bank in Redmond. He said he just couldn’t pass up working for such a conscientious company.
“One of the things that attracted me to 1st Security Bank was (my interview) with the bank. I believe there were six people there from all different areas of the bank,” Becker said. “It really felt like they were ready to get me involved in all aspects of the bank’s (operations). It couldn’t have been more friendly, and more welcoming. It just seemed like a perfect mesh.”
6 a.m. I start my day with a quick check of email.
6:20 a.m. The Wall Street Journal is a must-read for me every single day. I catch up on all the financial news before leaving the house.
7 a.m. This morning is the Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology. I get to greet many friends and colleagues during registration.
7:30 a.m. The benefit breakfast is underway with delicious food and excellent speakers.
9:30 a.m. I arrive to my office at the Overlake Branch of 1st Security Bank.
11 a.m. This is the part of the day where I stay close to my phone, checking in with clients and exploring new leads.
12:30 p.m. I meet with Bill Ballantine, a key leader in the community, for lunch at one of our favorite spots in Kirkland — George’s.
1:30 p.m. I make a quick stop by the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce to meet with the team.
3 p.m. Back to my office to take care of some afternoon paperwork and emails.
4 p.m. On my way home from the office, I stop by the Ryan James Fine Arts gallery to check in with Kirkland business owner Ryan James.
5 p.m. I make one last stop at the Columbia Athletic Club in Juanita Bay to get in some cardio.
7 p.m. My day typically wraps up similarly to how it started — with another look at email and any information I’ll need for the following day.