Jay Nowak

Bank of Washington Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer L. B. Eckelkamp Jr. recently announced the promotion of Jay Nowak to senior vice president in commercial lending.

“Jay’s dedication, vision and professionalism add fundamental strengths to the Bank of Washington,” stated President Louis B. “Buzz” Eckelkamp III.

“He is a devoted leader with a strong desire to consistently innovate and improve. His commitment to both the bank and the community is equally as impressive,” Eckelkamp said. “We are proud to have him at the Bank of Washington and are honored to promote him to senior vice president.”

Nowak joined the bank in 2007 as vice president in commercial lending, and has 20 years of financial experience.

He is a St. Francis Borgia Regional High School alum and graduated from Lindenwood University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. He also is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colo.

“I feel privileged to work for an organization that measures success by how they have helped individuals, families and businesses in our community,” Nowak said.

“Community banks are vital to the growth and sustainability of communities and small businesses,” he said. “The Bank of Washington supports their employees to dedicate their time and talents to make our community stronger. That sense of community spirit and pride is why I feel grateful and dedicated to work for this great company.”

Nowak serves as a member of the St. Francis Borgia Athletic Association, the Knights of Columbus and Washington Rotary Club. He also volunteers with youth sports, Junior Achievement, the American Heart Association and is treasurer of the Borgia Alumni Association.

He has served as a board member and was the 2011 chairman for the Washington Town and Country Fair, and also served on the board of Four Rivers Area Family YMCA.

Additionally, Nowak is a member of the Missouri Bankers Association, is a former chair of MBA Young Bankers Leadership Division and is a graduate of Banking Leadership Missouri.

He also is a recent recipient of a 2013 Outstanding Young Professional Award that was presented by the Washington Chamber of Commerce and The Missourian.

Nowak and his wife Colleen reside in Washington with their three children: Cade, Jacob and Kendall, and are members of Our Lady of Lourdes parish.

The Bank of Washington is the oldest and largest community bank in Franklin County, serving the community for over 135 years, and offering banking seven days a week at its branch located inside Schnucks in Washington.

In addition to six convenient branch facilities located throughout Washington, Gray Summit and Villa Ridge, the Bank of Washington also provides online banking, mobile banking and 14 ATMs throughout Washington, Marthasville, New Haven, Villa Ridge and Gray Summit.