“Throughout the world, client expectations are relatively straightforward. They want consistency, integrity, prudence, and a personal connection. But delivering on these expectations has become problematic for many banks as they make the simple hard. Commerce Bank does an excellent job of making the simple simple and the hard simpler.”
– WILLIAM GLASSFORD
Bill Glassford’s professional career began in Washington, D.C. where he was engaged in trade policy and promotion activities for the federal government. Joining Rainier Bank in 1979, Bill spent approximately 10 years in Asia, serving as the country manager for bank branches in Manila, Taipei, and Hong Kong. With a return to Seattle, he ran the international focused offices for the bank which were located in Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, and New York. After initiating an international banking department for West One Bank, Bill went on to run the Asian International Private Bank for Bank of America, managing offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, and Hong Kong.
Bill lives in Seattle where he is actively involved in the community. He currently is Chairman of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, a partnership of nine government agencies and 160 member firms. In addition, he sits on the advisory board of the Henry M Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the Japan America Society. He holds a BS degree from Penn State University and an MBA from George Mason University.
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