Peoples Bank announces promotions in commercial banking group

Audrey Bessonette

Peoples Bank, Wenatchee, Wash., announced the promotion of Audrey Bessonette to commercial banking team leader of the Chelan-Douglas commercial banking group, and the promotion of Karma Vassar who will serve in Bessonette’s former position as senior vice president, commercial banking officer. Both women are based at the Wenatchee Financial Center.

Bessonette began her career with Peoples Bank in November 2004 and has taken on increased responsibility within the team during her tenure. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, where she studied business administration. In 2013, she graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School, Bellevue, Wash., the premier national graduate school of banking.

“Audrey has been instrumental in driving steady growth for Peoples Bank in the Chelan-Douglas market,” said Christopher Neros, executive vice president and chief commercial banking officer. “Her strong production capabilities, combined with her dedication to providing exemplary customer service and helping customers reach their business and financial goals, led to this  well-earned promotion.”

Karma Vassar

Born and raised in Cashmere, Wash., and a lifetime resident of Chelan County, Bessonette also serves as the Treasurer for the Wenatchee North Rotary Club.

Vassar has been a commercial banker in the Wenatchee market for the past 16 years and joined Peoples Bank in September 2013. A lifetime resident of Washington, she was raised in Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee High School before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle.

“Peoples Bank is very pleased to promote Karma to this new leadership position, which recognizes her dedication to building and maintaining a strong community through the individual success of small business owners,” said Bessonette.

Vassar serves as a board member of the Leavenworth Women’s Exchange, Columbia Valley Housing Association, and Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.