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Date: March 31, 2014


Umpqua Bank Executive, Mike Miller, Joins Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s Scholarship Program to Help Raise Money to Educate the Next Generation of Aerospace Workers

 

EVERETT, WA – March 31, 2014 – Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance is pleased to announce that Mike Miller, Umpqua Bank, is joining PNAA's Scholarship Program Committee to help raise money to educate the next generation of aerospace workers.  Miller, a commercial lender with over 30 years of financial experience, is a Vice President/Commercial Relationship Manager for Umpqua Bank’s Commercial Banking Center in Tacoma, WA.

"I am excited that Mike will be joining our scholarship committee,” said PNAA Executive Director Melanie Jordan.  “His financial experience will be an asset and his passion to help students achieve their dreams will help us reach our goal.  We look forward to seeing where Mike and Scholarship Program Chair Larry Sowa will take this program in the near future," said PNAA Executive Director Melanie Jordan.

PNAA, a non-profit organization dedicated promoting the growth and success of the aerospace industry in the Northwest, has a goal to raise $50,000 in 2014 to go toward scholarships for students pursuing aerospace education.  It will award the scholarships during its annual aerospace conference next February.  PNAA established the scholarship program in 2009 with four $500 scholarships.  Last year, it awarded $33,450 in scholarships to 22 students from nine colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest.

“Over the years, PNAA and its members have helped some outstanding students reach their goals of working in the aerospace industry,” said PNAA Chairman JC Hall.  “We’ve helped veterans, single moms and stay-at-home dads go back to school in order to pursue good paying jobs in the aerospace industry.  We have also helped ambitious, enterprising university students that want to be the next aerospace pioneers.  When you read the stories of how these scholarships impact people, you just want to do more,” Hall said. 

Miller said he was impressed with PNAA’s commitment to future aerospace workers and felt compelled to get involved. “I attended two of the conferences and saw all the work that PNAA did raising money for the program. I am always looking for opportunities to help causes that I believe in, and assisting young people who want to go to college to learn a trade or profession is one of those causes,” Miller said.

His commitment is timely.  As aerospace production rates continue to increase, a significant portion of the aerospace workforce is ready to retire within the next seven years.  “The need for young, talented aerospace workers is growing,” said Jordan.  “Helping students acquire the education necessary to be tomorrow’s, machinists, designers and engineers is important to continuing the Northwest’s aerospace tradition,” she said.

PNAA Chairman, JC Hall agreed.  “The need to support engineering and trade school education and training is critical – only 22 percent of the US aerospace workforce is under 35 years old. Training the next generation of aerospace workers must be a priority for the industry,” he said.

Miller believes he can help the program meet or exceed its $50,000 goal by starting early and making calls whenever possible. “You can never start too early when you are raising money for a worthy cause. The more companies that you call the better chance you have that they will give,” he said.

About Mike Miller:

Prior to joining Umpqua Bank, Mike was Team Leader of the Tacoma Commercial Banking Center at Sterling Savings Bank for 16 years.  Mike is a graduate of Seattle First’s Bank Officer Candidate School and worked for SFNB as a commercial lender for four years.  In addition, he was a commercial lender for Peoples Bank/U.S. Bank, a commercial lender and CRA Officer for the National Bank of Tukwila, and a Sr. Business Development Officer for West One Bank.

Mike is a graduate of Eastern Washington University’s Master of Business Administration program with an emphasis in the area of Marketing and Management and has 40+ graduate hours toward a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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