Alan Fulp, executive vice president and chief lending officer with Core Business Bank, has been named president of Bellevue Rotary Club. The leadership position caps 15 years of involvement with the Bellevue service organization.

“I like to integrate my Rotary duties with my work life,” said Fulp, who has been with Core Business Bank for nearly two years and has been a banker in Bellevue since 1991. “Part of my job for the bank involves community networking and corporate citizenship. Thankfully, I enjoy this part very much. I believe the best bankers in Bellevue and in any city are the ones who are involved in the community. Rotary gives me an excellent avenue to do that.”Prior to being named president, Fulp served as Bellevue Rotary Club’s programs chairman, membership chairman, and president-elect. With 205 members, Fulp notes that Bellevue Rotary Club is a large and dynamic club, involved in numerous activities with many prominent members. It was the founding Rotary Club of Bellevue.

As president, Fulp plans to focus his efforts on Rotary’s “New Generations” project, which aims to bring younger members into the club. The average age of a Bellevue Rotarian is about 50, said Fulp, who is seeking potential new members in their 30s and 40s who “are fulfilling a dynamic role for their company but might be on the earlier side of their career.”

He urges new members to consider the club’s motto of “Service Above Self,” but to also recognize how membership can be good for business. “Some of the best sources of business that I have received in my career time in Bellevue have come through the Bellevue Rotary Club. There’s a high standard to be a Rotarian. There is a vetting process to become a member and you need to have high integrity and a reputation that’s above reproach to be in the club. I expect that and when I get a business referral from someone in the club I know it’s a good one,” he said.

The Bellevue Rotary Club’s major fundraising auction raises on average $400,000 each year to support local nonprofit organizations that apply for grants, as well as several international projects. Becoming president of Bellevue Rotary Club caps a long history of service for Fulp in Bellevue. He has 30 years of dedication to the banking industry, the last 20 of them in Bellevue. As chief lending officer of Core Business Bank, he brings a depth of experience in business banking, real estate lending, and private banking transactions. A community leader, Fulp has served as board member and chairman of the Bellevue Downtown Association, past board member and treasurer of the Mercer Island Schools Foundation, advisory board member and 2005 volunteer of the year for Downtown Bellevue YMCA and is an alumni of Advance Bellevue/Leadership Eastside.

Originally from Kodiak, Alaska, he graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. He and his family live on Mercer Island.

About Core Business Bank: Founded by David V. Huguenin, Core Business Bank opened for business in Bellevue in 2008 with an experienced management team and prominent local business leaders to serve on its board of directors. Core Business Bank is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art quality banking services to small businesses and their owners. The bank offers a highly personalized approach to customer service with the goal to become each customer’s preferred financial service provider. Customers deal exclusively with managers who know customers personally, understand their business, and pull everything together seamlessly. Core Business Bank’s vision is to create value for its customers, employees, shareholders and community by building lasting relationships through extraordinary service, integrity, commitment and teamwork. For more information, go to www.corebusinessbank.com.

About Bellevue Rotary Club:
Bellevue Rotary Club is the largest and oldest Rotary club in Bellevue. The club meets at the Harbor Club East in downtown Bellevue every Tuesday at noon. Bellevue Rotary Club is part of a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Rotarians provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. For more information about Bellevue Rotary Club, go to www.bellevuerotary.net.

Editor’s Note:  Will Alan have to fine himself for this post at their next meeting?  Or will someone else do the honors?

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