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Wells Fargo launches ApprenticeshipUSA program for veterans - 05/18/17

Wells Fargo has launched an ApprenticeshipUSA program for veterans, becoming one of the first financial service companies to do so.

A Department of Labor program, ApprenticeshipUSA provides veterans the opportunity to earn a salary while learning additional skills necessary to succeed in high-demand civilian careers.

"Our commitment to hiring veterans remains a top priority for Wells Fargo," said Carly Sanchez, head of Talent Acquisition Strategy & Delivery at Wells Fargo. "The ApprenticeshipUSA program is an excellent resource for us to attract and retain eligible veterans who have strong leadership competencies and other skills, but may not have strong financial industry knowledge."

ApprenticeshipUSA allows eligible veterans to use their GI Bill education benefits to receive a tax-free monthly payment from the government (in addition to wages earned as an apprentice). After six months of a veteran's apprenticeship, the payment is gradually reduced and offset by progressive wage increases.

The ApprenticeshipUSA Program will be piloted in Wells Fargo's Community Bank; Consumer Lending; and Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovation divisions. For more information about the pilot and where to apply, visit www.wellsfargojobs.com/military

Wells Fargo also offers other veteran career transition initiatives, including the Veteran Employment Transition Internship Program, American Corporate Partners mentorships, and scholarships and emergency grants through Scholarship America.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. The firm has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

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Homeowner Don Thiel looks on as three Wells Fargo volunteers repaint the exterior of his house.
Homeowner Don Thiel looks on as three Wells Fargo volunteers repaint the exterior of his house.
Volunteers improve the homes, and lives, of senior citizens in Portland (Photo) - 05/04/17

PORTLAND -- Sixteen volunteers from the City of Portland and nine from Wells Fargo descended on a small house in N.E. Portland last Saturday, April 29, completely transforming the property for the permanently disabled senior citizen who lives there.

The homeowner looked on in amazement as the hard-working volunteers cleaned out all the garbage and debris that had filled the backyard, mowed the overgrown lawn, painted the house interior and exterior, weeded, spread bark dust, cleaned and completed a few miscellaneous projects to make the house safer.

The renovation was organized by the nonprofit Rebuilding Together Portland, which Wells Fargo supported this year with a $15,000 grant.

The workers were among 1,200 volunteers who improved 36 homes and three nonprofit facilities in the Portland metro area last Saturday through Rebuilding Together's annual, one-day, mass cleanup.

"This is the first project I've been a part of where we came in the morning and the house looks one way. And when we leave, the house looks completely different," said Wells Fargo volunteer David Anderson. "It's amazing to see the transformation."

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company. Last year Wells Fargo's approximate 6,000 employees in Oregon and SW. Washington volunteered 50,216 hours for 3,362 local schools and nonprofit agencies (second largest number of hours among all Oregon companies).

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Wells Fargo selects Stayton resident Melanie Stigen as its Volunteer of the Year for Oregon, S.W. Washington (Photo) - 05/03/17

SALEM, Ore. -- Wells Fargo has chosen Melanie Stigen as its Volunteer of the Year for 2016 in Oregon and S.W. Washington. The Stayton resident works in Salem as a Regional Services manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking.

At Stigen's request, Wells Fargo will donate $1,000 to the Marion-Polk Food Share in Salem to support its general operations. Stigen has volunteered there for five years as a team captain for the nonprofit's annual food drive, leading about 100 volunteers at seven Salem-area sites.

"It's a great feeling you can do something above putting in the hours. I know that's beneficial, but this $1,000 grant is like a bonus," said Stigen.

Stigen excels at making sure the volunteers get to all the sites they want, welcoming them and involving her family and co-workers, Kendra Alexander, Food Resource Developer at Marion-Polk Food Share.

"I look forward to working with Mel every single year. She is extremely well organized," Alexander added. "She is a great representative for Wells Fargo and a great asset to the Food Share."

Stigen joined Wells Fargo in 1993 as a teller. Last year she volunteered close to 300 hours.

"This award not only recognizes Mel's efforts in 2016, but her volunteerism throughout her career at Wells Fargo," said Jose Vithayathil of Portland, head of Wells Fargo's Oregon Region Volunteer Chapter. "As a true leader, she inspires so many co-workers and family members to join in on her volunteer undertakings."

The Food Share is only one of many community groups Stigen supports with her time. Stigen helps out her local fire department, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society and a program that provides free prom dresses to high school girls.

"The nomination for Mel detailed how she exemplifies a well-rounded team member," said Vithayathil. "She has been an outstanding leader in her community. She gets involved in so many activities in the Salem and Stayton area."

Stigen has also volunteered at Stayton Elementary School for 11 years, including serving as its Parent Teacher Club president. In that role, she impacted 400 students. She also served as a field inspector for a school robotics competition in Salem.

As a result of Stigen's pro-active and frequent volunteerism, North Santiam School District appointed her to its Population and Growth Committee.

A panel of three Wells Fargo employees selected her for the honor. The judges scored each nomination in five categories, including the nominee's commitment to volunteering based on organizations and hours, their impact on the organization and community, and the degree of what makes their volunteering exceptional.

Last year Stigen was one of five Wells Fargo employees in Oregon and S.W. Washington who were recognized nationally by Wells Fargo through its Volunteer Service Awards. She allocated that $1,000 prize to Stayton Elementary.

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo is is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Last year Wells Fargo's approximate 6,000 employees in Oregon and SW. Washington volunteered 50,216 hours for 3,362 local schools and nonprofit agencies (second largest number of hours among all Oregon companies).

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Wells Fargo's Wealth Management Sr. Managing Director Jeff Grubb to retire (Photo) - 05/02/17

VANCOUVER, Wash. --- Jeff Grubb has announced he will retire Aug. 1 after a financial services career of more than 35 years, including the past 12 at Wells Fargo.

Grubb, 64, is currently an executive vice president and senior managing director for Wells Fargo's Wealth Management Group. Based in Vancouver, Wash., Grubb oversees close to 650 Wells Fargo team members in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado who provide a wide range of financial services to clients to help them succeed.

"Jeff has demonstrated his knowledge and passion for the region and its communities in his role as our senior managing director," said Tim Traudt of Minneapolis, head of Regional Management for Wells Fargo Private Bank.

"He has built a reputation for team member and client advocacy, insightful leadership and volunteerism. His contributions will not only have a lasting impact on our business, but also on the people he worked with over the years," said Traudt. "We will miss Jeff's many contributions to Wells Fargo, but know that he will continue to have a meaningful impact on those organizations and causes that he supports."

Before joining Wells Fargo in 2005, Grubb worked at U.S. Trust in Portland where he was a managing director and the Northwest regional CEO for six years. Prior to that he worked for eight years at U.S. Bancorp where he rose to the position of executive vice president overseeing all of its Private Financial Services Group. Grubb also served eight years at Progressive Insurance Co. where he was promoted to division president.

Grubb earned both a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in business administration at Stanford University.

He serves as secretary for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette and as a board member of Vision Finance in Rwanda and the Murdock Charitable Trust.

Grubb is a former chairman of the Oregon Young Presidents Organization, Social Venture Partners Portland and the Portland Angel Network. He is also a former board member of the Oregon Symphony, Portland Art Museum, World Affairs Council, Palau Foundation for World Evangelism, Junior Achievement, Portland State University Business School Advisory Council and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with with $2.0 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. The firm has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.

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