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Pagano best of the best

by: Contributed photo, Dan Pagano, right, receives his Top Tier award from U.S. Bank CEO Richard K. Davis 
during the Pinnacle event last month in Laguna Beach, Calif.

It's a huge honor to be named a Pinnacle manager of a US Bank branch. The honor means you're among the top 10 percent of managers across the country, and that you get to attend a celebratory getaway.

It's amazing to have received that honor four times, be made a vice president of banking and win Manager of the Year for the 76-branch Portland region.

And it's downright astounding to go on and be named a Top Tier manager, receiving honors that only 1 percent of the company's metropolitan bank managers receive.

Sandy's Dan Pagano has achieved all of the above.

Most recently, Pagano - manager of the Main Gresham branch since 2003 - received the Top Tier honor at his fourth annual Pinnacle event at a resort in Laguna Beach, Calif.

'Dan is one of only 25 of our 2,500 branch managers who received this extremely prestigious award, which is only achieved through outstanding, measurable results of his branch,' said Tina Foster, the Portland/Vancouver metro region director.

Out of those Top Tier managers, Pagano finished fourth. He's also only the third Portland-area manager to receive the honor this decade.

Those 'measurable results' deal with banking products sales and branch performance.

'To be in the top half-percent is a great honor,' Pagano said. 'I've been in banking 28 years now. Richard Davis, our CEO (who presented the award), basically describes this as a lifetime achievement award in banking. It's the pinnacle of my career.'

Foster describes Pagano as a compassionate, hard worker.

'It has been my privilege to work with Dan Pagano for the past six years,' Foster wrote in an e-mail. 'He is a leader in our region and our company because he demands excellence while demonstrating a caring spirit with his employees, customers and the community where he lives and works.'

Pagano serves as president of the Sandy Kiwanis Club. He's a member of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Paesano Club and president-elect of the Gresham Downtown Development Association.

He said he's happy doing what he's doing because 'U.S. Bank affords me the opportunity to think outside the box and run (the branch) like my own business. They believe in what I'm doing and want me to be successful.'

For winning the Top Tier honors, Pagano also gets a 'nice little kicker' that will give him and his family a well-deserved vacation.