Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: UMPQ), has been recognized by The Oregonian and Puget Sound Business Journal for its commitment to creating an environment where employees thrive. The Oregonian included Umpqua Bank on its inaugural Top Workplaces list, and the Puget Sound Business Journal identified Umpqua Bank as a finalist in its Washington’s Best Workplaces contest. “Umpqua’s more than 2300 associates share an incredible commitment to creating a culture that fosters not only their professional growth but also the health and well-being of our customers and communities,” said Ray Davis, president and CEO of Umpqua Bank. “This recognition belongs to our associates and I’m very pleased to see their contributions honored.” The Oregonian’s first Top Workplaces list acknowledges the best places to work in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and was published in a special section on Sept. 16. The Oregonian partnered with research firm Workplace Dynamics to facilitate the selection process. Companies were chosen from employee nominations, which were followed by comprehensive surveys. Those nominees scoring highest made the Top Workplaces list. In the Seattle area, the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Best Workplaces contest was established in 2007. It identifies and honors companies that create a positive, high-performing culture and shares best practices with other organizations. Survey firm Quantum Workplace followed up on employee nominations and conducted online employee surveys. The 85 highest-scoring companies, including Umpqua Bank, were named finalists. About Umpqua Bank Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ) with locations between San Francisco and Seattle, along the Oregon and Northern California Coast, and in Central Oregon and Northern Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for the past six years in a row on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Umpqua Holdings also owns a retail brokerage subsidiary, Umpqua Investments, Inc., which offers services through Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon. Umpqua’s Wealth Management Division serves high net worth individuals and nonprofits by providing customized financial solutions and offerings. Umpqua Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit http://www.umpquabank.com.