15 Minutes With…Farhad Dadkho

Photo by Leah Nash

Business development officer and vice president at the $1.1 billion-asset Riverview Community Bank in Vancouver, Wa.

IB: What do you see as the biggest challenge in your market right now?
Dadkho: Riverview purchased MBank [in 2017] to expand its market in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area, so not a lot of people know Riverview Community Bank in the Oregon market [yet]. It’s OK, because we offer a fresh product and services in the community. We provide banking that’s customer service-oriented.

IB: How are you getting the word out?
Dadkho: With online marketing campaigns, social media and traditional marketing. We do a lot of community outreach with local service programs and communities. I volunteer with Financial Beginnings, where I go to the local schools and speak about credit, banking and college.

IB: You’re a professional soccer referee. How did that come about?
Dadkho: When I was in college at Portland State University, I decided to referee soccer just to have enough money to pay for school. My third year, I started doing NCAA games. Later, I [started refereeing] the higher-level professional games for United Soccer League, National Women’s Soccer League, North American Soccer League and some MLS preseason games as well.

IB: How does officiating soccer games help you in your banking career and vice versa?
Dadkho: How I interact with players and with customers is quite the same. You must quickly adapt to their personalities and how you interact with them. It keeps me on my toes.

IB: Do you have a favorite soccer player?
Dadkho: Pelé, who played for Brazil, and Zinedine Zidane, who played for France and Real Madrid. I like their composure. Everyone in the stadium has very high energy. As a professional soccer referee, you’re composed while everyone else is nervous and tense.

—Jolene Johnson

Quick facts

Farhad Dadkho has been in the banking industry for six years. He started as a teller at U.S. Bank in Lake Oswego, Ore.
He was born in Tehran, Iran, and speaks three languages: Farsi (Persian), English and Spanish.