Undeterred by the wave of start-ups in Oregon, an Arizona bank consultant is organizing three community banks in Greater Portland.

Ernie Garfield, president of Scottsdale-based Interstate Bank Developers Inc., is assembling boards of directors and interviewing potential presidents for banks in Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, and Vancouver, Wash., a Portland suburb. The three banks could open as early as the fourth quarter, pending state and federal regulatory approvals.

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