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Vantage West introduces scholarship program

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Vantage West Credit Union, Southern Arizona’s largest credit union, has introduced a new scholarship program as part of its continued commitment to financial readiness.  The program, which selects recipients based on a number of criteria, including academic merit, the quality and content of a written essay, and a student’s character as demonstrated by activities and volunteerism,… Read More →

Christine Nowaczyk earns national honor

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One of the leaders of both the Association for Corporate Growth’s Arizona Chapter and the Valley banking community is being recognized with a prestigious honor. ACG has named Christine Nowaczyk, Senior Vice President for Bank of Arizona and former President of ACG-Arizona, as a recipient of the 2015 Meritorious Service Award. The award is the highest honor ACG bestows on its members,… Read More →

FirstBank fund helps qualified homebuyers buy new homes

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FirstBank Holding Company, a holding company with 15 banking locations throughout Arizona, announced a $1 million community development investment with Trellis (formerly Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix), an organization dedicated to making financially stable homes, neighborhoods and communities possible in Maricopa County. FirstBank’s contribution will provide qualified homebuyers up to $25,000 to be used as… Read More →

BMO allows you to get cash at ATMs with smartphone

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BMO Harris Bank announced the introduction of Mobile Cash, a new technology that allows consumers to withdraw money from an ATM using their smartphone.  With the launch, BMO Harris now has the largest network of card-less enabled ATMs in the country. “Smartphones are quickly becoming the singular device that people use to help manage their… Read More →

Western Alliance Bancorporation acquires Bridge Capital Holdings

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Western Alliance Bancorporation and Bridge Capital Holdings announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which Western Alliance Bancorporation will acquire Bridge Capital Holdings. Immediately following the completion of the acquisition, Bridge Capital’s principal operating subsidiary, Bridge Bank, will merge with and into Western Alliance Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western… Read More →

Maracay launches new lending service in Arizona

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Maracay Homes announced the launch of TRI Pointe Connect as its in-house mortgage originator, making Arizona one of the first two states in the nation to offer mortgage services through the new company. Formed as a joint venture between Maracay Home’s parent company, TRI Pointe Group, and imortgage, TRI Pointe Connect opened its doors in… Read More →

Wells Fargo awards paid volunteer leave

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Wells Fargo Community Affairs Representative Iain Hamp of Mesa has been awarded a Volunteer Leave Award from Wells Fargo, and will receive his full pay while volunteering at Phoenix Community ToolBank.  Volunteer Leave Awards are presented to selected Wells Fargo team members, enabling them to take up to three months of paid leave to focus… Read More →

Enterprise Bank expands mortgage division

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Recognizing the Valley’s continued residential real estate market recovery, Enterprise Bank & Trust has expanded its mortgage products for current and prospective clients interested in home purchase, refinance and other mortgage portfolio services. To lead the expansion in Phoenix, Enterprise Bank & Trust has added seasoned mortgage expertise to its team including Brian Occhipinto, who… Read More →

Generation Next: Banking

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Nathan Erickson, 36 Chief investment officer Miller Russell Associates, miller-russell.com Erickson’s success at Miller Russell Associates  can be directly attributed to not only his talent, but also to his ability to bring the firm’s values to life. He is constantly identifying innovative solutions and strategies to best serve its clients, and keeps the firm’s reputation as a trusted fiduciary at the forefront of… Read More →

BMO: Arizona economy will accelerate in 2015

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Arizona’s economy should pick up in 2015, with expected GDP growth of 3.5 percent, just ahead of the national average and an improvement from the expected 2.5 percent in 2014, according to the bi-annual U.S. State Monitor Report from BMO Economics. Steady population growth and job growth in the high-tech market will also help lead… Read More →

NB|AZ will air ‘Elevate AZ’ Super Bowl ad

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In an effort to promote Arizona and the businesses that impact its communities and citizens, National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced the airing of its official “Elevate AZ” commercial during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX. The commercial is a key portion of NB|AZ’s “Elevate AZ” campaign and will feature three Arizona businesses and two… Read More →

FirstBank tackles ‘Deflate-Gate’ with billboard

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A local bank is using a little humor around a recent incident to promote their expanding home loan business in Arizona. Yesterday, FirstBank, which operates 15 branches in the Glendale/Phoenix/Scottsdale metro area, put up a billboard within a mile of University of Phoenix Stadium — where the New England Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks… Read More →

WVNB buys branch from NB|AZ

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Candace Wiest, president and CEO of West Valley National Bank, announced WVNB has entered into an agreement with National Bank of Arizona to acquire all of the assets and deposits of the Gila Bend branch of NBA. The transaction is anticipated to increase WVNB’s asset size by 20 percent. “As the West Valley’s only locally… Read More →

Age is his advantage, says BMO Harris leader

STEVEN ZANDPOUR: “The economic health of Arizona is definitely improving and the long term outlook is positive,” said the Arizona regional president for BMO Harris Bank. “This positive outlook, combined with our solid business plan, provides us a great opportunity for growth.” Photo by Shavon Rose, AZ Big Media

Steven Zandpour, the 38-year-old Arizona regional president for BMO Harris Bank, thought he has a sure-fire career blueprint to follow. “My cousin was in banking while I was in college and his goal was to ultimately own a business,” Zandpour said. “He told me that he was learning a lot about what banks look for… Read More →