Az Business, in partnership with BestCompaniesAZ, has selected the Most Admired Companies of 2020, including WaFd Bank Arizona.

WaFd Bank Arizona is a full-service national banking institution that focuses on business-to-business banking, commercial and equipment lending, and home loan and corporate real estate financing. It has 31 offices in Arizona, including locations in Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Green Valley, Mesa, Yuma, Phoenix,Prescott Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West and Tucson. WaFd Bank is committed to developing a strong and loyal relationship with clients, shareholders and the community at large. For more information, click here.

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WaFd Bank Arizona

Most Admired Company: 2017-2020

Top Arizona executive: Mike Brown, regional president

What it does: Bank that focuses on lending, real estate financing and business banking.

Admirable trait: WaFd is working to improve financial literacy and has partnered with education technology company Everfi to develop and distribute a financial education curriculum. The BankFinancial Scholars program uses cutting-edge media to teach high school students about 401(k) plans, credit scores, stocks and other important concepts. The program is in six Arizona schools and has graduated over 1,500 local students. WaFd also leads financial education in elementary and middle schools with a platform that encourages saving.