Two pieces of news provide a flicker of hope amid the doom and gloom.
AVONDALE, Ariz., Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Candace Wiest, chief executive officer, and Gary Hickel, east valley president of West Valley National Bank, announced the formation of two professional community boards and a special President's Council to assist in the planned growth and expansion initiatives of the Bank. The Medical and Dental Community Boards, and the President's Council consist of a cross section of healthcare professionals, physicians, dentists and business executives.
Ms. Wiest, "Our goal is to bring together the best talent within the medical, healthcare and professional occupations, so that the Bank can provide exceptional client service and serve as a multifaceted resource to medical and dental professionals. Our mission is to continue to be the preferred bank of the healthcare industry, by providing superior customer service combined with streamlined, local decision making to this professional community," concluded Ms. Wiest. West Valley National Bank, one of the best capitalized community banks in Arizona, has committed to fund $60 million in new loans to small businesses and medical and dental professionals in 2011.
"These are opportunistic times for financial institutions," stated James Grogan, chairman of WVNB's Medical Community Board stated. "I believe we can make a difference in providing much needed capital to practices to fund the opportunities in this market and navigate through the challenges of healthcare reform."
Gary Hickel, regional president, will work with community chairs to develop mutual referrals, share information, and act as a sounding Board for the Bank's strategic initiatives. "We are fortunate to have Gary leading the charge," stated Wiest. He's a veteran Arizona banker who understands the importance of providing proactive financing and deposit solutions to these time constrained professionals."
New Scottsdale Banking Center:
In February, the Bank is planning on opening its newest banking center at 5635 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. "This prime Scottsdale location positions the Bank in the center of the robust business corridor of Scottsdale Road and Camelback," stated regional president Gary Hickel. .
About West Valley National Bank
Founded in December, 2006, West Valley National Bank is the only locally owned Bank west of 1-17, Arizona with full service banking center locations in Avondale, Buckeye and a loan production office in Scottsdale. The Bank provides a broad range of banking and lending services to small and medium size businesses, professionals and individuals. For more information, visit www.wvnb.net.
Candace Hunter Wiest
President and CEO
SOURCE West Valley National Bank