In 1874, Bank of the West opened its doors on the California frontier as Farmers National Gold Bank. One of just 10 banks nationwide authorized to issue paper currency backed by gold reserves, the San Jose bank helped people build homes, finance farms, and grow their businesses.
Since 1980, Bank of the West has been affiliated with French BNP Paribas, a global leader in financial services and one of the world’s six highest rated banks. In 2001, the holding company BancWest Corporation became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas.
Today, Bank of the West has customers in all 50 states and operates more than 700 branch banking and commercial office locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Prudent credit underwriting, a diversified loan portfolio, and careful risk management has allowed Bank of the West to grow to more than $62 billion in assets. It is one of the nation’s largest banks, yet it preserves its local feel and its award-winning style of relationship banking that ensures superior customer service.
Bank of the West is also committed to assisting communities not only by providing financial services that help businesses and individuals prosper, but also contributions in the form of volunteerism, charitable giving and sponsorships. The Bank grants millions of dollars in charitable donations each year and is a supporter of the arts, college athletics and professional sports.
Its team of more than 9,000 employees is vital to the success of Bank of the West. They have created a corporate culture that fosters and rewards excellence, encourages creative thinking and respects diversity – an environment where team members are engaged, supportive of one another and enthusiastic about serving their customers.