Our history shows that great things happen when you keep your focus local.
In 1874, Bank of the West opened its doors on the California frontier as Farmers Gold National Bank.
In 1880, Farmers National Gold Bank became First National Bank of San Jose.
Following World War II, the bank grew rapidly and by 1979 has 35 San Francisco Bay Area locations and 0 million in assets.
In 1979, we changed our name to Bank of the West. Today, we have branch and commercial banking offices across the West Coast, the Southwest, the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain states.
In 2001, our holding company BancWest Corporation became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas.
Bank of the West has continued to grow in recent year, thanks to a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, including United California Bank in 2002, Union Safe Deposit Bank in California’s Central Valley and Community First Bank in Fargo, ND both in 2004, and Commercial Federal Bank, of Omaha, in 2005.
Today, Bank of the West operates more than 600 retail, wealth, commercial and business banking offices in 23 states. Prudent credit underwriting, a diversified loan portfolio, and careful risk management have allowed us to grow to more than .7 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.