Happy New Year!
Bank of the West Prime Interest Newsletter                                                                             January 2017
Dear Friend of Bank of the West,

As we enter this New Year, we give thanks for the many opportunities that have come before us and we look forward to fulfilling our hopes and dreams as we continue in our businesses in 2017.  Our partnership with each of you is most appreciated and we wish for your continued prosperity and good fortune throughout this New Year!

Enjoy the NEW LOOK of our eNewsletter!

Bank of the West Executive Staff
Banking News
Corporate President, Mike Pearce, set to retire
Setting the stage to enjoy more golf, spend more time with his family and friends and do some traveling... Mike Pearce, Bank of the West Corporate President, has announced his retirement for February 2017.
"His time and devotion to building Bank of the West for the past 10 years will be part of the banks' history," states Gary Blankenship, CEO and Chairman of the Board.
As Corporate President, Mike has been instrumental in the growth and success of Bank of the West and more... he has been a friend and teacher to those that have had the privilege to work with him.
We will miss you Mike but wish you many happy adventures in your retirement!
Bank Vice Chairman Serves on Forum Panel
Cynthia Blankenship, Vice Chairman, served on the panel at the recent Subchapter S Bank Association conference.  Conference discussions included recent regulatory and legislative issues for banks and how changing landscapes are going to affect the way S Corporations do business. 
SBA Lending News
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SBA Dallas District boasts another Record Year
Bank of the West was once again among the top 10% of SBA Lenders in the District for 2016.
Siting a strong team of 15 lenders to assist, Bank of the West has been offering SBA loans since 1987 and enjoys the Preferred Lender Status, providing in-house loan approvals which expedite decisions and closings.
"We are looking forward to another excellent year," states Lee Ely, Senior Vice President, SBA Lending for Bank of the West. "January and February 2017 already look to have a strong showing."
Contact us with your questions and/or needs you may have - We want to be your banking choice and we are here to assist you!

Mortgage Market News
Need a Mortgage? Is it time to consider?
With Mortgage rates continuing to remain low for the time-being, now might be the right time for you to consider your first home, an upgrade to a larger space, or a refinance to consolidate debt or get that much needed renovation under way.
Consider GSB Mortgage.
"Professional Values, Mortgage Solutions", GSB Mortgage,  Inc. is a full-service mortgage banking company that prides itself in providing the highest quality financial services to our consumers. We strive to develop the most effective custom programs for each individual borrower's needs, and consider ourselves a leader when it comes to introducing new emerging products in today's current market.
Financial Literacy Classes
Classes offered at Bank of the West branch locations beginning 2017. school_dog.jpg

Recognizing the need for basic financial literacy, to more advanced financial statement preparing, we are pleased to roll out a Financial Literacy Series with different topic options for customers to enroll.  These classes are free to attend ~ materials, beverages and snacks are provided.
  • Credit Score Basics
  • Preparing Financial Statements

Watch for more information and class locations!

Visit for locations and contact information. 

Consumer Tips
Take Control of Your Debt    
While it can be surprisingly easy and often fun to get into debt, it's much more difficult and takes longer to get out of debt. 
Bank Events & Happenings
Two Turtle Doves?    
Annually, Bank of the West hosts its' Dove Hunt, bringing together customers and friends for a down home, boot stompin', story tellin', grub eatin' good time.... and this year was no exception.
Gary Blankenship, Chairman, Cynthia Blankenship, Vice Chairman and Mike Pearce, Corporate President, hosted over 50 guests in October, in Lake Creek,Texas and spent the day doing what dove hunters do - cuttin' up and conjoling with one another.  Great Sportmanship and camaraderie are always the highlight of this get together - and enjoyed by all who attended!
Gary, Cynthia and Mike thank everyone for their partnerships with Bank of the West!
Bank Hosts Holiday
Open House
Tis' the Season for glistening decorations, guests in festive attire and sumptuously prepared food which were all present at the Bank of the West Corporate Office for this year's Holiday Open House on December 8th, supporting the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.
Click here to review all the great holiday event pictures!
Our Involvement
Cancer Awareness
Proudly supporting Cancer Awareness Month
in October.
Bank staff and customers from each branch location generously donated throughout the entire month to fulfill the bank's goal and making a difference in the fight against Cancer.

Pictured right - our Beltline Irving Branch shows support by decorating the lobby, providing pink snacks for their customers and wearing PINK.

Beltline & Irving Boulevard - Irving Cares
Charitable Ways
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we take a moment to pause and be thankful for our blessings - together with our families and our friends. 
Each of our Branches took time to give back as they sought out local charities in need during this holiday -  providing for Angels and collecting food items from customers and staff alike.

Vernon -
United Samaritan Services
Carrollton - Metrocrest Services

Lewisville -
CCA Angel Tree 
Corporate &

Ponder -
Ponder Baptist Church
Food Bank

N. Richland Hills -
Capital Senior Living

Quote of the Month:

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Bragging Rights
Spotlight Crew

Garrett Kilgore, Customer Service Representative, Corporate location, earned bragging rights for being recognized for his exceptional efforts in coming to the assistance of a fellow employee during his scheduled vacation. 
Congratulations Garrett!

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Anniversary Announcements

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GSB Mortgage, Inc., Grapevine

20 Years


Scott McKinney

Branch President
Beltline, Irving

10 Years

Dean Shannon
10 Years

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