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In the Spotlight: Bank of the West

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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For over 135 years, Bank of the West has been committed to assisting communities not only by providing financial services that help businesses and individuals prosper, but also by contributing in the form of volunteerism and charitable gifts. GTNPF is lucky to have Bank of the West as a partner and supporter within our Jackson Hole community.

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Tell us a bit about how Pura Vida aligns with Bank of the West's interests.

The Pura Vida program aligns perfectly with our corporate values and mission. Being based in the western US, our business operates and serves our customers with western values, entrepreneurial spirit, and enjoyment of the environment in which we are located. Our charitable giving is, and has always been, focused on organizations and programs that dissolve barriers and focus on diversity and inclusion. We believe that embracing and leveraging diversity of background, thought and talent further the Bank’s mission of “Accept – Embrace – Celebrate.” Like many of the other programs we sponsor, Pura Vida enhances stewardship in the communities we serve, helping everyone better understand their environment and the advantages of where we work, live and play.

Grand Teton National Park Foundation is committed to funding projects that help connect people with nature. What kind of people make up your team and how is outdoor adventure part of your company's culture?

The team at Bank of the West is made up of a diverse group of adventurous individuals that strive to embody our corporate brand “Go West” in our business and their personal lives. From skiers to avid fishermen; recreational hikers to dedicated outdoorsmen and women, our employees take advantage of the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities our proximity to the parks offer. We strongly believe in and appreciate our long-standing partnership with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, and encourage our visiting employees to partake in its beauty.

Bank of the West has partnered with a growing list of diverse nonprofit organizations. How has being involved with nonprofit causes enriched the company and your customers' experiences?

Commitment to community is a core value and a longstanding tradition for Bank of the West. By partnering with local nonprofit organizations, we are able to integrate our business and employees in the communities we serve. We understand the importance of local involvement and engagement, but also for our customers and the community at large to know who we are and what we do. Bank of the West strives to improve the social and economic health of our local communities. Through our charitable investments, volunteerism, sponsorships and responsible financial services, we help make our communities healthy, vibrant places to live and work. Our team members have always demonstrated a strong commitment in the way they build and maintain their relationships with customers, fellow employees and the community at large. In addition to financial support that our bank is able to provide, our team members have given back to their neighborhoods through more than 20,000 hours in volunteerism and nonprofit board service in 2013.

Does the staff at Bank of the West have a favorite way to recreate in GT? What places in the park are a favorite among employees?

With over 1,000 employees in our Rocky Mountain Division, there are a number of favorite spots and recreational activities in the park. Our local and visiting employees alike make it a point to visit the park when they are in the area, with many naming Jenny Lake, Lupine Meadows Trailhead, Bradley-Taggert Lakes, Jackson Lake Lodge, and Coulter Bay among their favorite places to explore.

On behalf of the Foundation and park enthusiasts nationwide, thank you, Bank of the West, for your continued support and enthusiasm for Grand Teton!