Financial Services

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Nov 9, 2020

Economists try to predict effects of COVID-19, downturn

[caption id="attachment_250952" align="alignleft" width="300"] Idaho's leisure and recreational industries have been hit hard by the COVID-associated economic downturn. Stock photo[/caption] It’s not an easy time to be an economist. Was this spring’s COVID-related economic downturn the only one? Or will Idaho be facing more economic bad news as time goes on? Two recent economic forecasts at[...]

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Nov 6, 2020

Gina Bessire promoted to lead Zions Banks’ Business Resource Center

[caption id="attachment_259632" align="alignleft" width="125"] Gina Bessire[/caption] Gina Bessire has been promoted to manager of Zions Bank’s Business Resource Center in downtown Boise. In this role, she leads the center’s efforts to help entrepreneurs start, grow and fund their businesses through one-on-one consulting, workshops and referrals. She previously worked as a counselor in the [...]

Nov 4, 2020

2020 continues to be a strange year for bankruptcy filings

[caption id="attachment_239002" align="alignleft" width="300"] Forever 21 is just one of many retail outlets that have filed for bankruptcy this year. Photo by Chloe Baul[/caption] So far for the year, the volume of 2020 bankruptcy filings in Idaho is running at 80% of those for 2019. Like the rest of the nation, Idaho's personal bankruptcy filings are measurably down from previous years. Ch[...]

Mark Houston, president and CEO of Bright Bank
Nov 3, 2020

A word with Mark Houston, president and CEO of Bright Bank

[caption id="attachment_242816" align="alignleft" width="140"] Mark Houston, president and CEO of Bright Bank[/caption] Earlier this year, something happened in Idaho that hasn't happened for a long time: A new bank opened. That was Bright Bank, which opened its first branch in downtown Boise and its second in West Boise. Originally intended to be called Alpine State Bank, the bank --- owned[...]

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Nov 2, 2020

Northwest Credit Union Association gains new leadership

[caption id="attachment_259359" align="alignleft" width="131"] Cameron Smith[/caption] [caption id="attachment_259360" align="alignright" width="175"] Kent Oram[/caption] Cameron Smith, former director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, joins the Northwest Credit Union Association Nov. 9 as vice president of strategic partnerships and resources. In that role, Smith w[...]

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Nov 2, 2020

Small Business Administration lends $2.8B in Boise district

[caption id="attachment_242033" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Ammon furniture store was built using U.S. Small Business Administration loans. Photo courtesy of Modern Home[/caption] The U.S. Small Business Administration Boise District Office, which serves Idaho and eastern Oregon, made nearly 9 million loans totaling $750 billion nationally, $2.8 billion of which was through the Boise d[...]

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Oct 30, 2020

Randi Fischer joins First Federal Bank

[caption id="attachment_259112" align="alignleft" width="140"] Randi Fischer[/caption] Randi Fischer has recently joined First Federal Bank as a mortgage loan professional. Shee is originally from Twin Falls and relocated back two years ago. She received his finance degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, while attending college on a golf scholarship. She is a mortgage[...]

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Oct 28, 2020

Kristie Wilson joins Bright Bank as vice president

[caption id="attachment_259106" align="alignleft" width="113"] Kristie Wilson[/caption] Kristie Wilson has joined Bright Bank in Boise as vice president, treasury management consultant. In this role, Wilson is responsible for developing and servicing clients. Wilson has over 20 years in the banking industry, the last 17 years with Chase Bank, with experience in business development, commercial [...]

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Oct 27, 2020

JPMorgan Chase opens standalone branch in west Boise

[caption id="attachment_259175" align="alignleft" width="300"] JPMorgan Chase has opened a new bank branch at Five Mile and Overland in west Boise. Photo courtesy of JPMorgan Chase[/caption] JPMorgan Chase Bank has now opened a new branch that it was building across the street from a Fred Meyer grocery store where it had closed an in-store branch earlier this year. The new branch is intended[...]

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Oct 27, 2020

D.L. Evans Bank hires Connie Parish as operations supervisor

[caption id="attachment_259103" align="alignleft" width="131"] Connie Parish[/caption] Connie Parish joins as operations supervisor for the Parkcenter branch of D.L. Evans Bank. Parish joins D.L. Evans Bank after serving in the banking industry over 20 years, starting out her career as a teller. She applies her leadership experience overseeing day-to-day operations, training employees and recru[...]

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Oct 23, 2020

Mountain West Bank adds two staffers in Boise branches

[caption id="attachment_259000" align="alignleft" width="125"] Chantayn Winner[/caption] [caption id="attachment_259001" align="alignright" width="125"] Tyler Lohman[/caption] Chantayn Winner has joined Mountain West Bank as an assistant vice president and commercial loan officer at the Boise Financial Center in downtown Boise. Winner has more than 20 years of experience in community banking[...]

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Oct 22, 2020

Anastasia Cirricione named D.L. Evans retail branch manager

[caption id="attachment_258299" align="alignleft" width="116"] Anastasia Cirricione[/caption] D.L. Evans Bank has announced the appointment of Anastasia Cirricione as the retail branch manager of the Boise Parkcenter branch. Cirricione comes to D.L. Evans Bank with fifteen years of experience in the banking industry. Her career spans residential loans, private banking services, and consumer len[...]