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Erika Lee Joins Bank of Tucson

Lee Erika CroppedAs our new Executive Assistant, Erika Lee will have a key role in interacting with our clients and our staff, as well as providing our ever-busy President, Mike Hannley, with the support he needs to make sure Tucson businesses have the banking services and counsel they need to thrive and grow.

Erika came to us from COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services, where she interacted with policyholders and agents and acted as a liaison between the agents and their office network, as well as providing general support. She’s fluent in English and Spanish, and she is a self-described people person.

“I really enjoy interacting with people,” she said. “I can be very social, but I’m also very observant.”

One thing Erika’s noticed since she started working at Bank of Tucson is the high level of customer service and positive energy that “stands out in my work history.” She’s already been quick to hit her stride at Bank of Tucson, saying, “They welcomed me so quickly that I feel like I’ve been here for years.”

Erika has expanded her community involvement through her work as a board member with Cascade Foundation of Southern Arizona, with a mission that is focused on providing a local support system for the bleeding disorder community in Southern Arizona. While she has volunteered in the past with Susan G. Komen and the American Diabetes Foundation, Cascade is her first experience serving on a board.

“When I began volunteering with the Cascade Foundation board, I was intrigued by how they give back – not just to a great cause, but also to one that’s exclusively focused on Southern Arizona. Through my board service, I’ve learned so much about hemophilia and the need to help people who have to deal with this genetic bleeding disorder.”

Erika encourages anyone who may want to volunteer with Cascade Foundation to contact the organization or even serve on its board. “This board is a great group of dynamic people, and we’re always looking for Tucsonans who want to make a difference in our community,” she said.

When she’s not working or helping charitable organizations, Erika likes to seize any opportunity to spend time with her family, including her teenage daughter, who has a talent for softball. “I’m at the ballpark most weekends, rooting her on,” she said.

Erika has her own fans here at Bank of Tucson. We’re excited to have her on our team, and we hope you have the chance to meet her.

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Bank of Tucson Supports Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona

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For more than 76 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS), a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, has provided responsive, quality, personalized behavioral healthcare and social services to children, families and adults without regard to race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion or income.

In support of their mission, Bank of Tucson recently made a $5,000 donation to JFCS for its First Responders Counseling Program, which provides confidential 24-hour therapeutic counseling to our community’s firefighters, police officers and other first-responders along with their families—at no cost to them.

According to JFCS, more than 700 first responders in Tucson respond to more than 80,000 calls every year. “First responders work long hours, face frequent danger and witness countless traumatizing events,” said Carlos Hernández, President & CEO of JFCS. “At JFCS, we recognize the urgency and need to provide confidential counseling with the goal of helping these brave men and women to cope and reduce personal and family stress.”

Bank of Tucson has actively supported many nonprofits in the Tucson community, including other emergency support services through the Tucson Police Foundation and Red Cross blood drives. We are also committed to perpetuating quality, accessible services to Tucson’s children and families.

“In light of recent incidents involving firefighters and their families, we want to do everything we can to help and hopefully prevent these tragic events from happening,” said Mike Hannley, President & CEO of Bank of Tucson.

In our community, we are fortunate to have many additional resources available to Tucson firefighters, including (compiled by the Tucson Fire Department):

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J&M Corporation – Part of our 20-Year History

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This year marks Bank of Tucson’s 20th anniversary. We cannot express enough our gratitude to all of our wonderful clients and staff who have helped Bank of Tucson thrive. We’re proud of how many of our staffers have been with our bank for a long time, but we’d like to give special recognition to the five people who have been with Bank of Tucson since the doors opened. They are: Pat Taylor, Cathy Friggle, Debbie Samaniego and Mike Hannley.

As one of Tucson’s oldest community banks, Bank of Tucson draws upon deep roots in the region, to serve a wide range of small- to mid-sized, owner-operated business clients. To celebrate our anniversary, we’d like to tell you more about one client that has been with us for all of the 20 years we’ve been in business: J&M Corporation.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am

In 1978, the number one provider of Bluetooth® motorcycle headsets in the world today got off to a roaring start. It began on the road, when motorcycle enthusiasts and then-spouses John Lazzeroni and Melinda Carevich wanted to communicate with each other while riding. They realized their vision and co-founded J&M Corporation, a company devoted to developing, manufacturing and marketing the finest quality motorcycle audio products. In 1985, before Bank of Tucson was founded, John and Melinda began banking with now-retired Chief Credit Officer David Foust, and President Mike Hannley.  They were among our very first customers when we opened our doors in 1996, and they haven’t missed a beat.

In order to stay on the cutting edge of innovation when it comes to market research and product development, John and Melinda needed to purchase and work with the latest motorcycles and equipment. Initially, Mike helped them secure a line of credit for this purpose, while also taking the time to talk with John and Melinda to learn about their business and goals. This created the foundation of a banking relationship that has stood the test of time.

Over the years, Bank of Tucson has provided J&M with much more than credit. Mike and Senior Vice President Pat Taylor have also served as personal points of contact for many of J&M’s banking needs. It’s an advisory relationship characterized by mutual understanding and trust that is more like a partnership. Every year, J&M’s customers expect them to provide new products that offer the latest innovation, and Bank of Tucson has been able to assist John and Melinda with the financing services to make this happen. The Bank of Tucson team has also provided J&M with financing for the purchase of their office and manufacturing facility in Tucson, along with the branded semi truck they use to transport their products to riding rallies and prominent industry trade shows in Florida, Nevada and South Dakota.

As J&M has grown, Pat and Mike have been on hand every step of the way, providing overall banking advice, referrals to trusted professionals and financial insights to help John and Melinda grow their business and achieve their long-term goals. Today, J&M helmet headsets are known all over the world for their unsurpassed performance, innovative features and legendary durability. The company has evolved its offerings from the original two-way radios to helmet headsets, Bluetooth helmet headsets, HJC and Nolan helmets with headsets custom installed, ROKKER series speakers and amplifiers for Harley Baggers, Bluetooth cell phone integration, and a range of accessories. J&M products are compatible with a wide variety of leading motorcycle brands, and are distributed by an extensive network of authorized dealers across the United States and internationally. John and Melinda continue to operate in Tucson, where the year-round mild climate and community ties to the Bank of Tucson enable them to test and innovate their products on the road.

“I can tell you without hesitation that J&M Corporation would not be here today, without the help of the Bank of Tucson,” said John. “When the economic crisis came upon us all in late 2008, the Bank of Tucson stayed with us and helped us navigate thru the many financial challenges of that period. To this day, their caring and personalized service is what separates them from all other banks.”

Our bank is an integral presence in Tucson, and we are proud of the continued growth that we enjoy here, based upon forming mutually rewarding, long-term partnerships with our clients. Here’s to the next 20 years!

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Bank of Tucson – 20 Year Employees

This year, Bank of Tucson celebrates 20 years in business. A huge part of the credit for our longevity goes to our wonderful clients.  We also want to recognize five of our staffers who have been with us since the beginning. Their hard work, dedication and loyalty have been a part of many wonderful milestones for our bank.

Over the next few months, we’ll post profiles about each of them. We’re starting with Pat Taylor and Cathy Friggle, who were kind enough to reflect on their Bank of Tucson careers and why they have been so dedicated to the bank.

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Pat “I enjoy the small, community bank spirit at Bank of Tucson. I appreciate that we have the ability to make decisions in our own board room and that my clients can talk to the decision makers directly.  We have the ability to respond quickly and get loans closed right away since we don’t have to depend on other departments for support.

“Just as importantly, … I enjoy the camaraderie between our staff.  It’s truly a ‘family’ feeling.  Our president, Mike Hannley, has always been very generous in promoting fun staff activities as well as outings for staff and their families.

“One of my favorite Bank of Tucson memories is watching our bank’s management team work to approve a loan for a client who was starting up a business.  Providing start up financing is very challenging but we found a way to do it. The company went on to become one of our largest clients. Eventually, the owners took the company public. Revenues now exceed $1 billion, and shares are trading at about $50-$60 per share.”

Cathy
cathy“When Mike Hannley recruited a team to start Bank of Tucson, he made us promise to give him five years, and so I planned to spend just five years here. Of course, I’m speaking to you 20 years later. In my opinion, Mike is the reason we’re all still here. I don’t feel like I’m just working a job. Mike makes us feel like it’s our bank, and he’s an unparalleled teacher when it comes to banking.

“We are like family here, and everyone has learned to ‘work smarter not harder’ and to turn everything into a positive situation. Mike’s philosophy easily became everyone’s philosophy. No one tries to pass the buck; we’re all accountable for creating solutions. We’re very concerned about knowing our clients and serving – even anticipating – their needs.

“I adore Bank of Tucson because of our remarkable team. Some of my fondest memories are from our annual baseball park outings, where everyone can bring their families. We grill hamburgers and hot dogs and set up special activities for the kids. My kids and my grandkids have their own wonderful memories from these outings. Being able to – and want to – share your family with your co-workers is special, and I’ll never forget when my granddaughter was given a school assignment to write about a president, she wanted to choose Mike Hannley.”

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Mike Hannley recognized by Rotary for Business to Business Ethics

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Last month, Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise↗ surprised our president, Mike Hannley, by presenting him with their Business to Business Ethics award. Mike was in good company, because the other community leader honored by the club that morning was Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor.

Being a bank that is an asset to the local business community, not just a convenience or a necessity, has driven Mike to consistently improve services and seek out top banking professionals to work at Bank of Tucson. Mike and his team’s commitment to excellence continues to yield dividends, including earlier this year when a public vote landed Bank of Tucson in the top three Arizona banks in a survey conducted by AZ Big Media. (Thank you to everyone who voted.)

Mike launched Bank of Tucson in 1996 and merged the bank with Grandpoint in June 2013. Bank of Tucson operates two offices in Tucson, Arizona. Before leading Bank of Tucson, Mike held leadership roles with National Bank of Arizona and Home Federal/Great American Savings.

Mike’s business – and even life – philosophy is one of listening and learning. Advice seekers of all ages reach out to Mike, from seasoned professionals who want to discuss future business plans to young graduates seeking basic financial advice and guidance. To hear Mike tell it, each encounter is mutually beneficial. He enjoys getting to know people, their life lessons and what makes them “tick” and then sharing his experience to help them on their financial path to success.

Mike is very active in the Tucson community, where he is a life member of Tucson Conquistadores↗ and St. Mary’s Hospital Centurions.↗  Additionally, he serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Carondelet Neurological Institute;↗ the Business Advisory Board of Angel Charity for Children;↗ the Director/Treasurer of the Tucson Airport Authority;↗ and the Director/Treasurer of the Reid Park Zoological Society.↗ Mike also serves on several advisory boards at the University of Arizona↗ and as a director of the YMCA Youth Foundation and the Western Independent Bankers.↗

Clearly, Mike has a full plate, but as the saying goes, if you need something done, give it to a busy person. Fortunately, Mike finds great reward in helping the people and businesses of the Tucson community.

We stand with the Rotary Club of Tucson in saluting Mike for his business ethics as well as his community service.

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