FirstBank in the News

2015

FirstBank Posts Increase in Q2 Results; Projects More to Come

Posted 07.22.15 on Denver Business Journal

FirstBank Holding Co. today reported increases in net income, total assets, total deposits and net loans in the second quarter, and its executive vice president is projecting more of the same for the second half of the year.

The Lakewood-based parent of FirstBank said its net income for the first half of 2015 increased 3.7 percent to $85.7 million compared to $82.6 million in the same period of 2014.

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FirstBank Provides $100M in Financing in Cherry Creek

Posted 04.01.15 on Colorado Real Estate Journal

FirstBank Holding Co. has made almost $100 million in loans for two high profile projects in Cherry Creek North — 250 Columbine and 245 Columbine.

When completed, the developments will include for-sale condominiums, retail stores, offices, restaurants and a 155-room luxury hotel.

   Read the full article on Colorado Real Estate Journal »

FirstBank Now Offering Apple Pay for Customers

Posted 03.24.15 on Business Wire

LAKEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the second largest bank by deposits in Colorado and the largest locally owned bank, announced that it will begin offering Apple Pay mobile payment services for customers. Apple Pay is currently accepted at more than 700,000 businesses and retailers nationwide.

Through fingerprint sensor technology available on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, customers will be able to complete credit and debit card transactions without revealing their card information. This security feature ensures that merchants will never have access to a customer’s credit or debit card number.

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FirstBank Announces $1 Million Community Development Investment with Trellis

Posted 03.16.15 on Business Wire

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FirstBank Holding Company, a holding company with 15 banking locations throughout Arizona, announced a $1 million community development investment with Trellis (formerly Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix), an organization dedicated to making financially stable homes, neighborhoods and communities possible in Maricopa County. FirstBank’s contribution will provide qualified homebuyers up to $25,000 to be used as a down payment toward the purchase of a new home.

Trellis was founded in 1975 with the help of the City of Phoenix and Neighborhood Works America, a national nonprofit organization that provides financial support, technical assistance and training for community-based revitalization efforts. The organization focuses on lending, learning and building by offering mortgages with little to no down payment, providing financial literacy classes and acquiring and renovating distressed properties, respectively.

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How FirstBank is Gnarly in a Good Way

Posted 03.12.15 on American Banker

AUSTIN, Texas - Many millennials who came of age during the financial crisis remain wary of banks. But a Colorado bank has found a way to bond with young people over things for which they have unreserved enthusiasm: free snowboards and smartphone-assisted treasure hunts.

For two years running, the Lakewood, Colo.-based FirstBank Holding Company has offered locals the chance to win snow-sport equipment with a promotion that merges the physical and digital worlds. The bank's Capture the Cube competition this season is sending contestants scavenging for 80 of its trademark orange cubes hidden around the Colorado ski resort Copper Mountain. Eagle-eyed winners can exchange the cubes for a snowboard or set of skis, and participants can download a mobile app that offers them clues to the cubes' whereabouts.

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FirstBank Opens New Branch at Prominent Denver Corner

Posted 02.05.15 on Denver Business Journal

One year after work began to build a new FirstBank location at a high-profile corner of Broadway and 6th Avenue, the branch opened for business Wednesday.

Lakewood-based FirstBank Holding Co., the second largest bank by deposits in Colorado and largest locally owned bank, purchased the 6,000-square-foot space at Sixth Avenue and Broadway after the Burger King there closed Feb. 28, 2014.

  Read the full article on Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank’s P-to-P Super Bowl Ad Is Not for Puppy Lovers

Posted 01.30.15 on American Banker

Puppy Bowl fans, keep your TVs turned to Animal Planet on Sunday. FirstBank's new ad campaign was made with you in mind - sort of.

The $14 billion-asset company is scheduled to advertise its person-to-person money transfer services during the big game this weekend, when the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks. The spots will air in Colorado during the third quarter, as well as in Arizona during the pregame show.

  Read the full article on American Banker »

2014

FirstBank Adds Person-to-Person Payment System

Posted 12.12.14 on Business Wire

LAKEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the second largest bank by deposits in Colorado and largest locally owned bank, today announced a person-to-person (P2P) payments system as the newest tool in its robust mobile banking application. With this addition, FirstBank becomes the most recent bank to offer P2P payments through the clearXchange network, providing customers with an easy way to send and receive money via their mobile devices. FirstBank is the fourth member of the clearXchange network and will be going live today. It is the first regional bank in the nation to go live with the service.

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FirstBank Reports 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results

Posted 11.04.14 on Weekly Register

FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado and the second largest bank by deposits, today reported its 2014 third quarter financial results.

FirstBank Holding Company's net income for the first nine months of 2014 increased 4 percent to $125.57 million compared to $120.62 million as of September 30, 2013.

  Read the full article on Weekly Register »

FirstBank Continues Arizona Expansion With New Sun City West Location

Posted 10.29.14 on Herald Online

PHOENIX - FirstBank Holding Company, the Colorado-based holding company for FirstBank, which has been operating in Arizona since 2007, today announced a new location at 19309 N. R. H. Johnson Blvd. in Sun City West. This 4,500-square-foot location marks the company’s 15th branch in Arizona and also pushes FirstBank over 100 employees within the state of Arizona.

Kevin Classen is the West Valley Market President and will oversee the new branch. FirstBank hired several local employees as well as relocated current employees to staff the branch.

  Read the full article on Herald Online »

FirstBank Targets Mid-Sized Business

Posted 09.19.14 on Digital Journal

FirstBank is breaking a campaign this week targeting medium and large businesses, a first for the Lakewood, Colorado based bank.

The campaign, created by TDA_Boulder, begins with a 30-second TV spot. Print, radio and out-of-home executions will follow in the coming weeks.

  Read the full article on Media Post »

Colorado’s Largest Locally Owned Bank Announces Twitter Takeover by Well–Known Cycling Experts during USA Pro Challenge Race

Posted 08.11.14 on Digital Journal

Cycling Industry Veteran Jasen Thorpe and Cycling Commentator Maiko to Host Live Daily Coverage, Interviews and Q&As on FirstBank's Twitter page

FirstBank, Colorado’s second largest bank by deposits, announced today it has partnered with cycling expert and former journalist, Jasen Thorpe (@jasenthorpe), and recognized cycling fashion and race commentator, Maiko (@mmmaiko), to host daily updates, interviews and Q&As during the week long USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race on FirstBank's Twitter page @efirstbank.

  Read the full article on Digital Journal »

FirstBank Announces Major Partnership with USA Pro Challenge

Posted 07.30.14 on Yahoo! Finance

FirstBank, Colorado’s second largest bank by deposits, announced today it has partnered with the USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race. The Pro Challenge, which is recognized as one of the largest cycling events in North America with more than a million spectators and voted a Top 5 Race internationally according a recent poll from Cycling News, features some of the best cyclists in the world. This year’s event represents the second year FirstBank has been a major partner.

The week-long race will take place Aug. 18-24 and will travel through many cities in Colorado where FirstBank has branch locations such as Aspen, Boulder, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Denver and Vail.

  Read the full article on Yahoo! Finance »

FirstBank’s Net Income Up 5% in 1st Half of 2014

Posted 07.30.14 on Denver Business Journal

FirstBank Holding Co. reported Wednesday that its net income was up 5 percent in the first six months of this year, increasing to $82.69 million from $81.58 million in the first half of 2013.

As of June 30, Lakewood-based FirstBank’s total deposits were $12.53 billion, up 7 percent from June 30, 2013. The bank’s total assets 2343 $13.94 billion, up 6 percent from the same time last year.

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FirstBank Reports 2014 Q2 Financial Results

Posted 07.30.14 on MSN Money

FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado and the second largest bank by deposits, today reported its 2014 second quarter financial results.

As of June 30, 2014, the company's total deposits were $12.53 billion, up 7 percent compared to the second quarter of 2013. Total assets were $13.94 billion, up 6 percent from the same time last year. Total loans grew 13 percent to $7.58 billion compared to July 30, 2013.

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FirstBank Starts Construction on High-Profile Broadway Location

Posted 03.27.14 on Denver Business Journal

FirstBank plans a 5,500-square-foot branch bank building on Sixth Avenue and Broadway.

FirstBank has 120 locations, 101 in Colorado, 14 in Arizona and five in California.

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Construction Begins on Old Town FirstBank Branch

Posted 02.26.14 on North Colorado Business Report

Construction is underway on FirstBank's Old Town Fort Collins branch, according to a release Wednesday from Brinkman Partners, who will complete construction on the building.

FirstBank holds more than $13 billion in assets and has more than 115 locations in Colorado, California and Arizona. The Old Town branch will be the bank's fourth in Fort Collins.

  Read the full article on North Colorado Business Report »

2013

Colorado Gives Day Donations Top $20M

Posted 12.11.13 on Denver Business Journal

A preliminary accounting of donations made to 1,442 nonprofits during Colorado Gives Day puts the total at more than $20 million.

FirstBank donated $600,000 to Colorado Gives Day this year, including covering the cost of credit-card processing fees so that 100 percent of the money given to a nonprofit will get to the organization.

  Read the full article on Denver Business Journal »

Colorado Gives Day – 24 Hours to Give Where You Live

Posted 12.5.13 on 9news.com

Colorado Gives Day, the online giving event that raises awareness and donations for hundreds of Colorado nonprofits, returns on Dec. 10.

Community First Foundation and FirstBank have partnered on this initiative since its launch four years ago, watching donations skyrocket each year. The first year, hundreds of people united to raise $8.4 donations; in 2012 that number nearly doubled, at $15.7 million.

  Read the full article on 9news.com »

FirstBank Uses Seniors to Motivate Wannabes

Posted 11.29.13 on Media Post

A unique video campaign for FirstBank features three accomplished senior citizens who urge hesitant entrepreneur wannabes to make the leap, or to embolden those who have just done so.

Tagged "Start and Grow Today," it was created by advertising agency TDA_Boulder, and is based on the idea that career advice might carry more weight coming from someone in the December of a rich, full life than coming from a bank.

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FirstBank Ad Campaign is Funny Business

Posted 11.21.13 on American Banker

A humorous new television spot for FirstBank in Lakewood, Colo., is not only an attempt to amuse the small-business owners it targets. Jim Reuter, FirstBank's head of marketing, says it is also an act of solidarity with them.

The spot is part of a campaign, launched in October, that also includes print, radio and mobile ads, along with billboards featuring blown-up images of business cards from some of the bank's commercial clients.

  Read the full article on American Banker »

FirstBank Competes with Homegrown Technology

Posted 11.19.13 on American Banker

FirstBank will soon become the first regional U.S. bank to launch mobile photo bill pay – in other words, it will let customers pay bills and add payees by snapping a picture of an invoice with their smartphones.

"We have a large subset of customers that want mobile functionality," says Jeff Kaufman, president-retail banking. "If we watch customers on online banking, there's a migration from desktop to smartphone." Roughly 15% of users enter the online banking platform using just a smartphone.

  Read the full article on American Banker »

FirstBank Launches Campaign to Promote its Customers

Posted 10.25.13 on Denver Business Journal

Lakewood-based FirstBank Holding Co. has launched a new outdoor advertising campaign that touts its Colorado small-business customers.

The campaign aims to help boost the customers' visibility and sales, without increasing their marketing budgets.

  Read the full article on Denver Business Journal »

ABA Elects New Chairman, Directors

Posted 10.23.13 on American Banker

Members of the American Bankers Association have elected a new leadership team and voted in 10 new board members.

The new officers and board members were elected Tuesday at the ABA's annual convention in New Orleans. John Ikard, CEO of FirstBank Holding Co. in Lakewood, Colo., became chairman-elect.

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FirstBank to Join clearXchange Network

Posted 10.10.13 on The Wall Street Journal

"Joining the clearXchange network allows FirstBank customers to send and receive money from the convenience and safety of our trusted FirstBank online and mobile channels," said Jim Reuter, president of FirstBank Support Services.

FirstBank customers will be able to send payments from their existing FirstBank account safely and conveniently using only the recipient's mobile number or e-mail address and without providing sensitive account information.

  Read the full article on The Wall Street Journal »

Westminster's North Stadium Renamed 1STBANK Field

Posted 10.7.13 on chsaanow.com

The stadium in Westminster has been renamed 1STBANK FIELD following a naming rights agreement with Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

Mark Clark, the president of Adams 12 Five Star Schools board of education, said: "We're fortunate to have strong partners who support student success in the Five Star District, from our parents to our staff and local businesses like FirstBank."

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FirstBank Plays Key Role in Redevelopment of Denver

Posted 09.5.13 on Digital Journal

FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, today announced several commercial loans which will be used to finance important and high-profile development projects in Denver.

"It's an honor to be involved in not only the revival and improvement of these Denver landmarks, but to play a small role in helping these innovative companies bring jobs and talent to Colorado." said John Ikard, CEO of FirstBank Holding Company.

  Read the full article on Digital Journal »

FirstBank Opens Goodyear, AZ Branch, Plans Two More

Posted 05.22.13 on Phoenix Business Journal

FirstBank Arizona is opening a branch in Goodyear today, with plans to open two more in the Valley by early next year.

The new branch joins two existing FirstBank locations in the West Valley, where others are scheduled to open later this year and early next year.

  Read the full article on Phoenix Business Journal »

FirstBank Celebrates New Cherry Creek Building Plans

Posted 05.08.13 on Denver Business Journal

Pauls Corp., FirstBank and Junction Energy Partners plan to break ground in September on the 150,000-square-foot, eight-story, office/retail building in Cherry Creek North.

"The whole area is iconic to us and we're proud to be here," said John Ikard, FirstBank CEO

Tenants of the new building will include Del Frisco's Grille, Energy IV LLC and Fuller Sotheby's International Realty.

  Read the full article on Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Grows Deposits and Loans in Q1

Posted 04.24.13 on bcbr.com

Deposits and loans increased during the first quarter at FirstBank Holding Co.'s branches serving the Boulder market.

The Lakewood-based bank's deposits in the Boulder market increased 12.8 percent to $636.9 million for the first quarter ended March 31 compared with $564.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. Loan values were up16.7 percent to $348.5 million in the first quarter compared with $298.6 million in first-quarter 2012.

  Read the full article on bcbr.com »

Colorado Top Workplaces 2013

Posted 04.22.13 on denverpost.com

It comes in all shapes and sizes, and it varies from employer to employer, industry to industry.

Welcome to The Denver Post's Top Workplaces 2013 special report. Now in its second year, our Top Workplaces program has grown significantly, not only as organizations recognize the cachet of being among the region's top employers, but also as workers in an improving economy seek positions where they feel valued, appreciated and eager to come to work.

  Read the full article on denverpost.com »

FirstBank: Serving Customers and Community

Posted 04.15.13 on timescall.com

FirstBank goes far above the call of duty when it comes to community support. FirstBank, as a whole, was founded in Lakewood in 1963, and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary -- quite an accomplishment for any business. Since being founded, FirstBank has grown from a small Colorado bank to one now operating 125 branches in Colorado, Arizona and California.

Perhaps key to its success is the fact that this is a business that operates with the guiding principle to not only care for its customers, but to care deeply for the communities it serves as well.

  Read the full article on timescall.com »

Pauls Corp. to Break Ground in Fall on Cherry Creek Office Building

Posted 04.03.13 on denverpost.com

The Pauls Corp. will break ground around September on a 150,000-square-foot, eight-story office and retail building called 100 St. Paul at a prime location in Cherry Creek.

The project is a joint venture of The Pauls Corp., an investment and real estate development company; First Bank, and Junction Energy Partners.

  Read the full article on denverpost.com »

FirstBank donated $4.6 Million to Nonprofits

Posted 03.29.13 on Boulder County Business Report

BOULDER - FirstBank Holding Co. donated $48,997 to nonprofit organizations in the Boulder Valley and a total $4.6 million to nonprofit organization in Colorado during 2012.

FirstBank operates approximately 125 locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. It is the largest locally owned bank in Colorado, serving more than 600,000 customers.

  Read the full article on Boulder County Business Report »

FirstBank to Open Branch in Aspen

Posted 03.22.13 on PostIndependent

Aspen will likely gain its seventh full-service retail bank within the next six months when FirstBank Holding Co. finds a suitable space in or around the commercial core, according to the company's president in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Erin O'Keefe said FirstBank intends to open branches in both Aspen and the midvalley.

FirstBank has already dived into real estate loans in the upper valley without a physical presence there. It financed sales of several recent purchases of units at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village, O'Keefe said. It sees great potential to expand its lending volume in the rapidly recovering Aspen-area real estate market, she said.

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After 50 years, FirstBank is Firmly Entrenched as a Giant

Posted 03.15.13 on Denver Business Journal

FirstBank founding President Roger Reisher created a company in 1963 that has remained local and employee-owned for 50 years — no small feat given the consolidation in the bank sector in the last 10 years.

After 50 years of almost entirely organic growth, Lakewood-based FirstBank Holding Co. is one of the largest privately held banks in the country, with $12.8 billlion in assets at the end of 2012. While some banks have struggled since 2008, FirstBank has reported record profits, growing assets by 37 percent in the last four years.

  Read the full article on Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Ad Campaign Takes Swipe at Congress

Posted 02.07.13 in American Banker

In a new billboard advertisement focused on its mortgage lending, the $12.8 billion-asset unit of FirstBank Holding takes a not-too-subtle swipe at the legislative branch and its inability to get things done.

"Unlike Congress, our mortgage officers meet deadlines," reads the ad, which was created by TDA_Boulder, FirstBank's longtime agency. The ad currently appears on a lone billboard in the Denver area, though the bank has plans to replicate the sign throughout the metropolitan region.

  Read the full article in American Banker »

FirstBank Reports 2012 Year-End Financial Results

Posted 01.23.13 on Business Wire

FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, today reported its year-end 2012 financial results.

"2012 was a successful year for our company," said John A. Ikard, president and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company. "Despite changing dynamics of the banking industry, we experienced strong financial growth in all our markets. We also continued to expand geographically by opening new locations, including our first branch in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. It was another great year for FirstBank."

  Read the full article on Business Wire »

2012

Colorado Gives Day Leverages Social Media To Get More Donors

Posted 11.27.12 in The Denver Post

Colorado Gives Day organizers are using social media to draw a younger, broader crowd to the annual 24-hour online giving spree that last year raised $13 million for nonprofits.

The awareness campaign kicks off Monday, with a Colorado Gives Day Trivia Contest posted on FirstBank's Facebook and Twitter pages. Ten winners will get $1,000 from FirstBank to donate to their favorite charity. The contest runs through Friday.

  Read the full article in The Denver Post »

FirstBank Announces New Glenwood Springs Location

Posted 10.24.12 on Business Wire

FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, today announced a new location at 2014 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs, Colo. The bank purchased a 2-acre site near the Safeway shopping center to house the 4,627 sq. ft. branch, which is scheduled to open Wednesday, Oct. 24.

"FirstBank has successful operations in Summit and Eagle county communities, so establishing a location in Glenwood Springs seemed like a natural progression," said Erin O'Keefe, FirstBank Market President of Glenwood Springs. "The Roaring Fork Valley and nearby areas have proven to be a great market for us, given the high demand for more banking options and locations. We're happy to accommodate local customers looking for a well-capitalized, convenient, full-service and friendly community bank."

  Read the full article on Business Wire »

FirstBank Makes Roaring Fork Valley Debut

Posted 10.24.12 in the Post Independent

The new FirstBank at 2014 Grand Ave. opens today in a new million-dollar building with a staff of 11 and a standing offer for free personal checking accounts.

"Come see what we can do," said Erin O'Keefe, Roaring Fork Valley market president and a 21-year employee with FirstBank Holding Co. "We have such a huge history in Colorado. We've been around for 50 years, and we are primarily management- and employee-owned."

The bank plans a grand opening on Nov. 16, and a special feature will be the bank's collection of black and white photos taken by Colorado Mountain College photography students.

  Read the full article in the Post Independent »

FirstBank Reports 2012 3rd Quarter Financial Results

Posted 10.22.12 on Business Wire

FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, today reported its 2012 third quarter financial results.

As of Sept. 30, 2012, the company's total deposits were $11.1 billion, up 8 percent compared to the same period last year. Total loans grew 20 percent from $4.9 billion to $5.9 billion during that same time.

FirstBank Holding Company's net income remained virtually unchanged from 2011 and was $121.32 million, compared to $122.12 million at the same time last year.

  Read the full article on Business Wire »

FirstBank's Nicole Reeves Among Colorado's Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals

Posted 10.09.12 on Business Wire

FirstBank, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, announced today that Nicole Reeves, Senior Vice President, has been named one of ColoradoBiz Magazine's Most Influential Young Professionals in the state.

Nicole was selected by the judges from a record 261 nominations for her dedication to mentoring young professionals, her commitment to the local community including serving on the board of seven nonprofit organizations and her significant impact on the company through product innovation.

  Read the full article on Business Wire »

FirstBank To Close 15 Branches in October

Posted 09.18.12 on Denver Business Journal

Lakewood-based FirstBank is closing 15 branch locations on Oct. 12, citing lower traffic in its branches as more customers do their banking online.

The bank said 12 of the locations are in Front Range King Soopers stores, two are in storefront locations in the Vail area and one is a traditional free-standing branch location in Colorado Springs.

  Read the full article on Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Takes Over Denver

Posted 08.24.12 on MediaPost News

FirstBank has blanketed the city of Denver with a new takeover campaign that runs through September.

Created by TDA_Boulder, the campaign shows possibilities in which a potential business could start or grow, with a hand from FirstBank. The goal of the awareness campaign is to inspire FirstBank customers and potential ones to associate the brand with small business banking.

  Read the full article on MediaPost News »

FirstBank Pledges $75,000 Sponsorship for Rocky Mountain Innosphere

Posted 06.30.12 on Innovationews

1stBank of Colorado announced a $75,000 sponsorship of the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, the Fort Collins-based non-profit technology incubator.

The bank's investment will support high-quality startups in Northern Colorado and help make a positive economic impact in the region, as the Innosphere provides support to more than 30 start-up companies with nearly 200 employees.

  Read the full article on Innovationews »

FirstBank, New Belgium Brewery, USA Pro Challenge Take 1st Day Lead in DBJ Social Madness

Posted 06.02.12 in The Denver Business Journal

The first day of voting in our Social Madness challenge is over, and as of Saturday, FirstBank, New Belgium Brewing Co. and USA Pro Challenge have jumped out to first-day leads in their size categories among Colorado businesses.

  Read the full article in The Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Reports 2012 First Quarter Financial Results, Sees 11% Rise In Deposits From A Year Earlier

Posted on 04.23.12

As of March 31, 2012, total assets were $12 billion and total deposits were $10.87 billion. Both increased by 11 percent over the previous year. Total loans grew from $4.63 billion to $5.31 billion, a 15 percent increase since the first quarter of 2011.

"During the first quarter of 2012 we saw double-digit lending and deposit growth in almost all our markets, and we've been able to maintain our steady trajectory of growth as we expand our customer base," John Ikard, CEO of FirstBank, said in a press release.

FirstBank also reported the following state-specific financial results:

  • Arizona - FirstBank operates eight locations in Arizona. As of March 31, 2012, total deposits for FirstBank's Arizona branches were $147.9 million, up from $112.8 million compared to the same time a year ago. Loans also increased 65 percent to $158.2 million from $95.9 million. FirstBank opened its first Arizona location in 2007.
  • California - Total deposits for FirstBank California increased 6.8 percent to $273.7 million compared to $256.3 million in the first quarter 2011. Total loans also increased 17.6 percent to $159.9 million for the quarter ending March 31, 2012. The bank operates five branches in the greater Palm Desert, Calif. area.

  Read the full article in the Denver Business Journal »

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FirstBank Donates More Than $4.2 in 2011

Posted 03.04.12 in The Denver Post

FirstBank of Lakewood announced that in 2011, its annual community investment program contributed cash donations totaling more than $4.2 million to more than a thousand nonprofit organizations across the state.

  Read the full article in The Denver Post »

FirstBank Extends Its Customer Service Outside of the Bank in Latest Commercial

Posted 02.02.12 in American Banker

The ad, from FirstBank Holding Co. in Denver—which markets itself as 1stBank—shows a man in a dark business suit, lounging in a leather-bound recliner, eating chips. His message is simple: you won't miss anything if you leave the room.

  Read the full article in American Banker »

FirstBank's Income, Assets, Deposits All on Upswing

Posted 01.20.12 in the Denver Business Journal

FirstBank, the largest locally owned banking organization in Colorado, said its total assets were $11.62 billion, and total deposits were $10.47 billion as of Dec. 31, 2011. Both were up 10 percent from 2010, when total assets were $10.5 billion and total deposits were $9.5 billion.

  Read the full article in the Denver Business Journal »

2011

Colorado Gives Day 2011

Posted 11.29.11 on 9news.com

FirstBank has renewed its role as corporate partner of Colorado Gives Day, committing $500,000 to kick off the 2011 campaign including $300,000 for the FirstBank Incentive Fund.

  Read the full article by 9news »

FirstBank Names Brian Larson President Of Boulder Market.

Posted 11.17.11 in the Boulder County Business Report

Larson oversees eight locations in the Boulder area, including a new downtown branch at the northeast corner of Spruce Street and Broadway. "We're looking to expand, and we're still lending money," said Larson, who previously was president of FirstBank's smaller operation in Colorado Springs. "I'm really excited about the move."

  Read the full article in the Boulder County Business Report »

Nearly 1,000 Colorado Nonprofits To Take Part In Colorado Gives Day

Posted 11.14.11 on PR Newswire

Those looking to donate online to Colorado charities on Colorado Gives Day and year-round now have nearly 1,000 nonprofits to choose from. November 12 marks the beginning of Community Foundation Week, and Community First Foundation has big news to announce.

  Read the full article on PR Newswire »

How Much Do Banks Charge For Checking? FirstBank Will Tell You

Posted 10.11.11 in The Colorado Springs Business Journal

A digital billboard in Denver flashes the message FirstBank wants customers to know: They offer free checking. Just text FirstBank with your bank's name and the bank will text you back with details about how much your bank charges for checking accounts.

  Read the full article in The Colorado Springs Business Journal »

Small Banks Offer Deals, Capitalize On Big Banks' Fees

Posted 10.07.11 in USA Today

Community banks and credit unions are moving quickly to take advantage of widespread hostility toward new fees charged by some of the nation's largest banks. FirstBank is using a new campaign to promote the fact that it offers free checking with no minimum balance.

  Read the full article in USA Today »

FirstBank Is No. 2 Bank In Colorado For Sixth Consecutive Year

Posted 10.04.11 in The Denver Business Journal

FirstBank came in at No. 2 for the sixth year in a row, with $7.14 billion in deposits in the metro area, or 12.3 percent of the market, up slightly from 12.25 percent a year earlier. It's the top Colorado-based bank on the list.

  Read the full article in The Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Gives Customers "First Dibs" On 1STBANK Center Tickets

Posted 09.28.11 on Business Wire

FirstBank announced the launch of a new priority ticketing alert service for FirstBank customers. The service notifies FirstBank customers by text and/or email of exclusive presale ticket opportunities for most concerts and events at the 1STBANK Center, allowing customers to purchase tickets 24 hours before the general public.

  Read the full article on Business Wire »

FirstBank Looks To Cardtronics For ATM Management Services And Revised ADA Regulation Readiness

Posted 09.20.11 on ir.cardtronics.com

FirstBank retains its ATM placement relationship with King Soopers, with Cardtronics taking over the operation and management of FirstBank's King Soopers-located ATMs. Enabling these FirstBank ATMs to be compliant with revised ADA regulations taking effect on March 15, 2012, Cardtronics efficiently executed all necessary upgrades during July to ensure FirstBank's King Soopers ATMs are accessible to the blind or visually impaired.

  Read the full article on ir.cardtronics.com »

FirstBank Invests $75,000 Into The Boulder Microloan Fund

Posted 09.16.11 on Boulder County Business Report

FirstBank recently invested $75,000 into the Boulder Microloan Fund, a $575,000 loan fund that's going gangbusters right now with seed money. One example is Boulder Ice Cream, which recently bought an industrial ice cream maker that helped the company rapidly increase distribution, Hagler said.

  Read the full article on bcbr.com »

FirstBank Is Here To Help You Save

Posted 8.19.11 in Boulder County Business Report

The "We're here to help you save" TV ad and billboard campaign from FirstBank promoting its eSave program wants you to think so. The automatic transfer savings package rolled out in 2010 basically gives FirstBank customers a chance to receive a 5 percent return on their savings accounts, pretty much double the amount of any other savings instrument offered by any financial institution.

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FirstBank Helps To Contribute $250,000 To Small Business Fund

Posted 8.18.11 in Boulder County Business Report

Local small businesses have a potential new capital source - a new $250,000 pot of money in the Boulder Microloan Fund. Officials from the City of Boulder, from FirstBank Holding Co. and from the nonprofit Colorado Enterprise Fund said Wednesday that they would contribute a total of $250,000 to expand the fund.

  Read the full article in The Boulder County Business Report »

FirstBank Partners With Infinity Park And The Glendale Raptors

Posted 8.17.11 on denverpost.com

FirstBank has signed on as a sponsor of Infinity Park and the Glendale Raptors Rugby Football Team. As a sponsor, FirstBank banners, signs and commercials will appear in the park, the first rugby-specific park in the United States and the home of the Raptors.

  Read the full article in The Denver Post »

FirstBank Increases Sponsorship To $500,000 For 2011 Colorado Gives Day

Posted 8.10.11 in Community First Foundation Press Releases

FirstBank, Colorado's largest locally owned bank, has renewed its role as corporate partner of Colorado Gives Day, committing $500,000 to kick off the 2011 campaign including $300,000 for the FirstBank Incentive Fund.

  Read the full article at the Community First Foundation »

FirstBank Opening Downtown Boulder Branch

Posted 8.1.11 on dailycamera.com

FirstBank is scheduled to open its downtown Boulder branch, located on the northeast corner of Broadway and Spruce Street, on Sept. 9, said Jim Hall, the banking company's Boulder market president. The new Boulder branch, which Hall said "fills a hole" in the Colorado market, will be FirstBank's seventh branch in the city and 13th in Boulder and Broomfield counties.

  Read the full article in The Daily Camera »

FirstBank Profit Up 9% In First Half

Posted 7.25.11 on bizjournals.com

Lakewood-based FirstBank said its net income for the first six months of the year rose to $80.2 million from $73.5 million at the same time last year. "Despite sluggish economic growth, loans grew another 10 percent compared to the first six months of 2010," John Ikard, president and CEO of FirstBank Holding, said in a statement.

  Read the full article in The Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Among Smallest To Absorb Card-fee Caps

Posted 7.1.11 on bizjournals.com

"It's hard not to say that they're one of the safest banks in the nation, and for sure one of the safest in Colorado," said banking analyst Larry Martin, CEO of Denver-based Bank Strategies LLC.

  Read the full article in The Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Making A Move To Glenwood Springs

Posted 6.20.11 on aspentimes.com

FirstBank is in the initial design phases to build a new 5,000-square-foot bank building on the site, which would serve as the bank's first Roaring Fork Valley location. The two-acre site is where the Glenwood Springs Post Independent offices are currently located. The Post Independent is planning to relocate pending closing on the property sale.

  Read the full article in The Aspen Times »

9Cares Colorado Shares Visits FirstBank

Posted 6.14.11 on 9news.com

As a bank headquartered in Colorado, it's really important for us to be involved in the community, and no better way than to get our employees involved with 9Cares Colorado Shares, Dave Baker of FirstBank said.

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FirstBank Ranked #1 Of 101 Colorado Banks

Posted 5.14.11 on coloradoan.com

FirstBank of Lakewood, the largest locally owned bank in Colorado, topped the list, according to an analysis by banking consultant Financial Management Consulting Group, or FMCG, of Russell Springs, Ky.

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Giving At FirstBank Is Standard Practice

Posted 5.6.11 on bizjournals.com

Community service is as much a part of the bank as making loans, handling checks or other bank-related work. "It's part of our culture. And the way we see it, we're going to be only as strong as our community," said John Ikard, CEO.

  Read the full article in The Denver Business Journal »

QR Codes For FirstBank

Posted 4.18.11 in denverpost.com

FirstBank conducted a six-month campaign at DIA that featured billboards with QR codes linking to free books and Sudoku puzzles. The codes were scanned more than 25,000 times, said Matt Best, a media planner for TDA Boulder, the ad agency for the bank.

  Read the full article in The Denver Post »

1STBANK Center Finally Rockin'

Posted 3.18.11 in Boulder County Business Report

The 1STBANK Center in Broomfield has been pulling in capacity crowds since Peak Entertainment LLC, a joint venture of AEG Live – Rocky Mountains LLC and Kroenke Sports and Entertainment LLC, dba Kroenke Sports Enterprises, took over the venue Sept. 1.

  Read the full article in The Boulder County Business Report »

FirstBank Reports More Profits In 2010

Posted 1.24.11 in The Denver Business Journal

Net income rose 1 percent in the fourth quarter, to $37.6 million, and by 2 percent during the year, to $148.9 million, from the comparable periods a year ago.

  Read the full article in The Denver Business Journal »

2010

Colorado Gives Day A Success; $8 Million Donated

Posted 12.09.10 in The Denver Business Journal

Colorado Gives Day was a stunning success – with the Arvada-based Community First Foundation far surpassing its goal of getting $1 million in donations, saying it collected more than $8 million Wednesday.

  Read the full article in The Denver Business Journal »

Today Is Colorado Gives Day

Posted 12.08.10 on 9News

Five hours after it began, FirstBank commits $300,000 to Colorado Gives Day. Dave Baker talks about FirstBank's goal to raise over 1 million dollars for Colorado charities.

  Watch the news segment from 9News »

Colorado Gives Day Hopes To Raise $1 Million For Non Profits

Posted 12.06.10 on 9News

Wednesday, not only will that small donation (or big one) to Colorado non profits go a long way, it will actually increase thanks to an online giving resource, GivingFirst, and a program called Colorado Gives Day.

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Reluctant Banker Finds Groove

Posted 12.02.10 in American Banker

FirstBank is one of the best-performing banking companies in the country, and it managed to sidestep many of the problems that unraveled so many banks in recent years. That is why American Banker has chosen Ikard as one of the Community Bankers of the Year for 2010.

  Read the full article from American Banker »

Testing A Bar Code Technology For 2-D Smartphones

Posted 10.25.10 in The New York Times

Bar code campaigns are cropping up in transit hubs. In Denver International Airport, for example, Colorado-based FirstBank began to offer this month a free download of an e-book to passengers scanning the bar code on posters mounted in terminal corridors.

  Read the full article in The New York Times »

FirstBank Uses QR Codes In A 'Novel' Giveaway.

Posted 10.20.10 in The Financial Brand

Travelers passing through the Denver International Airport with too much time and a digital device on their hands will be provided with electronic books, crosswords or Sudoku for free, courtesy of FirstBank.

Backlit posters inside the airport, headlined "Free Books," "Free Crosswords," and "Free Sudoku" show QR codes linked to a URL where travelers can download puzzles and 12 classic novels.

  Read the full article in The Financial Brand »

Marketing Strategy: Buddy Up

Posted 09.16.10 in the Wall Street Journal

Small companies ride coattails of larger firms to reduce advertising expenses. FirstBank Holding Co. ran seven billboards throughout Colorado showing off its entrepreneurial customers.

  Read the full article from the Wall Street Journal »

First Year In, Broomfield's 1STBANK Center Deemed A Success.

Posted 09.01.10 in Broomfield Enterprise

City managers point to progress since change in arena management. After 12 months, two name changes and a $1 million makeover, city leaders and arena management are declaring the 1STBANK Center's first year a success.

  Read the full article in Broomfield Enterprise »

Saving Savvy - FirstBank's Campaign Celebrates Americans New Penny-Pinching Ways.

Posted 08.01.10 in US Banker

The savers who pumped up FirstBank's deposits over the past year are the people who live next door. They stockpiled cash by living below their means and, being conservative types, they like to keep it in the bank.

  Read the full article in US Banker »

FirstBank Earnings Up 1.7% In Year’s 1st Half

Posted 07.26.10 in The Denver Business Journal

Colorado’s FirstBank Holding Co. said Monday its net income for the first half of 2010 was $73.5 million, up 1.7 percent from the $72.3 million it earned in the same period of 2009.

  Read the full article in The Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Unveils New Electronic Banking Services

Posted 07.15.10 in Vail Daily

FirstBank has announced a new "eSave" account package. The package, which consists of a linked checking and savings account, gives customers a range of automatic transfer options to increase their personal savings.

  Read the full article from Vail Daily »

FirstBank's Approach Unchanged

Posted 05.29.10 in The Colorado Springs Business Journal

"We're going to keep doing the same thing we've been doing for decades - taking in deposits and lending the money locally," said Brian Larson, president of FirstBank Colorado Springs and FirstBank El Paso County.

  Read the full article from The Colorado Springs Business Journal »

FirstBank Contributes $300,000 to Colorado Gives Day

Posted 05.25.10 in The Denver Business Journal

The Community First Foundation announced an ambitious goal: To raise $1 million online in 24 hours on Colorado Gives Day, Wed, Dec 8. Proceeds will benefit Colorado nonprofit organizations.

  Read the full article from The Denver Business Journal »

TDA Shows Off FirstBank’s Lovely Lobby

Posted 04.29.10 in The Denver Egotist

The heroes of FirstBank, Colorado's latest mobile banking ad campaign are lobby furniture. Dimensional, 14 by 48-foot billboards hold aloft such classic bank lobby trappings as a wood-paneled desk and chair, a velvet rope and stanchions, a potted ficus tree, and a framed reproduction of scenic mountainscape, all giant-sized.

  Read the full article from The Denver Egotist »

FirstBank’s Cautious Approach Gives It Room To Start Stepping Out

Posted 03.21.10 in The Denver Post

A consistently conservative approach has helped make FirstBank Holding Co. Colorado’s largest homegrown banking group.

  Read the full article from The Denver Post »

Denver Hispanic Chamber Names FirstBank Top Corporate Advocate For 2010

Posted 03.17.10 in the Denver Business Journal

The chamber’s awards, chosen by a committee of past winners, recognize companies and individuals for "business success, involvement with organizations, committees and board of directors that promote Hispanic business development, as well as Hispanic business outreach and involvement with the Hispanic Chamber."

  Read the full article from the Denver Business Journal »

Tapping Into March Madness

Posted 03.16.10 in The Financial Brand

Every Spring, financial marketers across the U.S. wonder how they can tap into the fervor of "March Madness," the NCAA college basketball tournament. FirstBank is running its ad for "Bank Merger Madness" in the Denver Post, right next to the article announcing first round match-ups in the basketball tournament.

  Read the full article from The Financial Brand »

Not All Bad News For Local Banks

Posted 03.05.10 in the Boulder County Business Report

FirstBank of Boulder and FirstBank of Longmont - both owned by Lakewood-based First Bank Holding Co., but individually chartered in Boulder and Longmont - reported their highest quarterly profits since before the economic crisis began. FirstBank of Boulder pulled in nearly $9.7 million, and FirstBank of Longmont reported a profit of $5.7 million in the fourth quarter.

  Read the full article from the Boulder County Business Report »

New Broomfield Music Venue Makes Debut Tonight

Posted 03.05.10 in The Denver Post

When the 1stBank Center opens for business tonight, welcoming Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s Furthur to Broomfield for two sold-out shows, there’s a lot on the line.

  Read the full article from The Denver Post »

FirstBank Buys Naming Rights To Broomfield Arena

Posted 02.04.10 in the Denver Business Journal

The Odeon Colorado event complex, formerly the Broomfield Event Center, has another new name starting March 1 - 1stBank Center. FirstBank Holding Co. of Lakewood has purchased the naming rights to the center for five years, from operator Peak Entertainment LLC, the company said Thursday.

  Read the full article from the Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank Profits Up 15% In Q4

Posted 01.29.10 in the Denver Business Journal

FirstBank Holding Co.’s net income rose 15 percent in 2009 from the previous year, to $146.5 million, the banking company said Friday. Net income was $36.7 million in the fourth quarter, also up 15 percent from the same quarter a year earlier.

  Read the full article from the Denver Business Journal »

FirstBank’s Community Investment Totals $3.4 Million in 2009

Posted 01.12.10 in the Vail Daily

FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the largest locally-owned bank in Colorado, has announced the results of its annual community investment program. For 2009, FirstBank gave cash donations of more than $3.4 million to Colorado nonprofit groups.

  Read the full article from the Vail Daily »

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