When an earthquake devastated Nepal last April, Austin Paik, who was traveling throughout Asia at the time, knew he had to help the many children impacted by the disaster. He had always hoped to improve the lives of children around the world, but the events in Nepal provoked a sense of urgency and desire to… Read More


Got a Great Business Pitch? You Could Win $20,000 Are you a small- or medium-sized business owner looking to give your Colorado or Arizona company a financial boost? If so, we want to hear in 90 seconds why and what you’re doing to give you the chance to win $20,000 toward reaching your business goals.… Read More


  For the past 15 years, the Phoenix Business Journal has honored up-and-coming business leaders who inspire, motivate and instigate change for their annual “40 Under 40” award program. Honorees serve the community professionally and in their philanthropic efforts and have backgrounds in a variety of industries, including sports, non-profits, real estate, law, banking, medical… Read More


This week beer lovers across the U.S. are celebrating American Craft Beer Week. The 2015 festivities (May 11-17) mark the 10th anniversary of the week-long celebration of small and independent craft brewers. One of our favorite craft brewers is FirstBank customer Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., the back-to-nature brewpub based in Gilbert, Arizona. And, we’re not… Read More


Nothing embodies the Colorado lifestyle more than the mountains, craft beer and the rugged yet sophisticated look of a strong beard. At least that’s the belief that inspired FirstBank customers Cody and Ashley McAllister to found the Colorado Beard Company. Cody, who has been able to grow a thick beard since his early 20’s, found… Read More


We’re not a boastful group of people at FirstBank. In fact, we typically shy away from attention. But from time-to-time an employee achieves something worth bragging about. Today, that’s our Senior Vice President (SVP) of Marketing, Brian Jensen, who is one of the recipients of the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, which recognizes… Read More


In addition to watching two of the best NFL teams face off in the biggest sporting event of the year, there’s another reason why so many American’s tune in: Commercials. And why wouldn’t you? Advertisers from major brands throw tons of resources and brainpower to come up with funny, clever, tear-jerking ads that will hopefully… Read More


Several years ago when Colorado native and longtime FirstBank customer, Sean Smiley, wanted to leave a successful career in the oil and gas business and invest his life savings into creating an all agave-based spirits distillery, not everyone was onboard. But Smiley had good reason for this drastic lifestyle change: to spend more time with… Read More


I have so much respect for small business owners.  Each day they make hundreds of small and large decisions.  Some decisions are relatively simple, like what brand of coffee to buy for the break room or what company to use for overnight shipping.  But more commonly, the decisions made are far more difficult and impact… Read More