What’s fueling Citizens’ westward expansion


The Providence, R.I., bank recently installed a new regional head in California to oversee a commercial banking expansion into five western states. The bank says it’s trying to craft a successful growth strategy while reassuring investors it isn’t overreaching.


New firm sees opening to provide investment services to community banks


JWTT, created by former Wedbush Securities bankers, says it will use its connections to court business from other investment banks that were recently sold.


Cross River gets onboarding system it coveted in fintech deal


Seed, a San Francisco startup, has developed a platform that lets small businesses quickly open accounts online. That's an important feature for Cross River as it courts more fintech clients.


Why a once-acquisitive bank cooled on M&A


Columbia Banking CEO Hadley Robbins says he's confident the bank can grow on its own as the number of buyout targets in the Pacific Northwest dwindles.


Hemp legalization could be boon for banks


Banks were reluctant to offer services to an industry that had a hazy legal status. That’s about to change.


‘Still a real need for … human interaction’ in retail banking’s future


Tory Nixon, who became Umpqua's chief banking officer this spring, is trying to drive more customers to use mobile banking (only 15% do so now industrywide) without alienating them in the process.


Umpqua names leadership for innovation unit


It will be the third collaboration together for the new CEO and CTO at Pivotus Ventures.


Jail time for two former bankers in fraud case


Dan Heine and Diana Yates were accused of hiding Bank of Oswego's condition by inaccurately reporting bad loans.


Heritage Financial makes bigger push into Portland, Ore., with bank deal


The company has agreed to pay $89 million for Premier Commercial Bancorp. The acquisition would significantly increase its branch presence and lending in the Portland area.


Grand plan, local connections led this bank to a pivotal acquisition


People's Bank of Commerce in southern Oregon decided it had to diversify to survive, so when a director heard a factoring firm he co-founded was up for sale, the bank seized the moment. Now it has other deals in mind.