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April 18, 2012

Nothing beats a good novel or a well-developed storyline on the big screen—particularly those epic tales where the future of a people, country, or even the world hangs in the balance. What I love about these stories isn’t just the unexpected plot twists, rebel leaders or underdog victors—it’s the journey. It’s how the characters persevere, sacrifice and understand a deeper purpose that moves them towards a goal.

I’m drawn to stories where...

April 18, 2012

Never underestimate the possibilities that can be achieved by a group of people driven by a common vision to see real-life change happen. 2011 was a break through year for our organization with substantial member growth, increased member loyalty and a demonstrated commitment, like never before, to create exceptional experiences for our members at each interaction with us.

Standing strong in the storm
In these extraordinary economic times, being able to...

April 17, 2012

Download your copy of First West’s 2011 annual report.

The report includes detailed financial results and management discussion and analysis for 2011. Also, hear from board chair Shawn Neumann and CEO Launi Skinner on the direction of the credit union and some retrospective remarks.

2011 Reports from our regions are also available—download yours for results and perspectives from regional presidents...

December 15, 2011

When Kristi Miller talks about First West Capital’s successful first year, she does so in metaphors about running. The co-founder, vice-president and long-distance runner, who has logged four marathons and is training for her fifth, knows that growing a business is not a sprint, but rather "an endurance sport.” While the market has responded enthusiastically to First West Capital’s investment philosophy and style, the best is still yet to come, and  Kristi...

December 12, 2011

There’s a classic Apple commercial from the late ‘90s (yes, the era before iPods, iPhones and iPads) that inspires me every time I see it. It’s from their Think Different campaign and it came at a critical time in the company’s life. In many ways it set the stage for Apple and its explosive growth in the decade-plus that followed. The ad features images of world thinkers, shapers, artists and...