Prominent community leaders and businesses came together on Tuesday, June 13 to celebrate the grand opening of Plumas Bank’s newest full-service branch location in Chico. They welcomed the community to tour the Chico branch, learn about its services and amenities, while also revealing the installation of a mural that will be painted on the exterior walls of the bank by local muralist Dylan Tellesen.
Special guests including the mayor of Chico Andrew Coolidge, members of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and representatives of local elected officials. They helped commemorate the opening of the new community bank with a ribbon cutting ceremony that also included bank representatives including President Andrew Ryback and Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer BJ North and members of the local Chico branch team, to honor the community and the new space that will serve the community as a whole through banking and financial services.
While this new location serves as the first official branch in Chico, Plumas Bank opened a loan production office in Chico in 2014 and saw the expansion with a full-service bank location as a natural fit to the area. As a community bank headquartered in Quincy, CA, they now have 15 locations across Northeastern California and Northern Nevada
“This branch may be new, but our relationship with the Chico community is not,” said Ryback. “We have had long standing loan relationships in the commercial and agricultural sectors here in Chico. Opening this new full service branch is the next step in deepening those connections to the community that we’ve built over the years. But far more important than the building itself is the team that we’ve built to serve Chico, its businesses and its families.”
The bank offers dozens of financial services and is dedicated to serving small business, ag operations and local families through relationship-based banking services. Specifically, they emphasize a specialty in services for businesses including ag and commercial lending, small business loans, merchant processing and remote deposit services for businesses as well as personal financial services. No matter the client or service, Plumas Bank has a team of dedicated banking professionals available to help people meet their financial goals in an open and approachable manner while flipping the traditional bank model by eliminating teller lines and non-personalized interactions. Plumas Bank aims to build relationships and foster trust and deep understanding with its clients in order to help them meet their personal or business goals.
Ian Macmillan leads the branch as the vice president, branch manager/business advisor, joining David McAlister, vice president, commercial/Ag lender and Kevin Kaiser, senior vice president/credit administrator and a local team to serve the community.
Additionally, the bank, which prides itself on being a hub for the community, has created a complimentary conference space open to local non-profits, business associations and clients.
“As a community bank, we are here to support the entire community, not just our clients,” said Macmillan. “That is why we’re making our conference room available to community organizations to use to gather and collaborate.”
As a connection to local art and commitment to supporting the Chico community, California-based artist and muralist Dylan Tellesen, has started working on a mural for the outside of the bank to bring a dynamic energy and expressive use of color while paying homage to elements of the region for all to enjoy. Tellesen plans to complete the mural by the end of June and encourages the community to stop by to see the work in progress.