About Us

The AZ Physicians Bank is the only locally owned and operated bank for medical professionals. Founded by local doctors and business leaders, the Bank fills a much needed niche. For too long, Maricopa County has been served only by large institutions led by out of state ownership and management. We want to help local practices control their own destiny by providing exceptional financial services delivered by local residents. And we also believe that no one recognizes or has the ability to execute those opportunities better than local physicians and medical professionals.

Candace Hunter Wiest

President, CEO
Candace Hunter Wiest

Candace Hunter Wiest is the President, CEO of West Valley Bancorp, Inc, and West Valley National Bank, the West Valley’s only locally owned and operated community Bank.  Ms. Wiest was recruited to organize the Bank in March of 2006.  By May of 2006, the Bank had filed a 104 pound application with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the FDIC.  On September 22, 2006 the OCC issued a preliminary approval.  The Bank opened its doors on December 22, 2006 with $14,000,000 in start up capital raised locally.  

In the first quarter of 2008 the Bank opened the Buckeye branch becoming the only locally opened and operated community bank west of I 17.  In 2011, the Bank received regulatory approval to open a full service branch in Scottsdale.  Currently WVNB has one of the highest capital ratios in the state and is dedicated to small business and the medical and dental communities.

Wiest’s career path has been unconventional.  She married at 18, had three children by age 22 and when the youngest child was a few weeks old she became the family’s sole provider.  After spending time in the hospitality and insurance industries, she joined her first Bank in 1986 as a loan clerk.  In June of 2013, Wiest will celebrate her 20th anniversary as a Bank CEO. Formerly, Wiest was the President of Inland Empire National Bank in Riverside, California.  Wiest became the 7th President in the Bank’s nine year history during the recession in 1993.  After accomplishing a significant turn around in twelve months, the Bank grew to be a $125,000,000 high performance community bank.  

In 2003 Wiest was elected a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and was elected for a second term which began in 2006 and ended in December of 2008.    She is the first woman to be elected as a Class A Director in the Banks 100 year history.  The 12th District is the largest Bank in the Federal Reserve and serves 20% of the US population.  Her term has spanned both the Greenspan and Bernanke administration.  While at the SFFRB, Wiest served as the Chair of the Public Affairs Committee, a member of the Audit Committee, and was one of four Directors on the Search Committee that chose Janet Yellen as the CEO of the SFFRB.

Wiest believes that community commitment is the cornerstone of community banking.  Currently she serves as a member and Director of Greater Phoenix Leadership, a Director and Secretary of Cancer Treatment Center of America at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, a Director of the Arizona Bankers Association, a Director of the United Way of the Valley of the Sun, the Vice Chair of the Pendergast Education Foundation and the Vice Chair of the Catholic Community Foundation.  In 2011 Governor Brewer appointed Ms. Wiest to a three year term on the Board of the Arizona Commerce Authority and as the Chair of the Audit Committee for the ACA.  Past community involvement includes being the immediate past Chair of Westmarc a regional public policy organization, a founding member of the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, a past Chair of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Campaign, and the 2011 Chair of the Catholic Community Foundation Crozier Gala.     

Public recognition in Arizona includes being named as one of three Athena Finalists by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 2013,  one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Arizona by AzBusiness Magazine in July of 2012, the WESTMARC Leadership Award recipient in October of 2012, one of the 2011 “Most Admired CEOs by the Phoenix Business Journal, the 2010 West Valley Woman of the Year, a member of the West Valley 24, the 2008 Arizona Business Magazine Center of Influence, one of the 2008 “People to Know in Commercial Real Estate”, one of the 2006 “Power Players in the Phoenix Metro Area” by the Phoenix Business Journal.    In November of 2009 Wiest received international recognition as the Stevie Award recipient for Best Executive.

 

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Our specially designed loans are structured for what is in the best interest of your practice. Whether you are just starting out, expanding existing services, upgrading technology or looking towards retirement we can help you accomplish your goals.

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Physician Services

We offer time saving services like remote deposit capture and overdraft protection; we can streamline your existing merchant bankcard processing or corporate credit card accounts; we also offer you a full range of deposit products.

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