AmericanWest to Acquire Viking Bank
Thank you for your business and for choosing Viking Bank. Today, we are pleased to announce the completion of the merger of Viking Bank with AmericanWest Bank. Since the announcement of our merger agreement, we have become even more confident that AmericanWest Bank and Viking Bank share the same corporate values regarding customer service, care for employees and commitment to the community. We respect and appreciate the strong heritage and culture that Viking Bank has built over the years and share many of the same principals upon which Viking Bank has always based its business model.
Now, as the two organizations combine, you will continue to experience a business-focused community bank that provides exceptional customer service. With over $2.5 billion in assets, we are pleased to offer access to increased lending capabilities, expanded products and services and additional benefits inherent in a well-capitalized bank.
The operations and systems of the two banks are scheduled to be combined in the second quarter of 2012; prior to that date you will receive more information about what you can expect. In the meantime, continue using your accounts as you always have, including Online Banking, Debit Cards, Checks, Remote Deposit machines, and all other products and services. You will continue to access Online Banking through the Viking Bank website (www.vikingbank.com) until the systems are combined; however, if you would like to review AmericanWest Bank’s products and services, feel free to visit us at www.awbank.net or visit any AmericanWest Bank branch.
You will start to see changes in our signage immediately, but the faces will remain familiar. You have our commitment that we will communicate with you throughout the transition and will continue to provide you exemplary service every step of the way.
In the coming weeks and months, watch for more information on the merger, including details on expanded products and services. On behalf of the Board and management team, I offer you my sincere thanks for your business and look forward to expanding our relationship with you.
Scott A. Kisting
Chairman, President & CEO