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Our Story


First Westroads Bank was originally chartered in 1967 as an independent, suburban, commercial bank with a state license and was set to occupy space in the newly developing Westroads Shopping Center

The original location first appeared inside a trailer located in the south mall parking lot, but was moved indoors to the home office of "270 Italia Mall" in the spring of 1968 with the mall opening to the public shortly thereafter.
In addition to the indoors location, there was also a drive-thru, television controlled facility located in the south parking lot which was connected by a tunnel and tube carrier system, later converted to a manual drive-in, walk-in facility in 1973.

A second three-lane, drive-up location was opened in the NBC Center area at 10855 West Dodge in January 1977, which has since been known as the "Old Mill" headquarters location.

In 1979 the bank was sold to United Bancshares of Nebraska, Inc., a one bank holding company, where it would remain until 1990 when it was purchased by Ameriwest, a holding company owned by current bank owners, Chris and Betsy Murphy.

First Westroads Bank 

Where are they now?

After a short period of temporary building, parking lot and trailer locations, the Westroads Mall Branch made it's permanent home in the new building at 612 N. 98th Street in 2002. The Corporate Headquarters Location remained in the Old Mill area until March 2005 when it re-located to it's current home, 15750 West Dodge Road.

Our Legacy

We at First Westroads Bank have upheld our reputation of being a full-service, personalized bank with a family atmosphere since the beginning in 1967.

We are proud of the positive, nurturing atmosphere we provide for customers and employees alike and will continue to build upon our mission statement.

Board of Directors and Bank Officers

Executive Board



Chris J. Murphy

Chairman & CEO
First Westroads Bank

Mark E. Ellerbeck


Michael E. Leighton

President & CEO Retired
Omaha Community

Daniel J. Murphy   

Director of Marketing
First Westroads Bank

Thomas K. Nichting

Managing Director
Red Diamond Capital.

Stephen F. Robinson

Retired President
First Westroads Bank 

 Bob Dalrymple

Retired Division Executive
VP Bank of the West

Gary K. Witt

 Retired President
Lutz & Company

 John E. Nahas

Corporate Management Consulting

John M. Blazek

MB Capital, LLC


First Westroads Bank Officers


Chris J. Murphy

Chairman & CEO  

Mark E. Ellerbeck


Maria H. Pauley

Chief Financial Officer / Cashier

Carl E. Bartholomew

Vice President

Daniel J. Murphy

Director of IT/Marketing

Denise Bond

BSA Officer /
Operations Manager

Timothy J. Riha

Vice President

 Cheri K. Novak

Vice President /
Loan Operations

 Brandon J. Urban

Vice President










Contact a First Westroads Bank Officer at (402) 330-7200 or click here to use our secure contact form.  E-mail will be delivered to us in a secured format.

First Westroads Bank in our Community

United Way Campaign

United Way Campaign 1

First Westroads Bank has been a strong supporter of the United Way for many years. This year, we converted the lobby to a café for our 5th annual pancake feed and served a record number of pancakes and sausages.

United Way Campaign 2

We are proud of the commitment our generous customers and employees make each year, because when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

Community Strong

Thank you to all who came and donated to the campaign. Through your giving, the United Way received funds to make a difference in the lives of those people who need our help most. 

Partnership in Education

First Westroads Bank has teamed up with local area schools in a program known as Project
PAYBAC®.  This program is a reciprocal partnership that links schools to community
businesses. The mission of Project PAYBAC® is to provide diverse learning opportunities
through these community partnerships.

This year, our Personal Bankers were able to host local first graders for a tour of the bank and a presentation on how banks work.

 Project PayBac
 Project PayBac Aldrich

The Fourth Grade classes at Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary School also welcomed bank staff to their classrooms for a presentation on Banking and Economics concepts.

First Westroads Bank's PAYBAC® Partners

   •Kiewit Middle School
   •Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary School

For more information on Project PAYBAC®, please visit the Millard Public Schools' website!

Omaha Public Schools 'Adopt-A-School' Partner

   •Picotte Elementary School

For more information on the 'Adopt-A-School' Partnership Program, please visit the Omaha Public Schools' website!





What Our Customers Say About First Westroads Bank

We know that our success is the result of our customers' success.  Creating strong partnerships allows us to
help write these stories, support the dreams, and celebrate alongside them.  Click on each image to read
their story and how First Westroads Bank has played a role.


"We got solid guidance and direction that led to our perfect home.  The continuous support was incredibly appreciated."

-The Steve & Angel Arora Story 

 Arora Steve and Angel



"First Westroads Bank has been there for OrthoWest with strategies, services and resources that helped the practice grow and meet financial demands along the way."

-The OrthoWest Story


"We build long term relationships with our clients by listening to them and providing then with personalized solutions.  First Westroads Bank does this too." 

-The Urban Prairie Landesign Story


 Urban Prairie



"First Westroads Bank understands our business model, our business goals, and the timing related to both. Through the years they have been here for us with the right products and services at the right time." 

-The Broadmoor Development Story

"They know us: They know our business
and they know that serving our customers is mission-critical for us."

-The Titlecore Story

 Birchwood Homes

"All real estate business is local. 
That's why I chose a local bank with
a deep understanding of my business."

-The Birchwood Homes Story 

"From start-up to a global enterprise,
First Westroads Bank was with us
every step of the way."

-The Cushman & Wakefield | Lund Company Story
Lund Company
 Legacy Homes

"First Westroads Bank was excited for us
and came up with ways to meet
our opportunities and keep growing."

-The Legacy Homes Story

"Energy, Initiative and Customer Focus:
These are business values we share."

-The planitomaha Story
 PlanIt Omaha
 Thermal Services

"When other banks said, 'You can't do that,'
First Westroads Bank believed in us."

-The Thermal Services Story

"They demonstrate time and time again
their willingness to go above and beyond
to help us with all of our banking needs."

-The Bishop Business Story
 Kugler Vision

"From the start I saw clearly
that First Westroads Bank
was the partner for us."

-The Kugler Vision Story

"Our companies grew up together. 
We care about the same things.
We both have had a big impact
on the face of Omaha."

-The Investors Realty Story
 Investors Realty
 Brodkey Peebles Belmont Line LLP  

"They care about our clients
almost as much as we do."

-The Brodkey Peebles Belmont & Line, LLP Story

 "The people who watch the financial
health of the people who
keep Nebraskans healthy."

-The Nebraska Cancer Specialists Story
 Nebraska Cancer Specialists

 "Resourceful and trustworthy
every step of the way."

-The NuStyle Development Story

"More than 100 seniors will find a loving
and comfortable home in our new center. 
More than 40 people will get jobs.
The tax base of Bellevue will be increased. 
All thanks to First Westroads Bank."

-The Richmont Senior Living Story
 Richmont Senior Living
 Steve Johnson CPA

"First Westroads Bank pays attention
to my business, so I can pay closer attention to my clients' businesses."

-The Steve A. Johnson, CPA Story

"This is expert, personal service and
a partnership at its finest, and, because
this is exactly how we serve our clients,
we wouldn't have it any other way."

-TheTD2 Story

 "They give us their all...
their expert consultation, custom-tailored
solutions, and superior support, too."

-The WorldView, Ltd. Story

  "Trust runs deep in this relationship."

-The Janke Plumbing Story
 Janke Plumbing






























Financial Information

First Westroads Bank: Meeting Today's Needs; Anticipating Tomorrow's

September 2018:
Chris J. Murphy, Chairman and CEO of First Westroads Bank, Omaha, Nebraska proudly accepts a distinguished 5-Star Superior rating from BauerFinancial, Inc.


First Westroads Bank Earns Bauer's Elite 5-Star Rating

BAUERFINANCIAL, Coral Gables, Florida, the Nation's Premier Bank Rating Firm, is proud to announce that First Westroads Bank, Omaha, Nebraska has secured its highest, 5-Star rating. (A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.) In fact, First Westroads Bank has earned and maintained Bauer's Recommended Rating (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for the last 102 consecutive quarters. 

5 star September 2018"A lot of things have changed since the Great Recession," reflects Karen L. Dorway, president of BauerFinancial. 'Technology, in particular, has changed the way many people bank, but it will never replace a bank's knowledge of its customers. Community banks, like First Westroads Bank, have the upper hand on that. Through personal interaction, they can meet their customers' needs today while anticipating them for tomorrow." 

First Westroads Bank was established in 1967 and has been growing alongside its customers for 51 years. Today it operates through two conveniently located offices in Omaha and can also be found online at firstwestroads.bank

BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Star-ratings are all available for free at bauerfinancial.com

We're proud of our service to the community and our community bank status. If you would like financial information on First Westroads Bank, you can access the FDIC's Institutional Directory database at http://www.fdic.gov and enter FDIC Certificate #19742.
The primary regulator for First Westroads Bank is the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, 1 Memorial Drive - Kansas City, MO 64198-0001. http://www.kansascityfed.org


FDIC Deposit Insurance Coverage

First Westroads Bank is the chartered name of the bank.  For Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) purposes, a depositor’s account balances in First Westroads Bank will be aggregated with any account balances of the depositor in the following offices, branches, or internet sites of First Westroads Bank.

• 15750 West Dodge Road Omaha, Nebraska 68118
• 612 North 98th Street Omaha, NE 68114

The total account balances of a depositor with First Westroads Bank and its offices and branches will have the benefit of the deposit insurance coverage that the FDIC provides to a depositor’s accounts in a single bank. To determine the level of FDIC deposit insurance coverage available on accounts in a single bank, visit www.fdic.gov and, in the “Consumer Resources” section, click on “Your Insured Deposit.”

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First Westroads Bank Welcomes Experienced Board Member

Chris J. Murphy, Chairman and CEO of First Westroads Bank, is pleased to announce that John E. Nahas has been reappointed to the Bank’s Board of Directors. Nahas has been President of Corporate Management Consulting since March, 2004. Prior to that, he has more than 28 years of commercial banking experience including serving as President of US Bank from January 1997 to March 2004. John previously served on the First Westroads Bank Board of Directors from January 2005 through June of 2007. He left to join Mutual of Omaha in 2007 to assist in starting Mutual of Omaha Bank where he served as lead Director. Nahas earned a BSBA in Economics from Creighton University and an MBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been very active in our community, serving on the Boards of Travel & Transport, Briggs Industrial Supply, Creighton University, Children’s Hospital, Children’s Physicians, and the Strategic Air & Space Museum. First Westroads Bank is a locally owned and managed community bank focused on building and maintaining long-term relationships. Our professional, knowledgeable, and experienced bankers are committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations.

First Westroads Bank Earns Bauer's Elite 5-Star Rating

BAUERFINANCIAL, Coral Gables, Florida, the Nation's Premier Bank Rating Firm, is proud to announce that First Westroads Bank, Omaha, Nebraska has secured its highest, 5-Star rating. (A five-star rating indicates the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more.) In fact, First Westroads Bank has earned and maintained Bauer's Recommended Rating (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for the last 102 consecutive quarters. Read More here...

A Special Announcement

We're celebrating 50 years in the Omaha Community! In grateful appreciation of all the support from our loyal customers, bank owners, Chris and Betsy Murphy, are pleased to announce that Murphy Vision Funds is making the lead investment in Omaha's Startup Collaborative. Our $300,000 investment will be matched by Invest Nebraska for a total $600,000 that goes directly to local entrepreneurs. WATCH this video about the Startup Collaborative! and read more in the Omaha Chamber's Press Release.

Project PayBac® Partner school tours

On April 15th, First Westroads Bank had the pleasure to host over 75 first grade students to a tour of the bank. Among other things, they got to see cash & coin counters, the safe deposit box vault, and a brief presentation on how banks work. After cookies and juice, they each received a piggy bank to get started on their own savings journey.

A Bank Customer's Guide to Cybersecurity

We encourage you to take a few moments to read this special edition of the FDIC Consumer News. Inside, you will learn what you can do and what banks and regulators are doing to help prevent online fraud and theft. Click Here to read...

Welcome to FirstWestroads.Bank

As one of the first banks in the country to move our web address to the .BANK domain, we are taking an important step in the security of our internet platform. .BANK is a new domain developed by and for the global banking community. A .BANK domain signifies that an organization has been verified as legitimate and is committed to implementing security requirements that surpass existing standards. More information on the new .BANK domain.

With you on the journey

You've always known us as knowledgeable and experienced bankers. You've always known us as local and responsive bankers. You've always known us as First Westroads Bank. Our new brand reflects what you've known all along.

Protecting Your Account Following a Data Breach

Whether you have a business credit card, personal debit or credit card, when you hear about a data breach in the news, it’s good to know that you are protected. It’s wise to update your contact methods with your card provider to include email and text messages. Timely and regular reviews of your purchases can help you identify unauthorized activity. Click here, to learn more about how First Westroads Bank helps to protect you.

Banking for Tablets Mobile App Release

First Westroads Bank has released the Mobile Banking App to include additional tablet devices. Search First Westroads Bank from your device store or visit our Mobile Banking page for more details.

Online Security | How to protect yourself from being victimized

First Westroads Bank will NEVER ask for your personal information unsolicited. If you are asked for your personal information - being your name, social security number, address, date of birth, etc., know who's asking and how they will be using this information.

First Westroads Bank | Simple Banking

First Westroads Bank is a community bank in Omaha, NE. We offer all the banking services you have come to expect with the personal service of a local, Omaha, NE bank. With First Westroads Bank, you'll find a full range of services to meet your needs for personal banking, business banking, and online banking in Omaha, NE. If you are looking for a local bank in Omaha, NE for your personal banking needs, we offer all the services you expect. In addition, we offer a full range of business banking services to help you start or grow your business.