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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

Marc T. Wisdom

First Westroads Bank

John M. Blazek

JMB Capital, LLC

Michael E. Leighton

President & CEO Retired
Omaha Community

Daniel J. Murphy   

General Manager &
Lead Photographer
Stonehouse Golf

Thomas K. Nichting

President & CEO
Planet Group, Inc.

Stephen F. Robinson

Retired President
First Westroads Bank 

 Cara G. Walker

Chief Financial Officer
First Westroads Bank

Gary K. Witt

Lutz & Company



First Westroads Bank Officers


Chris J. Murphy

Chairman & CEO

Marc T. Wisdom

President & Chief Lending Officer

Cara G. Walker

Chief Financial Officer / Cashier  

Carl E. Bartholomew

Vice President

Matthew E. Brown

Vice President /
Residential Construction

Kathleen A. Hess

Teller Operations Officer

James R. Kamm

Senior Vice President

 Jennifer R. Kermoade

Vice President /
Information Technology & HR

James W. Kresha 

Senior Vice President

 Cheri K. Novak

Vice President / Loan Operations

Timothy J. Riha

Vice President

Coley J. Schuler

Vice President /
Credit Administration

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

First Westroads Bank has been a strong supporter of the United Way for many years. This year, we hosted our annual pancake feed, where we served a record number of pancakes and sausages. 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.

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

Partnership in Education

Partnership in EducationFirst 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.

First Westroads Bank was selected by Millard Public Schools for the "You're A Winner" award after being nominated by Project PAYBAC® Partner, Kiewit Middle School for being an exemplary partner in education. The award was accepted on May 16, 2011 by First Westroads Bank Relationship Manager, Catherine Mack.

We are very proud of our accomplishments in the education of today's youth!

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

First Westroads Bank's Current PAYBAC® Partners

  • Kiewit Middle School
  • Bess Streeter Aldrich Elementary School

Omaha Public Schools 'Adopt-A-School' Partners

  • 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.


"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
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Financial Information

First Westroads Bank: A Model Community Bank

October 2015:
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

First Westroads Bank, Omaha, Nebraska's achievement of BauerFinancial's coveted 5-Star Superior Rating puts it in an elite category as one of the strongest banks in the nation, excelling in such areas as capital, loan quality, profitability and more.  First Westroads Bank has earned Bauer's recommended rating (5-Star or 4-Star) for the most recent 90 consecutive quarters.

5 Star Sep 2015BauerFinancial, Inc. Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's premier bank rating firm, is pleased to recognize First Westroads Bank for its Superior level of financial performance earning its highest (5-Star) rating for strength and stability.  "We don't have to tell you how difficult it has been for the banking industry these past eight years, but First Westroads Bank has not only survived, it has thrived." remarks Karen L. Dorway, president of the rating firm.  "Being able to maintain the highest level of financial performance, even in the most difficult of environments, First Westroads Bank was able to stay customer-focused while others were trying to stay afloat. First Westroads Bank deserves this commendation."

Established in 1967, First Westroads Bank has been dedicated to its customers' needs for 48 years. Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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 pays for its rating, nor can any choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain star-ratings by visiting www.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 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. 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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IRA & HSA Account Holders: Important Reminder
You have until Friday, April 15, 2016, to contribute to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) for 2015.  Please see a First Westroads Bank Personal Banker to make a contribution, or call (402) 330-7200 if you have any questions.  The contribution limits for 2015 are:
   IRA: Limit of $5,500.  If aged 50 & over during 2015, eligible for $1,000 catch-up contribution, for a total of $6,500.
   HSA: Single Coverage High Deductible Health Plan Limit of $3,350.  If aged 55 & over during 2015, eligible for a $1,000 catch-up contribution, for a total of $4,350.
   HSA: Family Coverage High Deductible Health Plan Limit of $6,650.  If aged 55 & over during 2015, eligible for a $1,000 catch-up contribution, for a total of $7,650.  

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.

First Westroads Bank Earns Bauer's Elite 5-Star Rating
Achievement of BauerFinancial's coveted 5-Star Superior rating puts First Westroads Bank in an elite category as one of the strongest banks in the nation, excelling in such areas as capital, loan quality, profitability and more.  First Westroads Bank has earned Bauer's recommended rating for the most recent 90 consecutive quarters. Full Media Release

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.  To learn more about how First Westroads Bank helps to protect you, click the heading.

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.

Business Online Banking Version Update
We have converted to the newest version of Business Online Banking.  For more information including certified operating systems and browsers, click here.

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.