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About Us

Our History

Friendly Hills Bank ("FHB") was founded in 2006 by a group of local business leaders who recognized the value of establishing a relationship focused bank for the local community. FHB opened for business on September 18, 2006 with an initial location in Whittier, California. The community welcomed this new institution and its professional business model to the marketplace and it soon became apparent that a second location was in order. Based on a well established track record for serving local businesses and professionals, FHB celebrated the grand opening of its office in Santa Fe Springs, California in October of 2008. FHB is organized as a Commercial Bank under the laws of the State of California and provides deposit insurance through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Community Banking Returns

The local area has an established history of supporting locally owned and managed financial institutions to better serve our residents and the business community. As these entities have become branches of larger institutions, a group of local business leaders recognized the opportunity to establish a new, publicly traded community bank. These leaders have demonstrated their commitment to this opportunity by stepping forward to offer their services as Directors of the new institution. While the history of the bank is short, the experience of the people behind it is extensive with five of the founding directors having previous experience as directors of other community banks in the area.

A Bright Future

Since opening, FHB has been well received in its local communities and continues to expand its client base throughout Southern California. A strong commitment to customer service service has helped attract consistent growth in client relationships which has fostered strength in both loans and deposits. With an entrepreneurial approach to the marketplace, an established reputation for rapid response and the ability to adjust to market conditions, FHB plans to expand when and where opportunities arise.

Our Mission

Friendly Hills Bank is a financial services company focused on the enhancement of shareholder value through the delivery of high quality personalized service to businesses and professionals in our local communities.

The key to providing these services is a personable and professional staff utilizing a consultative approach and the ability to efficiently utilize advanced technology.

We believe that we can most effectively execute these objectives through the benefits of public ownership and an active presence in the communities we serve.

Serving Our Community

At Friendly Hills Bank we take pride in our local communities and the organizations they support. If you are new to the area or considering a re-location for yourself or your business please contact us. Online banking services, including cash management and remote deposit, combined with courier service and responsive personal bankers make your banking faster and easier.

Friendly Hills Bank is dedicated to promoting the concept of bringing local businesses, professionals, residents and organizations together for the economic and social benefit of our communities. We take great pride in being involved in many aspects of our local communities and view the successful development of our bank as an instrument to encourage and support opportunities which will foster greater economic activity in the communities we serve.

Executive Officers

Jeffrey K. Ball
President / Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth M. Buckingham
Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer

Gail Jansen
Executive Vice President / Chief Credit Officer

Viktor R. Uehlinger
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors

Jeffrey K. Ball
President / Chief Executive Officer

Richard A. Casford
CEO & Founder, Whittier Mailing Products, Inc.

Michael J. Foley
Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California

W.C. ("Chris") Greenbeck
Chairman of the Board; Managing General Partner, Downey Land Limited

Robert L. Haendiges
Attorney, Law Offices of Robert L. Haendiges

Janice A. Legoza
Retired, Former Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system

Kent A. Roberts
Executive Consultant, Ballard & Tighe Publishers

D.E. ("Bill") Wood
Retired, Former Owner and President, Community Honda

Contact Information

Whittier Office
16011 Whittier Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90603
Phone: (562) 947-1920
Fax: (562) 947-3640

Santa Fe Springs Office
12070 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (562) 236-8888
Fax: (562) 236-8877

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