Leading the way.

AmericanWest Bank is led by an experienced executive management team, starting with Chief Executive Officer Scott Kisting and President Jim Claffee.

  • Board of Directors group

    Board of Directors

Scott Kisting, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John McCoy, Former Chairman, BankOne Corp.

David Matson, Former Chief Financial Officer, Union Bank of California

Mike Gillfillan, Former Chief Credit Officer, Wells Fargo Bank

Roberto R. Herencia, Former Chief Executive Officer, Banco Popular

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    Scott A. Kisting

    Chairman & CEO
    AmericanWest Bank

    Scott A. Kisting is Chairman and CEO of AmericanWest Bank and also serves as Chairman, President and CEO of SKBHC Holdings, LLC. Kisting has more than 35 years of experience as a senior commercial banking executive. He has extensive leadership experience in all segments of banking, including corporate, commercial, small business, retail banking and investment sales in many markets and geographic regions. He served in senior executive roles with Norwest and Bank of America.

    Prior to joining AmericanWest, Kisting was Co-Head of the Global Banking Group for Merrill Lynch Corporation in New York, in which capacity he was responsible for $87 billion under management, including personal banking, commercial banking, secured lending, mortgage banking and credit cards.

    Kisting holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal State University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He completed the Graduate Executive Program at the University of Southern California. He has been active in numerous banking and leadership professional associations, including his service as National Director of the Consumer Bankers Association, member of the Executive Committee of the Risk Management Association, and member of the California Economic Development Lending Initiative. Kisting is on the Board of Directors of ICMA-RC, which is a not-for-profit financial services organization that provides retirement services to more than 900,000 local and state government employees across the nation.

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    James R. Claffee

    President & COO
    AmericanWest Bank

Scott A. Kisting is Chairman and CEO of AmericanWest Bank and also serves as Chairman, President and CEO of SKBHC Holdings, LLC. Kisting has more than 35 years of experience as a senior commercial banking executive. He has extensive leadership experience in all segments of banking, including corporate, commercial, small business, retail banking and investment sales in many markets and geographic regions. He served in senior executive roles with Norwest and Bank of America.

Prior to joining AmericanWest, Kisting was Co-Head of the Global Banking Group for Merrill Lynch Corporation in New York, in which capacity he was responsible for $87 billion under management, including personal banking, commercial banking, secured lending, mortgage banking and credit cards.

Kisting holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal State University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He completed the Graduate Executive Program at the University of Southern California. He has been active in numerous banking and leadership professional associations, including his service as National Director of the Consumer Bankers Association, member of the Executive Committee of the Risk Management Association, and member of the California Economic Development Lending Initiative. Kisting is on the Board of Directors of ICMA-RC, which is a not-for-profit financial services organization that provides retirement services to more than 900,000 local and state government employees across the nation.

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    Keith Western

    Regional President, Northwest Banking
    AmericanWest Bank

    Keith Western Regional President of Northwest Banking

    Keith Western has broad and extensive bank management experience. He started his career with Security Pacific National Bank and migrated to Bank of America with their merger. Most recently Western has been the Executive Vice President, Western Division Director for Citibank, where he led middle market and business banking. He has extensive experience in leading business and commercial banking teams throughout the western part of the U.S.; he also has had significant experience in credit administration and problem loan resolution. Western has been very involved in charitable organizations throughout his career, including serving as a board member for the Children's Hospital of California, Chairman of the Special Olympics, and Executive Trustee for the Fresno Historical Society. Western graduated with honors from Woodbury University with his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Finance.

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    Mark Howell

    Regional President, Intermountain Banking
    AmericanWest Bank

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    Bob Trujillo

    Exec. Vice President, Community Banking
    AmericanWest Bank

Keith Western Regional President of Northwest Banking

Keith Western has broad and extensive bank management experience. He started his career with Security Pacific National Bank and migrated to Bank of America with their merger. Most recently Western has been the Executive Vice President, Western Division Director for Citibank, where he led middle market and business banking. He has extensive experience in leading business and commercial banking teams throughout the western part of the U.S.; he also has had significant experience in credit administration and problem loan resolution. Western has been very involved in charitable organizations throughout his career, including serving as a board member for the Children's Hospital of California, Chairman of the Special Olympics, and Executive Trustee for the Fresno Historical Society. Western graduated with honors from Woodbury University with his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Finance.

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    Local Leadership By Market

Monte Drake, Community Banking Regional Manager

Chris Roberts, Commercial Banking Market Manager

John Vaage, Community Banking Regional Manager

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