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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

Stephen F. Robinson

First Westroads Bank

John M. Blazek

Corporate Ventures

 Michael E. Leighton

President & CEO Retired
Omaha Community Foundation

     Thomas K. Nichting     

President & CEO
Planet Group, Inc.

William H. Tech

President & CEO
Travel and Transport

Gary K. Witt

Lutz & Company 


FWBank Officers


Chris J. Murphy

Chairman & CEO

Stephen F. Robinson

President & Chief Lending Officer

Creig M. Coffman

   Chief Financial Officer/Cashier 

Carl E. Bartholomew

Vice President

Matthew E. Brown

Vice President/
Residential Construction

Kathleen A. Hess

Teller Operations Officer

Joel C. Jensen

Senior Vice President

James R. Kamm

Senior Vice President

Jennifer R. Kermoade

Vice President/

James W. Kresha

Senior Vice President

Cheri K. Novak

Vice President/
Loan Operations

Traci V. Oliver

Vice President/
Business Development

Scott E. Orsborn

Vice President/
Chief Operation Officer/
Chief Information Officer

Brandon J. Urban

Vice President

Marc T. Wisdom

Executive Vice President 

Contact a FWBank 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.

FWBank in our Community

United Way Campaign

United Way Campaign

FWBank 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 FWBank 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!

FWBank'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!


Financial Information

First Westroads Bank: A Model Community Bank

September 2013:

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

5-Star Rated First Westroads Bank:
Well Positioned for the Future

First Westroads Bank, Omaha, Nebraska is honored to be recognized once again as a 5-Star rated bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm. BauerFinancial Inc. has been analyzing and rating the nation's financial institutions since 1983 and FWBank has earned a recommended rating (either 5-stars or 4-stars) for the most recent 82 quarters.  This rating indicates FWBank is one of the strongest banks in the nation.

"There has been much discussion lately about the need for banks to boost their capital levels", reports Karen L. Dorway, president of the rating firm.  "That doesn't worry First Westroads Bank; its capital ratios are already well above regulatory requirements.  Under the direction of Mr. Chris J. Murphy, CEO, First Westroads Bank excels in areas of asset quality, profitability, and much more."

BauerFinancial Sept 2013

Financial strength has been the priority for FWBank since its inception in 1967. FWBank has been committed to providing the best of banking to its community through its two conveniently located branch offices in Omaha.

FWBank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

First Westroads Bank: “Your 5-Star Community 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 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 FWBank, 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 and FWBank is the trade name used to identify the bank. For Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) purposes, a depositor’s account balances in First Westroads Bank and FWBank 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.”