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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/ Accounting

James W. Kresha 

Senior Vice President

 Cheri K. Novak

Vice President / Loan Operations

Scott E. Orsborn

Vice President / Security & IT

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!


Financial Information

First Westroads Bank: A Model Community Bank



Sep 2015:

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:
Committed to its Customers and Community

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 First Westroads Bank has earned a recommended rating (either 5-stars or 4-stars) for the most recent 89 consecutive quarters.  This rating indicates First Westroads Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation.

"While the national economy saw modest growth in 2013", reflects Karen L. Dorway, president of the rating firm, "through its strength and commitment, First Westroads Bank has been able to shine.  The people who work at First Westroads Bank know that its well-being and that of the community are inextricably tied to one another.  By supporting and promoting their customers, employees of First Westroads Bank are making a positive difference right where they live."

5 Star Sep 2015

First Westroads Bank has been working to earn customers' trust since 1967. Its commitment to the community has not faltered in those 47 years.  First Westroads Bank currently operates through two conveniently located branch offices in Omaha.  First Westroads Bank (www.fwbk.com) 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 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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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.

Important Update Regarding BankNow Internet Banking Login Procedures
Your image and pass phrase will no longer be displayed when logging into BankNow Internet Banking. Click here to learn more.

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.