FRESNO, Calif. – Central Valley Community Bank was founded 40 years ago, in 1979. And it was at that time when its relationship with Fresno State began.
“We recently did a survey of our employees and of that survey, over 90 percent of the employees told us they are connected one way or another with Fresno State,” says president and CEO Jim Ford. “The very first thing I did when I came to Fresno was to get a license plate cover that said ‘Bulldog Red.’ And I put it on my car.
“I’m not actually from Fresno State, or from Fresno, didn’t graduate here, but one of the things I know in my career, nearly 39 years in this business is, you get involved in the community when you show up. And there’s no question that Fresno State is a big part of not only Fresno, but the entire central valley.”
And that is true of Central Valley Community Bank. The headquarters may be in Fresno, but there are 20 locations in nine counties from Sacramento to Tulare.
“We don’t do everything that every other institution does,” says Ford. “We stay in our lane and take care of clients on a personal relationship basis. And that’s why we think so highly of Fresno State and what Dr. Castro has done, is he’s allowed companies like ours to be actively involved. It’s not only the money that we give, which we try to be generous in doing that, but it’s the volunteer time we give.”