"A group of us are thinking about starting a bank. Do you want to have some fun?" F.T. (Tommy) Elliott, Jr. posed that question to his physician, Dr. John Castiglione, over 30 years ago. And, as they say, the rest is history. Visalia Community Bank was founded by local businessmen, and on August 1, 1977 the doors officially opened to greet our first customers.
Beginning with a small office and 14 employees on Mooney Boulevard, we now have four community branches in Visalia, a downtown office in Exeter and 72 friendly, service-oriented employees. As Visalia's oldest independent and locally owned financial institution, we have grown from an original capitalization of $1.25 million to $18.7 million, with current assets of $202 million as of March 31, 2013. See Visalia Community Bank's complete 2012 financial statement.
Visalia Community Bank also has earned recognition for high ethical standards, a positive work environment, and a commitment to the community. In 2011, VCB was awarded the Large Business of the Year by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce. In addition, we were honored with the Central California Excellence in Business Award for 2004 in the category of Finance/Banking/Insurance. Sponsored by The Fresno Bee, the ninth annual Excellence in Business Awards encompasses six counties, so we are proud to have received this prestigious award.
Exceeding customers' expectations. Fostering business growth. Investing in the community. We attribute our more than 30 years of success to maintaining these traditions, while always striving to do better. By providing the financial products of a larger bank with the personalized service of a community bank, we give our customers the best of both worlds.
If you would like to find out more about community banking at its best, just send us an email and a customer service representative will contact you, or give us a call at (559) 625-8733.