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Great Western Bank VISA® Debit Cards now come with built-in chip technology. This gives you greater fraud protection when you use your card at a chip-activated terminal. Your debit card is not only more secure - it's also easy to use. Here's what you can look forward to as a cardholder.

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When you use your card at a chip-activated terminal, the embedded chip generates a one-time use code. This code is virtually impossible to counterfeit and helps reduce in-store fraud.

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More merchants are accepting chip transactions every day. Whether your check out using chip technology or swipe your card, you can pay with confidence wherever Visa debit cards are accepted.

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Simply swipe your card like you do today. However, if a chip-activated terminal is available, insert your card instead and follow the prompts.

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Great Western Bank Visa Debit Cards now feature chip technology. You'll enjoy global acceptance plus an enhanced level of security.

Whenever you use your card at a chip-activated terminal, the embedded chip generates a one-time use code. This code is virtually impossible to counterfeit and helps reduce in-store fraud.

You can use your card at millions of places that accept Visa debit cards, at home and around the world.

More of the places you like to shop are transitioning to chip-activated terminals every day. The checkout process is only slightly different. If you are unsure if the terminal is chip-activated, swipe your card like you do today. If the terminal is chip-activated, you will be prompted to insert the chip end of your credit card into the terminal with the chip facing up. Leave your card in the terminal and follow the prompts on screen.

Yes, if a merchant is not yet chip-activated, you can continue to swipe your card.

Great Western Bank (previously known as Great Western Savings & Loan) was a large retail bank that operated primarily in the Western United States. Great Western's headquarters were in Chatsworth, California. At one time, Great Western was one of the largest savings and loan in the nation, second only to Home Savings of America.[1] The bank was acquired by Washington Mutual in 1997 for .8 billion.

Great Western Bank was held by Great Western Financial Corporation ("GWFC"), a corporation organized under the laws of the state of Delaware.

History[edit]

Great Western was founded in 1919 in California as a savings and loan association.[2] In 1955, it was merged into a holding company, Great Western Financial Corp.

Within five years, Great Western acquired Santa Ana Savings (1956), West Coast Savings (Sacramento, 1957), Guaranty Savings (San Jose, 1958), Central Savings (San Luis Obispo, 1959), and First Savings (Oakland, 1959). The company later bought Santa Rosa Savings (1968) and Safety Savings (Los Angeles, 1969). In 1970 and 1971, Great Western purchased four additional California savings and loan establishments.

In 1972, Great Western Financial combined them all into Great Western Savings.

1980s-1990s[edit]

In the aftermath of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, Great Western acquired many failed savings and loan offices from the Resolution Trust Corporation.

In December 1985, Great Western moved some administrative functions into a building that it partially owns in Chatsworth.[3]

In October 1989, Great Western announced that they plan to move their headquarters to a yet to be built 10-story executive office building on a 20-acre site in Chatsworth that is adjacent to an existing nine-building service center with plans of selling their current Beverly Hills headquarters building.[4] Great Western finally moved out of their Beverly Hills headquarters to their new headquarters in Chatsworth in May 1992.[5]

In September 1993, Great Western announced that they were selling its Visa credit card operations to Associates Corporation of North America, part of the Ford Financial Services Group, which issues credit cards through Associates National Bank in Delaware.[6]

On January 17, 1994, Great Western's administrative campus in Chatsworth, California was particularly affected by the Northridge earthquake.[7] Despite the quake, that year's profits quadrupled, thanks to the need for lower loss reserves and the gain on the sale of its 31 branches on Florida's Gulf Coast.

In 1995, Great Western's chairman James Montgomery passed the office of CEO to president John Maher, who accelerated the drive toward banking services.

In 1996, the company announced a 5 million restructuring program that would eliminate 800 jobs, consolidate mortgage banking branches, and install new technology.[8] Later that year, Great Western sold its student loan business to Crestar Bank.[9][10]

Expansion in California[edit]

In January 1982, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of Palo Alto-based Northern California Savings & Loan Association with its 61 offices for million in stock.[11][12] The acquisition was completed in August 1982.[13]

In August 1986, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of 119 out 136 Southern California branch offices of the failed San Diego-based HomeFed Bank from the Resolution Trust Corporation for 1 million.[14][15]

In October 1986, American Savings, a unit of Financial Corp. of America, announced that they were purchasing 13 offices plus the deposits of two offices that were being closed from Great Western for an undisclosed amount. All of the affected branch offices were located in Northern California.[16][17]

In March 1991, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of the deposits and 28 branches of the failed Irvine-based Lincoln Savings and Loan Association from the Resolution Trust Corporation for .1 million.[18][19]

In November 1991, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of five offices of the Woodland Hills-based Republic Federal Savings & Loan for an undisclosed amount.[20] The acquisition was completed in March 1992.[21]

In June 1994, Citicorp announced that they were selling the deposits of six San Diego County branches of Citibank, FSB, to Great Western Bank for an undisclosed amount.[22]

Expansion in Florida[edit]

Great Western made its first expansion outside of California in February 1986 by the announcement of the pending acquisition of the failed Jacksonville Beach-based Intercapital Savings Bank from the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation for .9 million.[23][24][25]

In August 1986, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of four offices in Broward County and Palm Beach County from the Miami-based Chase Federal Savings and Loan Association for an undisclosed amount.[26][27]

In September 1986, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of the Pensacola-based Southern Home Savings Bank for million in stock.[28][29]

In December 1986, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of the Lake Worth-based SunPoint Savings Bank for million in stock.[30] The acquisition was completed in July 1987.[31]

In July 1989, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of 63 out of 71 offices of the Miami-based CenTrust Bank for 0 million in cash. The pending acquisition represented .4 billion in CenTrust deposits.[32] But the ailing bank was seized by Office of Thrift Supervision in February 1990 for "unsafe and unsound financial condition",[33] before regulator approval could be obtained that would allow the sale to proceed. After negotiating with the Resolution Trust Corporation, Great Western paid the RTC million in June 1990 for all 71 branch offices and .1 billion of failed CenTrust's .2 billion in deposits.[34] Centrust's failure was the largest savings and loan failure at that time and it had cost the taxpayers

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.7 billion to protect its depositors.[35]

In June 1990, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of the 13 out of 24 Florida offices of the ailing New Jersey-based Carteret Savings Bank for .5 million.[36][37] The acquisition was completed in October 1990.[38] The remainder of Carteret failed and was seized by Federal regulators in December 1992.[39]

Also in June 1990, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of the 18 Florida branch offices with 0 million in deposits of the failed California-based Gibraltar Savings from the Resolution Trust Corporation for .75 million.[35][40]

In September 1990, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of 27 Florida offices of the failed New Jersey-based City Federal Savings Bank from the Resolution Trust Corporation for .75 million.[41]

In March 1991, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of all 33 offices of the failed Clearwater-based Pioneer Savings Bank from the Resolution Trust Corporation for .25 million.[42][43]

In October 1991, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of the deposits and 23 offices of the failed Orlando-based The First FA from the Resolution Trust Corporation for .4 million.[44][45]

In March 1992, Great Western announced the pending acquisition of the deposits of

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.8 billion and the 53 branch offices of the failed Orlando-based AmeriFirst Federal Savings Bank from the Resolution Trust Corporation for .5 million.[46][47] Some of the acquired offices were closed due to close proximity existing Great Western branch offices.

In August 1994, Great Western announced that it was selling 31 branches in the western portion of the state of Florida, which included Tampa-St. Petersburg, to First Union for million to focus on other parts of Florida.[48]

Expansion in Arizona[edit]

Great Western made its first expansion into the state of Arizona in June 1987 by announcing the pending acquisition of the Phoenix-based First Commercial Savings & Loan Association for million in cash.[49] The acquisition was completed in January 1988.[50]

Expansion in Washington[edit]

Great Western made its first expansion into the state of Washington in July 1987 by announcing the pending acquisition of the similar named Bellevue-based Great Western Savings Bank for .3 million.[51][52] The acquisition was completed in February 1988.[53]

In June 1989, Great Western announced that it was selling its six Spokane branch offices to Washington Trust Bank of Spokane for undisclosed amount.[54] This move represented Great Western's withdraw from Eastern Washington state.

Three years later, Great Western finally exited the state of Washington by announcing in September 1992 that Great Western would swap its entire 13 branch offices in Washington for Seattle-based Pacific First's entire seven offices in Southern California.[55][56][57]

Expansion in New York[edit]

Great Western made its first and only expansion into the state of New York in September 1987 by announcing the opening a New York state chartered savings bank in the city of White Plains that was able to accept consumer deposits and issue consumer loans, but unable to make commercial loans.[58][59]

Unfortunately, Great Western was unable to expand further into the New York City metropolitan area and it quietly sold its only New York area office to Chemical Bank in 1990.[60]

Acquisition by Washington Mutual[edit]

In early 1997 California thrift H. F. Ahmanson & Co. launched a hostile takeover bid for the company, but Washington Mutual's friendly offer won out later that year. Ironically, in 1998 Washington Mutual acquired Ahmanson for billion. In 2008, it became part of JPMorgan Chase.

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Celebrity spokespersons[edit]

In October 1977, actor John Wayne filmed the first of several television commercials that he recorded over the next year for Great Western.[61] In August 1978, Wayne, in full western garb, filmed the most famous of his commercials for the bank in the Sequoia National Forest.[62]

After Wayne's death in 1979, Great Western went through a number of celebrity spokespersons including Ben Johnson, Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, Maureen O'Hara and John Huston[5][63][64] before settling on Dennis Weaver who became their main spokesman from 1982[65] until 1996.[66] The tagline of the bank's advertising campaign during this time was "We'll Always Be There".[67]

John Wayne statue[edit]

As a tribute to their most notable celebrity spokesman, Great Western commission in 1984 a full-sized bronze statue of the actor John Wayne by noted American western-motif sculptor Harry Jackson to stand in front of their then Beverly Hills headquarters at 8484 Wilshire Boulevard.[68][69] The building was later sold after the company relocated their headquarters to Chatsworth in 1992. Magazine publisher Larry Flynt later obtained the building and statue in 1994.[70]

Naming rights and sponsors[edit]

The Forum, an indoor arena in Inglewood, California, famous as the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings, was known as the "Great Western Forum" from 1988 to 2003. This name came from Great Western S&L, which paid for the naming rights on the arena in 1988.[71] While naming rights to sports arenas and stadiums are now commonplace, such a thing was quite rare at the time of the deal. The name still remained for six years after Great Western had ceased to exist, with Washington Mutual letting the clock run on the deal without re-branding the arena as its teams departed. The 15-year naming rights contract expired in 2003, and the Great Western name was slowly removed from the arena; the last vestige, a weathered "GW" logo which painted atop the roof to attract the attention of passengers departing and arriving on planes from Los Angeles International Airport, was removed when the arena was renovated under new ownership in 2013.[citation needed][original research?]Chase Bank, the direct successor to Great Western after subsuming Washington Mutual's assets, became the sponsor of the Forum in 2014.[72]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Apodaca, Patrice (February 19, 1996). "Banking on It : Great Western Strives to Overcome Its Thrift Restrictions". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "Great Western Financial Corporation - 1959". scripophily.net. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  3. ^ "Great Western Signs Lease for Chatsworth Building". Los Angeles Times. December 8, 1985.
  4. ^ Medearis, John (October 26, 1989). "Great Western to Move Home to San Fernando Valley". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ a b Apodaca, Patrice (June 9, 1992). "S & L Happy to Be a Homebody : Great Western: Disdaining flashier investments in favor of mortgage loans has helped it amass a record net income of 8 million". Los Angeles Times. The parent of Great Western Bank, which last month moved its headquarters from Beverly Hills to Chatsworth, has long promoted an image of sturdiness and reliability. In its Western-themed television commercials, first with John Wayne, now with Dennis Weaver, Great Western has presented itself as a good old-fashioned lender, a rock of stability ready to ride to the rescue of the beleaguered consumer... And with good reason: In 1991, Great Western's net income more than doubled to a record 8 million, making it the nation's most profitable savings and loan... With .6 billion in total assets, Great Western is now the nation's second largest thrift, behind H. F. Ahmanson, the Los Angeles parent of Home Savings of America. Great Western has 1,118 retail banking, mortgage lending and consumer finance offices in 31 states, and is among the largest financial institutions in both California and Florida... But while Great Western certainly looks good compared to the rest of the thrift industry, it didn't totally escape the mistakes of the past decade...With Great Western remaining on relatively firm ground, the thrift has had lots to brag about lately in its TV commercials. But financial stability is a theme that Great Western has used since the first John Wayne spots were aired in the mid-1970s.
  6. ^ Kraul, Chris (September 14, 1993). "Great Western to Sell Credit Card Operation to Ford Unit : Thrifts: Its 178,000 Visa accounts are too few to produce enough profit, the company says. The deal will result in 80 layoffs". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Lee, Don (January 21, 1994). "EARTHQUAKE: THE LONG ROAD BACK : Valley Firms Struggle to Resume Operations : Aftermath: With quake cleanup under way, Packard Bell's plans to relocate out of state are put on hold". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Stavro, Barry (December 3, 1996). "Great Western Announces Sweeping Plan to Cut Costs: Thrifts: Moves include laying off 800 employees and selling delinquent mortgages to bring expenses into line". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Crestar Is Purchasing Student Loan Business". New York Times. November 28, 1996.
  10. ^ "Crestar to Buy Great Western Portfolio". Los Angeles Times. November 28, 1996.
  11. ^ "Great Western Financial to Buy S&L in California". Wall Street Journal. January 20, 1982. p. 12. Great Western Financial Corp. said it agreed to acquire Northern California Savings & Loan Association for about million in Great Western common stock... Northern California Savings, which is based in Palo Alto, has assets of about billion. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  12. ^ Byron, Doris A. (January 20, 1982). "Great Western Plans to Acquire Big S&L in Northern California". Los Angeles Times. p. OC_C1. Great Western Savings & Loan Assn. has reached an agreement to acquire one of Northern California's largest savings and loan associations for stock worth more than million, the firms said Tuesday. The merger with Palo Alto-based Northern California Savings & Loan Assn. will give Beverly Hills-based Great Western .6 billion in assets, second-highest in the nation. It also will give Great Western 183 offices, more than any other Callfornia S&L. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  13. ^ "Great Western Financial". Wall Street Journal. August 3, 1982. p. 10. Great Western Financial Corp. said it completed its acquisition of Northern California Savings & Loan Association which will be operated as part of Great Western Financial's Great Western Savings unit. Acquisition of Northern California Savings adds 61 offices to Great Western's operations, bringing its number of branches to 190. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  14. ^ "HomeFed's Branch Sale". New York Times. 1993-12-04. Retrieved 2008-09-27.
  15. ^ Kraul, Chris & Rosenblatt, Robert A. (December 1, 1993). "Great Western Expected to Buy Most of Homefed". Los Angeles Times.
  16. ^ "American Savings agreed to buy 13 more offices". Los Angeles Times. October 4, 1986. The large savings and loan said it will acquire the 13 branch offices, which are located in Northern California, as well as deposits of about 0 million from Great Western Savings. The total deposits being sold also include accounts at two additional Great Western branch offices in Paradise and Yuba City, Calif., both of which will be closed, a Great Western spokesman said.
  17. ^ "Unit of Financial Corp. Of America to Acquire More Offices, Deposits". Wall Street Journal. October 6, 1986. p. 1. Financial Corp. of America said its thrift unit reached a tentative agreement with Great Western Savings to acquire the deposits and offices of 13 Great Western savings branches and the deposits of two additional branches. Terms weren't disclosed. The company said, however, that the transaction would increase deposits at the unit, American Savings & Loan Association, about 0 million. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  18. ^ Granelli, James S. & Bates, James (March 9, 1991). "Great Western Acquires Failed Lincoln S&L". Los Angeles Times.
  19. ^ Richard W. Stevenson, Special to The New York Times (March 9, 1991). "Acquisition Of Lincoln's Branches Set". New York Times.
  20. ^ "Banking". Los Angeles Times. November 23, 1991.
  21. ^ "Great Western Completes Republic Assets Purchase". Los Angeles Times. March 24, 1992.
  22. ^ "Banking & Finance". Los Angeles Times. June 21, 1994. Last week, the Citicorp unit said it will sell the deposits of six San Diego County branches to Great Western Bank.
  23. ^ Edwards, John G. (February 18, 1986). "Chase Buys S&l To Enter Florida Market". Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. In a separate development, Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Great Western Savings paid .9 million for Intercapital Savings Bank of Jacksonville Beach and will open the thrift under its management today. Intercapital Savings is the first out-of-state S&L to be acquired by Great Western, the third largest S&L in the country.
  24. ^ "Great Western Buys Failed S&L's Deposits To Expand to Florida". Wall Street Journal. February 18, 1986. p. 1. Great Western Savings, a unit of the holding company, acquired million in insured deposits of Intercapital Savings Bank, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., from regulators for .9 million... Great Western Savings will operate the Florida thrift as a branch, the holding company said. The Bank Board allows thrifts to expand outside their home states by acquiring troubled thrifts. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  25. ^ Furlong, Tom (February 15, 1986). "Great Western Acquires Failed S&L in Florida". Los Angeles Times. p. 1. Great Western Savings, marking its first retail branch expansion outside California, Friday acquired the deposits of a failed savings and loan in northern Florida for .9 million. Great Western said it agreed to assume an estimated million in insured deposits from Intercapital Savings Bank, a one-office S&L in Jacksonville Beach. The Florida financial institution was seized by savings and loan regulators Friday afternoon. The acquisition gives Beverly Hills-based Great Western, one of the nation's largest savings and loans, a beachhead in the lucrative Florida retall banking market that it will use to open "dozens" of branches throughout the state, a Great Western spokesman said... Savings and loans are allowed to open retail branches in other states only when they agree to take over failed institutions in those states. Several of California's largest savings and loan companies already have extensive branch operations in Florida. The Federal Savings & Loan Insurance Corp. was installed as receiver for the nearly million in assets of Intercapital Savings, which was declared insolvent because of "unsafe and unsound" business practices, regulators said. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  26. ^ "Savings Unit Deal". New York Times. August 27, 1986.
  27. ^ "Great Western Subsidiary To Buy 4 Thrifts in Florida". Wall Street Journal. August 27, 1986. p. 1. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  28. ^ "Great Western Financial Corp. plans to buy..." Orlando Sentinel. September 15, 1986.
  29. ^ "California S&L Plans To Buy Florida Thrift". Wall Street Journal. September 9, 1986. p. 1. Great Western Financial Corp. said it signed a letter of intent to buy Southern Home Savings Bank, Pensacola, Fla., for about million in Great Western stock. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  30. ^ Edwards, John G. (December 16, 1986). "California Thrift Seeks Sunpoint". Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. Great Western Savings, a billion-asset thrift based in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday announced plans for its biggest acquisition yet in Florida, SunPoint Savings Bank of Lake Worth. SunPoint Savings, a 49-year-old institution formerly known as First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lake Worth, has 0 million in assets and 18 branches in Palm Beach, Broward, St. Lucie and Martin counties.
  31. ^ "Great Western Acquires Bank". Wall Street Journal. July 1, 1987. p. 1. Great Western Financial Corp. said its Great Western Bank unit completed the acquisition of SunPoint Savings Bank, Lake Worth, Fla., and is converting SunPoint's 18 branches into offices of Great Western Bank. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  32. ^ Brooks, Nancy Rivera (July 18, 1989). "Great Western Buys 63 Florida Branches of CenTrust Bank". Los Angeles Times.
  33. ^ Kelley, Lane (February 3, 1990). "U.S. Regulators Seize Troubled Centrust Bank". Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
  34. ^ Talley, Jim (June 30, 1990). "Great Western Buys Centrust". Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
  35. ^ a b Bates, James (June 30, 1990). "Great Western Deal for Florida S&L Is Biggest U.S. Bailout". Los Angeles Times.
  36. ^ "Great Western Buys Branches". New York Times. June 19, 1990. The Great Western Financial Corporation, parent company of the Great Western Bank, said today that it had agreed to acquire 13 branches and 0 million in deposits from Carteret Savings Bank in Florida... Carteret, a New Jersey savings and loan company owned by the Ambase Corporation, will retain 10 Florida branches.
  37. ^ Talley, Jim (June 19, 1990). "Carteret To Sell Off 13 Offices Great Western Deal Set At .5 Million". Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. Great Western Financial said on Monday that its thrift subsidiary will pay .5 million to Carteret Savings for 0 million in deposits and 13 branch offices Carteret has in South Florida. The transaction removes Carteret, based in Morristown, N.J., from the hot Palm Beach County financial market and bolsters Great Western`s position in that county and in Florida... Great Western plans to close four of the Carteret branches in Palm Beach County... After the transaction, Carteret still will have 11 retail offices in Florida.
  38. ^ "Business Brief -- Great Western Financial Corp.: Bank Completes Acquisition Of Carteret Deposits, Offices". Wall Street Journal. October 10, 1990. Great Western Bank of Beverly Hills, the principal unit of Great Western Financial Corp., said it completed its acquisition of the deposits and certain Florida offices of Carteret Savings Bank. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  39. ^ Gilpin, Kenneth N. (December 5, 1992). "Regulators Seize Carteret Savings". New York Times.
  40. ^ Stevenson, Richard W. (June 30, 1990). "U.S. Sells Centrust for Million". New York Times.
  41. ^ "Largest S&L in New Jersey Dismantled". Los Angeles Times. September 23, 1990.
  42. ^ Kuhn, Brad (March 2, 1991). "Great Western Takes Over Pioneer Bank". Orlando Sentinel. California's Great Western Bank continued its Florida shopping spree Friday by snapping up the 33 offices of failed Pioneer Savings Bank for .25 million - its fifth Florida purchase in eight months.
  43. ^ Levy, Adam S. (March 2, 1991). "Great Western acquires Pioneer". Tampa Tribune. p. 1. Great Western Bank acquired insolvent Pioneer Federal Savings Bank from federal regulators after submitting the sole bid for the Clearwater-based thrift. Great Western, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., paid .25 million for more than 0 million in deposits and 33 branches - "a steal," analysts said. In the process, Great Western steps up its presence in the battle for dominance in Florida. Great Western, the state's sixth-largest financial institution and the largest thrift, now has billion in assets and 149 branches in the state.
  44. ^ Kuhn, Brad (October 11, 1991). "Great Western To Take Over Orlando's Oldest Savings And Loan". Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. Great Western Bank, the giant California savings and loan that has adopted Florida as a second home, will take over The First F.A. as soon as today, people familiar with the deal said on Thursday.
  45. ^ Kuhn, Brad (October 12, 1991). "Feds Take Over, Sell The First F.A.: Great Western Pays Million For Orlando's Largest S&l". Orlando Sentinel.
  46. ^ Talley, Jim (March 21, 1992). "Government Sells Rest Of Amerifirst To Great Western". Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.
  47. ^ Bates, James (March 21, 1992). "Great Western Bargains for Another Florida Thrift". Los Angeles Times.
  48. ^ Myers, David W. (August 16, 1994). "Great Western Sells Branches in W. Florida : Banking: It's giving up operations in that part of the Sunshine State to focus its efforts elsewhere". Los Angeles Times.
  49. ^ "Great Western Financial to Acquire Arizona S&L". Los Angeles Times. June 10, 1987.
  50. ^ "Merger Completed". Arizona Republic. January 28, 1988. p. 25 – via Newspapers.com. Great Western Financial Corp. of Beverly Hills, Calif., has completed the merger of First Commercial Savings and Loan Association of Phoenix into Great Western Bank. The price was million in cash.
  51. ^ "Great Western Financial Accord". New York Times. July 29, 1987. The Great Western Financial Corporation said it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire for million, or .80 in cash or stock, the Great Western Savings Bank of Bellevue, Wash., which has 19 branches and assets of 0 million.
  52. ^ "Great Western Financial to Acquire Thrift in Northwest". Wall Street Journal. July 29, 1987. p. 1. Great Western Financial Corp. said it agreed to acquire Great Western Savings Bank of Bellevue, Wash., in a transaction valued at about .3 million. Great Western Financial, parent of the nation's third-largest thrift, said the acquisition would allow it to enter the Pacific Northwest market. Great Western Savings operates 19 branches and five loan offices in Washington. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  53. ^ "Briefly". Los Angeles Times. February 27, 1988. p. 2. Great Western Financial Corp. of Beverly Hills announced it has completed the acquisition of Great Western Savings Bank of Bellevue, Wash., marking Great Western Financial's entry into the Pacific Northwest. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  54. ^ "Great Western to Sell Spokane Units". Los Angeles Times. July 3, 1989. Great Western Financial Corp. of Beverly Hills said today that its Great Western Bank of Bellevue, Wash., signed a preliminary agreement under which it will sell its six Spokane retail banking branches to Washington Trust Bank of Spokane. Terms were not disclosed.
  55. ^ "Banking & Finance". Los Angeles Times. September 9, 1992. Great Western, Pacific First Bank to Swap Some Branches: Great Western Financial Corp. said it tentatively agreed to swap certain branches and assets with Seattle-based Pacific First Bank. Through the exchange, Great Western will pick up 10 Pacific First branches in Southern California plus about 5 million in deposits. Pacific First will get 14 Great Western branches in the Seattle area and 5 million in deposits.
  56. ^ "GW, Pacific First Trade Branches". Seattle Times. November 12, 1992.
  57. ^ "Business Brief -- Great Western Financial Corp.: Final Terms Are Reached On Pacific First Branch Swap". Wall Street Journal. November 13, 1992. p. B6. Great Western Financial Corp., Chatsworth, Calif., and Pacific First Bank, Seattle, struck definitive terms for a previously announced branch swap. Great Western will take over seven Pacific First branches in Southern California with 6 million in deposits. Pacific First, which is being acquired by Washington Mutual Savings Bank from Royal Trustco Ltd. of Toronto, will take over 13 Great Western branches in Washington state with deposits of 3 million. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  58. ^ "Business Brief: Great Western Financial Corp". Wall Street Journal. September 22, 1987. p. 1. Great Western Financial Corp. said its Great Western Bank unit opened a retail banking operation in White Plains, N.Y... The financial services company, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., said the New York bank would take consumer deposits and write consumer loans. The bank will not be allowed to make commercial loans. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  59. ^ Singer, Penny (July 17, 1988). "County's Savings Banks Still Profitable". New York Times.
  60. ^ Philippidis, Alex (June 16, 1997). "Chase Manhattan's White Plains building sparks cultural interest". Westchester County Business Journal. Vol. 36, no. 23. p. 9 – via ProQuest. Not set to close soon are Chase's other branches in White Plains. They are at 584 North Broadway and 1214 Mamaroneck Ave. The bank switched its White Plains flagship branch to 191 Mamaroneck Ave. because it opens onto a city-owned parking lot, allowing customers to park easily, and because it has a "commercial relationship" loan manager stationed there unlike the old flagship, Gilbert-Biro said. The new flagship branch has undergone a half-million-dollar renovation that has included a second ATM, an 11th teller position and a new bankers' "platform" for six officers. The renovation was the third for the 7,200-square-foot branch since Chemical took it over from Great Western in 1990.
  61. ^ "Great Western Savings Commercial featuring John Wayne - 1977". TELEVISIONARCHIVES. April 22, 2008. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2010-09-24 – via YouTube.
  62. ^ "Great Western Savings Commercial featuring John Wayne - 1978". TELEVISIONARCHIVES. July 6, 2009. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2010-09-24 – via YouTube.
  63. ^ Hollie, Pamela G. (October 15, 1979). "Stars Shine in Savings Ads". New York Times.
  64. ^ Horovitz, Bruce (June 12, 1990). "Advertising Must Go On, Even When the Celebrity Spokesman Can't". Los Angeles Times.
  65. ^ Cannon, Carl (June 10, 1982). "Great Western Ads to Star Dennis Weaver". Los Angeles Times. p. I1. Great Western Savings & Loan Assn. has decided to drop its "interim" advertising campaign featuring actors Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, John Huston, Maureen O'Hara and Ben Johnson. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  66. ^ Apodaca, Patrice (July 30, 1996). "Great Western to Try Horse of Different Color: Advertising: The S & L will soon trot out a campaign that does away with the cowboy image portrayed by Dennis Weaver--and John Wayne before him". Los Angeles Times.
  67. ^ Furlong, Tom (December 3, 1985). "Thrifts Split Over Advertising Approach". Los Angeles Times.
  68. ^ "John Wayne Statues". seeing-stars.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
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  70. ^ Hayden, Erik (May 15, 2013). "Larry Flynt Sells Hustler HQ Building for Million". The Hollywood Reporter.
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  72. ^ Kudler, Adrian Glick (January 15, 2014). "Come Tour The Renovated And Revitalized Inglewood Forum". Curbed LA.
19-04-2019

Great Western Bank Checking BonusGreat Western Bank is offering customers a chance to receive a  Bonus through September 29, 2019 when you open a new Checking Account and meet all the requirements.

To get started, you will need to post 20 debit card purchases to your account within the first 60 days of account opening. After that, you need to sign up for Online Statements or setup a recurring direct deposit of at least 0. Once you have completed all of the requirements, your bonus will be awarded to you between the 61st day and 70th day the account is open. If you are interested and qualify, make sure to take advantage of this offer and sign up today!

Once all the requirements are met, you will have access to a range of features to better your banking experience. If you are interested, be sure to check out this promotion as well as other banks such as HSBC Bank, Chase Bank, Huntington Bank, Discover Bank, TD Bank, BBVA Compass Bank or CIT Bank.

Credit goes to Dorianne for letting us know about this bank promotion. If you’d like to participate in our Rewards Program, simply contact us when you find a new bank promotion and get paid up to !

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Great Western Bank Account Information

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  • Great Western Bank Bonus PDF Printout
  • Account Type: Free Checking, VIP Free Interest Checking, 50 Free Interest Checking, Performance Checking
  • Availability: AZ, CO, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND & SD (Bank Locator)
  • Expiration Date: 09/29/2019
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  • Opening Deposit: minimum
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  • Direct Deposit Requirement: Optional
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  • Additional Requirements: See Below
  • Household Limit: None listed.
  • Closing Account Fee: None Listed

What Triggers Direct Deposit? Alternative Methods

Many bank bonuses require you to make real direct deposit from your job to receive the sign up bonus. However, switching to your real paycheck can be frustrating and time consuming. You can find alternative methods below which many readers have reported to trigger direct deposit to receive the sign up bonus.

Simply set up ACH transfers from these institutions to trigger direct deposit. Again, Your Mileage May Vary(YMMV). Please help us with your experience if you find a different method or to confirm a current method for direct deposit in the comments section below.

How To Earn Great Western Bank Bonus

  1. Visit a Great Western Bank and open a qualifying Checking Account by September 29, 2019.
  2. Then post 20 debit card purchases to your account
  3. Sign up for Online Statements or set up a recurring direct deposit of at least 0 into your new account within 60 days of account opening.
  4. Once you have completed the requirements, the bonus will be deposited into your account.

How To Avoid Monthly Fees

  • Free Checking: No monthly fees.
  • VIP Free Interest Checking: No monthly fees.
  • 50 Free Interest Checking: No monthly fees.
  • Performance Checking: Maintain a minimum balance of
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Bottom Line

This offer from Great Western Bank is a great option for anyone in need of a new checking account. You can sign up for a Free Checking account and enjoy no minimum balances or monthly fees. Hurry and sign up for a new account by September 29, 2019 to qualify!

Those with banking experience from Great Western Bank, let us know if it’s a hard pull or soft pull and if you can fund your account with a credit card by commenting below. We appreciate your feedback to make this site even better! For more bank offers, see the complete list of Bank Promotions!

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11-07-2019

Great Western Bank Review: Best Account for You

Great Western Bank is a business focused financial institution that offers a wide variety of account options. To find out if Great Western Bank is right for you, continue reading the review below.

If you happen to be a small business owner, then perhaps the Premier Business Checking account may interest you.

Great Western Bank also offers agribusiness banking, which is something unique to this bank while still having the standard options that other brick and mortar banks do.

Checking Account Options

Great Western Bank has a decent variety of checking accounts that comes with different benefits. Be sure to read through all the details before applying to any account.

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Savings Account Options

Great Western Bank only has one savings account, called “Basic Savings Account” but it is very easy to maintain.

You will need at least as an opening deposit, but there are no monthly fees nor minimum balance requirements to worry about afterwards!

This account earns tiered interest rates so interest is earned based on your balance amount.

For more information, you can contact your local Great Western Bank branch for actual rates.

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CD Account Options

Great Western Bank has two main CD terms and they both earn a fixed APY.

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Agribusiness Banking 

Great Western Bank offers agribusiness banking for those who want to invest in agricultural means. To find out more information about agribusiness banking, click here.

Reasons to Bank with Great Western Bank

  • They have a good variety of checking accounts.
  • If you are a business owner or business person, the Premier Business Checking account is ideal and earns competitive interest rates.
  • They have a senior citizens checking account that earns interest.
  • Their opening deposit requirements are low.
  • They have agribusiness banking for those who particularly want to invest in agricultural purposes.
  • Their CDs actually earns a pretty high APY.
  • If you live anywhere around the Midwest and Southwest, you will probably find a Great Western Bank near you.

Reasons Not to Bank with Great Western Bank

  • There are only locations in 9 states: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
  • They only have one type of savings account and very little benefits for it. They lack variety in their savings.
  • The senior citizen checking account isn’t free to open whereas other banks have free senior checking accounts.
  • There’s no youth savings account for young adolescents who might want to start their own business.

Great Western Bank Routing Number

Great Western Bank’s routing number is 091408734.

Contact Customer Service

You can reach Great Western Bank’s customer service at 1-800-952-2043.

A customer representative will be available to speak to you at these hours:

  • Monday – Friday at 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Saturday at 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST

How Great Western Bank Compares

  • Chase Bank: Chase is one of the biggest banks in the U.S and offers just about almost everything. Compared to its other competitors, Chase offers much more checking account options.
  • Huntington Bank: Huntington offers a variety of account options to choose from. Right now, Huntington is offering bonuses when you sign up for select checking accounts, including business ones!
  • Wells Fargo: Located throughout the US with over 5,800 branches and 13,000 ATMs. They offer a variety of deposits accounts, including accounts for teens and customers who need a second chance.
  • Bank of America: As one of the larger banks in the U.S. Many may choose BoA for the convenience of locations through out 35 states. However, BoA offers limited account options.

Bottom Line 

Overall, Great Western Bank advertises itself to small businesses and prolonged business owners, especially those 50 years old and older.

They offer a separate senior citizen checking account and consistently encourages older business workers to bank with them. The most ideal would be to invest in a CD for your agribusiness needs as it offers a competitive APY.

However, keep in mind that when you look for a checking or savings account be sure to look into all the fees charged. Don’t focus on the interest rate alone, but on what the account will cost you overall.

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