Designed to meet financial needs unique to the military, the products were developed by retired Air Force reservist Brian Garrett, who spent the last 18 years of his military career at Hill Air Force Base Northern Utah and who now serves as director of Zions Bank’s Military Relations.
“We launched our new Military Banking products, outreach efforts and internal employee support for military members and their families as a way to give back to the brave men and women who have given so much to our country,” Garrett said.
As a courtesy to armed forces members, Zions Bank also waives the ATM fees for deployed military personnel. Both the ATM front-end fee, which is charged by the other bank, and the back-end fee charged by Zions are waived. Additionally, the bank offers direct phone lines to military banking specialists at 888-673-3380 and military lending information 800-510-4598.
As part of its outreach efforts, Zions Bank is supporting events that help raise money for quality-of-life programs such as the Utah National Guard Trust and the Hill Air Force Base spouses’ funds. The bank is also a major sponsor of the Utah National Guard’s 55th Annual Veterans Day Concert at the Huntsman Center on Nov. 11, where Terry Schow, executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs, will receive the Veteran’s Service Award presented by Zions Bank in recognition for his dedication to improving the quality of life for veterans.
In 2009, Zions Bank entered into a formal agreement with the Army Reserve to support its Employer Partnership Initiative. In September, the bank partnered with Salt Lake County and the Army Reserve in signing the county’s Community Covenant, a nationwide program designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the armed forces to improve quality of life for military members and their families. Zions Bank was recently named a veteran-friendly business by the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs.
Zions Bank is Utah’s oldest financial institution and is the only local bank with a statewide distribution of branches, operating 105 full-service offices. Zions Bank also operates 26 full-service branches in Idaho. In addition to offering a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions Bank is also a leader in small business lending and has ranked as the No. 1 lender of U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loans in Utah for the past 17 consecutive years. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of Utah for 135 years. Additional information is available at www.zionsbank.com