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Our History

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Mission Bank proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary in October, 2018. Click here to scroll through a fun timeline showing our key milestones, along with what was happening in the world around us during those 20 years, and let us share a little of our history...


Our Story

Mission Bank opened its doors for business on October 7, 1998.

We began serving customers in the greater Bakersfield area, with a focus on meeting the banking needs of local businesses. Under the guidance of our knowledgeable board of directors and the direction of Richard Fanucchi, our CEO and bank president, Mission Bank put down strong roots in the community. Our official vision was "To become the business community's bank of choice in Kern County".

As time passed, our vision took us to nearby Shafter, where we opened an office in 2006. Many of our customers are agricultural enterprises, in addition to all types of business customers. Our variety of loans and banking services are tailored to meet the needs of most businesses. Mission Bank is proud to be the only locally-owned bank serving customers in the Shafter/Wasco area.

Mission Bank’s solid financial position allowed us to weather the financial crisis of 2008-2009 with positive earnings and without any government assistance. While many local banks struggled or closed, Mission Bank grew.

In 2011, with a focus toward the bank’s future and with Mr. Fanucchi’s retirement on the horizon, A.J. Antongiovanni was appointed president of Mission Bank.

New opportunity for growth presented itself in 2012 and Mission Bank merged with Mojave Desert Bank, further expanding our presence to the high desert area of Kern County, as well as into the Lancaster/Palmdale area. Our focus during the merger was One Bank, One Team, One Mission, and we successfully integrated team members and customers.

Under Mr. Antongiovanni’s leadership as CEO and president, we’ve expanded and grown. We opened our Riverwalk office in southwest Bakersfield. New Ag and SBA Divisions were formed to better serve our customer base, and we achieved Preferred Lender status with the SBA. We've also moved into other areas of California. Now you can bank with us at our coastal offices in Ventura and San Luis Obispo, or our location in Stockton.

None of these achievements could have been accomplished without our customers. We’d like to thank each of you for your loyalty and your business.

As we move into the future, we look forward to enhancing our existing relationships and developing new ones, both in our current markets and into new areas as opportunities arise. Our guiding values have been, and will continue to be, Integrity, Drive, Ownership and Collaboration. Mission Bank’s core purpose is to fuel and grow vibrant and prosperous communities. Join us as we see what the future brings!

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