Making Good in Banking and Finance

Leslie Yoest
Leslie Yoest

Mountain West helps Red Cross

Mountain West Bank has donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross, Greater Idaho Chapter, to help cover the cost of emergency operations during last summer’s Beaver Creek Fire and other disasters throughout Idaho.

In all, more than 500,000 acres across Idaho were burned by wildfires last summer. In response, the Red Cross operated three shelters simultaneously, housing nearly 80 people and serving more than 750 meals and snacks over a 12- day period.

Contributions to the Red Cross maintain a national disaster response network that includes more than 63,000 pre-identified shelter locations, resources to serve tens of thousands of daily meals and shelter 350,000 people per day and more than 320 mobile response vehicles.

Mountain West Bank has branches throughout Idaho.

Washington Federal promotes Harris

Jeff Harris, eastern Idaho division manager, has been promoted to senior vice president at Washington Federal.

Harris first joined the company as a teller in 1976. He served as a loan officer in Boise before moving to Twin Falls in 1978 and serving as the branch manager of that location. In 2005, he became the eastern Idaho division manager.

He is active in the local community and is a former board president of the Magic Valley United Way and the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former board chair of the College of Southern Idaho Foundation and Saint Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital. He has served as a board member for the Twin Falls Rotary Club, life director of the Magic Valley Builders Association and board chair of the Blue Lakes Country Club.

An Idaho native, Harris graduated from Caldwell High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of Idaho.

Washington Federal operates more than 190 offices in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. Established in 1917, the company provides residential real estate loans, commercial real estate financing, consumer deposit accounts and business banking.

Guglielmetti named VP at Cascades

Raquel (Arana) Guglielmetti is the new vice president and professional banking team leader for Bank of the Cascades in the Treasure Valley.

She has 14 years of executive leadership and banking experience and is a new member of the bank’s Idaho leadership team.

Born and raised in Idaho, Guglielmetti holds an MBA from Boise State University, where she served as an adjunct professor for the College of Business & Economics.

Her previous banking career at First Security Bank in Boise spanned 21 years, culminating as vice president of private banking.

Recently, Guglielmetti was executive vice president for Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp., a nonprofit that develops and manages multifamily affordable housing. Under her guidance, the company developed more than $125 million worth of housing, preserving and creating 1,224 apartment units in Idaho and Oregon. She received recognition from Idaho Business Review as 2009 Idaho Women of the Year and was honored in the Women’s and Children’s Alliance 2008 Tribute to Women and Industry. Her past community service includes board membership for the National Affordable Housing Management Association and chairmanship of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

She is a member of the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation and continues to promote affordable housing in Idaho.

Wells Fargo workers build bikes for kids

Eight young members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County recently received bicycles specially built for them by Wells Fargo Bank employees.

The event was part of the bank’s corporate team-building activity and concluded with a surprise appearance by the young club members, who each received a bike.

More than 30 Wells Fargo Bank employees participated in the event.

Todd Cooper, Wells Fargo business manager, serves on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County.

The Ada County clubs serve more than 4,000 children and teens, providing a wide variety of youth development programs conducted by trained, professional staff.

Yoest to lead Zions women’s group

Leslie Yoest has joined Zions Bank as a vice president and commercial relationship manager to lead the Women’s Financial Group throughout Idaho.

Through the Women’s Financial Group, Zions Bank has been a top Small Business Administration lender to women and minorities. In her new role, Yoest will provide resources and support to female clients to help meet their personal and business financial goals.

She brings 20 years of banking experience to the position, most recently with Key Bank, where she was responsible for opening the Eagle branch in 2011. Prior to that, she was a business development officer with Banner Bank and a branch manager for Home Federal.

Yoest is a member of the board of directors of Camp River Run and is a LEAP representative for the United Way.

She is a recipient of the 2012 Tribute to Women and Industry Award and was previously president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.