Our focus on people first, always, means our decisions are driven by what matters to employees, clients, communities, and stakeholders. When we keep community at the heart of everything we do, our governance policies and environmental choices follow.
During a year hallmarked by continued change and uncertainty, First Interstate Bank remained a source of strength and stability for our employees, our clients, our communities, and our shareholders. Our strength and stability transcend our financials — they touch how we support people, how we treat the environment, and how we operate with integrity. And they stem from our core values, which serve as our moral compass to ensure First Interstate never loses sight of our vision — to be the most relevant, everyday experience our clients have with their money.
With the soul of a community bank, First Interstate responds to the needs of our clients and markets by continuously evolving to meet people where they are and with what they need. After all, our strength and stability depend on clients and communities that are well-equipped to thrive; it is a symbiotic relationship.
Internally, we seek to put the right elements in place to ensure sustainable, long-term success for all First Interstate stakeholders. We have increased our attention to environmental impacts, with an eye toward better preserving the regions we call home. We have stepped up to help our clients navigate continued uncertainty, offering philanthropic and financial support when and where it’s needed most.
Because we are doing these things right at a foundational level, our franchise is well-positioned to take advantage of continued opportunities for strategic growth.
It’s an exciting time at First Interstate, as we completed our acquisition of Great Western Bank in February 2022. This merger of two community-focused banks expands First Interstate’s footprint from six to fourteen states, providing all our clients with access to leading products and personal service at more than 300 locations. This monumental step in our evolution was announced in concert with a $21.5 million gift to the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, a gift that enables us to deploy meaningful and relevant assistance to our new markets. As we work to integrate First Interstate’s newest team members, we will continue our tradition of leveraging local knowledge to identify how we can best partner with our communities to be a trusted source of strength and stability.
As we look ahead, First Interstate is poised to embrace vibrant new markets and extend our positive impact to more communities around the U.S. Our growth has been no accident, and we remain steadfast in the Mission, Vision, and Values that have brought us to today — they are evergreen and will carry us, with confidence, into tomorrow.
Kevin P. Riley
President & CEO
First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.
Everything First Interstate does begins with our greatest asset: our employees. Before we can take care of our clients and communities, we need to take care of our people.
First Interstate’s employees, clients, and community members are drawn to our great outdoors, and we have a vested interest in preserving and protecting the places we enjoy.
At First Interstate, the tone of governance is established at the top, and it begins — and ends — with our core Mission, Vision, and Values. Every decision is made with these principles at the center.