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Southwest Capital Bank History

Where Relationships Matter

Take a look at the leadership history of most banks and you'll find a jumbled mess. They've been bought, sold, reorganized, and sold again - you never know who "they" are! Then compare it with the leadership history of Southwest Capital Bank, where you'll see an unbroken family tree and a history of long-term relationships.

The Bank was founded in 1890 by a group of local business leaders who managed the institution with a focus on local families. That same ownership remained in place until 1969 with Samuel D. Levenson, already a well-known business leader in the region, purchased Southwest Capital Bank. Mr. Levenson continued the same family first approach to banking expanding our commercial lending to local businesses. Robert "Bob" Levenson joined his father in the early 1970s and grew the Bank's services to include new branches and the Bank's first drive-up windows and ATMs. Greg W. Levenson began working at a very young age during his summer school vacations and joined full time in 2000. He has been the driving force behind Southwest Capital Bank ever since continuing a century's long passion for New Mexico based businesses and the families in our communities. 

The familiar, conservative leadership of the Levenson family means continuity and stability for our customers-many of whom come from families that have themselves been part of the New Mexico landscape for generations. There will certainly be changes in technology and in the economy but not in who we are or what our focus will be. Being a family bank in a place where family comes first, we know what it's like to work together, struggle together, and prosper together. We understand what it is to have a business and a family in New Mexico. 

Relationships are the foundation around which we've built Southwest Capital Bank. It is why we are proud to be the bank Where Relationships Matter!

Mission: With a relationship-based business model and a can-do entrepreneurial spirit, Southwest Capital Bank is committed to ALL of our customers and our local communities.

Vision: Southwest Capital Bank seeks to be the best bank for locally owned businesses in Albuquerque, Northern New Mexico and beyond.


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Executive Team - Chez

J. Chesley "Chez" Steel
Chief Executive Officer 

Executive Team - Elizabeth

Elizabeth Allbright
Business Banking and Commercial Loans

Executive Team - Anthony

Anthony Ortiz
Chief Financial Officer   

Executive Team - Shannon

Shannon Cox 
BSA / AML Compliance 

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 Where Relationships Matter!

Executive Team - Mark

Mark Burkhard
Special Assets 

Executive Team - Desiree

Desiree Martinez
Operations Manager, VP

Executive Team - Step

Step Dobyns 
Senior Accountant 

Executive Team - Kirsten 

Kirsten Kreinheder
Internal Auditor