Bank of the West – Employee Resource Group

veterans resource group

Our Vision Cultivate a culture that is committed to supporting, honoring and celebrating our military service members, past and present, to be all they can be.

Our Mission Engage and empower our military service members, veterans, and their families through networking, education and community service.

Michael Pereira, EVP - Head of Personal Finance Division

Executive Sponsor Michael Pereira "Helping support veterans, active military members and their families, is an important endeavor and one that I am honored to have a part in through my sponsorship of the VETS RG. My father has been a career officer with the Indian Air Force and I have been actively involved with military life over the years. I am very much looking forward to working with the members of this group."

Shannon Smith, SVP – Head of Enterprise Portfolio Delivery Services

As an Executive Sponsor of the Veterans Resource Group at Bank of the West, Shannon Smith is humbled to be able to give back to a community that serves our country. “My father was a Navy veteran who served during Vietnam, my grandfather was a WWII Army veteran, and my great-granddad served in WWI. For his entire life, my dad reflected on his time in the Navy as the best years he had; he was very proud of the fact that he was able to serve his country. I’m so grateful to be able to honor my family’s memories by supporting, elevating, and sponsoring the veterans at Bank of the West.”

Silvia Espinoza, Officer - Operations Supervisor

Chair Silvia Espinoza served in the US Navy during the 2000's. She was stationed on the USS Nimitz maintaining, troubleshooting and running 10 weapons elevators while onboard the carrier. Having served 4 years active duty as an Aviation Ordnanceman and then transitioning into the civilian world, she knows the difficulties service members can face when re-joining the civilian workforce. "I am very excited to be a part of a group that can help veterans inside and outside the bank and hope to make a positive impact on the veteran community."

Christen Frank, Leadership Talent & Mobility Analyst, VP

Co-chair Christen Frank is the daughter of a Marine and is married to an Air Force brat, Christen is passionate about the needs of military families. "I am eager to use my passion and past experiences to serve the VETS RG in their mission to recognize, support and honor military service members, veterans and their families."


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