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Spotlight on CFO Brian Ruisinger

Rocking the Numbers

Numbers have always been a friend to Brian Ruisinger. A math whiz, the financial industry seemed a natural career path for Brian, Republic Bank of Arizona’s Chief Financial Officer. “The financial industry sort of found me,” said Brian. While taking a difficult accounting exam designed to cultivate the cream of the mathematical crop, Brian nearly aced it getting just one wrong answer. “I just thought, maybe this is what I’m supposed to do.”

His first “career job” was working for Peat Marwick, (now KPMG) one of the largest accounting firms in the country. His job … conducting community bank audits. The rest is history as they say.   Brian joined RBAZ in 2018 as executive vice president and CFO, bringing a rich background in both the banking and accounting industries having held several positions in these areas throughout his career.

 Anxious to Contribute

Having followed the Bank’s progress over the years, Brian pointed to a number of positives that solidified his decision to join Republic Bank of Arizona in 2018, including the Bank’s move to a state charter, its team of professional bankers, its financial health, committed Board and its move to a new, updated office location.

“I’m excited to be part of the growing team at Republic Bank of Arizona,” said Brian. “As an Arizona-based community business bank, we have a great opportunity to support the financial needs of local businesses. I look forward to doing my part to contribute to the continued success of the Bank and the customers we serve.”

Prior to joining the Bank, Brian was president and CEO of Grand Canyon Bank (proposed). He has held similar executive positions with community banks in Arizona, as well as positions as Chief Accounting Officer, COO, Controller and CFO at larger regional banks and other organizations throughout his extensive career.

“In addition to his leadership skills and accounting experience, Brian thoroughly understands the community banking climate and the importance of our local business market,” said CEO Ralph Tapscott.

His Top 3

Brian’s list of top three accomplishments is an interesting one:

  • Passing the CPA exam while working at the same time.
  • Passing that Accounting exam with just one wrong answer.
  • Winning a free-throw shooting contest at the Elks Club … who knew?

Ruisinger previously served on the Board of the Arizona Bankers Association and maintains active support for the Arizona Humane Society and the University of Nebraska Foundation and Alumni Association. Brian and his wife Linda have two cats that get a lot of attention. When not working, Brian enjoys all things sports … playing and watching.

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Spotlight on Banker Todd Grady

Todd Grady Stats

Years at RBAZ: 1.5

Years in Banking: 26

Education: Bachelor’s in Business Finance, University of Phoenix

First Career Job: 1992, Valley National Bank

Interests: Sports of all kinds, watching and doing what I can to remain active in sports

Personal Note: Met wife Tina while working at Compass Bank

Work is Never Done 

The work is never done concept is something that Portfolio Manager Todd Grady understood early in life and he is just fine with that. Growing up in Phoenix, Todd woke up each morning to deliver more than 100 newspapers (rain or shine) for two years, starting at the age of 11. He understood that the early morning job he accepted at a young age would build a solid foundation for a strong worth ethic.

Fast forward to today; working at Republic Bank of Arizona (RBAZ), Todd brings a positive work attitude along with that strong work ethic to support his role as portfolio manager and underwriter for RBAZ.  

Todd has advanced over the course of his 26-year banking career from his first assignment in banking in the retail branch banking system. A business major with emphasis in finance, Todd’s banking career has been wide and varied.  “There isn’t much I haven’t done,” says Todd, and he is willing to share his experience and knowledge with anyone on his team that could use a hand at RBAZ. 

The journey did not end in the retail banking sector. Todd later moved into commercial operations, which was just a start toward building a solid treasury management background along with gaining the building blocks and exposure to expand into the commercial and business banking lending. The road journeyed has been very fulfilling for Todd and has given him the skills needed to be a strong team player for RBAZ.  

Growing Together

Today Todd continues to grow with RBAZ.  The work in the area of portfolio management and underwriting allows him the opportunity to work very closely with all areas of the bank to understand the customer need and support the Bank as RBAZ continues to grow. “I enjoy the small business banking environment and assisting small to mid-sized businesses grow,” said Todd.

“Here at Republic Bank of Arizona, I’m entrenched in all aspects of a loan deal.  It is great fun working with the other bankers, lending support staff and frontline staff that work very hard every day to make banking with RBAZ the best it can be.”  With the support from senior management and the good people he works with, Todd continues to be inspired to pass along any assistance he can give to others. 

“Todd is the quintessential team player,” said Amy Lou Blunt, RBAZ’s chief credit officer. “He has a long tenure in banking and brings a very diverse background in treasury management and credit.  He also has a great sense of humor, which we very much value.”  

Making an Impact

Todd has a long history of community involvement including roles of chair or co-chair for local non-profit agencies, supporting the local United Way in various ways, and donating personal time assist local non-profit agencies when extra hands are needed.  His commitment to helping others in almost every aspect of his life makes him an ideal fit for Republic Bank of Arizona’s team of dedicated and community-minded bankers.

 

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