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Bank of the West’s Unique Job Perk: An Employee Tennis Tournament at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells

Indian Wells, CA

  • The We Are Tennis Cup promotes a culture of teamwork – on and off the court
  • Teams from Denver, Omaha, Irvine and San Francisco qualified for U.S. finals
  • Winning team to move on to We Are Tennis Cup finals to be held in Paris at Roland-Garros.

This week, top athletes from around the world will hit the courts at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Also present: Bank of the West employees enjoying a unique job perk – the We Are Tennis Cup, an international employee team tournament.

Over the last two months, Bank of the West employees have competed in regional We Are Tennis Cup tournaments held in Irvine, San Francisco, Omaha, and Denver. Employees of varying skill levels were placed into four-person teams of mixed gender and playing abilities. Of the original 132 players, 16 employees—four teams--will compete against the backdrop of the BNP Paribas Open, the fifth-largest tennis tournament in the world.

The employee team tournament is scheduled for March 16 in Stadium 2 at Indian Wells. The winning team will then play against global colleagues at the We Are Tennis Cup International Finals in Paris. An estimated 32 teams from around the world will convene on the legendary clay courts of Roland-Garros for the final tournament, held in conjunction with the French Open this June.

“The We Are Tennis Cup celebrates our tennis community and brings our global team culture to life in a fun and engaging way,” said Nandita Bakhshi, Chief Executive Officer, Bank of the West. “We’re thrilled our employees share a passion for tennis and look forward to seeing all finalists come together in Paris in June.” Now in its fourth year, the We Are Tennis Cup is BNP Paribas’ largest internal sporting event. More than 2,500 participants from 40 countries participated in 2018, with thousands of employees following the tournament outcome from their home countries.

The company tournament leverages the bank sponsorships with the BNP Paribas Open and the French Open for a unique employee perk. It also promotes a company culture of team work and collaboration. When employees can communicate effectively with each other and develop team strategies, they are more likely to enjoy success on—and off—the courts.

“I’ve been playing tennis for 30 years,” said John Koh, a banker in the Wealth Management Group at Bank of the West and team captain of the Southern California team heading to Indian Wells. “Win or lose, I’m happy. The opportunity to play at Indian Wells is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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The fundamental belief that a bank should have a positive impact on society drives Bank of the West. At a time when people demand more from companies, we are taking action to ensure our activities help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. That’s why we are investing where we can have a real impact: supporting energy transition, helping enable female entrepreneurs and financing innovative start-ups. As the bank for a changing world, Bank of the West is committed to sustainable finance along with our parent company BNP Paribas, which is one of the only financial organizations in the world to adopt the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through Digital Channels and offices across the U.S., Bank of the West provides financial tools and resources to more than 2 million individuals, families and businesses.

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