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Industry Articles

Bank of the West professionals are well respected in their field and many of the leading industry publications feature articles written by them.

List of articles

With Interest Rates Near Historic Lows, Does Your Church Know How To Approach A Lender? by Dan Mikes, EVP/National Manager, Bank of the West, February 2012

Churches Facing Uncommon Financial Times by Dan Mikes, EVP/National Manager, Bank of the West, April, 2011

What Is The Appropriate Level of Debt For A Church? by Marianne Berlan, VP Church Banking Analyst, Bank of the West, September, 2010

Banks ARE Lending: Why You Should Secure Financing Now. by Marianne Berlan, VP Church Banking Analyst, Bank of the West, May 2010

Buildings that Serve Ministry, Not Ministries that Serve Buildings! by Dan Mikes, EVP/National Manager, Bank of the West, February 2010

Dear Good Stewards: Please Don't Miss this Opportunity to Refinance Your Debt by Dan Mikes, NACBA Weekly, May, 2009

The Opportunity to Make Cents of Current Circumstances by Dan Mikes, Church Business Magazine, April, 2009

Pay Attention or Pay the Bank: Refinance Now! by Dan Mikes, Church Business Magazine, January, 2009

Church Loans Require Revamped Banking Relationship by Dan Mikes, Church Solutions, July, 2008

Finding a Comprehensive Solution for Your Church Banking Needs Can Pay Significant Dividends by Dan Mikes, Church Executive, June, 2008

Applying For a Loan by Dan Mikes, Church Supplies Services Inc., 2007

Your Church: When It's Time to Grow by Dan Mikes, Church & Worship Technology, 2007 

Put on Your Hard Hat, it's Time to Build by Dan Mikes, National Associate of Church Business Administration, 2007

Preparing to Borrow: A Few Things You Should Know First by Dan Mikes, Church Business Magazine, March 2006

The Future of Banking has Already Unfolded in ACH by Dan Mikes, Church Executive Magazine, March 2006 

Draw Pardner! What You Can Expect, Financially, During Construction by Dan Mikes, Church Business Magazine, March 2005 

Know the Facts When Comparing Financing Offers by Marianne Berlan, Church Business Magazine, September 2005 

Relocating Requires Careful Planning by Dan Mikes, Church Executive Magazine, July 2005 

Cash Management: A Valuable (But Unfamiliar) Stewardship Tool for Churches by Michael Becknell, Church Business Magazine, May 2005

Why Electronic Giving Makes a Lot of Sense By Mike Becknell, Church Executive Magazine June 2005 

Choose a Lender that Understands Your Business By Dan Mikes, Church Business Magazine April 2005 

Thinking Big: Planning Wisely for Your Church's Capital Expansion By Dan Mikes, Church Business Magazine December 2004 

Success of Project Financing is in the Details By Dan Mikes, Church Executive Magazine June 2004 

First Steps Before Building By Dan Mikes, Ministries Today Magazine May/June 2004 

Leave No Stone Unturned: Facility Expansion Requires Careful Planning By Dan Mikes, Church Business Magazine April 2004