About Us

Strategic Growth Bancorp and Sunflower Financial Announce Merger of Equals
The transaction will involve a merger of the holding companies and the banking entities, First National Bank of Santa Fe, Sunflower Bank, and Capital Bank, as well as Guardian Mortgage Company. Learn more>

The First National Story
First National Bank of Santa Fe is comprised of First National Denver, First National Santa Fe, and First National Rio Grande. While we operate under different brand names in different communities, we are one FDIC insured bank.  As the first bank in the Southwest, our charter represents a rich heritage of community commitment and financial strength and stability dating back to 1870.

Our Business Strategy
For business leaders, entrepreneurs and individuals seeking a personalized banking experience, First National is committed to helping you thrive with the ideal combination of scale and a personalized, collaborative approach—providing trusted, expert financial solutions. Rooted in the communities we serve, our approach is focused on your personal and business success to empower economic stability and growth.

We offer abroad range of superior Commercial Lending solutions, state-of-the-art Treasury Management services and the highest caliber Private Banking and Wealth Management offerings. With local expertise and local decision making, we cater to the business and community leaders in each of the markets we serve.

Our Size and Footprint
We operate through 19 branch locations in Colorado and New Mexico, throughout a corridor of economic growth that is critical to the success and future of the Southwest. We also offer a robust suite of online and electronic banking solutions.

Committed and Successful Ownership and Management
We are part of Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated, a bank holding company that is building a leading community bank enterprise in the Southwestern United States, which also includes Capital Bank, headquartered in El Paso, Texas. Our commitment is to invest in the communities we serve with the most talented people, world-class technology, outstanding customer service, and local decision making. 


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Our Board of Directors

Carl Alongi
Retired Managing Partner, Pulakos & Alongi
Senior Consultant, REDW, LLC

Perry O. Barber
Managing Director and General Counsel, Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated

Joe Blake
Chancellor Emeritus, Colorado State University System

Doug Brown
Dean Emeritus, University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management

Garrey Carruthers
President, New Mexico State University

Linda Childears
President & Chief Executive Officer, The Daniels Fund

Michelle Coons
President, First National Rio Grande & First National Santa Fe

Richard Cupp
Retired Commercial Bank CEO

Beth Moise, Ph.D.
Owner and President, Beth Moise International, LLC
Former Senior Vice President, British Telecom

William D. Sanders
Chairman, Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated

William P. Sanders
Chairman, President and CEO, First National Bank of Santa Fe
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated

Edward Tinsley
Owner, Tinsley Hospitality Group, LLC