Tell Your Story: Bank of Utah

You’ve likely heard of the Browning family as crafters of the famed Browning firearms. But there’s another side to the Browning story, one in which Frank M. Browning started Bank of Utah in 1952: Back in the day, skilled gunsmiths were asked to fix automobiles. Frank worked closely with his father, John E. Browning, in the gun shop and also repairing cars. Frank’s interest in vehicles led him to open two car dealerships in Ogden, where he soon saw the need to offer vehicle financing to customers. He started Bank of Utah with just 16 employees and under $1 million in assets.

Today, Bank of Utah manages $1.8 billion in assets and employs 380 community members. The bank offers business and personal banking, mortgage and commercial lending, and trust and investment services. Bank employees own 10 percent of the business, while the remainder has stayed primarily with the Browning family.

Board of Directors Vice Chairman, Ben Browning, speaks highly of the bank’s philosophy on community: “We work to strengthen the communities we serve, for our customers and our employees, so they have a great place to live and work,” he says. “When our communities thrive, the bank thrives.”

As a community bank, Bank of Utah is dedicated to helping nonprofits and community organizations. Many bank employees volunteer in local organizations. In Weber County, they currently work with United Way, Ogden School Foundation, Weber Human Services, Weber County Search and Rescue, Crossroads of the West Boy Scouts, YCC, Historic 25th Street Foundation, Children’s Justice Center, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Ogden-Weber Chamber, St. Joseph Catholic Schools, Youth Impact, Ogden Housing Authority, Greenwood Charter School, Family Promise, and Cottages of Hope.

Bank of Utah’s strong commitment to the community shows. In our readers’ poll, Bank of Utah was voted “Favorite Bank.”

Bank of Utah

(801) 399-4425 • 115 Washington Blvd. Ogden, UT 844044 • 17 full-service branches in Utah!

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