"So much about being successful in business is based on forming the right partnerships," said Roger Leitner, president of Fidelity Information Services' Enterprise Banking Systems division. "Westamerica ranks among the most profitable banks in America, and it is a pleasure to do business with the organization. Fidelity will continue to work as a partner with Westamerica to ensure its sales and service tools are top-of-the-line."
Westamerica utilizes Fidelity's complete suite of core account processing applications, including systems for direct deposit, customer information, commercial loans, real estate, financial management, account payable, installment credit, item reconciliation, customer service management and online collections.
A total of 35 Fidelity employees manage the Westamerica data center operations, providing mainframe and client/server programming, network management and application support for all client/server applications.
"Our 30 year relationship with Fidelity has been very beneficial," said David Payne, Westamerica's chief executive officer. "Fidelity is truly a business partner, with a strong understanding of our needs and a desire to support our success now and in the future. We are so comfortable with Fidelity, in fact, that we have offered to serve as a reference. I think that says it all."
Westamerica Bancorporation operates as a holding company for Westamerica Bank, a regional community bank with 87 branches and two trust offices in 22 Northern and Central California counties. Rated as one of California's strongest and healthiest banks, Westamerica has over $4.6 billion in assets, and is the 7th largest commercial bank headquartered in California.