Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M)
Jason L. Anderson, Branch Manager, Rolling Hills Estates Ned S. Stromme, Branch Manager, Torrance Geoffrey S. Nadler, Relationship Manager, Rolling Hills Estates office
Photographed By Remy Haynes and Wendy Saade
Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by C.J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M) is a community bank that has cultivated long-term customer relationships built on honesty, integrity and family. The bank has 22 branches in Los Angeles and Orange counties and specializes in commercial and small business banking. F&M is a Member FDIC and an equal housing lender. With more than 10 years in the banking industry, Geoffrey Nadler is a trusted advisor, helping clients manage their banking relationships. A 30-year veteran of the banking industry, Ned Stromme specializes in commercial banking with an emphasis on real estate lending. Jason Anderson started as a teller and now has 16 years of banking experience. He plays an instrumental role in addressing the needs of customers and connecting with the community.
What would you like potential clients to know about your bank?
Jason: “Farmers & Merchants Bank has withstood the test of time. Building relationships with our customers that span generations is the hallmark of our institution.”
Geoffrey: “Farmers & Merchants Bank is best described by three simple words: strong, conservative and friendly. We care deeply about each of our customers and make decisions through the lens of honesty and integrity each and every day.”
Ned: “After more than 30 years in the banking industry, I can attest to the superior service, financial strength and community investment of Farmers & Merchants Bank, and I am proud to be a part of this institution.”
What’s one trend that is changing the financial industry today?
“Due to the high level of economic instability and financial uncertainty, consumers are in search of a safe and sound institution they can rely on. The emergence of hidden fees and reduction in personal service makes many customers feel like a commodity. Banks that offer a personal relationship and unshakable reliability are fast becoming the preferred route for millions of individuals who are looking for a higher level of service. F&M has worked tirelessly over the years to gain customers’ trust and believes there is no more valuable currency in the world.”
What is the biggest benefit your clients gain from working with your bank?
“Farmers & Merchants Bank believes that customers should have direct access to their banker as a trusted advisor who consistently takes their best interests to heart. We know each of our customers by name and treat them like family. We maintain a strong capital position, so customers feel confident about their money and the bank they are a part of. We believe that you should never have difficulty reaching your banker, whether by phone, email or in person. F&M also draws a great deal of strength from its long-time employees. The longevity of F&M’s team is unsurpassed, as many have been with the bank for decades and are passionate about customer service.”
What advice would you give a high school senior planning to go into your line of work?
“Banking is a great career path if you like interacting with people and building relationships. It is critical for students interested in a banking career to intern, learn and work for a financial institution he or she can trust.”
How do you give back to your community?
“C.J. Walker founded F&M on the spirit of giving. That spirit continues today. Each year, we donate more than $1 million to local charities, non-profit organizations and religious entities throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Some of the organizations we support include Big Brothers Big Sisters of OC, Long Beach Rescue Mission, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, OC United Way—Women’s Philanthropy Fund, Toys for Tots, YMCA and YWCA. In addition to F&M’s corporate initiatives, our employees also give back through participation in local charities and programs in their own back yard. We’re honored to invest in these worthwhile causes and to help enhance the strength and vitality of our communities.”