Chuck Luhtala Named as Senior Director of Commercial Banking in Southern Arizona

October 09, 2020

Alliance Bank of Arizona, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, has hired Chuck Luhtala as Senior Director of Commercial Banking for Alliance Bank of Arizona in southern Arizona. In his new role, Luhtala will lead the commercial banking team with a specific focus on tailoring lending, deposit accounts and treasury management solutions for clients.

With a career spanning nearly four decades, more than half of which has been in the Tucson market, Luhtala is a banking industry veteran familiar with the intricacies of businesses operating in Southern Arizona.

“Chuck is a seasoned banker with excellent skills and deep roots in our community. I am confident he will complement our existing Southern Arizona team and help us to continue to deliver exceptional service to our clients,” said Steve Odenkirk, Managing Director, Commercial Banking for Alliance Bank of Arizona in Tucson.

Originally from Washington state, Luhtala most recently served as a Commercial Banker at a leading Arizona bank where he managed a portfolio of the bank’s prominent commercial clients. Prior to this role, he also took on roles of Chief Credit Officer and President of a start-up community bank based in Southern Arizona.

“Our region has a dynamic and thriving business community and Alliance Bank of Arizona has been part of shaping that success since it was founded,” said Luhtala. “Building relationships and bringing creative financing options to the table is a hallmark of working with Alliance Bank and I am eager to be part of such an innovative team as we work together to continue raising the bar within our industry.”

Luhtala has also served as a past Chairman of the Board for the Marana Chamber of Commerce and was a Board Member and Treasurer of the Casa de la Luz Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., and went on to attend both Western Agricultural Credit School and the Pacific Coast Banking School in Washington state.

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Alliance Bank of Arizona, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, delivers relationship banking that puts clients at the center of everything. Founded in 2003, Alliance Bank of Arizona offers a full spectrum of tailored commercial banking solutions delivered with outstanding service. With offices in Greater Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, Alliance Bank of Arizona was named 2022 Lender Firm of the Year by NAIOP Arizona, among many other awards and recognitions. Alliance Bank is part of Western Alliance Bancorporation, which has more than $70 billion in assets. Major accolades include being ranked as a top U.S. bank in 2023 by American Banker and Bank Director. As a regional bank with significant national capabilities, Alliance Bank of Arizona delivers the reach, resources and local market expertise that make a difference for customers.

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