Vice President, Business Banking
Robby Johnston is vice president, business banking, for First Independent Bank. Raised in a rural environment, Mr. Johnston understands firsthand the challenges ranching and farming operators encounter when seeking financing. In addition to more than 40 years in agricultural lending and commercial and industrial banking, he also owns and operates a 40-acre hay farm.
For customers in Northern Nevada, Mr. Johnston specializes in operating and capital expansion loans and lines, term equipment and owner-occupied real estate. He joined First Independent Bank in 2004 and is based in the Fallon office.
In 2012, Mr. Johnston received an award from the Truckee Carson Irrigation District Newlands Project for financing critical canal repairs necessary to deliver water to the district’s 60,000-acre irrigated croplands in the Lahontan Valley. He also has served on Churchill County Debt Management Commission for 25 years and is a past president of Rotary International.
Mr. Johnston earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness and completed post-graduate work in Education at Utah State University. At the collegiate level, Mr. Johnston was a rodeo competitor in timed calf and team roping as well as steer wrestling.
First Independent Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, helps business clients realize their ambitions. Founded in 1999, First Independent Bank offers a full spectrum of loan, deposit and treasury management capabilities, plus superior service. With six offices in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Fallon, along with Western Alliance Bank’s powerful array of specialized financial services, the banking division is a valued resource for Northern Nevada’s business, real estate, professional, municipal and nonprofit communities. Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation. One of the country’s top-performing banking companies, Western Alliance has ranked in the top 10 on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list for five consecutive years, 2016-2020, and was named #1 best-performing of the 50 largest public U.S. banks for 2019 by S&P Global Market Intelligence.