Something New in El Monte, California
Wells Fargo celebrated the grand opening of its new South El Monte branch with a community event that welcomed hundreds of local residents. Similar to a family-friendly neighborhood block party, the festivities included a live mariachi, free food and drinks from neighboring restaurants, face painting, cookie decorating, photo booth, as well as other games and prizes.
The iconic Wells Fargo stagecoach was filled to the brim with nonperishable food by Family and Kids Foundation—a nonprofit that helps at-risk children and families. The food will be donated to local food banks, as part of Wells Fargo’s Holiday Foodbank campaign. Region Bank President Alice Juarez and District Manager Tiffiney Lockett presented Mark Chow, executive director of Family and Kids Foundation, with a $2,500 grant to help the nonprofit continue making better opportunities possible in the communities it served, see photo below.
Several prominent community leaders attended the event, including 2018 Miss Friendly El Monte/South El Monte Queen Anahi Perez, her court and next year’s pageant contestants, as well as Ken Rausch, president of El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce. Rausch assisted with the official ribbon cutting, and presented declarations and welcome proclamations from local elected officials.
Lockett kicked off the ribbon cutting ceremony by expressing her team’s pride in being part of El Monte. “Today, we hope to celebrate and help reinforce the sense of community that makes El Monte an amazing place to live and work,” she said. “We know you have many choices of financial institutions, so we’re grateful that Wells Fargo can be your go-to financial services partner of choice in El Monte.”
Locket introduced South El Monte Branch Manager Jorge Bracy, who proudly shared that the South El Monte team is comprised of experienced tellers and bankers—ranging from 1-10 years of experience at Wells Fargo.
During her remarks, Juarez reaffirmed Wells Fargo’s commitment to helping residents achieve their financial goals. “One of the most rewarding parts of my career at Wells Fargo’s is that I have the daily privilege of fulfilling both a personal and company mission—helping members of our community succeed financially,” said Juarez. “It is so rewarding to help a family buy their first home, or donating a mortgage-free home to a veteran who has served our country, or helping a graduating senior figure out a way to pay for college. Jorge’s team is awesome and committed to providing best-in-class service—and I look forward to celebrating the future milestones that they are able to help our customers attain.”
Located at 11934 Garvey Avenue, El Monte, Calif. 91732, the South El Monte branch is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The new branch is designed and built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Compared to conventional commercial buildings, it includes the following features:
Approximately 50 percent in energy saving lighting with the use of LED lights
Approximately 40 percent savings in water use through the use of low flow fixtures
Low toxicity paints and materials as well as strict indoor air quality management.
Building materials composed of recycled content and cradle to cradle materials.
Construction waste practices which contribute up to 75 percent of materials being diverted from landfill
Exclusive photos by Richard Sandoval