About Five Star Bank

Five Star Bank Awards and Rankings

Serving Customers & Communities Since 1999

Five Star Bank was founded in 1999 by a group of local entrepreneurs who wanted to create the kind of personalized banking services they desired themselves – services inspired by partnership and defined by shared vision and goals. Today, Five Star Bank is guided by purpose-driven banking, community stewardship, regional and industry expertise, a speed to serve and a commitment to economic development in the communities we serve.

In 2021, Five Star Bank became a public company and is listed on the Nasdaq at FSBC. Click here to visit our Investor Relations page.

Community Involvement

At Five Star Bank, we seize opportunities, embrace challenges and value the intrinsic reward of serving others. We are grateful to be a source of strength for our customers and advocates for our community and our region's nonprofits. Five Star Bank stands on a sturdy foundation of what we have built together so that we may encourage, support and strengthen those who need us most.

As a community business bank, we believe in action over words and recognize it is the effort of our entire team that allows us to donate, volunteer, engage and lead. On a continual basis, we work through enhancements to our community outreach efforts. We always will. We are focused on the health and success of our employees, shareholders, customers and community partners so that we may continue to fulfill our purpose as stewards of the communities we serve.

Chambers of Commerce

We are active members in the following Chambers of Commerce:

  • Chico Chamber of Commerce
  • El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce
  • Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Folsom Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce
  • Orangevale Chamber of Commerce
  • Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce
  • Redding Chamber of Commerce
  • Rocklin Chamber of Commerce
  • Roseville Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • The Indus Valley American Chamber of Commerce
  • West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce
  • Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce

Women in Business

Five Star Bank connects women in business to create networking opportunities and meaningful relationships. Watch our video to learn more. 

Five Star Bank Video 

Let the communities we serve inspire you to become a Five Star Bank customer! 

Awards & Recognition 

Five Star Bank is proud to be recognized and honored by our peers. 

  • 2019 Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year: James Beckwith 
  • 2020 Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40: Jen Matulich  and Lydia Ramirez
  • 2020 Sacramento Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs: James Beckwith 
  • 2020 & 2021 Sacramento Business Journal’s Best Places to Work
  • 2020 & 2021 Sacramento Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies 
  • 2021 Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Steward Award
  • 2021 Comstock’s Magazine Woman in Leadership: Lydia Ramirez
  • 2021 Vistage Leadership Award: James Beckwith
  • 2021 Sacramento Business Journal’s Corporate Champion of the Year Award
  • 2021 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup Winner, Recognizing Excellence in Community Banking
  • 2022 Sacramento Business Journal Most Admired CEO (Shannon Deary-Bell, Board Director)
  • 2022 Sacramento Business Journal C-Suite Awards (Mike Rizzo)
  • 2022 Sacramento Business Journal Women Who Mean Business (Lydia Ramirez)
  • 2022 UCP Humanitarian of the Year (James Beckwith)
  • 2022 Sacramento Business Journal's 40 Under 40 (Lakhwinder Kaur)
  • 2023 Comstock's Magazine Woman in Leadership (Lakhwinder Kaur)
  • 2023 Sacramento Bee's Latino Changemakers Award (Lydia Ramirez)
  • 2023 Sacramento Business Journal's C-Suite Award (Shelley Wetton)
  • 2023 CREW Sacramento's Nancy Hotchkiss Woman of Impact Award (Jen Matulich)
  • 2023 Sacramento Business Journal's Fastest Growing Companies
  • 2023 Sacramento Business Journal's Best Places to Work
  • 2023 Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Rising Estrella Award (Maria Soria)
  • 2024: Sacramento Business Journal's Power 100 List (James Beckwith)
  • 2024 NAWBO Sacramento Valley's Outstanding Women Leaders' Executive Woman Award (Lydia Ramirez)
  • 2024 Sacramento Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business (Lakhwinder Kaur)
  • 2024 Sacramento Business Journal's C-Suite Award (Heather Luck)
  • 2024 Greater Sacramento Economic Development SUSTAINABILITY AWARD recognizing a company that has supported industry growth in the Greater Sacramento region

Ratings & Rankings

  • Bauer Financial Superior Rating - 5 Stars (out of 5)
  • IDC Superior Rating
  • The Findley Report: Super Premier Performer
  • Small Business Administration: Preferred SBA lender
  • 2022 S&P Global Market Intelligence #1 Best-Performing Community Banks in the nation (banks with assets between $3 billion and $10 billion)
  • 2022 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup award recipient 
  • 2023 Piper Sandler's Sm-All Stars
  • 2023 Independent Banker Top Commercial Banks with More than $1B in Assets, Ranked #6 in the nation
  • 2023 American Banker's Top-Performing Banks with $2B to $10B in Assets, Ranked #12 in the nation
  • 2023 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup award recipient 
  • 2023 S&P Global Market Intelligence Top 20 Best-Performing Community Banks in the nation (banks with assets between $3 billion and $10 billion)
Selected Community Support:
Five Star Bank seizes new opportunities such as the City of Sacramento's loan and grant processing project associated with the CARES Act which pushed dollars to microbusinesses who needed it most. Our team processed over 1,500 disbursements totaling almost $11 million. We are, always, moving forward.

"My experience with Five Star Bank during the city's grant process was great. I am very grateful for Five Star Bank because they made the process super easy and they were always there to help. They turned a horrible situation into something good for the artists who were going through a very rough time. It was quick and easy and Five Star Bank was there to answer my questions."
Carlos M. Kandia
Executive Producer, Golden Media Productions 
Del Paso Del Nuevo Development 

The Del Paso Del Nuevo Development is affordable housing in a federally designated economically distressed opportunity zone and a low-income census tract where the median annual income is $38,000 and 45% of residents are renters. Del Paso Nuevo seeks to change those demographics, turning renters into homeowners. The project ran into several funding obstacles until Five Star Bank loaned the developer funds from its Five Pillar Program. This program enables Cities, Counties and Districts to direct funds to local community banks for the purpose of reinvesting that money into the local economy.

Addressing Food Deserts

A food desert is a community with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, in contrast to a food oasis with higher access to full-service supermarkets and farmer's markets. The lack of access to nutritious food is a social determinant of community health. The Del Paso Heights community is located in a federally designated economically distressed opportunity zone where 44% of residents live below the poverty line. Five Star Bank is proud to have provided capital to develop two full-service supermarkets in Del Paso Heights. This funding offers community residents easy access to more nutritious food options.
Fire Relief 2021
Our employees, customers and community were directly or indirectly impacted by the Caldor Fire and Dixie Fire in Northern California.  Five Star Bank made a $20,000 donation to the Del Oro Division of the Salvation Army to offer relief to those affected. Others joined our efforts in giving, donating and volunteering. 

Fire Relief 2020
Mercy Foundation North is located in an area impacted by several wildfires in the last years including the Carr Fire, the Camp Fire and the August Complex Fire. Mercy provided resources to support displaced community members during the fire. They continue to see many patients who have significant respiratory challenges resulting from wildfire smoke. Five Star Bank donated $10,000 to Mercy  Foundation north to support their food bank and provide additional resources for respiratory patients. In addition, Five Star Bank facilitated a matching grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank San Francisco Wildfire Fund.

Five Star Bank donated $10,000 to SRCC to help train tomorrow's workforce. SRCC provides on-the-job training and community education as well as employment in vegetation clearing, litter abatement and roadway maintenance.

"We are so grateful to Five Star Bank for being long-term supporters and advocates of Corpsmembers and the work of the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps."

Paula Birdsong, Executive Director, Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps.
Five Star Bank supports the meaningful work of Cristo Rey High School Sacramento which serves students from low to moderate income communities who have little financial and emotional support while also providing our employees with the intrinsic reward of mentoring the next generation of leaders. Through the outstanding support of Cristo Rey High School Sacramento, over 98% of CRHSS students are accepted into colleges and universities.  

Five Star Bank's 2020 Impact:  Over $71,500 raised and donated and 3 students mentored at Five Star Bank through work experience hours.
Five Star Bank actively supports and engages with college and university campuses in our community to ensure our educated workforce stays local. Five Star Bank executives also teach college classes as guest lecturers to provide students with real-life perspectives. Our leadership programming helps prepare students for success.

Sacramento State University $10,000 Sponsorship

"Five Star Bank is an extraordinary supporter of the Business Honors Cohort. The close partnership we enjoy connects our students with businesses and brings new perspective and innovative best practices to our classrooms." 

Dr. Pingsheng Tong, Faculty Director, Business Honors Program

University of the Pacific $13,750 Sponsorship 

"Students who engage with Five Star Bank are inspired and motivated. Beyond elevating leadership skills, this partnership is boosting students' confidence in approaching their careers in an unusually difficult economic environment. We are excited to collaborate in the development of future leaders with Five Star Bank's exceptional team.

Margaret Roberts, Director, Eberhardt Career Management Center

UC Davis $12,500 Sponsorship

"Five Star Bank was one of the first corporate partners to recognize the impact that the Aggie EVO System has. Their generosity, wisdom and partnership are enormous contributors to our ability to help student athletes better know and navigate the world of work."

Dr. Michael Lorenzen, Executive Director, EVO
In 2020 & 2021, Five Star Bank funded a Program Manager position with the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce's Chamber's Connecting Diverse Communities Program (CDCP) through a donation of $60,000, per year. This donation funds the salary of a Project Manager who connects minority-owned businesses with funding opportunities to support their business, including but not limited to, government funding, capital resources and business coaching.

"The Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce is grateful to work with Five Star Bank which advocates for the strength, resilience and vitality of our region's businesses." 

Pat Fong Kushida, President & CEO
Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce

Five Star Bank understands small businesses.

Cathy Rodriguez Aguirre, President & CEO, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Comstock's Magazine back cover featuring Five Star Bank and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Five Star Bank helps us to be the school that works.
David Perry, Ed.D. President, Cristo Rey High School.
Comstock's Magazine back cover featuring Five Star Bank and Cristo Rey High School.
Five Star Bank exists to serve our customers and our community.
Five Star Bank thanks fire fighters and first responders who helped with California's wild fires.
"Nonprofits really depend on a relationship - a DIRECT relationship - with their bank. And that's what we have with Five Star Bank."
Paula Birdsong, Executive Director, Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps.
"They were there when I needed the confidence to begin my radio show and podcast. Five Star is THE entrepreneur's bank!"
Mark Haney, Founder & CEO, Haney Biz & Founder, Growth Factory
Five Star Bank understands livestock and they understand farming. They helped me when others didn't." 
Bob Lent, President, Elk Grove Milling, Inc.