Longtime supporter of the Devour Culinary Classic to retire

 Ed Zito has watched Alliance Bank grow from infancy in 2003 until now. 

Ed Zito has watched Alliance Bank grow from infancy in 2003 until now. 

Ed Zito’s, head of Alliance Bank, retirement became effective on March 31, 2018.

The state’s largest locally-headquartered banking division began in 2003. For 15 years, Zito has been an active member in the growth of Alliance Bank, which holds more than $20 billion in assets and is now Arizona’s go-to business banking resource.

Zito’s recognition extends far beyond the banking industry into the nonprofit space and the region's economic development.

In the realm of nonprofit work, Zito was a founding member of Arizona’s chapter for Social Venture Partners, which launched in 1999. The foundation takes and entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy with a network of partners that donate money and lend their time to nonprofit organizations primarily focused on children and education.

Zito was also the initial vice chairman of Arizona Economic Resource Organization, a public-private partnership formed to lead Arizona’s economic development initiatives. Zito was also a great supporter of Local First Arizona and the Devour Culinary Classic. He also served in senior leadership positions with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Phoenix In., and more.

 Alliance Bank wine yokes were distributed to guests of the Devour Culinary Classic in years past. 

Alliance Bank wine yokes were distributed to guests of the Devour Culinary Classic in years past. 

It has been a privilege to help build Alliance Bank of Arizona and collaborate with so many business clients over the past 15 years. One of the things I am most proud of in my career at Alliance Bank is encouraging the next generation of bankers to not only be strategic in their contributions to the bank, but also to give back to their communities and the local economy.
— Ed Zito

"Ed has played a remarkable role in the growth of Alliance Bank of Arizona. On behalf of the hundreds of employees and customers he has impacted, myself included, it has been a pleasure to work with Ed and we are thankful for his service to the bank and the greater business community,” Don Garner, CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona, said.

Alliance bank will announce a successor for Zito later in the year.

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