Zions Bank recently named Doug Balch president of its new South Central Utah retail region headquartered in Richfield.
Balch, a Sevier County native, returns to Central Utah after serving eight years as president of Zions Bank's Southern Utah Region based in St. George. He will oversee retail sales and branch operations for 13 Zions Bank Offices located in Blanding, Castle Dale, Delta, Ephraim, Fillmore, Huntington Manti, Moab, Monticello, Panguitch, Price, Richfield and Salina.
A graduate of Dixie College and the Western Agricultural School, Balch has 36 years of banking experience and special expertise in agricultural lending. He worked closely with a variety of agricultural clients as vice president and branch manager of Zions Bank's Randolph Office for 24 years.
"Zions Bank has always recognized the unique agricultural needs of Central Utah," said Balch. "With this new region, we are re-emphasizing our commitment to agricultural lending by designating officers who will spend more time in this important segment as we continue to support small business and community lending needs."
The creation of the South Central Utah Retail Region also increases local decision-making ability for Zions Bank's support of worthy community organizations, causes and events in the area.
Balch, 59, has been an active member of the communities in which he has worked. He is a former Rich County commissioner and Randolph Town Planning and Zoning Commission member. Balch recently served on the Utah Food Bank Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award for his service to youth, and was on the Scouts Trapper Trails Council Executive Board. A previous member of Lions Clubs International and Rotary International, Balch has served on the Agricultural Advisory Board for the Bridgerland Applied Technology Center and on the St. George Musical Theater Board of Directors.