New Mexico: Chippeaux to Retire as Century Bank Chairman

Santa Fe-based Century Bank announced that Bryan “Chip” Chippeaux will retire as chairman of the board this fall, having served the bank for more than 35 years. He will continue to work with the bank in a limited capacity until the end of the year.

Chippeaux began his career with Century Bank in 1983 as the principal accounting and operations officer. He has held several positions at the bank, including president and CEO. Under his leadership, Century Bank has expanded to multiple locations in New Mexico and has grown from $70 million in assets in 1983 to more than $864 million as of April.

Chippeaux has served as a board member for a number of nonprofit organizations, including St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Tierra Contenta Corp., the Wheelwright Museum, New Mexico Centennial Foundation, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the boards of the Federal Home Loan Bank’s member advisory council and the Independent Community Bankers of New Mexico.

“Chip has been a key player in the success of Century Bank,” says Paul Sowards, president and CEO. “He is respected throughout New Mexico as a leader in the industry.”

Established in 1887, Century Bank operates banking offices in Albuquerque, Española, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe.

Published in Bankers Digest May 27, 2019