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Burnham Gibson and Sunwest Bank Announce Alliance


April 2Burnham Gibson Financial Group Inc., a full-service firm offering best-in-class financial and insurance services to a wide array of clients and their workforces, and Sunwest Bank, a relationship and results-driven community bank, have announced a new strategic referral alliance. Focusing on small- to mid-sized businesses and sharing a corporate culture that emphasizes personal relationships with clientele, both Sunwest Bank and Burnham Gibson Financial Group believe their partnership will provide greater support to clients and major growth potential for each company. Through the new alliance, Sunwest clients will gain access to services offered by Burnham Gibson, as well as service provided by partner company Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, a California-based employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm with offices throughout California.

With a 45-year history in Orange County, Sunwest Bank has built a substantial client base that is loyal and reliant on its value-added business approach. Late last year, Sunwest president and CEO Chris Walsh, along with his executive leadership team, identified a need to provide clientele with advisory services that will carry into the future. Many of Sunwest’s clients have been with the bank since its inception and are now focused on financial stability as they transition toward retirement. In addressing that need, Walsh was secure in referring these clients to a firm like Burnham Gibson Financial Group.

“We quickly recognized that Burnham Gibson has a similar corporate culture and shares the same values we do – factors that we believe are vital components to a successful alliance,” says Walsh. “We’re looking forward to building a strong referral relationship between our firms to better support our clientele and prepare them for the future.”

Through the referral alliance, Sunwest clients will gain access to high-level financial advisory services that may not be available to them through other banking institutions.

“By aligning ourselves with Sunwest, we are looking forward to reaching a new audience and, together with Burnham Benefits, providing them with a holistic view of their financial offerings,” says Darin Gibson, president and owner of Burnham Gibson and an executive vice president with Burnham Benefits. “We view all of these services as the ultimate financial package for corporate and individual clients, and it’s become available at the perfect time when a large segment of the population are reevaluating their planning strategies.”

Together, Sunwest Bank, Burnham Gibson Financial Group and Burnham Benefits Insurance Services will provide clients with services to address more aspects of the financial spectrum.

“Clients can now receive the truly custom, personal service they have become familiar with through Burnham Gibson, Sunwest and Burnham Benefits,” says Kristen Allison, owner and CEO of Burnham Benefits and executive vice president with Burnham Gibson. “We are thrilled to be part of this alliance that gives clients access to enhanced services and resources.”

For more information about Burnham Gibson Financial Group, please visit To learn more about Sunwest Bank, please visit