Centinel Bank opened for business on March 1, 1969 and began its’ exciting journey. What started as one man’s mission for equal access to financial services in his rural New Mexico hometown, now is a leader among the nation’s financial institutions—Centinel Bank of Taos.
Half a century after it was founded, Centinel Bank of Taos has made an indelible impact on our community, serving as a catalyst for economic development, exhibiting strong business values, providing careers for many Taosenos and positively impacting many lives in our community.
Through economic development, volunteer time, or financial support of non-profit organizations in Taos County, Centinel Bank is committed to making our community the best place to live and work.
50th Anniversary Giving Campaign
Centinel Bank of Taos is committed to our Taos County Communities and the futue of Taos County. We have named Bridges Project for Education as a non-profit to honor and support through our 50th anniversary giving campaign.
Zeke's Auto Supply
"We first started working with Centinel Bank in 1969. In fact, it was October 1969. They were new, we were new, and I thought maybe, when I walked in there, that maybe by chance that they were new they might come up with some money. They came through, so that’s how we started. We want to congratulate them for 50 years of service and for 50 years of being a partner with us and helping us with our business."
Zeke Tapia - Owner, Zeke's Auto Supply
Mante's Chow Cart
"I first started this business in 1973. I needed a refrigerator, so I went to Centinel Bank to borrow some money. I needed $200 for the refrigerator, I went and talked to Eliu Romero and I told him about his motto which was to lend people money and help people out. I’m grateful for Eliu Romero who helped me out with a refrigerator and the business"
Mante Chacón Sr. - Owner, Mante's Chow Cart
Cid's Food Market
"Cid’s got started in 1986. Betty and I had an idea that we felt like Taos could use a store that would cell natural foods to the community. There were three banks in town. We went to all three of them and Centinel was the one that would work with us. And then when we built this building which was quite a bit more money to get up and going, we went straight to Centinel. They worked with us, and it was at that time the biggest loan they had ever made, and it was certainly the biggest loan I had ever signed for."
Cid and Betty Backer - Owners, Cid's Food Market
Red River Brewing Company
"We’re a local business. We value doing business with other local companies. And, we’re very happy that Centinel was able to step up and participate with us pretty much from the beginning. We had many obstacles along the way but doing business with Centinel was not one of them. Centinel values investing in our communities as much as we do. Centinel Bank has just been wonderful for Northern New Mexico. They could see our vision and built it with us, and they’ve done that throughout Northern New Mexico."
Michael and SharonCalhoun - Owners, Red River Brewing Company