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March 22, 2021

Centinel Bank and UNM-Taos Internship and Scholarship Program

March 1, 2021

Centinel Bank of Taos is celebrating 52 years as Taos’ community bank.

Centinel Bank was founded in Taos in 1969 with a mission to serve the financial needs of our community. Through the years, we have remained focused on serving Taos County. Centinel Bank remains Taos’ only locally owned and operated community bank, working with customers to help them realize their financial dreams, whether opening a business or purchasing a home. We also nurture our community by donating time and money to important causes and contributing tax dollars that help maintain local municipalities.

“We remain dedicated to making a positive impact on our local communities, the people on our team, and the industry for which we care,” said Centinel Bank’s President and CEO, Angel Reyes. “I’m proud of the fact that we can continue to help businesses grow, are able to continue helping young people attend college through our scholarship and internship programs, and we can continue to shift and adapt with our community.” 

Centinel Bank’s Community Scholarship Program for high school seniors in Taos County was started in the mid-1980s. Over the past five years alone, Centinel Bank has awarded over $220,000 to 59 students in Taos County to help them pay for their college tuition and books. 

The Centinel Bank and UNM-Taos Internship and Scholarship Program creates a strong foundation for students pursuing a degree. It helps them gain exposure to a career and employment. Through the program, Centinel Bank provides scholarships and paid internship opportunities for selected UNM-Taos students who are studying in the areas of accounting, business, customer service or information technology.

Centinel Bank’s ability to respond to customers’ and employees’ needs through this pandemic is a success they credit to their commitment to remaining an independent community bank. They have made strategic decisions based on local community needs, as well as customer and employee safety. They made the decision early on to operate strictly through drive-through branches, by curbside appointments, and digital services such as online and mobile banking, email exchanges and video chats. 

As we currently navigate the third phase of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Centinel Bank is helping new borrowers and second draws for existing PPP borrowers. In 2020, Centinel Bank processed more than 285 loans totaling just over $24.5 million under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, to help local small businesses support payroll and related costs, saving approximately 3100 jobs within the Northern New Mexico region. 

A major part of navigating the pandemic has been supporting the Centinel Bank family — the bank’s employees and the families that they go home to each day. Many of the bank’s employees have needed extra flexibility to care for their families. In Spring 2020, the bank set up a new space dedicated to Centinel Bank families needing to support their children with remote learning. Children can go to work with their parents and, from their own Centinel Bank workspace, can safely complete their school day right next to mom or dad. In addition, some individuals are working from home or are working flexible schedules to accommodate their needs.

“Creating and maintaining a healthy workplace has always been very important to us, but is even more so now,” said Leslie Mondragon Romero, the bank’s Organization Development Specialist. “Caring for our employees helps us to provide quality service to our customers and community. We appreciate our Centinel Bank family.”

“We prefer building relationships with people in person, face-to-face, whether at our offices or onsite with our customer’s,” said Reyes. “We look forward to the day we can interact with our customers in person again.  We will continue to use technology to connect with our customers. We value and appreciate the convenience it provides to customers to bank from the comfort of home or wherever they choose. Thank you to our customers, employees, and community. We are honored and privileged to serve you and are committed to serving Taos County for many years to come.”

Centinel Bank is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information about any of our programs, employment opportunities, or a full history enjoy visitng our website.  

June 18, 2020

June 10, 2020 

Centinel Bank of Taos Provided $23,445,000 in PPP Loans for 235 Local Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 
3050 Local Jobs Saved

Centinel Bank announced today that it has processed more than 235 loans totaling $23,445,000 under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help local small businesses support payroll and related costs, saving approximately 3050 jobs within the Northern New Mexico region. The average loan size was approximately $99,850 as of  May 29. The PPP, which was originally launched on April 3 to address economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, provides forgivable, government-guaranteed loans for the nation’s small businesses, which account for roughly 48 percent of the U.S. workforce.

“As relationship bankers and dedicated members of this community, we are doing everything we can to protect the vibrancy of our small businesses, which serve as the economic engines for our local economy,” said Angel Reyes President and CEO of Centinel Bank. “I’m so proud of our staff, who have worked around the clock to process these loans and ensure that critical funds were able to get in the hands of those who needed it most. We will continue processing applications until all remaining PPP funds are accounted for.”

In addition to its PPP funding efforts, Centinel Bank continues to help customers during this time by increasing staff at each drive thru location as well as for telephone inquiries, temporarily increasing ATM limits and waiving mobile deposit fees and account transfers.

“Community banks stepped in to provide a helping hand to local small businesses—something that they do during both good times and challenging ones,” Independent Community Bankers of America President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “Providing more than half of the nation’s small business loans, community banks prioritize the needs of their local customers and communities and quickly adapt and respond during times of crisis. By providing the lion's share of PPP loans, community banks have served an essential role in helping small businesses survive amid COVID-19, while saving countless jobs across our nation.”

According to the SBA summary of loan approvals through May 16, lenders with less than $50 billion in assets accounted for nearly 65 percent of approved loans—totaling 4.3 million—and more than 62 percent of the approved dollar amount—estimated at $513 billion since launch of the PPP. Nationwide, community banks have received an average of nearly 200 loan applications through the program ranging in size from less than $50,000 to more than $500,000, according to a recent ICBA survey.

February 6, 2020

Centinel Bank and UNM-Taos Launch Internship and Scholarship Program

Centinel Bank and UNM-Taos Internship and Scholarship Program Internship Opportunities Available Include:

  • Customer Service
  • Accounting / Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Training & Employee Development

To apply contactHannah Smith, UNM-Taos Integrated Education and Training Coordinator (575) 737-3770 or <>

The deadline to apply is April 15th.

New and exciting opportunities are available to students who are attending the University of New Mexico – Taos (UNM-Taos). Centinel Bank of Taos and UNM-Taos are pleased to announce their new Internship and Scholarship Program. This collaboration creates a strong foundation for supporting students in their success in pursuing and completing a degree, as well as gaining exposure to a career and employment. The program will create opportunities for students through education and hands on training and will support the local economy by growing a career-ready workforce. 

“We are thankful for the partnership with Centinel Bank and the opportunities it creates for our students, as well as the impact we hope this has on developing workforce in the community.  This will benefit not only Centinel bank and UNM-Taos students, but is good for the Taos county area as a whole.” Dr. Patrick L. Valdez, Chancellor, UNM-Taos.

Through the Centinel Bank & UNM-Taos Internship and Scholarship Program, Centinel Bank will provide scholarships and paid internship opportunities for selected UNM-Taos students who are studying in the areas of accounting, business, customer service, and information technology. The selected student(s) can earn academic credit as well as a paycheck for hours worked (and any eligible benefits), receive tuition support through Centinel Bank’s scholarship fund, and gain professional skills while completing job responsibilities and through Centinel Bank mentorships.

“Thank you to UNM-Taos for this partnership. We are happy and excited to bring this internshipand scholarship program to our community. This collaboration will further education, professional development and career opportunities for Taos. It’s great that we’re able to partner with an institution like UNM-Taos, to bring these opportunities to our community.” Angel Reyes, President and CEO Centinel Bank of Taos.  

This program will work within the greater purview of the structure and policies of the Internship Program at UNM-Taos, which is an academic program where classroom study is combined with career related work experience, and Centinel Bank will work with the Career Development Facilitator at UNM-Taos to effectuate the success of the students in the program.  The program is designed to support student persistence and completion, and the industry recognized credentials that lead to employment and better placement on career ladders will give students motivation to get the training they need to be successful in their academic and career goals.

 UNM-Taos will support student participants to attain career readiness, in part through the development of educational programs at UNM-Taos that focus on industries represented by banking and business. Career Readiness is defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) as the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.  These competencies are: Confidentiality; Critical Thinking/Problem Solving; Oral/Written Communication; Teamwork/ Collaboration; Digital Technology; Leadership; Professionalism/Work Ethic; Career Management; and Global/Intercultural Fluency.

 Internships are a proven way to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and build a meaningful work experience while establishing important connections in the field. Critical competencies impact students’ ability to successfully complete job responsibilities. Although many of these skills can be learned within the classroom environment, the student will receive the most benefit by developing these competencies and applying their skills in the real-world environment during the internship. Students will develop real-world working experience and industry specific critical competencies. Centinel Bank will support the development of students’ skills by mentoring and providing regular feedback in the work environment.

November 2019

Keep Taos Warm. One Coat at a Time.

Centinel Bank and Randall Lumber and Hardware are hosting a coat drive.

Join us in our efforts to collect coats for Taos. Beginning Friday, November 29th at Randall Lumber and Hardware and Monday, December 2nd at Centinel Bank’s main office, drop off boxes will be set up. We are accepting new and gently used winter supplies, including coats of all sizes. This year we will also accept non-perishable food items. All items stay local and will go to individuals and families in need. 

Wintertime in Northern New Mexico without a coat can be unbearable and for many people, quality cold-weather clothing can be tough to budget. Something as small as donating a new or gently used coat can impact another in a big way.

To donate stop by Centinel Bank’s main branch (512 Paseo del Pueblo Sur) or either of the Randall Lumber and Hardware locations (315 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur or #14 State Highway 150) to drop off your donation.

Coats, warm winter supplies, and non-perishable food items collected will be distributed throughout our Taos County community, to children and adults – neighbors and friends in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation.

This is the third year Centinel Bank and Randal Lumber and Hardware have partnered to collect coats and warm winter supplies for our community. Last year we collected a generous amount of winter supplies from our community and we’re hoping to surpass those efforts.

Help us spread the word.

You can drop off winter supplies at any of these locations:


Centinel Bank Main Branch

512 Paseo del Pueblo Sur,

Taos, New Mexico 87571


Randal Lumber and Hardware

315 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur

Taos, New Mexico 87571


Randal Lumber and Hardware North Store

#14 State Highway 150

El Prado



Updated March 2, 2020 

Centinel Bank of Taos receives the New Mexico Family Friendly Business Platinum Award by Family Friendly New Mexico.

 The highest level of recognition: Platinum!

As a family friendly business, Centinel Bank values and promotes a healthy balance between work and family, aiming to provide the time employees need to care for themselves and their families, access to good benefits, and the capacity to contribute to our community. Centinel Bank’s benefits and programs are structured to encourage employees to fulfill their potential, focus on personal wellness and support their family.

“We are proud of our ability to make an impact on our employees, customers and community in such a special way,” said Angel Reyes, President and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos. “We feel it is important for our employees to have a work/life balance and we understand that employees who feel supported in caring for their families perform better at work, have higher job satisfaction, and are better able to take care of our customers.”

When families are successful, businesses are successful and when businesses are successful, so is the local economy.

“We are honored to have received this award in recognition of our workplace culture and employment benefits. Creating and maintaining a healthy and fun workplace is very important to us,” says Leslie Mondragon Romero, Organization Development Specialist at Centinel Bank of Taos. “We work hard to support our employees, their overall wellness, and balance between work and home life. Prioritizing family is a special part of our culture—we value our employees’ dedication to Centinel Bank, and we appreciate that families share valuable time with us. We want employees’ families to feel a part of Centinel Bank, because they are! The entire Centinel Bank family works together to carry out our mission of making our community a better place to live and work.”

Centinel Bank is planning to use this award as a learning tool and opportunity to enhance employment offerings even further. The Family Friendly New Mexico project has taken a positive approach to transforming workplace policies in the state by offering training and resources on how businesses can adopt more family-friendly policies; awards and recognition for companies that offer their employees family-friendly benefits; and is a resource and clearinghouse of information for businesses and community leaders as they develop policies on issues such as paid family leave and help with childcare.

Award selection is based on 4 family friendly policy categories: Paid Leave, Health Support, Work Schedules & Economic Support. Family-friendly policies include a wide range of options that companies are already utilizing or that they can adopt, including providing access to health insurance; paid vacation; making reasonable accommodations for employees’ needs; flexible leave time for parents to attend family  medical or school needs; paid family leave; and ensuring workplaces have proper support for pregnant or lactating mothers, among many other family-friendly benefits.

Family Friendly New Mexico is a statewide project that was developed to recognize companies that have adopted policies that give New Mexico businesses an edge in recruiting and retaining the best employees.  Learn more at Family Friendly New Mexico

Call Centinel Bank today or visit to explore opportunities to join our Family Friendly Business!

August 29, 2019 

Angel Reyes Appointed Chair the Mortgage Finance Authority

We’re pleased to announce Angel Reyes, President and CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos, has been named Chairman of the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. The appointment was made in July by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Mr. Reyes has served on the Mortgage Finance Authority since June 2011. His term is set to end at the adjournment of the 2023 legislative session. He also serves on The Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico (ICBA/NM) Board.

The governor also appointed the following to Mortgage Finance Authority Board:

Rosalyn Nguyen Chafey, an Albuquerque attorney with extensive legal experience in finance and contracts. She is currently a staff attorney for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Derek Valdo, an enrolled member of Acoma Pueblo, was nominated to serve in the administration by the All Pueblo Council of Governors, and is currently the CEO of AMERIND Risk Management, a tribal insurance corporation.

Rebecca Wurzburger, served as a Santa Fe City Councilor for twelve years, including a stint as Mayor Pro-Tem. She has also pursued a successful career as a construction contractor. She holds numerous advanced degrees in public administration and social work and has a long history of working in both advocacy and community housing.

The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority’s mission is to provide access to affordable housing for New Mexicans, through home ownership or affordable rent, as well as assisting the homeless and others in need of housing. Projects in Taos include development of the apartment complex recently completed behind Taos High School, The El Cerrito Apartments and the Loma Parda Apartments. All of the projects are part of the low-income housing tax credit.

April 29, 2019

Protect your identity by shredding your sensitive documents for FREE.

Centinel Bank is hosting a community shred day. Stop by on Saturday June 1st anytime between 9:00 am and 12 noon to shred your unwanted papers and documents safely.

Fight identity theft and recycle all at the same time. All shredded paper is bleached and then recycled, saving energy and tress while helping reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Only paper material will be accepted, and we ask that you limit shred materials to two bankers sized boxes per household and/or business. Staples or paper clips do not need to be removed.

Examples of documents you might want to shred include (but are not limited to): 

  • Tax Documents (7 years and Older)
  • Old Bank Statements
  • Old Medical Records
  • Canceled or Blank Checks
  • Credit Card Statements
  • Personal Bills

Our professional shredding company will be onsite in our parking lot to safely destroy any unwanted, confidential papers and documents for FREE. Simply stop by the Centinel Bank main office (512 Paseo del Paseo Del Norte) on Saturday, June 1st between 9am – 12 noon.

October 2018

Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Sensitive Information

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, Centinel Bank and ICBA are reminding consumers of simple steps they can take to safeguard their sensitive data when making purchases online or via a smart device and what to do if they suspect their information has been compromised.

“Educating customers about account security and cyber threats is something we all must be conscious about if we want to reduce the risk of sensitive information being exploited for criminal use,” said Isaiah Ortega, Chief Information Officer/VP at Centinel Bank. “We take great care in handling our customers’ sensitive information and want to equip them with practical steps they can take to help strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity ecosystem and avoid falling prey to identity theft and fraud this holiday season.”

There are steps consumers can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud. ICBA encourages consumers to:

  • Enable the strongest authentication tools offered by their bank. Popular authentication methods include multi-factor authentication, biometrics, security keys and single-use codes.
  • Use complex passwords and differentiate them across multiple platforms. For example, customers should use one password for their online bank account and another for their email account.
  • Do a system check. Purge unused apps and outdated or sensitive information stored in old files and emails and ensure all software on internet-connected devices is current.

Consumers can also make sure their account has not been compromised by taking the following steps:

  • Check bank statements regularly to ensure the purchases are legitimate.
  • Read the fine print when purchasing items online. Often a website or application will ask for permission to save account information.
  • Stay vigilant. Be mindful when shopping online and look for signs of illegitimate websites. Spelling or grammatical errors, missing contact information, and suspicious URLs or email addresses are all red flags.

Learn more about how to protect your digital life during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by visiting the Stay Safe Online website.

August 6, 2018

Protect your identity by shredding your sensitive documents for FREE.

Centinel Bank is hosting a community shred day. Stop by on Saturday September 8th anytime between 9:00 am and 12 noon to shred your unwanted papers and documents safely.

Fight identity theft and recycle all at the same time. All shredded paper is bleached and then recycled, saving energy and tress while helping reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Only paper material will be accepted, and we ask that you limit shred materials to two bankers sized boxes per household and/or business. Staples or paper clips do not need to be removed.

Examples of documents you might want to shred include (but are not limited to):

  • Tax Documents (7 years and Older)
  • Old Bank Statements
  • Old Medical Records
  • Canceled or Blank Checks
  • Credit Card Statements
  • Personal Bills

Our professional shredding company will be onsite in our parking lot to safely destroy any unwanted, confidential papers and documents for FREE. Simply stop by the Centinel Bank main office (512 Paseo del Paseo Del Norte) on Saturday, September 8th between 9am – 12 noon.

Updated May 2020

Updated May 2019

May 17, 2018 

Centinel Bank of Taos Earns Awards  

Our employees have named us a 2018, 2019 and 2020 Top Workplace in New Mexico by the Albuquerque Journal, for the fourth year. And, our community has voted us the 2019 Best Bank in Taos by the Taos News.

“We are humbled and grateful to receive both of these awards. They reflect our organization’s commitment to the well-being of everyone around us,” said Angel Reyes, President and CEO. “They are also a testament to our strong relationships and our community banking spirit. We’re here to help our community grow and succeed.”

At Centinel Bank we are invested in the success of our customers and are grateful they choose to bank with us. Community banking is about building relationships and working for the betterment of our customers, our employees, and our local community, this is why we feel a strong commitment to providing excellent service, building strong relationships, and providing local decisions.

Through the years, Centinel Bank has earned a number of local, state, and national awards while remaining focused on its mission, and as Taos’ only locally owned and operated community bank Centinel Bank is committed to serving you.

Top Workplaces

The Top Workplaces list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Creating and maintaining a healthy workplace for our employees is very important to us. We’re a locally owned and operated community bank that is three generations strong and we’re proud of our Centinel Bank family,” says Leslie Mondragon Romero, Organization Development Specialist at Centinel Bank of Taos. “We’re not just employees we’re a family. Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment for our employees, that which encourages and rewards personal and professional growth. We feel that happy and healthy employees contribute to employee success, customer success and community success.”  

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

The Best of Taos 

The Best of Taos poll, administered by the Taos News aims to find out what Taosenos and frequent visitors like best. The votes are collected through an online survey that locals or visitors are invited to complete; identification is not required to cast a vote and votes are not able to be purchased. Over the last 19 years, the Best of Taos has remained a straight-up count; the most votes win. Everyone has an opinion about what’s the ‘best’ in Taos. So every year the Taos News holds a survey and ask the community to tell them who they think is the best in Taos. This year, the Taos News received more than 3,000 voters.

March 26, 2018

Centinel Bank of Taos Announces Promotion of Local Employee

Isaiah OrtegaCentinel Bank of Taos is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Isaiah Ortega to Vice President. Ortega, born and raised in Questa, joins Centinel Bank’s Executive Management team.

Currently, Ortega serves as Centinel Bank’s Chief Information Officer. His responsibilities include providing strategic direction and leadership for the bank’s current and future technology solutions.

“Isaiah possesses vast information technology skills and demonstrates strong leadership experience. He’s been a key player in the technology systems that keep the banks infrastructure available, secure, and user friendly for customers,” said Angel Reyes, President and CEO of Centinel Bank. “Along with his day to day duties and initiatives Ortega also chairs the Bank’s Information Technology Steering Committee.”

“I ensure that Centinel Bank’s technology and services align with the needs of our customers. Over the past ten years we’ve moved from little or no technology to the most cutting edge technology used in the banking industry across the nation, and we’ll continue to do so,” said Ortega. “I love what I do here at Centinel Bank, It’s a great organization to work for and be a part of. Everyone really cares about our customers and our community, always looking out for them. We have our heart in the right place. It feels good to know that our customers put their faith in Centinel Bank and essentially their faith in me.”

Ortega began as an IT Analyst with Centinel Bank in 2006. He became the Bank’s security officer (overseeing both the physical and technology security for the bank) in 2009 then took over the day to day management of the information technology department in 2012. Ortega became Chief Information Officer in 2013.

Ortega earned an associate’s degree in Computer Networking Systems from ITT Technical Institute and a degree in Banking Technology from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking with a degree in Banking Technology. He also holds a Security Plus certificate by CompTIA. 

Ortega has a wife and four kids. He participates in the Kit Carson Millennial Leadership Forum, He’s also the Director for Santa’s Helpers Del Norte in Questa, and Vice President of Questa Mariachi’s Booster Club.

February 27, 2018

Taos’ only locally owned and operated community bank, Centinel Bank of Taos, celebrates its 49th anniversary.  Founded here. Focused here.

One man’s dream became reality for our community when Centinel Bank of Taos was opened on March 1, 1969. A bank founded in Taos with a mission for equal access to financial services to help make the dreams of the Taos County community come true. Through the years Centinel Bank has evolved into a strong and stable financial institution while remaining focused on its mission. Today Centinel Bank, a local, state, and national award winning bank remains Taos’ only locally owned and operated community bank committed to serving you.

“Thank you to our customers, employees, and community for supporting us, said Angel Reyes, President and CEO of Centinel Bank. “We are honored and privileged to serve you and committed to serving Taos County for many years to come.”

Centinel Bank is a community bank, locally owned and operated, built on personal service, strong community ties, and local decision making.  The employees and the culture are what make the difference.  All employees are committed to building strong relationships to enhance customer success in achieving their financial dreams. 

“At Centinel Bank our employees focus on providing unequaled personal service with every experience. I’d like to thank the many talented employees who work hard each and every day and those who through the years have dedicated time and service to building our strong foundation.  It is through the hard work of these employees that Centinel Bank remains a successful, strong and stable community bank,” said Reyes.

Centinel Bank is committed to remaining the true community bank it has always been. And, because we are not a national banking chain, our size and streamlined organizational structure provide us the ability to make local decisions that enhance personal experience. Locally owned and operated, Centinel Bank serves customers with three convenient locations, a full array of deposit and lending solutions for personal and business needs, and electronic banking services.  

Centinel Bank is invested in the success of its customers and is forever grateful they choose to bank with Centinel. “We are dedicated to caring for our customers’ needs over the long-haul. It’s with great pride that I can say we work hard to ensure our customers feel welcome in our offices. We value the opportunity to serve them on a personal level,” said Reyes.

Centinel Bank is proud to give back to the community and has established programs specifically to enhance its contributions. “We pride ourselves on our youth initiatives and programs such as our annual scholarship awards for graduating seniors, student internships and student success grant; as well as our volunteer program which allows employees to volunteer with local schools, on community boards, participate in mentorships programs and provide financial literacy classes,” said Reyes. 

Centinel Bank is fully committed to serving Taos County for many years to come. Visit us today – Let’s dream together!


September 18, 2017

RE: Equifax data breach

Recently, Equifax, one of the three national consumer credit reporting agencies, announced a major data breach. This breach affects approximately 143 million Americans. This is what we know according to Equifax: the data breach occurred May – July 2017, and the information stolen includes consumers’ personally identifiable information, including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Approximately 209,000 credit card numbers and dispute documents with personally identifiable information for approximately 182,000 consumers were also stolen. There is no evidence of unauthorized access to consumers’ credit reporting databases.

To be clear, Centinel Bank was not compromised and your information was not stolen from our bank. However, Centinel Bank takes the security of our customer information very seriously, and we are providing you with the information we know about this massive breach and the steps you can take to protect your personally identifiable information if you so desire. Following this unprecedented breach, we are also asking our customers to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity in your Centinel Bank accounts by calling 575.758.6700 or visiting

Equifax has established a website that informs consumers if they may be affected by the breach, provides additional information on the breach, and offers complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring. This information is available at For more information click here.


November 1, 2013 Updated Terms and Conditions.

Your understanding of the terms and conditions which govern your account with our Bank is important to us.  Within the document we have adopted more detailed definitions for items such as Authorized Signer, Deposits, Withdrawals, Restrictive Legends, and Facsimile Signatures.  We have also added a Security section that explains what actions you as a customer can take to reduce the risk of theft or fraud.  Please review and print the updated Account Terms and Conditions by clicking this link.  If you have any questions feel free to call, email or come by the main office.

May 19, 2013 Centinel Bank recieves Top Workplaces in New Mexico Award

Centinel Bank of Taos is pleased to announce that it was named a Top Workplace on May 19, 2013. The Albuquerque Journal recognized 40 Companies and Organizations in New Mexico as Top Workplaces. The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback given in an employee survey, conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, that is then compared across peer companies.

Centinel Bank was named 7th in the state amongst the top small businesses to work for. The Top Workplaces award recognizes organizational health and identifies organizations that have created exceptional places to work. Every individual in our Bank contributes to making it a special place to be and has the opportunity to make a difference in our company and in our community as well. We are proud of the programs we have in place to support our staff and their families and promote personal and professional growth. Thank you to our Centinel Bank family—to each and every person who is a part of our team—for making it an incredible place to be and a Top Workplace in New Mexico!

CLICK HERE to read the Albuquerque Journal's Top Workplaces article.

View Centinel Bank's Top Workplace profile at: Centinel Bank Top Work Place or to learn more about the Top Workplace program, visit:

Centinel Bank News


December 18, 2012

Centinel Bank announces the re-opening of our newly renovated Northside Motorbank on Wednesday, December 18th. Construction started on the Drive-Thru Only branch located at 508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in mid-September, with a complete re-model of the building, construction of wider, taller drive-thru lanes, enhanced audio and video communication devices, and the latest, high-tech drive-up ATM that will accept cash and check deposits for our customers, will show images of checks on receipts, and will cash checks (if account has available balance.) Centinel Bank is proud to continue to invest in our facilities and our community. Thank you! for your patience, and thank you for your business!

July 3, 2012

Centinel Bank of Taos announces the opening of their newest branch: their new website and online banking center.  The new Centinel Bank of Taos website will serve as an online branch, allowing Centinel customers to access many services and products offered by Centinel without having to come into one of its branches.  “The purpose of this new site is to better support our customers who prefer to do their banking online and through their mobile devices,” commented Rebeca Romero Rainey, CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos.  She continued, “Of course, for those of our customers who enjoy coming into one of our branches in person, we will continue to be here to meet their needs.”  The new website will provide improved customer support for online banking services, mobile device viewing, as well as downloadable tools and applications which can be emailed or hand-delivered to a branch.  Ms. Romero Rainey added, “We are proud to offer this new website to our customers, which will highlight images of what makes us distinctly ‘Taos’ along with community projects Centinel is involved in.”

Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announces 2012-2013 executive committee
(March 14, 2012)

Rebeca Romero-Rainey, CEO of Centinel Bank of Taos Recognized as a Remarkable Woman of Taos
(March 2012)

Romero Rainey appointed to KC Fed advisory commission 
New Mexico Business Weekly (February 16, 2012)

Group aims to revitalize downtown Questa
Taos News (January 9, 2012)

Centinel Bank News Archives


Angel Reyes appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority 
(June 2011)

Moving money: deposits rise at local banks
Taos News (December 12, 2011)

Hispanic Business 500 lists 26 New Mexico firms 
New Mexico Business Weekly (June 27, 2011)


The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today honored seven community banks with the 2010 ICBA National
Community Bank Service Awards
ICBA (March 20, 2010)

Rebeca Romero Rainey appointed At Large Director of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), a national advocacy group representing independent community banks


Citizen of the Year: Rebeca Romero Rainey 
Taos News (October 16, 2009)