Desirae Outcalt, VP, Commercial Banker

Why do you partner with Catholic Education Arizona? Bell Bank is one of the nation’s largest family-owned banks. Care for our communities is an absolute core focus for the organization, as shown in all the ways we pay it forward through gifts, volunteering, and forging community and charitable partnerships. Catholic Education Arizona invests in our youth and their education to make the future brighter for them, and as a growing company, we are excited to work with Catholic Education Arizona to help create a strong future.

What sets your business apart from other similar businesses in our community? Bell has been referred to as “a bank with a soul.” Our bottom line mission statement is “Happy Employees! Happy customers!” We exist as a great place to work and do business, for the sole purpose of helping others. Bell Bank consistently puts people over profit. It all translates to what we call the “Bell difference” – an unmatched level of personal service and satisfaction.

What do you see as a benefit of Catholic education to families, communities and the future workforce? As a company with its eye on the future, Bell places great emphasis on the next generation. As the saying goes, “Knowledge is power,” and the investment we place in educating children today will have a positive impact on our communities in the future. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.

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Bell is one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing family-and employee-owned banks, with assets of more than $10 billion – thanks to our many loyal customers, whose confidence in us has led to growth and opportunity.

When Bell Bank opened its doors in 1966 with a single location in a North Dakota shopping center, our founders couldn’t have dreamed of the growth the company would have. For decades, having happy employees and happy customers has been at the heart of the organization. Our values – being a family, treating our customers well and making our community a better place – are at the core of all we do.