Glacier Bancorp

First National Bank of Layton merges with Glacier Bancorp

First National Bank of Layton is set to merge with Glacier Bancorp.

According to a news release, the merger will take effect for the second quarter this year, pending board and regulatory approval.

“Our 100-year history of providing financial solutions to our customers has helped First National Bank of Layton become an established, reliable brand throughout the communities we serve,” said First National Bank of Layton President and CEO John Jones in the release.

“We’re proud that Glacier Bancorp recognizes our legacy and leadership and that they want us to join them while continuing to focus on local customers and communities. The growth here in Utah is unprecedented and exciting. By combining forces with Glacier, we will be able expand our reach further in Utah plus we will have access to the resources and services of a much larger organization, allowing us to serve our customers and communities well into the future.”

According to the agreement, the six branches of First National Bank of Layton will merge with four branches from two of Glacier’s existing divisions to form a new Utah-based Division of Glacier Bank.

Among the four Glacier branches are branches in Morgan and Mountain Green (First Bank, Division of Glacier Bank), and Park City and Brigham City (Mountain West Bank, Division of Glacier Bank).

First National Bank of Layton leadership will be over the new division.

Hillcrest Bank expands into Utah with WSU alum as market president

Weber State University alum Chet Samuelson has been tabbed as the market president for Hillcrest Bank following an announcement by the company that it will expand into Utah.

According to a news release, the focus of the bank, a division of NBH Bank, will be “serving commercial and business banking clients in the Wasatch Front.”

Samuelson earned a Bachelor of Science and MBA from Weber State and then worked at Bank One. When the bank merged with J.P. Morgan Chase, he continued with the company through 2014 as a credit analyst and senior banker. In 2014, he joined Wells Fargo Commercial Bank in Utah, leading Wells Fargo’s Global Banking expansion effort.

“Their strong commitment to relationship and community building is well aligned to my values,” Samuelson said of Hillcrest Bank. “I am also impressed with the exceptional experience of the parent company’s management team. They clearly recognize the opportunity to serve one of the strongest business communities in the country, and I am honored to serve as a founding leader in the market I call home.”

USU Extension will

co-sponsor Utah Marriage Celebration

Those hoping to either prepare for or strengthen their marriage can attend the Northern Utah Marriage Celebration from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.

The event, co-sponsored by Utah State University Extension, will take place at the Weber State University Shepherd Union Building. It will include workshops on topics such as intimacy, communication and staying connected.

The keynote speaker will be Darin Adams, who spent 30 years as a TV broadcaster, including seven as a host for KSL. He will deliver a presentation called “Make the Adventure Last.”

“We are excited about this event,” said Naomi Brower, USU Extension family and consumer sciences faculty for Weber County in a news release. “We have a fantastic lineup of speakers and we are confident that the couples that attend will come away with information and skills to enhance their relationship.”

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 1-801-399-8207. The cost is $30 per couple or $20 per individual through Jan. 31, and $40 per couple or $25 per individual after that. Tickets might be available to be purchased by cash or check only at the door.

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