Ernest Garfield

Ernest Garfield

Ernie is President of Independent Bank Developers, LLC and Chairman of Interstate Bank Developers, Inc. 

He is also the founder of the Alliance of Business Banks, the Arizona Financial Institutions Task Force for Arizona Legislators, the Financial Services Advisory Council and Community Bank Advisory Council for Arizona members of Congress.  

He is the founder and owner of Internet businesses U.S. Criminal Records Agency, Criminal Tracker Alert, E-mail Pony Express, Justice Depot Foundation, Inc., and Alliance OutReach.
The Phoenix Business Journal recognized him as one of the most influential Arizona business leaders of 2007.
The Phoenix Business Journal published his profile on July 2012; 
 1.     Executive Profile: Ernest “Ernie” Garfield, chairman, Interstate Bank ... 

In December The Journal rated his picture in the Arizona State Senate chamber as one ofThe Phoenix Business Journal's best photos of 2012.  (Picture #19; Picture 5 is Arizona governor Jan Brewer; Picture 6 is Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; Picture number 8 is President Obama; Picture 12 is Barbara Barrett, former U.S, Ambassador to Finland, a deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and vice chair of the U. S. Civil Aeronautics Board.) 


In 2009, Garfield received the Sir CV Raman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science.  He also received Congressional Recognition for “Leadership and Dedication to Promoting Commerce Between the U.S. and Asian Markets.”   He served as chair of Global Venture Funding, US-Asia Business Expo.
As an Arizona State Senator from 1967 to 1968 he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Additionally during Mr. Garfield's service as an Arizona State Senator he was a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary, and Commerce & Industry committees. 

As the State Treasurer of Arizona from 1970 to 1974 he helped reform investment law in the State of Arizona. His efforts made it possible for the State to earn more interest income during his tenure than had been earned by all previous state treasurers combined. 

While serving as Arizona Corporation Commissioner from 1974 to 1978, during the middle east oil crisis, he twice chaired the White House Conference on Energy and voted to approve the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant.

Since leaving public office in 1979, he has been involved in bank organizations, real estate development, and publishing. To date he has successfully helped start 31 banks.

His civic involvement has included serving on the Governor's commissions for Prevention of Family Violence, Violence Against Women, Rape Prevention, and the Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force. He is a past director of the board of the Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus Pine Council and the East Valley Institute of Technology Foundation Board. He served as a founding member of the Men's Anti Violence Network and as a member of the Arizona Skill Standards Commission. While in the Army, Garfield served in Korea. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Field Artillery Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 

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