When it comes to basketball, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns know a thing or two about what it takes to build a winning team. The Suns have made it to the Western Conference playoffs 29 times and to the NBA Finals twice. They have had MVPs, Coaches of the Year, Players of the Year, and leaders in an array of statistical categories during the team’s 45-year history.
The Phoenix Suns team is more than just the athletes playing basketball on the court. They also carry their winning ways to the team’s front office, where they work to develop strong relationships with Arizona businesses—The most recent being with National Bank of Arizona, now the Official Bank of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.
We’re an organization that takes pride in working with Arizona businesses, says Jim Pitman, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Phoenix Suns. We’ve had a strong relationship with NB|AZ since 2011 and it only made sense for us to partner with them.
Kevin Cooney, NB|AZ Corporate Banker, couldn’t agree more—especially when it comes to translating that relationship to Suns fans.
“Phoenix is a basketball town. People who attend games, watch them on television or listen to them on the radio understand the quality of the relationships the team has with local businesses,” he says. “As we celebrate our 30th year, the partnership with the Suns is a huge opportunity for us to bring our message of commitment to Arizona to a broader audience.”
The relationship between NB|AZ and the Phoenix Suns and Mercury is unique in that NB|AZ is not only the official bank sponsor, but also provides banking services to the teams.
“The fact that we actually bank the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, and have for a few years now, provides validity and a solid foundation for a winning partnership,” says Cooney. “I don’t think any other bank in the state could provide the level of dedicated service and local banking expertise that NB|AZ can. It’s a great home court advantage.”