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OneWest Bank Wins 2019 Gold Stevie® Award for Sales & Customer Service
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:00 PM

PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- OneWest Bank, CIT's Southern California retail bank division, today announced it has won a 2019 Gold Stevie Award in the category of Customer Service Success, Financial Service Industries. OneWest Bank has now received a Stevie Award recognition for two consecutive years.

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"This honor speaks to our commitment to provide Southern California an exceptional banking experience and to forge strong connections with our customers and community," said Heather Ellison, senior vice president of Retail Banking for OneWest. "I want to thank our OneWest team for delivering on this commitment each and every day."  

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the world's top honors for customer service, contact center, business development, and sales professionals.  The awards were presented to honorees during a gala banquet on Friday, February 22.  More than 700 executives from the U.S.A. and several other nations attended. 

This year's award recognizes the bank's focus on giving back to the local community and ongoing efforts to improve the customer experience.

"All of the Stevie Award winners should be very proud of their achievements.  Independent professionals around the world have agreed that their accomplishments are worthy of public recognition," said Stevie Awards president and founder, Michael Gallagher.

More than 2,700 nominations from organizations in 45 nations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year's competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 150 professionals worldwide in seven specialized judging committees.

To learn more about OneWest Bank and its offerings visit

About CIT
CIT is a leading national bank focused on empowering businesses and personal savers with the financial agility to navigate their goals. CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with over a century of experience, approximately $50 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2018, and operates a principal bank subsidiary, CIT Bank, N.A. (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender). The company's commercial banking segment includes commercial financing, real estate financing, equipment financing, factoring and railcar financing. CIT's consumer banking segment includes its national online bank, CIT Bank, and a Southern California branch bank, OneWest Bank. Discover more at

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Sponsors of the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include Sales Partnerships and ValueSelling Associates.

Olivia Weiss