Josh Akwenuke

VP, Business Banker
(984) 867-3180

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Areas Served

Oregon & SW Washington

Get to know me

As a First Citizens business banker, it’s important to invest in understanding your business, strategies and key objectives. An established process and skilled team of specialists help me tailor solutions to fit you and your organization. Clients appreciate our trusted partnership in planning for long-term success.

I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon with a concentration in Economics. My career includes over 12 years in banking with the majority of that time spent in the Business Banking space. My specific focus has been working with clients in the Business and Industrial space that are in the growth phase of the business cycle.

I am passionate about spending my spare time volunteering for youth athletics in our local communities. As a native Oregonian and past member of the University of Oregon men's basketball team, I have a passion for coaching youth basketball. I've coached for the past 10 years with a large portion of that time focused on the local recreation leagues and summer camps. I also enjoy giving back to those less fortunate in the local community by donating my time at the Oregon Food Bank and the Saint Francis Dining Hall.

I invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn.

Our approach

At First Citizens, our Bankers view business relationships with you through a long-term lens. This aligns with our brand ethics, business philosophies and statement of purpose for building a long, lasting alliance. We make recommendations and decisions based on what’s best for your business and focus on your growth, expansion and success.

Management at First Citizens is regional, and we guide your accounts in the same manner—with regional support and authority. Our relationship management teams include inside and outside relationship managers, credit professionals and product specialists. Our consulting and business strategy services include industry change optimization, business process management and financial management processes.

We pride ourselves on working together to bring positive results to your business, as we see your vision come to fruition.

Industry Expertise

Healthcare and Medical
Manufacturing (Plastics, Metal, Rubber, Textiles)


BS in Economics from the University of Oregon

Community Involvement

Volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank and Saint Francis Dining Hall. Volunteering as a youth sports coach

Personal Interests

Portland Trailblazers, Portland Timbers (Season ticket holder), Playing hoops, Hiking, Golf, Trying out new restaurants and craft beers around town, Traveling the world


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