West Bank was recently ranked the 12th best performing community bank in America by Raymond James for 2021. The West Des Moines-based bank has been recognized on the list in eight of the past nine years, said Dave Nelson, West Bank‘s Bank . chairman and CEO, and was the only Iowa-based bank in the ranking. The 10th annual Raymond James Community Bankers Cup awards recognize the top 10% of community banks based on various measures of profitability, operational efficiency and balance sheet. The West Bank was among 23 recognized banks from a pool of 229 publicly traded banks with assets between $500 million and $10 billion as of December 31, 2021. Banks considered exclude mutual holding companies and investment targets. potential acquisitions. The 2021 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup winners’ one-year average stock price performance was 59.7%, significantly outperforming the industry as measured by the Nasdaq Bank Index, which rose 39.7% . The one-year performance of West Bank stocks was 61%; over the past five years, its stock has risen 25.8%, according to analysis by Raymond James.