By Maria F. Hunter, Vice President, Long Beach C&IOriginally published in the Long Beach Business Journal.   Although we’re fully committed to serving all of our clients to the fullest extent possible, businesses with a privately-owned structure are one segment we feel we can passionately serve like other financial institutions cannot. In fact, one family-owned business, RMI International, Inc. (RMI), discovered firsthand the commitment First Bank has to other like-minded organizations. After possessing a long-term relationship with another larger financial services provider, the Rodriguez family sought funding to buy out the entire ownership shares of a silent partner whose involvement no longer made sense and, conversely, was hindering further growth and expansion of the family’s security services’ operations. After interviewing eight other banks and receiving five viable proposals, First Bank was ultimately chosen as their strategic partner. “We truly felt First Bank under ...