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Each year, HOMEBANK employees choose a charity close to their hearts and organize fun events for six months to raise money to be donated to that entity. We have donated to Wounded Warriors, Buddy Pack programs, Honor Flight, CASA, St. Jude’s, our in-house emergency fund for employees, and recently, our local food pantries.
During the first half of 2022, employees raised $6,736.30 for local food pantries AND collected more than 1,800 nonperishable food items. The food items were distributed back in February, and this month, the cash will be split according to the size of the bank in each community. The following organizations will receive a slice of the pie: the Palmyra, Centralia, and O’Fallon Food Pantries, Quincy Neighborhood Federation, The Hope Center in Bowling Green, Canton Christian Church, Douglass Community Center in Hannibal and The Help Center in Mexico.
Another generous campaign is now complete, and we couldn’t be prouder of our employees.
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Customers in Bowling Green couldn’t wait. They just kept coming into the new HOMEBANK at 1108 US-61 Business before it was officially open. On April 4, the doors quietly opened and later that month, HOMEBANK officers, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, and employees made it official and proudly announced “WE’RE OPEN!”
Each new HOMEBANK branch is designed with new technology and amenities specifically selected for customers of that branch. The Bowling Green branch features Smart Lockers in the vestibule so customers can drop off and pick up paperwork after hours. A special room has been added so customers can speak with HOMEBANK experts at other branches through the new Maestro software. And, for the first time, this HOMEBANK branch has a hitching station in the back so our Amish customers have a place to park their buggies. So unique!
Congratulations to Community Bank President Mary Dickey, Assistant Vice Presidents Halie Wyble and Katie Smith, and Customer Service Representatives Dana Portwood and Kirsten Buchanan. We’re so happy for you!
Every couple of years, we like to pull out the HOMEBANK grill at each of our locations and invite our customers to have lunch with us. Last month, we fed more than 300 customers in Quincy. While we won’t be cooking at every branch this year, we do have cookouts scheduled for Hannibal and Centralia in October (hoping for cooler weather). If you are located in either of these communities, watch your email for an invitation. We will be grilling at other locations in 2023.
Kailee Saxbery has relocated to the St Louis area and is now the Vice President of Retail Operations for the Lake St. Louis Market. Kailee joined HOMEBANK in November of 2018 as a CSR and has excelled in any task or job she has been given. Her latest challenge was as Branch Operations Coordinator where she assisted SVP Amber Uppinghouse with all things branch oriented.
“Kailee is a quick study and always up for a challenge. Her move to Lake St. Louis is a great opportunity to show off her skills,” says Bridget Browning, Chief Compliance and Information Officer.
Rachel Schlipman has been promoted to Vice President of Branch Operations and CRM Coordinator and will be based out of the Palmyra branch.
Initially a Bank of Quincy employee, Rachel has worn several hats during her time with BOQ and HOMEBANK. Starting as a CSR in April of 2008, she assumed the Marketing Director duties for BOQ, then returned to a customer facing role as Branch Lead for Q48. Rachel has developed and grown the branch which is now a major resource for our customers on the east side of Quincy.
Browning acknowledges her contributions. “Rachel has shown great leadership for our team over the last few years and has fantastic customer service skills. We look to Rachel for many things, including being a wonderful example of great customer service.”
Joseph Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, and Angie Poppe, Chief Lending Officer, are pleased to announce Nathan Alderton has joined the HOMEBANK Commercial/Ag Loan Team. He will be a lending resource for the Canton/NE Missouri market operating primarily out of the HOMEBANK Canton branch.
Nathan’s 6 years of experience in the financial industry focused on commercial/ag lending and relationship building. Prior to joining HOMEBANK, Alderton worked as a community banker in the Northeast Missouri market.
Nathan is a Certified Commercial Loan Officer with a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia College. Several years of farming experience provides Nathan with the knowledge and understanding required to expertly assist clients with their farming operation questions, needs, and concerns. He is committed to providing quality service to his clients, making their financial needs his priority.
He was raised in Kahoka, MO and currently resides in Ewing with his wife and young daughter. Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and working a row crop operation with his brothers.
Nathan is pleased to be a member of the HOMEBANK family and working with their customers. “I look forward to developing strong relationships with local businesses and community members. As an active participant in bank and community sponsored events, I look forward to being an active member of the community.”
Nathan will office out of the HOMEBANK Canton branch: 1810 Elm Street, Canton, MO. He can be reached via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 573-769-2001.
Cassie Haveman has been promoted to a leadership position in our Centralia and Mexico branches. She joined HOMEBANK in April of 2021 and quickly became an integral part of the Centralia team, functioning as an informal leader and assisting AVP Katie Smith with additional duties as needed.
“Cassie is a quick study who pays close attention to detail. She consistently wants to learn more about the bank, is willing to help with any project thrown her way and does so with enthusiasm and a smile on her face. I’m very lucky to have her,” says Smith.
Sierra Schroder has been named the new Branch Lead for the Palmyra branch.
“Sierra has done an excellent job digging in and learning banking in her short time here. She is going to accomplish great things here at HOMEBANK, and we are lucky to have such a dedicated employee,” says her supervisor, Senior Vice President Amber Uppinghouse.
Sierra started at HOMEBANK in June of 2020. A Maywood MO native, she is a graduate of Highland High School.