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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 last 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 White. We’re so happy for you!
HOMEBANK employees recently conducted a six-month internal campaign to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude is “to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment…” No child is denied treatment based on a family’s ability to pay.
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Caitlin Kendrick and Tom Batenhorst, co-coordinators of the Quincy-to-Peoria St. Jude Run, accepted a check for $8,269.23 from HOMEBANK management and the Bank’s St. Jude Fundraising Committee.
Pictured l-r: Community Bank Presidents Josh Wilson, Mark Hayes, Mary Dickey, and Tej Ghosh; Kendrick and Batenhorst; and HOMEBANK St. Jude Fundraising Committee Members Heather Day, Michelle Merkel and Arryn Kroeger.
HOMEBANK employees have selected local food pantries to benefit from their fundraising efforts in 2022. HOMEBANK, member FDIC.
Congratulations to the following employees who celebrated significant anniversaries in 2021. HOMEBANK is very lucky to have you! Thank you for all you do for our customers.
HOMEBANK, Member FDIC, broke ground for its tenth branch in Bowling Green, MO, at 1108 Business Highway 61, on Monday, June 14. Directors Byron Webb and Victoria Webb Sack, along with HOMEBANK Chief Executive Officer Joe Thomas, Community Bank President Mary Dickey and Assistant Vice President Halie Wyble turned dirt during the ceremony at the construction site.
“We are opening this physical location in Bowling Green because we believe in exceptional customer service,” said Dickey. “We have locations in Mexico, Centralia, Hannibal and O’Fallon, and customers come from the surrounding areas. We felt we needed a physical presence in the middle of those locations to best serve our current and future customers.
“We have all the electronic services offered by the mega-banks and a great mobile app, all allowing customers to bank from anywhere, but often great customer service needs to be delivered face-to-face. It’s difficult to trust your partner if you’ve never met them in person, sat in their office, and learned a little about them as a person. In all our communities, HOMEBANK branches and our employees are highly competent, friendly and welcoming to help reduce the anxiety that sometimes comes with big financial decisions.”
More information can be obtained by calling Wyble, who is working out of a temporary office in Bowling Green, at 573-324-8921.
HOMEBANK kicked off summer and showed its appreciation for Mexico area residents with a Community Appreciation Cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 11. More than 200 customers and friends attended the event on a hot summer day.
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, email@example.com or phone, 573-769-2001.
After a brief stint in insurance sales, Hunter Baggett joined HOMEBANK in December of 2018 as a Business Banking Associate then progressed to Business Banking Officer. In November of 2020, Hunter was named CBP Josh Wilson’s lending assistant and began training to become a Loan Officer. Hunter was granted lending authority by the board in March of 2021 and continues to play an active role in business banking for the Hannibal market.
Hays Klocke’s career with HOMEBANK started with an internship during the summer of 2019. Upon completion of his internship, he was offered the opportunity to remain working as a part-time Business Banking Sales Assistant while he was finishing his final year of college. In January of 2020, his class load allowed him to move into a full-time position. He was promoted to a Loan Officer for the Canton branch in March of 2021.
Denneil Comstock has been employed with the bank since February 2016. She started in Loan Servicing, transitioned to Portfolio Loan Processing, then to Portfolio Lending Assistant and then took on Consumer and Mortgage Loan Officer for Hannibal. Her current role is Portfolio Loan Administration Assistant.
Mary Smith joined HOMEBANK in January 2013 as a Mortgage Lender. She has consistently grown her mortgage/consumer lending portfolio utilizing her expert lending knowledge to assist customers in securing their home loans. She is the trainer and go-to person for new mortgage lenders for HOMEBANK and recently Mary has accepted the challenge of leading and training the lending department for the new mortgage processing workflow and online application – Vanceo. Over the next year, she will become a part of the Maestro expert team.
HOMEBANK employees recently presented a “Teach Kids to Save” program to more than 200 second graders at Marion County R-II, Palmyra and Mexico Elementary Schools. Classes discussed what banks do and how putting money in a savings account earns interest. The students then counted coins to make “deposits.” Here, students in Danielle Louder’s class at Hawthorne Elementary School in Mexico show their HOMEBANK piggy banks.
Janet Brown of Centralia has been named Vice President – Market Lending Supervisor for HOMEBANK’s Centralia and Mexico branches. A graduate of Centralia High School and the Missouri Bankers Association School of Lending, Brown comes to HOMEBANK with 29 years of banking experience, where she began as a teller, then transitioned into customer service, retail service manager, loan underwriting, mortgage loan officer and mortgage loan analyst.
“We are very pleased to have Janet join our Mid-Missouri Market team,” said Community Bank President Mary Dickey. “She is an experienced banker, she knows our area and she already knows many our customers. We know they will be thrilled to work with her, as are we.”
Following orientation, Brown will be available to meet with customers at the Centralia HOMEBANK branch, 1399 East Highway 22, during normal bank hours. Her first day in the office will be Jan. 18.