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HOMEBANK is pleased to announce the addition of three team members to its branch at 1399 East Highway 22 in Centralia.
Taylor Warbritton of Centralia has been hired as Loan Officer. In this position, she will assist customers in applying for and acquiring loans for home mortgages, vehicles, and other personal needs. A graduate of Paris High School, Warbritton earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Hannibal LaGrange University and worked in the banking industry for seven years prior to joining HOMEBANK. She is active in the Centralia Rotary Club, Friendship Christian Church and volunteers with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Nicole Wilt of Paris has been hired as a Customer Service Representative for HOMEBANK. In this position, she will be responsible for opening accounts, facilitating customer deposits and withdrawals and general customer service. A graduate of Paris High School, Wilt attended Moberly Area Community College and earned a general education degree with a minor in social work from Central Methodist University. She has seven years banking experience and is active in Monroe City Cancer Supporters.
Dollens of Centralia, a sophomore at Centralia High School, has been hired as a part-time Customer Service Representative. Dollens is a member of the high school volleyball team, SCRUBS science club, Student Council, FFA and Key Club.
HOMEBANK, its employees and friends recently donated more than $10,000 to the Wounded Warriors organization. Retired US Army Sergeant, Wounded Warrior and Volunteer Angie Peacock from St. Charles, MO, center, accepted a check from HOMEBANK management on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Pictured left to right: HOMEBANK Central Missouri Market Community Bank President Tom Nelson, HOMEBANK Illinois Market Community Bank President Mark Hayes; HOMEBANK Northeast Missouri Market Community Bank President Josh Wilson, Angie Peacock from Wounded Warriors, HOMEBANK CEO Joe Thomas, and Committee Members Curt Meany and Kallie Dixon.
In an effort to encourage math skills and an understanding of money at an early age, HOMEBANK has installed a Discovery Bar for children at its Palmyra and Quincy locations. Age-appropriate games from Good Neighbor Press, Inc., have been installed on two electronic tablets in the bank’s lobbies. The games have been selected to teach children about counting, recognition of numbers, addition, the value of coins and more.
“A year or so ago, we installed Discovery Bars for adults in all our locations and we’ve found them to be a great help in teaching our customers about internet banking that they can do at home, our mobile app that they can use on-the-go, and banking products in general,” said HOMEBANK CEO Joe Thomas. “Children are even more eager to use electronic devices, and it’s never too early to teach them about money and saving.”
The new Discovery Bar also entertains children while adults take care of their banking needs.
HOMEBANK has donated $500 to The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. We’re told that this donation will allow them to purchase $10,500 worth of food for hungry folks in Hannibal.
HOMEBANK officials broke ground Oct. 16 for construction of a new HOMEBANK Resource Center in Mexico, MO. The full-service banking facility will open in 2019. Pictured left to right: Joe Thomas, CEO and Chairman of the Board; Mary Dickey, Senior Vice President; Tom Nelson, Community Bank President for HOMEBANK’s Mid-Missouri Market; Byron Webb and Victoria Sack, Directors
HOMEBANK recently donated $500 toward the purchase of necessary computer equipment and software upgrades for classes in the Business/Technology Department of Marion County R-II Schools. In an effort to keep student learning and curriculum up-to-date, the school is adding Google, Junior High Coding and Robotics, and Multimedia courses to its fall lineup and is updating its Accounting, Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing and Computer Applications courses.
“These students are the future employees of HOMEBANK and our neighboring companies,” said HOMEBANK Community Bank President Josh Wilson. “They must have the advanced skills necessary to continue to strengthen our business community.”
Technology Coordinator Lisa Arment, Multimedia Specialist Lori Shuck, and Business Instructor Wendy Plunkett are spearheading the fundraising effort.
Picture Cutline: (l-r) Marion County R-II Schools Technology Coordinator Lisa Arment and Business Instructor Wendy Plunkett accept a $500 check from HOMEBANK Community Bank President Josh Wilson for technology course upgrades for the fall.
Nearly 450 second-grade students in Palmyra, Hannibal, Philadelphia and Canton, MO, learned about the importance of saving money during presentations given by HOMEBANK employees April 23-27. For more than a decade, HOMEBANK has offered “Teach Children to Save,” a 30-minute program featuring discussions about saving, counting money and making sample deposits, and learning about interest.