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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.
HOMEBANK is the newest sponsor for the Liberty FFA Alumni Beef Preview Show. Rich Hugenberg, left, ag lender for HOMEBANK, presented a $250 sponsorship check to Liberty IL High School FFA Advisor Steve Buyck recently. Donations are still being accepted to contribute to the cash prizes for the event, which will take place on Saturday, June 5, at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. For more information, contact Buyck at 217-440-5590. Hugenberg also brought t-shirts for all FFA members.
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.