Magazine article Independent Banker

Colorado Agricultural Bank Fosters Commmunity Image

Magazine article Independent Banker

Colorado Agricultural Bank Fosters Commmunity Image

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Olathe State Bank in Olathe, Colo., launched the first in a series of publications geared toward fostering the bank's image as a major participant in community projects. The bank chose to distribute the first issue of the Uncompahgre Independent during the city's annual Corn Festival, the pinnacle of local summer activities in the farm-rich Western Colorado valley. The eight-page publication features photos depicting the bank's strong roots in the region and its agricultural enterprises, coupled with local interest stories involving the bank and its customers.

"[Olathe State Bank] is an independent bank in an area where everyone is merging, so we wanted to fuse that identity with the identity of the small independent farmer who comprises our local agricultural community," said Judy King, editor of the Uncompahgre Independent. "It connects, in the public's mind, the independent community bank with an agricultural region that's composed of small independent farms."



Sherill Calhoun was named vice president and manager of the new branch location of the Porterville, Calif.-based Bank of the Sierra. The new branch, slated for completion in January 1999, will be located in nearby Hanford, Calif. Ronald J. Barnett has joined the bank's lending staff and has his office in the bank's Porterville Ag Center.


Interchange Bank in Saddle Brook, N.J., announced a promotion and a new appointment. James Kwasnik was promoted to assistant vice president and information systems manager. He administers the bank's local- and widearea computer networks, as well as all other voice and data communications systems. He joined Interchange Bank in 1993 as PC coordinator and was promoted to assistant treasurer and network administrator in 1996. Antonio Figueroa was appointed vice president and general auditor. He manages Interchange Bank's internal audit function. He brings more than 30 years of banking experience to his position.


Pendleton Banking Co. in Pendleton, Ind., elected Gretchen D. Patterson, a mortgage loan officer, vice president.

Jim Rupert, director of First National Bank of Nokomis, Ill., was named 1998's Illinois National Distinguished Principal by the Illinois Principals Association and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The award commends distinguished service to the community, educational leadership and involvement in state and national professional organizations for principals.

Peoples Bank and Trust in Indianapolis, Ind. …

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