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A Message on Veteran’s Day

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Nov 11, 2019 8:05:00 AM
This month is National Gratitude Month, and it’s very appropriate that Veteran’s Day falls during this time frame. We owe our freedom to the sacrifices made by our veterans throughout our history, and every year we have the opportunity to show our appreciation on November 11, the day Veteran’s Day began to mark the end of World War 1. We’ve continued to use this day to honor all of those who have served in our armed forces.

We would like to thank those in our community who served our country. We know that your service has had a deep impact on you as well as the lives of your family and friends. It also has become an important part of our nation’s history.
We at Tompkins VIST Bank are proud of our team members who are veterans, we would like to list those who have identified themselves as having served, who work in Southeastern PA.

  •  Bill Bunch - Courier
  • Yolanda Douglas- Fox Chase
  • William Hinks – IT
  • Frank Strunk –Commercial Lending
  • Joe Shivick- Facilities
  • Tim West- Tompkins Financial Advisors

Thank you all for your service to our country.
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Exeter Branch, Reading Chamber Host Mixer

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Nov 8, 2019 11:07:00 AM

Tompkins VIST Bank’s 110th anniversary this year provided a good reason for the Exeter Branch on Perkiomen Avenue in Reading to host a chamber mixer recently. “Not every bank can say they’ve served the community for that long, so we wanted to highlight it,” said JJ Valerio, branch manager and vice president of Business Development. He added another reason: “We have a mission to make our office better known to businesses and consumers in Exeter Township.”

About 70 people attended the event, which was cohosted by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. “It is always a great opportunity to partner with the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance,” said JJ. The mixer, like all Tompkins VIST Bank events, supports the local community. In this case the fare and beverages were provided by Musso’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria and Pagoda Hill Vineyards, respectively. “We have a very tight knit business community, so we like to support local businesses,” he said.

Especially popular were real-time portraits of guests drawn by Courtney Sell, owner of Caricatures by Courtney. And each guest received a commemorative 110th anniversary mug. “Throughout our history, we’ve kept service to customers and our communities at the center of everything we do,” JJ said, adding that more activities are planned at the branch in the coming months.

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Enhanced  Cash Management Sales Team

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Nov 5, 2019 8:42:00 AM

Tompkins VIST Bank today announced enhancements to its Cash Management sales team to better serve customers:

Jena Lawrence - Vice President, Cash Management Product and Sales Manager for Tompkins Financial Corporation.  Jena Lawrence was promoted to vice president, Cash Management Product and Sales Manager. In her position, she provides strategic direction for sales and product leadership for all four of Tompkins’ affiliated banks located in Western New York, Central New York, the Hudson Valley and Southeastern Pennsylvania regions.

A resident of Sinking Spring, Lawrence has 18 years of financial services experience. She has been employed by Tompkins VIST Bank for the past 15 years as Cash Management Sales Manager. She was previously employed by Susquehanna Bank. She has attended the PA Bankers School of Treasury for Management Courses I and II.

Active in the community, she has volunteered for United Way of Berks County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Emerging Leaders United. Lawrence is also associated the Association for Financial Professionals, Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce, Women2Women, Greater Reading Young Professionals, Tri-County Chamber, Tri-County LEYP Young Professionals, Tri-County REACH, Spring-Ford Chamber of Commerce, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, and Main Line Young Professionals.

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Tompkins VIST Bank Hires Nicholas Litrenta

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Oct 28, 2019 8:44:00 AM

Tompkins VIST Bank announced that Nicholas Litrenta has joined the company as the assistant vice president and commercial loan officer. In his position he is responsible for collaborating with business owners and real estate investors to help with their financing needs.

A resident of Douglassville, Litrenta has ten years of experience in financial services. His previous career was with Fleetwood Bank. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Immaculata University, where he majored in business administration.

Involved within his community, Litrenta serves as the treasurer for the Boyertown Rotary Club, and is a board member of the South Mountain YMCA. He also was part of the Leadership Berks Class of 2019 and serves as the social co-chair for the Leadership Berks.

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Music and Mixing at our Fox Chase Branch

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Oct 2, 2019 2:00:00 PM

The 21st annual business card exchange at Tompkins VIST Bank’s Fox Chase Branch came with something extra: students from the Fox Chase Music School who provided a lively accompaniment to the networking activity.

About 50 people attended the recent event; they represented the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Rockledge Fox Chase Business Association and the Northeast Sunrisers Rotary Club.

“My staff and I look forward to hosting this event all year,” said Theresa Guldin, bank manager. “Despite the dominance of email and social media to do business, I think people realize the importance of meeting face to face.” To encourage networking, Theresa gave everyone an “assignment” to make sure everyone connected with a least one or two new people. She then encouraged them to follow-up after the mixer to see how far their new connections could go..

These events are part of Tompkins VIST Bank’s DNA, as is supporting the community. In fact, last month the bank sponsored and coordinated an event involving five chambers along the 422 business corridor. “Working together with each other makes us better business people and creates a stronger community, and the first step getting together,” said Theresa. “The music students performed was the icing on the cake,” she said, adding that the bank gave the school a donation in appreciation of their work.

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Multi-Chamber Mixer Welcomed Back

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Sep 16, 2019 3:04:00 PM

Support and Cooperation Made the Once-Annual Event a Success.

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Tompkins VIST Bank Hires Matt Sullivan

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Aug 2, 2019 10:43:00 AM

Tompkins VIST Bank announced that Matt Sullivan has joined the company as a mortgage loan originator team. In his position, he is responsible for recommending mortgage products that works best for the customer.

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Tompkins VIST Bank's Fifth Annual AG Luncheon

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Jul 29, 2019 2:12:00 PM

Tompkins VIST Bank recently continued its tradition of hosting an annual luncheon for agricultural customers, and this year – the fifth – was the most successful yet. Over 200 guests, more than the past years, attended the event at the Leesport Farmers Market in Berks County.  The meal included pulled pork, corn on the cob and ice cream. It was served by Tompkins VIST senior leadership and staff. Bank President and CEO Scott Gruber welcomed the group and introduced the agricultural banking team members as well as local officials.

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Independence Day and Business Online Lending

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Jul 3, 2019 4:18:27 PM

Independence Day: The perfect time to highlight business online lending.   Even before the first Independence Day, small businesses have been the backbone of the U.S. economy. In fact, many of our founding fathers were business owners: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton, to name just a few.

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Tompkins VIST Promotes James Whitton

Posted by Tompkins VIST Bank on Jun 25, 2019 1:18:14 PM


Tompkins VIST Bank today announced that James Whitton, of Collegeville, has been promoted to Business Market Leader for the Greater Philadelphia area, a new position. He previously was senior vice president, a title he retains, and regional commercial loan manager. He is responsible for expanding the bank’s presence in the Philadelphia area by seeking out business development opportunities and leading and coordinating the commercial sales teams’ efforts.

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