The New Year is a time for resolutions. A time to commit. A time to make a change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.