I’m pleased to announce our bank’s 110th anniversary! An event will be held on August 16 in Leesport, the date and place we were founded, and we’re asking the public to help us celebrate. Festivities will include refreshments, entertainment, giveaways and other activities. And to further highlight this milestone, we’re planning to donate funds to two local organizations that provide important services to the community.
Some might ask, “Why is a bank’s longevity important?” This is a natural question, especially at a time when new banks continue to open and internet competitors are popping up. The answer is that for a community bank, a constant presence in the marketplace over a long period of time demonstrates continuity and commitment. Those qualities are important when customers have an important financial decision to make and want to speak with a trusted, knowledgeable adviser. We’ve worked hard to deliver this expertise in a friendly, helpful way. We’ve also kept up with the move to technology and offer easy-to-use mobile and Internet options.
Our bank began in 1909 with only one branch; today we have 19 branches throughout southeastern Pennsylvania Early to recognize that customers want non-banking services too, over the years we’ve acquired mortgage, insurance and investment affiliates. In 2011 we merged with Tompkins Financial, a very successful financial services holding company. The partnership has given us the resources to offer sophisticated services while remaining locally headquartered and offering local decision-making.
Today, Tompkins VIST Bank remains focused on the future. In fact, we were the first community bank in this region to offer businesses an online loan application process that allows customers to apply for a loan 24/7. And we’re continuing to offer new mobile services.
For a community bank, the key to long-term success is listening to the needs of your customers and communities. We’re celebrating 110 years of doing that and look forward to continuing to serve our market well into the future.