Original Board of Directors in 1902
left to right: Epraim Bennett, S.H. Brown, Wilson Winter, J.L. Bennett and W.N. Burley
The Community Bank
Founded – December 1902
Employees – Over 130
Locations – 10 Banking Offices, 1 Lending Center, and a Wealth Management Department
Back in the late 1890's, Crooksville, Ohio was a bustling town of merchants, manufacturers and individuals. However the town had no bank. Anyone who had banking business had to travel to banks in neighboring towns. This was inconvenient and risky. Thus, it prompted a group of local businessmen to initiate the establishment of The Crooksville Bank.
The Crooksville Bank opened its doors in December of 1902 and expanded into the South Zanesville market in 1988 with an office on Maysville Pike. In 1992, the bank changed its name to The Community Bank to better reflect its passion for serving the local community and its vision for growth.
Out of reverence for its place in banking history, the interior of the Crooksville banking office was remodeled to reflect its original interior. It still serves family generations that span over 100 years.
The Community Bank will be focused on growth and serving our communities, customers and shareholders. Our Company will continue to be an independent community bank offering an appropriate array of services to our consumer, small business, and commercial customers. We will be committed to customer retention through our delivery of exceptional service, continued innovation, passion and hard work.
We aim to continuously be recognized as one of the premier financial institutions within the communities we serve.
We are committed to getting the right people in the right place in our Company, providing training and opportunities for career and personal development. Our great people are our competitive advantage.
Bringing You Up to Date
1997: West Zanesville office opened on Dillon Falls Road.
2001: Michael Steen joined The Community Bank as President with vast banking and marketing experience and a fresh outlook for the community.
2002: The Community Loan Company was established as a new subsidiary of the Banks Holding Company.
2003: The North Zanesville office opened on NorthPointe Drive.
2006: The East Zanesville office opened meeting the objective to serve all four sides of the Zanesville marketplace.
2007: The headquarters of the bank moved from the Crooksville location to its new office on North Fifth in Downtown Zanesville to serve as the hub of all full-service banking offices as well as the home of Community Financial Advisors.
2008: The Community Bank acquires Community Financial Advisors to better serve our community.
2009: The Frazeysburg office opened on W. Third Street.
2012: The New Concord banking office and Heath Lending Center opened to achieve our commitment to support our neighboring communities.
2015: The second Community Loan Company Office was established in Heath.
2015: The Cambridge offices opened on Wheeling Avenue and Southgate Parkway.
2015: 3rd Community Loan Company Office opened on North Maple Avenue in Zanesville.
What We Stand For
As we look to the future, our priority reaches beyond the numbers, beyond the success of the bank itself. We believe that "as goes the community, so goes The Community Bank." We have visions of growth, one neighbor at a time, for the economic and cultural benefit of our community as a whole. We will stand up against the big, "corporate" banks that are based out-of-town but pretend to be "local." Yet we'll offer any of the same or better services, plus another special benefit: We care.
We work hard to ensure the leadership success in our Company and have a lot of initiatives in place to further develop our people! We pride ourselves on being the bank that provides the best customer service in our markets, but we will not rest on that. Excellence in service will be enhanced by our newest training initiative we've branded as Community College. This new focus on training will allow us to keep our employees on top of changes in technology, regulations and customer service.
Our robust marketing strategy continues to bring new customers to the bank and has solidified our institution as the premier community bank in our markets. The long-term brand positioning of, "Tried and True" and our marketing theme, "The Spirit of Community Is YOU" have been extremely powerful messages behind our continuing growth of over 400% in the past 10 years.
Moving forward, nothing will ever define our culture more completely than our theme, "Tried and True." Because even though we will serve an ever-changing evolution of generations with new products and resources, we'll never lose our connection with history. We'll always be influenced by the ideals set back in 1902.
Every aspect of our organization, from employees, to facilities, to our products and services, will set standards of excellence by remembering that our business is serving our communities. And we're committed to doing that better than anyone else.
The Community Bank offers talented people exceptional career opportunities in virtually every area of banking, finance, and asset management. As a team member, you'll work in a diverse and empowering environment, where you'll be challenged in exciting ways, supported with excellent training, rewarded for your efforts, and given the tools you need to succeed personally and professionally.
The Bank continues to succeed and grow because we have the best people in place. Year after year we are proud to announce our employee promotions within our Company due to their proven expertise, passionate leadership, and hard work. These promotions are not only a great opportunity for our employees but also provide a positive transition for our Company.
Stepping Up For Our Community
Caring for our communities is a fundamental value of The Community Bank! Our mission is to work to improve the financial and overall well-being by providing support to numerous worthwhile non-profit and civic organizations that benefit the market areas we serve. We are proud of our communities and we join their efforts to make them a better place to live, work and play.
Our employees serve in various leadership positions and are constantly looking for ways to be active. We're proud that over 97% of our employees are actively involved in giving back to our communities! Michael Steen, The Community Bank's President and CEO, was nominated to represent the entire State of Ohio in a newly formed effort "Friends of Traditional Banking" where he serves as Ohio's voice on the "50-State Banker Board" for input on crucial national and state banking topics.
What's Exciting at The Community Bank?
Community Pride Program – This is a free program that can be added to any new or existing consumer Community Bank Checking Account. This program allows the customer to support local school districts and non-profit organizations simply by using their checking account, purchasing logo checks and consumer VISA Check Cards. Community Bank will make a donation to the chosen school district or non-profit organization based upon boxes of checks ordered, number of consumer VISA Check Cards ordered and the account activity. Our Bank has donated thousands of dollars to various schools and organizations, since the inception of this program.
SliceOfLife Check Card - Customers have the capability of customizing the look of their Community Bank VISA Check Card by allowing them to pick the image or photo they want to display on the front of their VISA Check Card!
Community Hall – We've renovated our spacious Community Hall and full service kitchen area to allow our employees and community members to take advantage of using this free of charge space for all of their meeting needs.
Community College – We are excited about our state-of-the-art training space which represents more than a training venue. It's an attitude… an environment that combines the personalities, creativity, and commitment of our people. Most important, it brings a new energy to the learning process. Community College is as important for our customers as it is for our own internal training initiatives. Knowledgeable customers understand what community banks are all about.
For more information concerning The Community Bank's products, services and locations, we welcome you to contact Jessica Bowers, VP/Marketing Manager, at The Community Bank's Downtown Zanesville Office at 740-454-1600 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Community Bank can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.