Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, center left, and Chairman of The Bank of Edwardsville’s Board Robert Plummer, center right, prepare to cut the ribbon during the grand opening celebration of the bank’s new Clayton Center on Friday, May 6. Also pictured, in front from left, are: Zach Lammers, VP/Commercial Banking; Chuck Unger, director with The Bank of Edwardsville Board; Kevin Powers, president and CEO of The Bank; Mark Shashek, chairman of The Banc Ed Corp.; Sean McKenna, TheBANK’s St. Louis Market President; Ty Frye, Clayton Center Universal Banker; and Ellen Gale, executive director of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. In back, from left, are Mike Lucey, VP/Commercial Banking, and Joe Fendi, VP/Commercial Banking. BELOW: The bank’s new Clayton Center at 7700 Bonhomme Ave., in Clayton, Mo.
From Illinois Business Journal news services
CLAYTON, Mo. – The Bank of Edwardsville officially introduced its newest banking location on Friday, May 6, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Clayton Center, located inside the Bonhomme Place building, in the heart of the Clayton business district at 7700 Bonhomme Ave.
The Clayton Center is a full-service banking center specializing in commercial banking products and services, mortgage lending and investment strategies while also offering retail banking services.
Sean McKenna, St. Louis Market president for TheBANK, opened the ceremonies by thanking the large crowd in attendance as well as a long list of people for their efforts in getting the center up and running.
Kevin Powers, president and CEO of TheBANK, echoed McKenna’s sentiments.
“We’re so pleased to be in the Clayton area,” Powers said. “A little more than a year ago, we entered the St. Louis market with a location in south St. Louis County, which was a short-term, temporary spot for us until we could find our permanent home. Now, we’ve found our permanent home right here in Clayton. Our organization has a very deep heritage of strong community banking with strong support of local non-profit and civic organizations, and we look forward to sharing that heritage on this side of the river.”
Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger welcomed TheBANK to the city and offered words of encouragement.
“It truly takes a village of dedicated people to make something like this happen, and The Bank of Edwardsville has a great village,” he said. “Speaking of village, that’s our little community here. We’re a little two and a half square mile city, but we are also the epicenter of commerce and banking in the St. Louis region. We are a community where everybody knows everybody, and you will find us very welcoming. And we do welcome The Bank of Edwardsville to our community and we wish you great success.”
According to Powers, one question management of TheBANK had about the move was name recognition on the Missouri side. But after extensive research and conversations with business leaders in St. Louis, that question was answered.
“We are very dominant in the Metro East market, and we had a lot of conversations about how our name would play in the St. Louis metropolitan area,” he said. “We did a lot of research and spoke with a lot of people and found that The Bank of Edwardsville has a great reputation as a strong, independent, long-term community bank that is highly dedicated to remaining independent for generations to come. That is so important.”
That strong reputation in the region, along with a team of bankers with years of experience in the St. Louis market staffing the Clayton Center, will help TheBANK build its brand in the area, he said.
According to Robert Plummer, chairman of TheBANK’s Board Of Directors, the Clayton Center’s staff will offer the same honest, hard-working brand of banking it has offered for nearly 150 years.
“If you give our people an opportunity, they will go well above and beyond what you would expect,” he said. “We will take care of you.”
Following the ribbon cutting, guests were treated to lunch catered by Clayton’s Whitebox Eatery, Fitz’s soda and potted plants from Garden Heights Nursery in St. Louis.
The Clayton Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To contact the center, call (314) 797-6800 or fax (618) 797-5493.