Ajla Zigic has been promoted to vice president and Anela Barbanell has been named assistant vice president on the community and economic development team at Midwest BankCentre. The team is led by Wes Burns, executive vice president of community and economic development.
The two appointments are part of fulfilling Midwest BankCentre’s commitment to make $200 million in community and economic development loans over a five-year period to help revitalize the St. Louis region. Zigic and Barbanell, both of whom are Bosnian immigrants, are the latest additions to the expanding team.
“We are dedicated to shared prosperity by making opportunity and capital accessible to all people,” Burns said. “Ajla and Anela’s community-focused, customer-centric and values-based approach to community banking are central to our success in building relationships with businesses, nonprofits and individuals throughout our region, with a particular focus on the Bosnian community.”
Zigic (top) emigrated to St. Louis from Bosnia at age eight and has over 13 years of experience in the banking industry. In her new role, she focuses on building the bank’s relationships within the Bosnian community and helping businesses thrive. She joined Midwest BankCentre as branch manager at the bank’s Clayton branch in 2019. In 2020, Zigic was promoted to business development officer with a focus on serving small business customers.
As assistant vice president of community and economic development, Barbanell (center) focuses on initiating and nurturing bank relationships in the community and economic development arena with a focus on the Bosnian community. After becoming a refugee of Bosnia and Herzegovina at age 12, she moved to St. Louis two years later. She has amassed more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry after starting her career at the former Southern Commercial Bank, acquired by Midwest BankCentre in 2015.
Zigic is based at the Midwest BankCentre branch at 5017 Gravois Ave. St. Louis. Barbanell is based at the Midwest BankCentre branch at 5515 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis.