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2019

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Michelle Palm Joins Old Fort Bank as HR Officer

(TIFFIN, OH) – Michael D. Daniel, Chief Financial and Operations Officer of The Old Fort Banking Company is pleased to announce the addition of Michelle Palm, Human Resources Officer to the Old Fort Bank.

“We are pleased to welcome Michelle to our team; she has hit the ground running and her expertise will be a significant asset as we continue to strategically grow our organization. We look forward to her continued leadership in this position,” Daniel stated.

In her role, Palm will manage the day to day human resource function including recruiting, staffing and retention; developing and implementing HR polices and procedures, training, benefits administration; labor relations, affirmative action and EEO compliance. 

With seven years of experience in the field of human resources, Palm is pleased to join Old Fort. “I am thrilled to be a part of the OFBC team. This opportunity will allow me to be an active contributor to the growth of Old Fort Bank and I look forward to the continued collaboration with the leadership team,” Palm stated.

Recently attending the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking in HR Management she holds an Associate’s Degree, Terra Community College in Business Management and Office Administration.

An active community member, Ms. Palm’s community involvement includes, Tiffin YMCA Board of Trustees, President of Seneca County HR Association, Youth Volleyball and Softball Coach at Calvert Catholic Schools, Seneca County Manufacturing Showcase Committee, REACH Business Partner – Tiffin City Schools, Presenter at Columbian High School RISE up conference, Presenter at Vanguard Sentinel Career and Technical Center Career Day.

Established in 1916, the employee owned bank has assets totaling approximately $560 million. Old Fort operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is prompt, professional and personal. Old Fort prides itself on delivering a hometown feel while providing the exemplary service clients have come to appreciate and expect. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. The bank also operates a commercial loan production office in Lima. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including individuals, families and businesses alike. Old Fort Bank…Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.       

Old Fort Bank Announces New Marketing Officer, Elizabeth Riggs

(TIFFIN, OH) – Michael C. Spragg, President and CEO of The Old Fort Banking Company, is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Riggs has joined Old Fort Bank. 

“Elizabeth brings a fresh new approach to expanding our social media and digital marketing platforms.  Her creative eye and marketing strategies complement our plans for future growth and we are pleased to welcome her to our organization,” Spragg stated. 

Ms. Riggs’ role as a Marketing Officer includes social media management, direct mailings, advertising campaigns and website management. A perfect fit for OFBC, Elizabeth grew up in the Old Fort area and shares the same values, commitment and sense of community that Old Fort Bank has invested in since it first opened its doors for business over 100 years ago. 

“I couldn’t be happier to join Old Fort Bank as a Marketing Officer. After many years away from the area, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return home and be a part of the bank’s historic success. I am looking forward to building on our strong reputation and strengthening our brand,” Riggs stated. 

A 2003 graduate of Old Fort High School, Ms. Riggs continued her education at Otterbein College, graduating summa cum laude in 2007 with a BA in English and Journalism.  Riggs brings more than 12 years of experience in the marketing/journalism industry, having worked in a variety of different sectors, including nonprofit, legal, college curriculum, E-commerce and newspaper. She resides in Old Fort with her family. 

Elizabeth looks forward to becoming actively involved in the local communities. She is a member of the Seneca County Young Professionals and welcomes the opportunity to meet and work with clients, schools, businesses and service organizations in the area. 

Established in 1916, the employee owned bank has assets totaling approximately $540 million. Old Fort operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is prompt, professional and personal. Old Fort prides itself on delivering a hometown feel while providing the exemplary service clients have come to appreciate and expect. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. The bank also operates a commercial loan production office in Lima. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including local businesses and corporations. Old Fort Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.      

Old Fort Bank Brings Full-Service Community Banking to Xenia

[XENIA, Ohio] — Old Fort Bank last month celebrated the official grand opening of its new full-service financial center in Xenia, located at 88 South Progress Drive.

A state-wide leader in community banking for more than 100 years, Old Fort offers clients a distinct difference from the big banks in the Xenia area – a commitment to the service and support of Greene County and the local community.
“We could not be more excited to bring Old Fort’s full-service banking products to Xenia, and expand our offerings to include mortgage loans, deposits, consumer loans and treasury management solutions,” said EVP and Chief Lending Officer Dave Walton. “Our full range of financial services are the foundation on which the bank was first built, and we are excited to be able to finally bring these additional services to this community.”

Whether it be through supporting local events, or staff serving on integral committees, the key to Old Fort’s historic success is a passion for giving back and supporting the communities it serves.

“Old Fort embraces a community banking model that is committed to the individuals, families and businesses that make up Greene County and the Xenia community,” said President and CEO Michael Spragg. “Old Fort’s century of experience is a true testament to the character of the bank and the type of service our clients receive when they walk through our door.”

Old Fort’s 4,000-square foot financial center in Xenia serves as a regional hub for the bank, featuring two drive-in tellers and a drive-up ATM, and houses the staff from the bank’s former Mortgage Loan Production Office, previously located across the street at 65 South Progress Drive.

The Xenia location marks the bank’s tenth financial center in Ohio, and second in Greene County along with Sugarcreek Township. It is spearheaded by Walton, and Financial Center Manager Angie Hinkle, an active member and resident of the Xenia Community.

About Old Fort Bank
Established in 1916, Old Fort Banking Company has assets totaling approximately $540 million. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the state, and prides itself on providing prompt, professional and personal client service. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties, with financial centers in Sugarcreek Township and Xenia, and eight additional communities throughout Northwest Ohio. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.

Old Fort Bank Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

(TIFFIN, OH) – The Old Fort Banking Company is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual $1,000 scholarships to Heidelberg University, Tiffin University and The University of Findlay. 

Lydia Frankart, daughter of Jon and Lori Frankart, is the recipient of the Old Fort Bank scholarship for Heidelberg University, where she plans to study Early Childhood Education and Spanish this fall. Lydia is a graduate of Old Fort HighSchool, where she was a four year letterman in cheerleading, and participated in choir, science club, musical, and National Honor Society. She also received a National Machinery Citizenship Award.  

 

 

 

Alyson Carpenter, daughter of Jim and Bridgette Carpenter, is the recipient of the Old Fort Bank scholarship for Tiffin University, where she plans to study Digital Forensic Science and Cyber Security.  Alyson is a graduate of Liberty-Benton High School, where she was president of choir, vice president of Z-club and editor of the yearbook, in addition to her involvement in volleyball, acapella choir, musical, Habitudes and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Alyson also played volleyball with Oiler Attack Volleyball Club, and was a member of Hancock Youth Leadership, All-County Honor Choir and OMEA District 3 Honor Choir.

 

 

Chloe Eppley, daughter of Mark and Kerry Eppley, is the recipient of the Old Fort Bank scholarship to The University of Findlay, where she plans to study Physical Therapy. Chloe is a graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School, where she was captain of flag squad, secretary of key club, costume assistant for the spring musical, and a member of biology club and National Honor Society. Chloe was also a dancer and dance assistant for ballet classes at Dance Unlimited, and volunteered at Autumnwood Nursing Home.

The Old Fort Banking Company scholarships were first established in 1994, and have been awarded to more than 75 local high school students since that time. The Bank’s directors, officers and associates would like to extend their congratulations to these outstanding students and wish them continued success in their upcoming endeavors.

Established in 1916, Old Fort Banking Company has assets totaling approximately $540 million. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area, and prides itself on providing prompt, professional and personal client service. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. The bank also operates a commercial loan production office in Lima. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.      

 

Old Fort Bank’s Mark Malone Receives Governor’s Appointment

Michael C. Spragg, President and CEO of The Old Fort Banking Company, is pleased to announce that Executive Vice President, Mark B. Malone, has received the Governor’s Appointment to the State of Ohio’s Banking Commission. Malone will serve a four-year term on the commission which duties includes making recommendations, considerations and assessments to the deputy superintendent for banks and the superintendent of financial institutions on the business of banking.  “Old Fort Bank prides itself in employing leaders in the financial industry.  Mark’s appointment recognizes his years of dedication, expertise and commitment to the financial services industry and we commend him for this honor at the state level.” stated Michael C. Spragg. 

Governor Mike DeWine, with confirmation by the Ohio Senate, has appointed Malone to serve on this eight-member Banking Commission.  Qualifications and requirements of the commission members shall be, at the time of appointment, executive officers of state banks, and all of the members appointed to the Commission shall have banking experience as a director or officer of a bank, savings bank, or savings association insured by the federal deposit insurance corporation, a bank holding company, or a savings and loan holding company. The membership of the commission shall be representative of the banking industry as a whole, including representatives of banks of various asset sizes and ownership structures, as determined by the Governor after consultation with the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

With 39 years in the banking industry, serving as an officer and executive in various roles Malone joined Old Fort Bank in 2009 as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer.  In 2012, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and in 2015 Malone was promoted to EVP, Chief Credit Officer.

A resident of Shawnee Township, Malone is a graduate of Wright State University with a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Mr. Malone has been very active in the community during his career having served in various roles with many organizations including President and Executive Committee Member of the Black Swamp Area – Boy Scouts of America, Treasurer of the Visionaries (Allen County Economic Development Group), Board Trustee of the Allen County Regional Transit Authority, President and Investment Chairman of the Apollo Career Center Foundation Board, Member of the St. Rita’s Medical Center Foundation Board, West Central Ohio CDC Executive Board, and President of the Lima Rotary Club Foundation.

Established in 1916, the employee owned bank has assets totaling approximately $540 million. Old Fort operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is prompt, professional and personal. Old Fort prides itself on delivering a hometown feel while providing the exemplary service clients have come to appreciate and expect. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. The bank also operates a commercial loan production office in Lima. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including local businesses and corporations. Old Fort Bank…Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.         

Old Fort Bank's Mark Egbert Named Trustee of Sandusky County Chamber

Dave Walton, EVP and Chief Lending Officer of The Old Fort Banking Company is pleased to announce that Mark Egbert, Vice President, Commercial Banking has been elected to serve on the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.  “We hold high expectations for our bank associates to maintain a presence in economic, civic, cultural and charitable activities in the communities we serve…we commend Mark for his commitment to the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce.” stated Walton.  Egbert will serve a three-year term for the Chamber of Commerce whose mission is to provide quality leadership, information and services throughout Sandusky County.   Active in the Fremont community Egbert was pleased to join the board. “I look forward to working with Jill Simpson, President and CEO of the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce along with the other board members in supporting the Chamber’s mission.” stated Egbert.

Mr. Egbert joined Old Fort Bank in 2011 serving as Fremont City Executive and Vice President of Commercial Banking.   A graduate of The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Egbert continues his community service by serving on the Community Health Services Foundation Board and is a member of the Fremont Rotary Club.

Established in 1916, the employee owned bank has assets totaling approximately $540 million. Old Fort operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is prompt, professional and personal. Old Fort prides itself on delivering a hometown feel while providing the exemplary service clients have come to appreciate and expect. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. The bank also operates a commercial loan production office in Lima. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including local businesses and corporations. Old Fort Bank…Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.         

Old Fort Bank Welcomes Thomas S. Sullivan

Eric J. Willman, Branch Administration Officer of The Old Fort Banking Company, is pleased to announce that Thomas S. Sullivan has joined the Old Fort Bank.  “Tom brings an extensive background in retail banking and has served in the financial industry for over 15 years.  Tom’s leadership, knowledge of the market and a dedication to client service further enhances our commitment to Seneca County.  We look forward to his contributions to our continued growth and success in the Tiffin market," stated Willman.

Serving as a Universal Banker at the Tiffin Westgate Financial Center, located at 634 West Market Street, Sullivan looks forward to welcoming clients to Old Fort Bank. He will be responsible for providing client service, opening deposit relationships, along with providing personal and home equity lending. “I feel fortunate to have joined a true community bank and welcome the opportunity to build new and existing relationships with clients in the Tiffin community.  Old Fort Bank allows me to do this by offering local decision making, exceptional service and by providing products and services to best serve our clients’ needs,” Sullivan stated.

A graduate of Heidelberg University, with a Bachelor of Business degree, Sullivan maintains a strong commitment to his community.  He currently serves on the board for Calvert Foundation, Barnes-Deinzer Seneca County Museum Foundation and is the Treasurer for Calvert Academic & Spiritual Boosters.

Established in 1916, the employee owned bank has assets totaling approximately $540 million. Old Fort operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is prompt, professional and personal. Old Fort prides itself on delivering a hometown feel while providing the exemplary service clients have come to appreciate and expect. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. The bank also operates a commercial loan production office in Lima. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including local businesses and corporations. Old Fort Bank…Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.         

Old Fort Bank Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Xenia Financial Center

The Old Fort Banking Company has opened a newly renovated financial center at 88 South Progress Drive in Xenia.

The bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 27, 2019 to celebrate the opening.

The full-service financial center further expands Old Fort’s footprint in Greene County, joining its Sugarcreek Township location. It features a full range of consumer and business deposit and lending products and services.  The building is approximately 4,000 square feet and includes 2 drive-in tellers and a 24-hour drive-up ATM. Lobby Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 8:30 am to noon. In addition to traditional branch banking, Old Fort also offers online banking, mobile banking, and telephone banking to provide clients with on-the-go, instant account access.  

The new location employs 10-12 full-time employees featuring local Greene County residents Victoria Burnside, Team Leader, Chrissy Castle, Mortgage Underwriter, Cyndi Fevang, Mortgage Banker, Angie Hinkle, Retail Banking Manager, Ryan Hollingsworth, Teller, Kay Moffit Mortgage Banker, Betty Sparks, Mortgage Processor, Karen Walker, Teller, Dave Walton, EVP and Chief Lending Officer, and Kim Watts, Mortgage Processor.

“We are extremely excited to kick off 2019 with the opening of our Xenia banking center,” said Dave Walton, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Old Fort Bank. ”The Greene County area has embraced us and has contributed greatly to our continued growth and success. Our goal is to continue to enhance the levels of convenience, products, and service delivery that this great community entrusts us to deliver.”

Established in 1916, the employee owned bank has assets totaling approximately $540 million. Old Fort operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is prompt, professional and personal. Old Fort prides itself on delivering a hometown feel while providing the exemplary service clients have come to appreciate and expect. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. The bank also operates a commercial loan production office in Lima. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including local businesses and corporations.     

 

Womacks Joins Old Fort Bank as VP, Mortgage Sales

Dayton, Ohio – The Old Fort Banking Company has hired Joyce Womacks as Vice President, Mortgage Sales.  The announcement was made by W. David Walton, EVP & Chief Lending Officer of Old Fort Bank.

In her new position, Womacks will originate conventional, FHA, VA, and residential construction loans, along with providing input on residential mortgage lending policies, procedures and products. With 29 years of mortgage banking experience, she will be responsible for increasing mortgage volume and enhancing the bank’s mortgage sales and marketing efforts throughout Greene and Montgomery Counties.

“We are pleased to welcome Joyce to the Old Fort Bank team. Her strong commitment to client service and knowledge of the market area made Joyce an excellent candidate for this position,” stated Mr. Walton.

“Old Fort Bank is the best kept secret in South Dayton.  I am excited to share Old Fort Banks competitive products with homebuyers and the real estate community,” stated Ms. Womacks.

Womacks has received the Dayton Mortgage Bankers Sales Leader Award for over 20 years and has actively supported the Nicholas Treatment Center, Community Action Partnership, St. Vincent Shelters, St. Joseph Orphanage and March of Dimes. 

Womacks will work out of Old Fort’s Sugarcreek Township financial center, located at 6430 Wilmington Pike.

Established in 1916, the employee owned bank has assets totaling approximately $540 million. Old Fort operates through a community banking model that is the foundation for local decision making and provides the basis for client service that is prompt, professional and personal. Old Fort prides itself on delivering a hometown feel while providing the exemplary service clients have come to appreciate and expect. The Old Fort Banking Company proudly serves Allen, Greene, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood Counties, with financial centers in Bettsville, Clyde, Findlay, Fostoria, Fremont, Old Fort, Tiffin, Sugarcreek Township and Xenia. The bank also operates a commercial loan production office in Lima. Old Fort is a recognized leader in community banking throughout the area in assisting members of the community, including local businesses and corporations.

   

 

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