2023

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Old Fort Bank Announces Darren Frank as New Marketing Director

(TIFFIN, OH) – Michael C. Spragg, President and CEO of The Old Fort Banking Company, is pleased to announce that Darren Frank has joined Old Fort Bank as their Marketing Director.

“We are extremely pleased to have Darren join us as a new member of the Old Fort Bank team. We are confident that her banking experience and marketing expertise will directly contribute to the success of our organization.” Spragg stated.

Ms. Franks’ role as a Marketing Director includes social media management, direct mailings, advertising campaigns, material creation, mortgage staff support, internal and external event support, website management and assistance to the Gillmor Charitable Foundation.

“I am thrilled to continue my banking career at Old Fort Banking Company. I have a true passion for community banks and the positive impact they have on their communities in which they serve. The history runs deep with Old Fort Banking Company and I am humbled to be a part of it.”

A graduate of Mohawk High School and Tiffin University, Ms. Frank has many years of experience at the community banking level, attending Bank Management School at Ohio Bankers League, and also worked in the non-profit sector for many years.

Darren has been very invested in local community organizations in the area. She is a board member of the Mohawk Historical Society, and was previously a board member of the Wyandot County Community Foundation and the Sycamore Business Association.

Established in 1916, Old Fort Banking Company has assets totaling approximately $810 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. 

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2022

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Old Fort Bank, Gillmor Charitable Foundation Exceed $2.3M in Charitable Giving

(TIFFIN, OH) — Old Fort Banking Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gillmor Financial Services Inc., and the Gillmor Charitable Foundation, are proud to announce that together they have surpassed $2.3 million in charitable donations since 2007.

 “Giving back to the communities we serve has been a cornerstone of Old Fort Banking Company’s mission since its founding in 1916,” said Old Fort Banking Company President & CEO Michael C. Spragg. “We are proud to have reached this milestone, and it would not have been possible without the continued support of our clients.”

The Bank regularly gives to local causes in all forms, large and small. Since 2007, it has served as a sponsor and donor for numerous initiatives, including local events, charitable auctions, benefits, sports teams, golf outings, and more.

In addition, the Bank has contributed thousands of dollars in education scholarship funds through its annual Old Fort Banking Company and Gillmor Foundation Scholarships, which have been awarded to more than 88 local high school seniors since 1994.

“We have always been firm believers in the power of philanthropy, and what it can do for the health of the communities we serve. In a mutually beneficial relationship, we thrive when those communities are healthy, secure and prosperous,” said Spragg. “While we are extremely proud to celebrate this milestone, we have already begun looking ahead to 2023 and will continue our commitment to community support and service, just as we always have.”

Established in 1916, Old Fort Banking Company has assets totaling approximately $810 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 Banking Company Marks Two Decades of Partnership with The Ritz Theatre

(TIFFIN, OH) — Old Fort Banking Company is pleased to announce its sponsorship of “All About Joel” – a Billy Joel tribute to be held at The Historic Ritz Theatre this fall.

The act is “conceived and presented with a tremendous amount of detail by Long Island veteran singer/piano player David Clark. He continues to gain attention and popularity across the country with stunningly accurate piano playing, lead vocals, and an eerily similar stage look to the Piano Man himself while engaging the audience with wit and humor,” states Clark’s Facebook page.  

The Bank has proudly served as one of The Ritz’s top supporters for more than two decades, annually sponsoring a variety of performances, plays and musical acts over the years.  

“A special thanks to everyone at Old Fort Bank for their unwavering support and continued sponsorships,” said Michael Strong, Executive Director of The Ritz Theatre. “Sponsorships play a vital role in our ability to consistently bring some of the best artists from around the country, right here to Tiffin for everyone to enjoy and be an economic and social catalyst for our entire community.”

Community support and philanthropy are of primary importance to the Bank since its founding in 1916.  

“We have always supported our local communities in any way we can, and sincerely value our relationship with the Historic Ritz Theatre,” said Old Fort Banking Company President & CEO Michael C. Spragg. “Being able to help provide our local community with such types of entertainment is an especially enjoyable and rewarding opportunity for everyone involved.”    

The show, “All About Joel,” will take place at the theatre on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for purchase through the Ritz Theatre Box Office, at prices ranging from $10, $20 or $30 apiece.

Old Fort Banking Company Awards 2022 Scholarships

(TIFFIN, OH) — The Old Fort Banking Company is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual scholarship awards.

Autumn Enders

Autumn Enders, daughter of Casey and Patty Enders, is the recipient of the Old Fort Banking Company scholarship for Tiffin University. Autumn will attend TU in the fall with plans to study Business Management. She is a graduate of Seneca East High School, where she was a member of National Honor Society, Pep Club, Book Club, S.A.D.D., Student Council, Marching Band and Kindness Club. She also received numerous accolades and was a four year-letterwinner in golf, a member of FFA, and outside of school, participated in 4-H and Junior Fair Board. Autumn is also an active member of her Church, Our Lady of Hope Parish, where she was an altar server, an Octoberfest Worker, a member of Epic Youth Group, and a Sunday Social Helper. She was also a recipient of the Parish’s Youth in Ministry Award.

Tyler Fedele

Tyler Fedele, son of Nathan and Melisa Smith, was awarded the Old Fort Banking Company scholarship for Heidelberg University, where he plans to study biochemistry. Tyler is a graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, where he lettered in baseball and football, and was a member of National Honor Society, and S.A.D.D. Tyler also participated in CYO basketball through his church, and volunteered with a local organization called Feed My Kids that gives back to, and feeds, the local people of Fostoria.
 
 

Ainsley Roush

Ainsley Roush, daughter of Mark & Denise DeVault and James Roush, is the recipient of the of the Old Fort Banking Company scholarship for The University of Findlay, where she plans to study pre-veterinary medicine. Ainsley is a graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, where she was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Student Council, and S.A.D.D. She was the recipient of National Machinery’s Outstanding School Citizenship Award, and received the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation’s Certificate of Recognition. Ainsley’s volunteer efforts at school included tutoring students, working blood drives, assisting with holiday decorations, and selling cookies and hot chocolate during holiday events. Within the community, she also assisted with the Bascom Firefighters Festival, Bascom Bad Axe 5K, Seneca County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, Seneca County Opportunity Center and Findlay Kiwanis.
 
The Old Fort Banking Company Scholarships were established in 1994 and have been awarded to 88 local high school students since that time.

Old Fort Bank Supporting Local Businesses Through Chamber Cash Program

(TIFFIN, OH) — Old Fort Banking Company and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce continue to provide a unique support to the area’s small businesses via the Chamber Cash program.
 
Acting as a unique gift certificate program for more than 160 Chamber member businesses, the Chamber Cash program is a great gift-giving option for those who want to support the local economy.
 
2021 proved to be a record-breaking one for Chamber Cash, as it completed the year with $110,000 in sales. However, according Chamber Executive Director Bryce Riggs, this year the program is already on track to exceed last year’s record.
 
“With Old Fort Bank’s support, we've seen significant growth in this program, that we know directly impacts small businesses here in our community. So far, year-to-date we've sold $6,200 in comparison to last year's $3,500 for the same time period,” said Riggs. “It is partnerships such as this that demonstrate how much better we are when working together."
 
Community support and working together are cornerstones on which Old Fort Banking Company was founded, as demonstrated annually through its generous support for community initiatives, ranging from business financing to little league sponsorships, including PPP loans and 5Ks.
 
“As a community bank, we believe it is our responsibility to provide supports and develop strong roots in every location we serve. The Chamber Cash program is an extension of these efforts, and we are proud to partner with the Chamber to offer this program to our local community,” said Old Fort Banking Company President & CEO Michael C. Spragg.
 
Chamber Cash can now be ordered directly through the Chamber website, and is available in $5, $10, $25 and $50 denominations. All orders placed can be filled within the next business day, making Chamber Cash a great option for birthdays or Mother’s Day gifts.

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2021

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Old Fort Bank's Winter Apparel, Toys for Tots Collections Support Local Communities

Old Fort Bank's Collections Support Local Communities

(TIFFIN, OH) — Old Fort Banking Company is pleased to announce that it has collected hundreds of items for donation to local community members in need, via the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Drive, and the Bank’s annual Winter Weather Apparel Drive. 

Hosted annually during November and December, Old Fort Bank’s Winter Weather Apparel Drive seeks donations of new or gently-used coats, hats, boots, scarves and gloves. This year the Bank collected a grand total of 205 coats, 54 hats, 96 pair of gloves, two scarves, five pairs of boots, 3 snow suits, 62 pair of socks, and 17 pair of pajama pants.  

This year, items were donated to: Tiffin Salvation Army, Sandusky County Share & Care, Clyde Food Pantry, Hancock County Coats for Christmas, Xenia Salvation Army, and Fostoria First Step Center for Domestic Violence Services.

In addition to the Winter Apparel Drive, many Old Fort Bank financial centers also served as a collection site for the annual Toys for Tots drive, which delivers millions of gifts to children in need during the holiday season.

“The generosity and support displayed this year was overwhelming, with so many of our donation boxes overflowing,” said Old Fort Banking Company President and CEO Michael C. Spragg. “We want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to each and every person who donated to these annual initiatives and helped support our local communities.”

Established in 1916, Old Fort Banking Company has assets totaling approximately $800 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. 

Ryan T. Bales Joins Old Fort Bank's Commercial Lending Team

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(DAYTON, OH) — Old Fort Banking Company is pleased to announce that Ryan T. Bales has joined its Commercial Banking team, and will be serving as a Commercial Loan Officer at the Bank’s Sugarcreek Financial Center, located at 6430 Wilmington Pike. 

“We are pleased to welcome Ryan to our Commercial Banking team and look forward to his contributions in expanding our presence in the market,” said W. David Walton, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of The Old Fort Banking Company.

Bales has nearly 20 years of banking experience, focusing on commercial relationship management for the past 10 years.  He is an accomplished sales executive and commercial account manager, and will be instrumental in collaborating with the Bank’s existing commercial clients, as well as fostering new relationships.

“I am truly excited and honored to have the opportunity to work for Old Fort Banking Company, and work more closely with the various business owners that are the heart and soul of Dayton and the surrounding areas,” said Bales. “As a tenured banker, it is amazing to see how much of an impact Old Fort has within our community. I am happy to be a part of such a successful organization.”

Established in 1916, the employee-owned bank has assets totaling approximately $760 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.  Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.      

Eric J. Willman Appointed Trustee of Gillmor Charitable Foundation Board

(TIFFIN, OH) — The Gillmor Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that Eric J. Willman has been appointed to its Board of Trustees. Founded in 1992 in memory of Paul “PM” and Lucy J. Gillmor, the Foundation is committed to funding charitable requests that will positively impact the citizens of Seneca and Sandusky Counties.

Willman currently serves as a Vice President and Project Management Officer for Old Fort Banking Company, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He first started working at Old Fort Bank in 2011, and has over 19 years of experience in banking.

“The Gillmor Charitable Foundation has a long history of charitable contributions that make a meaningful impact on the Seneca and Sandusky County communities, and Eric’s involvement with various community initiatives aligns with this effort,” said Michael C. Spragg, who serves as Chairman of the Foundation Board and President & CEO of The Old Fort Banking Company. “We are pleased to welcome him to the Board, and know he will make worthwhile contributions to its overall mission and vision.”

Willman’s community and civic involvement currently includes, or has previously included, roles as Board Member, Officer or Volunteer for the following local organizations: Camp Fire NW Ohio, Ritz Theater, Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival, Tiffin-Seneca United Way, Ohio Heritage School Days, Kiwanis Club and Foundation of Tiffin, Heidelberg University School of Business, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tiffin Bicentennial Planning Committee, and various youth and school sports organizations.

“I am honored at the opportunity to join the Board of Trustees for the Gillmor Charitable Foundation,” said Willman. “As an employee, resident and parent that resides in Seneca County, I am excited to help carry on the tradition of the Gillmor Foundation’s efforts to improve both the lives and communities in which we serve.”  

Established in 1916, Old Fort Banking Company has assets totaling approximately $770 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 Banking Company, Gillmor Charitable Foundation Award 2021 Scholarships 

(TIFFIN, OH) — The Old Fort Banking Company and the Gillmor Charitable Foundation are proud to announce the recipients of their 2021 scholarships.

MaKenzie Brooks, daughter of Dustin and Kelli Brooks, is the recipient of the second annual Gillmor Charitable Foundation Scholarship.  MaKenzie will be attending Heidelberg University in the fall, where she plans to study psychology. MaKenzie is a graduate of Clyde High School, where she was a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Science Club, Spanish Club and Teen Leadership Corps. She also actively volunteered in the community, and helped support local initiatives such as Alexa’s Butterflies of Hope, and Clyde Back Door Food Pantry, among others.

Bryce Arbogast, son of Chad and Jen Arbogast, is the winner of the Old Fort Bank Scholarship for The University of Findlay, where he plans to major in Exercise Science and pursue a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Bryce is a graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School, where he ran cross country, played basketball and participated in track and field. Bryce also was on the 4.0 honor roll, served as the National Honor Society Co-President, and participated in Traveling Ensemble, Marching Band and Quiz Bowl.

 

Madison Widman, daughter of Eric and Shannon Widman, is a graduate of Calvert High School and will be attending Tiffin University in the fall to study finance. Madison played volleyball and basketball at Calvert, and was actively involved in many extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, Yearbook, Student Council, and Spanish Club. She was also a HOBY Leadership participant, a volunteer with the kindergarten class at Calvert Elementary, and actively involved at St. Mary’s Parish, where she was an altar server and volunteered at Vacation Bible School.

 

 

Noah Stahl, son of Michael and Ann Stahl, is the recipient of the Old Fort Bank Scholarship for Heidelberg University, where he will be studying biochemistry. Noah is a graduate of Arcadia High School, where he participated in football, track and field, National Honor Society, and Student Council. Noah volunteers with Hancock County Coats for Christmas, Sharing Kitchen in Fostoria, St. Wendelin Church, The Adopt-a-Road Program and Meals on Wheels. He also earned many awards for 4-H, and served as president of his local club, Lakeland Leaders.

The Old Fort Banking Company Scholarships were established in 1994 and have been awarded to 85 local high school students since that time.

Established in 1916, Old Fort Banking Company has assets totaling approximately $770 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 Banking Company Processes Nearly 1,200 PPP Loans

(TIFFIN, OH) — As part of the COVID-19 financial relief efforts provided through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), The Old Fort Banking Company has processed nearly 1,200 loans totaling approximately $135 million to help local small businesses support payroll and related costs, saving hundreds of jobs within the area. The PPP, which was originally launched on April 3, 2020 to address economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, provides forgivable, government-guaranteed loans for the nation’s small businesses, which account for roughly 48 percent of the U.S. workforce.

This was more than an opportunity for Old Fort Bank to showcase its commitment to meeting its client’s needs. It was also a call to action. The phones, both work and personal, at Old Fort Bank were ringing constantly into evenings and weekends as clients attempted to keep their businesses afloat. Old Fort’s process for staying on top of the application volume was simple, but it involved a great deal of hard work, long hours and dedication. Bank associates processed PPP paperwork into the late evening and on weekends. Ask the team at Old Fort Bank how it was able to process nearly 1,200 loans using a manual system in such a short time frame, and they will tell you it was simply a matter of attitude and a commitment to community banking.

“As relationship bankers and dedicated members of the community, Old Fort Bank is doing everything we can to protect the vibrancy of our small businesses, which serve as the economic engines for our local economy,” said Michael C. Spragg, President and CEO of Old Fort Bank. “I am extremely proud of our associates, who have worked around the clock to process these loans and ensure that critical funds were able to get in the hands of those who need it the most.”

Old Fort Bank continues to assist during this unprecedented time. The bank recently announced that, since 2007, it had reached in excess of $2 million in charitable giving. Serving as a sponsor and donor for numerous initiatives, including local events, charitable auctions, benefits, sports teams, golf outings, and more. Past recipients have included: Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, The Ritz Theatre, Terra Community College, Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont Memorial Hospital Foundation, and many others. In addition to its PPP funding efforts, Old Fort Bank has made numerous COVID-related contributions, including $20,000 to the Tiffin-Seneca United Way, to provide assistance to those that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic.

“We will continue to stand by our small business clients and do everything we can to deliver relief quickly and efficiently, saving jobs and limiting the economic damage from this unprecedented pandemic,” said Spragg.

Established in 1916, Old Fort Banking Company has assets totaling approximately $770 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 Welcomes Donald F. White

(XENIA, OH) — W. David Walton, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of The Old Fort Banking Company, is pleased to announce that Donald F. White has joined the Bank as Vice President of Mortgage Operations. He will work out of the Xenia financial center at 88 South Progress Drive.

In his new position, White will manage the underwriting and processing of conventional, FHA, VA, and residential construction loans, along with managing residential mortgage lending policies, procedures and products. With over 40 years of mortgage banking experience, he will be responsible for increasing mortgage volume and enhancing Old Fort’s sales and marketing throughout the bank’s footprint.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Don to our mortgage team, said Walton. He has a long and successful history in mortgage banking and possesses the skills and knowledge to offer our mortgage clients personalized mortgage solutions.”

“Mortgage banking has been my career and I embrace the opportunity to utilize my experience to deliver outstanding service and mortgage products to Old Fort Bank clients and prospects,” stated Mr. White.

Established in 1916, the employee owned bank has assets totaling approximately $755 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.  Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 631428.

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