Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2016

Community banks different from national chains

By Jill Burnett | Oct 06, 2016

To the editor:

Another large national banking chain is in the news again. The choice to put profits ahead of a customer’s needs and well being should never be an option.

As a community banker, it frustrates me that these large chains continue to create negative press for the banking industry as a whole. I believe that your local community banks are a whole lot different than what you experience at a large national banking chain.

Community banks are all about creating an extremely great customer experience. They know your name when you walk in their doors. Not only that, they know your family and your likes and dislikes related to your banking experience. They allow families to meet their financial goals through home loans, vehicle loans, farm loans, investments, and so much more.

Community bankers serve on local nonprofit boards as they give of their time and knowledge to improve their communities. Local banks are one of the first businesses to give when asked to support local fundraisers and causes.

As a community bank we take great pride in supporting our employees both personally and professionally. We create an environment for our staff to grow and learn. We celebrate their successes and create an environment that allows for fun and laughter.

All banks are not created equal. What better time to give your local community bank a try? You’ll be glad you did!


– Jill Burnett, Fairfield


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