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TheBANK Introduces Clayton Center

TheBANK 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 Avenue. 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.

Clayton Center Rbbon Cutting

Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, center left, and Chairman of TheBANK of Edwardsville’s Board of Directors 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 TheBANK of Edwardsville Board; Kevin Powers, President and CEO of TheBANK; 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.

Sean McKenna, St. Louis Market President for TheBANK of Edwardsville, 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. He also expressed how excited TheBANK is to now be a part of the Clayton community before turning the podium over to Kevin Powers, President and CEO of TheBANK, who 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 of Edwardsville to the city and offered words of encouragement.

“It truly takes a village of dedicated people to make something like this happen, and TheBANK 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 TheBANK of Edwardsville to our community and we wish you great success.”

According to Powers, one question management of TheBANK have had about making the move to St. Louis regarded the bank’s name – particularly, how it would be received 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 TheBANK 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.

“We have put together a team of seasoned professionals at the Clayton Center who are very client-driven and dedicated to helping businesses and individuals succeed. They know the St. Louis metro area very well and are well respected in the area,” Powers said.

According to Robert Plummer, Chairman of TheBANK of Edwardsville’s Board of Directors, the Clayton Center’s staff will offer the same honest, hard-working brand of banking that has made it a leader in the metro east 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.

Clayton Center