ben norton

Apr 19, 2021

Spring is upon us, marking a time of renewal. The transition to an optimistic mindset and planning for the long term is in full swing, now buoyed by an economy that is gaining strength. Nearly all of us have experienced a year of professional and personal upheaval, but recovery is on the horizon.

Locally, we are experiencing the economy returning to a pre-pandemic normal with the reopening of all sectors pointing to a quick return of growth. There is palpable confidence from business leaders and the consumers we interact with every day. While companies face a myriad of challenges during normal operations, last year was unprecedented. We are pleased that Buckeye Community Bank partnered with many clients through the Payroll Protection Program and other actions to mitigate the damage and to aid in their continuity.

There is power to be gained from optimism for the future, and it provides potential fuel for the mindset needed to grow and succeed. 

At Buckeye, we continue to build on our momentum every day. During the past several months, we have launched efforts to expand our reach to serve businesses in Cuyahoga, Medina and Summit counties with the addition of new staff to our talented team. Lorain County remains Buckeye’s focus, but to ensure that we continue to play a role in local economic growth and stability, we need to increase Buckeye’s reach and resources. 

We are pleased to welcome Andrea Bucey Tikkanen, an accomplished commercial real estate lender, as our new Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate. Additionally, Anne Cheh-Falb and Alfonso Makiling Jr., who each bring tremendous experience in the Northeast Ohio market, have joined the Buckeye team as Vice Presidents and Commercial Lending Officers.

Operationally, Keith Brown and Rick Nelsen Jr. work to strengthen our credit underwriting analysis efforts and address complex transactions as Vice President, Senior Credit Analyst and Credit Analyst, respectively, while Katlyn Baker enhances our financial support in the role of Accounting Specialist. 

This issue’s spotlight focuses on Banyan Technology, which Buckeye has witnessed grow from an idea into groundbreaking technology that helps companies operate more  effectively by taking control of vital shipping needs. It’s exciting for Buckeye to be involved with a top technology startup created locally.

Today may be a somewhat changed landscape, but our focus remains on serving the local business community better than any other bank. Just like the day we launched, Buckeye’s strength remains our community banking model and our robust local ties that allow us to help our clients thrive in the face of opportunity or challenge. How can we partner to help you today?