Ben Norton

Feb 04, 2022

In 2021, Buckeye Community Bank had an impressive year, reflected in our financial results and the value we returned to you, our partners, our teammates, and our community.

Buckeye’s demonstrated ability to rise to challenges and opportunities for our partners has made me confident that we will continue a value creation path this year and in the future. By consistently meeting the local business community’s needs, we deliver on our commitment to creating value that matters for all of our stakeholders.

During the past year, we created bright spots by concentrating on a strategic approach to planning for the future needs of our customers, employees, shareholders and community. It has been proven that institutions that remain strategic yet flexible will thrive and grow. While technology and interactions may change, our focus on delivering the products needed by those we serve will not.

The spotlight in this issue features Robert Branz, co-owner of North Ridge Laser Wash and Speedy Clean Express Laundromat. As a child, Branz learned from his father that taking care of the customer is paramount, or else someone else will do it. He has spent decades providing excellent services and epitomizing the “owner on premise” principle of being present and accessible, which is rapidly disappearing.

Buckeye continues to be successful thanks to our excellent team. We believe in a shared commitment in an innovative mindset and a culture of success for all. We are grateful for our incredible team’s dedication to serving clients, shareholders and each other.

In this issue, we introduce you to Derek Gansel, Taylor O’Dell and Adam Wirkiowski, three promising new professionals at Buckeye.

Since day one, consistent and calculated growth in our client base and our community bankers has been the primary component of Buckeye’s formula. While we are in a time of profound challenges, we begin 2022 with a stronger foundation and continued momentum.

We thank you for your continued belief in Buckeye’s mission and direction. There will be a lot of work to do during the years ahead, and we look forward to being your partner. We ask that you continue to share Buckeye’s message with your friends and colleagues in our pursuit of growth and success.