Founded in 1909, North Country Savings Bank is a customer,-based and community-driven symbol of the North Country. Being customer-centered and motivated by our community has helped us serve a variety of customers throughout St. Lawrence County for over a century. At the heart of our organization are the dedicated employees who work hard to ensure each customer receives the personalized attention they deserve.
The North Country Savings Bank team is here for you. We’ll walk you through every step of themortgage process, from answering your questions about where to begin to explaining all the important details. Our experienced Personal Bankers and Loan Originators are prepared to help first time home buyers get their credit reports in check, figure out how much they can afford, and be there at the finish when they sign on the dotted line.
We are eager and prepared to help all customers current and potential. Our Personal Bankers serve as a single-point of contact for customers. Their sole purpose is to help everyone get the most from their banking, both in person and online. Each of our four branches have a Personal Banker ready to assist in any way needed. Just another example of North Country Savings Bank working to provide excellent customer service.
For more information about North Country Bank and its service, please visit www.northcountrysavings.bank.
With roots dating back to 1920, Evans Bank has evolved into a full-service financial institution focused only on Western New York. Our mission is the same today as it was nearly 100 years ago, to help our customers meet their financial goals and businesses build their dreams.
Throughout our history, Evans has proudly made significant contributions to the growth and resurgence of the region. We do this by providing real value to our customers, associates, shareholders and communities. In 1977, the bank opened its second branch and has since added 12 more financial centers. In 2000, Evans Bancorp acquired the M&W Agency Inc., our insurance subsidiary known today as The Evans Agency LLC.
This summer, the Company intends to open its 15th full-service financial center, its first in the Central Business District of Downtown Buffalo. The proposed Business & Relationship Center will offer full-service banking, insurance, investments and employee benefits services while featuring a consultative setting for client meetings, as well as, modern and convenient banking technologies. It will enhance our ability to serve more of the local community and its businesses in the radius around the heart of the City that is enjoying a resurgence.
Our insurance operation has acquired more than a dozen local agencies and offers a suite of products and services tailored to meet the needs of both retail and business customers. The Evans Agency achieved record revenues in 2017 on the strength of increased Commercial and Personal Lines sales and Employee Benefits expansion.
At Evans, our associates remain our key competitive advantage and differentiator to better serve our clients, fulfilling our purpose and driving strategic growth.
The Company was successful in recruiting three new senior executives in 2017 – a Chief Risk Officer, Chief Commercial Banking Officer, and a new Director of Employee Benefits, who will help our organization advance in sophistication and capabilities. For the fifth consecutive year, based upon employee engagement, Evans was recognized by Buffalo Business First as a Best Place to Work among dozens of companies regionally in Western New York.
In 2017, the Company also made a commitment to ensure that diversity and inclusion was a top priority. Evans created a new Diversity & Inclusion Council whose charter is to foster an open and inclusive environment, encourage recruitment of associates of diverse backgrounds and thought, in an atmosphere free of harassment and intolerance. The Council is comprised of a broad based team of associates and management, and serves as a resource for the organization to address individual and systemic issues regarding diversity and inclusion.
Since its inception, the council has adopted a logo, participated in an inclusion awareness workshop lead by the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY and created a Plan, Do, Check and Act (PDCA) exercise for carrying out change. The council identified several focus areas aimed to broaden diversity within Evans and enhance an inclusive workplace.
Continuing the pattern of support for the communities it has served and invested in for almost a century, Evans expanded participation in volunteer activities, associate service hours and financial support in 2017. The Company also made a $300,000 contribution to its Foundation this past year, the largest such contribution in its history, to be invested in not-for-profit entities that enhance the quality of life within Western New York.
Despite local competition increasing with several new market entrants, Evans is confident in our position to compete successfully and expand our presence in the region. Our value-added service, capabilities, reputation and knowledge of the marketplace, provide us with a competitive advantage over other financial institutions. With greater size and scale, we are competitively positioned against the regional and national banks.
We remain thankful for the acceptance and support received from our customers, associates and shareholders, and look forward to more business growth and investment in our communities.
If your financial institution is called a “savings bank,” it has probably seen its fair share of history. The very notion of a savings bank is a relic from a time when banks were limited to one or two services. Although these regulations were repealed in the mid-1900s and banks could expand the services offered, many savings banks retained their original names in the interest of the community they served. Watertown Savings Bank is one such institution, where community has mattered for 125 years.
In 1893, a small group of Watertown residents decided they would build a financial institution to benefit the community. This group, composed of prominent businessman and successful professionals in the area, was beginning to see Watertown flourish and recognized the need for a reliable local bank.
The bank was, and still is, structured as a mutual savings bank with a board of trustees and no stockholders. A brief look at the original list of trustees provides a snapshot of local commerce and politics around the turn of the century. Among the list are two paper manufacturers, a produce dealer, a former lieutenant governor, a city mayor and a local jeweler. The snapshot is brought more into focus with a look at the original operating hours. In addition to weekday hours, the bank was also open from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Saturdays. This was done to accommodate the mill workers and factory employees, who could only make it to the bank on Saturday evenings after a six-day workweek.
The formative years of Watertown Savings Bank were proving fruitful, so much so that the bank moved into a new space in 1921. The new location, four times the size of the original office, was located at the top of Public Square and provided a hub for the hard-working local customer base. At this time, after only 28 years of operation, the bank had seen a growth of over $4 million in assets. Profits only increased in the decades to follow.
In 1959, the bank was once again in need of a larger facility and purchased two properties to facilitate the construction of a new office building. The new office opened a year later with 30 employees and $32 million in assets. A handful of our current employees started out at this now razed building, and they stayed because the bank cares as much about its employees as it does its customers.
Quality customer service is at the heart of what Watertown Savings Bank stands for and it is the reason customers continue to visit our branches. Bank President & CEO Mark R. Lavarnway said, “we have found that providing the highest level of personalized and community support offers many benefits which are often superior to our competitors. We understand our local economy and the diverse banking needs of our community.”
This year, Watertown Savings Bank celebrates 125 years of service in the North Country. With 125 employees, $660 million in assets and a total of nine branches in Jefferson County, the bank built to serve the Watertown community is still thriving. It currently retains the largest deposit market share in the county and has been recognized as the top mortgage and commercial lender. The Bank’s accomplishments do not stop at the county level either. It has been awarded the Top SBA Small Community Lender six times. Last year, Banking New York magazine named Watertown Savings Bank as the Top Community Supporter in New York State. In 2017 alone, we proudly donated over $335,000 to local non-profits and charitable organizations.
Our name and our mission have stayed the same since 1893. The nature of the banking industry demands that a bank evolve and adapt to stay relevant, but this is no small feat. Evolve too much and you risk losing your loyal customers, fail to adapt and you lose your ability to form new customer relationships. Watertown Savings Bank has found the right balance. Mr. Lavarnway points out “We have evolved with the times in terms of products and services, but we have maintained that same culture of local management, local decisions, and local support.” An emphasis on local support is the reason we opened our doors 125 years ago and it is the reason they are still open today.
To learn more about Watertown Savings Bank and its products and services, please visit www.watertownsavingsbank.com.
The year 1888 was historic both in America and in Rochester.
It had been only 23 years since the end of the Civil War. Thomas Edison filed a patent for the Optical Phonograph- the first movie. George Eastman patented the first roll-film camera and registered the “Kodak” name. And in May, Fairport Savings Bank was born.
In its 130 years, Fairport Savings Bank (FSB) has seen marked growth in its products, services, and locations, but remains, at its core, an effective and strategic community bank. “As we continue to grow, our purpose, philosophy, and commitment to meeting our customers’ needs has remained,” says Kevin Maroney, President and CEO as of January 1. “And we’re proud that our size and flexibility truly allows us to be a 21st-century ‘we say yes’ bank.”
This May, all FSB branches will be celebrating with family events, anniversary cakes and special giveaway items throughout the month.
Customer Julie Scott Stryker is representative of a multi-generational family with an FSB relationship beginning with her great-grandparents, through our great-aunt, her parents, her and her husband, and now their 10-month old son. “I use the online banking service daily,” she said. “It’s relevant and completely up-to-date.”
Julie has chosen to continue with FSB and is a big fan. “We know we can completely trust our banking relationship with Fairport Savings Bank,” she added. “If ever there was an issue, we could call and speak directly with someone who would be there to help.” Julie’s confidence also stems from knowing FSB from the inside. For several years she worked at the bank in various departments, noting “it was a wonderful place to work.”
With assets of more than $300 million, FSB now has five full-service branch locations, five dedicated mortgage offices, an expansive ATM network, broad offerings of online and mobile banking e-services, and two subsidiaries- Fairport Wealth Management and FSB Insurance Agency for investments and insurance. Maroney notes that FSB is still about “cultivating extraordinary relationships” with its new and longtime customers and its nearly 100 employees, and providing its personal Fairport Savings Bank experience.
Maroney began with FSB in 2004 as executive vice president and chief financial officer during the company’s strategic growth period. Upon the retirement in December 2017 of longtime President and CEO Dana C. Gavenda- now the current chair of the board of directors- it seemed fitting that Maroney be appointed to this position.
We have a long and proud history and legacy, and Kevin Maroney is perfectly positioned to carry that legacy forward,” said Gavenda. “He knows to look at today’s world from both a personal and business perspective not only to stay relevant, but to expand and extend our reach. He knows that we succeed if our people succeed.”
Another important addition to the FSB “family” is Michael Giancursio, named in October as executive vice president and chief lending officer. This Fairport native has more than 20 years experience in commercial credit, lending, and deposits. Thanks to FSB’s many products, Giancursio looks forward to growing both commercial and residential lending. He also has a unique perspective on commercial banking, having been a bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Syracuse.
FSB prides itself on its core values which include, among other points, community involvement and support. Its culture encourages volunteerism and community event sponsorship; Maroney himself has been the treasurer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester for five years.
“Fairport Savings Bank may have a long history,” notes Maroney, “but we are not your typical, purely transactional bank. As a community bank, we all roll up our sleeves and do what needs to be done. We really do want to earn our tagline, ‘love your bank.'”
To learn more, please visit www.fairportsavingsbank.com.
USNY Bank is an independently-owned, commercial bank chartered by New York State and headquartered in Geneva, NY. The bank operates two full-service banking units. Bank of the Finger Lakes with offices at 389 Hamilton Street in Geneva, NY and 100 Main Street in Penn Yan, NY and Bank of Cooperstown with offices at 73 Chestnut Street in Cooperstown, NY and 34 Main Street in Oneonta, NY. USNY Bank currently has total assets of approximately $380 million.
The idea to form a new bank in Cooperstown began with the family of Robert O’Neill in early 2006. O’Neill contacted the late Robert Ranger and Mike Briggs, current USNY President & CEO, to become the original founders of the de novo bank. O’Neill and Ranger were both honored as Director Emeritus for their efforts on behalf of the bank.
The original bank charter was approved in March 2007 and the bank received FDIC approval to open its first branch in Geneva. The Cooperstown branch opened in December 2007, the Oneonta branch in September 2014, and the fourth branch opened in Penn Yan in June 2017. Upstate New York Bancorp, Inc. was created on July 1, 2016 as the holding company for USNY Bank.
The Bank is both an SBA Preffered Lender and FSA Preferred Lender, specializing in providing banking services for small and mid-sized businesses, agribusinesses, farms and wineries; in addition to providing retail lending services to local consumers.
USNY Bank has received recognition for its financial performance by various bank industry firms. The bank has experienced consistent growth in total assets and net income since its inception.
President & CEO Mike Briggs added, “We’re very pleased to have been listed among the top performing banks in the country. This just didn’t happen. It’s a testament to the high-quality customer service consistently delivered by our employees; the commitment of our directors, community board members and management; the investment by our shareholders; plus the loyalty of our bank customers. USNY Bank remains committed to reinvesting local deposits back into the communities we serve. We’re here to serve our customers and make positive contributions to the local economy. We make loans that help support local businesses and farms to help them grow. And that supports helps everyone. It’s what we mean when we say What Starts Here, Stays Here. When people bank with us, they know that the money stays right here.”
Briggs is also the current Chairman of IBANYS, Atlantic Community Bankers Bank, and Atlantic Community Bancshares, Inc.
For more information, please visit www.usnybank.com.
Pioneer Bank was founded in 1889 by Henry O’Reilly Tucker and a group of printers from the Troy Daily Press. Their main goal was to establish a loan & savings association in order to encourage the practice of saving. After consulting with their employer, this goal soon became a reality and Pioneer Bank was created.
Pioneer Bank offers a variety of financial products and services, including full banking services, insurance, wealth management, and employee benefits consulting. We also offer our customers a comprehensive array of products and services, with competitive rates and the latest banking options. We have a suite of sophisticated, secure and easy to use eBanking tools, mobile banking apps, and other tools to help customers save time and do more with their money. We have branch offices and ITMs/ATMs throughout the region and we are a leader in local lending, with fast local decision making from people who know who they are and go beyond expectations to make the deal happen.
We relentlessly execute our business model of engaged employees and customer advocacy each day, driving our strong financial results. We look for ways to leverage technology to enhance the delivery of our products and services, as well as to improve efficiency within our operations. Most importantly, we remain committed to operating with the highest level of integrity and will always make local decisions based on what is best for our employees, customers, and our communities.
To learn more about Pioneer Bank and our services, please visit www.pioneerbanking.com.
Alden State Bank was founded in 1916 and serves Alden, NY and surrounding communities. Alden State Bank is committed to providing innovative, state-of-the-art banking products and services with a focus on customer service. Some of their many services offered include personal and commercial deposit & loan products, debit cards, and online/mobile banking.
Alden State Bank has a strong community presence and is involved in numerous programs and activities. This year, Alden State Bank will again sponsor for 2018 a TQ Midget car that races at short-tracks and it will make several promotional appearances across Western New York. The bank is a primary sponsor of several prominent community events as well, such as Alden Winterfest and the 5K “Dollars for Scholars” Race. Alden State Bank also supports many non-profits fundraisers in Alden and neighboring communities. During the summer months, the bank holds annual customer appreciation hot dog roasts at both of their locations, which are always well-received by the community. Other recent promotional events include a “money booth”, sponsored by their Kasasa rewards checking products, and appearances at the local farmers market.
To read more information about Alden State Bank or to learn more about their products and services, please visit www.aldenstate.com.
Tioga State Bank is an independent, family-owned and operated financial institution. The bank was founded in 1864 when local business owners joined together to form a community bank to provide highly needed banking services to our communities.
The bank’s first president was M.D. Fisher and our current President, Robert M. Fisher is the fifth generation to run Tioga State Bank. Tioga State Bank is still currently the only bank headquartered in Tioga County, NY. Tioga State Bank currently has 11 locations and serves the financial needs of the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Pennsylvania.
Tioga State Bank offers a full range of consumer, business, investment, and financial products and personalized services tailored to meet the needs of our local community. We want to be our customers’ trusted financial advisor for life. We also seek to provide additional benefits to our customers by sending them relevant, helpful information and offering expert insight to help them reach their financial goals.
Giving back and community involvement are themes that are seen throughout TSB’s culture. One of Tioga’s guiding principles is care for our community, which we show in many ways. Over the last 5 years, we have donated over $400,000 to local charities and organizations to help our communities thrive. We helped support the construction of a home health facility, raised funds to make a local library handicap accessible, donated to all three local healthcare systems, funded one week of food for over 9,000 students, among many others.
We also encourage those in our local community to play a part in growing our local economy and to support local businesses. We do this through our monthly #GoLocal campaigns where we highlight local business customers on social media, social media contests, and sharing local businesses’ stories and events.
Our staff is also very involved in the communities we serve. The majority of our employees belong to a community organization or charity. Each year we host a car and truck show, participate with a team of runners in many local 5k’s, and walk in our local American Heart Association event. During the holiday season, staffers hand out fresh fruit and vegetables to at-risk families. Each month we host a blue jeans for charity day with many of our employees participating by wearing jeans to the office in exchange for a donation to a local charity. 2 years ago, we also started hosting our own 5k to help benefit Cure the Blue. Cure the Blue collects funds for prostate cancer and was founded by former Buffalo Bills player, in conjunction with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association, Booker Edgerson. Participation in and giving back to the communities we serve is at the core of who we are at Tioga State Bank.
To learn more, please visit www.tiogabank.com.
The First National Bank of Groton is locally owned, customer driven, community bank. We maintain a local focus that promotes growth by investing back into the same neighborhoods where our deposits come from. All decisions are made by people who know the local market and understand the needs of our customers. We know our customers by name, and vice-versa. We take pride in providing a superior level of personalized customer service, along with a blend of traditional banking products and innovative online and mobile services. As of December 31, 2017, our assets totaled over $170 million. All of our employees are area residents, which means we have the same personal investment in the community as our customers.
Established in 1865, The First National Bank of Groton has served the surrounding communities for over 150 years. “Customers for life, one day at a time” is our mission. Our long history includes many interesting details:
- In 1896, when she was elected President of The First National Bank of Groton, Welthea M. Marsh became one of the first women in the United States to serve as President of a national bank.
- Following the Emergency Banking Act of 1933, The First National Bank of Groton was one of the first financial institutions determined by the Treasury Department to be solvent, making it one of the first to be re-opened.
- Our annual Customer Appreciation Day is widely recognized and eagerly awaited each year! Employees grill and serve the famous “quarter-pound” hot dogs for our customers and the entire community at each of our offices.
- We open our lobbies to customers and the community as a way to showcase their artwork, their collections, and local memorabilia. Our Groton office features a thirty-foot mural, painted by a local artist, depicting the Village of Groton in 1900.
Our two locations are conveniently located in Groton and Moravia, NY. The First National Bank of Groton is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
For more information, visit our website at www.grotonbank.com or call us at (607) 898-5871.
Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, is a one-stop shop for all banking needs. This community bank provides a full suite of financial services across the Capital Region – including checking and savings, cash management, commercial insurance, small business loans, group health, retirement plans and more.
Recognized as one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation, Saratoga National Bank has been designated as a 5-star Superior bank by BauerFinancial, Inc. for 35 consecutive quarters. The Bank was also recently named the “Top Small Community Lender” by the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Capital Region for the fourth consecutive year.
Saratoga National Bank employees combine the highest level of financial expertise with first-hand knowledge of their own communities to offer personal attention, smart banking options and competitive rates. Local management and decision-making are just some of the key elements that differentiate Saratoga National Bank from other financial institutions.
Saratoga National Bank is continuing to expand in the Capital Region. Most recently, the Bank opened its 10th location at 251 State Street in Schenectady.
Serving the organizations that make the region a great place to live and work has always been an important part of the company culture. The Bank is committed to investing in the community and proudly supports dozens of not-for-profits through sponsorships, volunteerism, donations and education.
For more information, please visit saratoganational.com.