Pub. 8 2019-2020 Issue 5


Community Bankers Recognized

Calhoun Banks Named Industry Top Loan Producer

Independent Banker, the award-winning magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and the number-one source for community banking news, recognized Calhoun Banks, Grantsville, WV, as an ICBA top lender in its July issue. Calhoun Banks recognition is based on the strength of its competitive banking services and operational efficiencies throughout 2019.

“Through innovation, resourcefulness and an unwavering commitment to their customers and communities, these top lenders are creating a culture of success,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “ICBA is proud to recognize Calhoun Banks and its staff for their outstanding efforts and wish them continued prosperity.”

The “ICBA’s Top Lenders 2020” feature reveals the secret to these community banks’ success as agricultural, commercial, and consumer and mortgage lenders. It showcases their commitment, ingenuity, and skill in adapting to market dynamics and evolving customer needs.

The annual list is based on strong, competitive banking services and operational efficiencies using FDIC data for 2019. Scores were determined by combining the average of the bank’s percentile rank for lending concentration and for loan growth over the past year in each lending category and asset size and adjusted for loan charge-offs at certain percentile thresholds.

“Calhoun Banks is honored to be recognized by ICBA for the growth and performance of our community bank,” said Martha Haymaker, President/CEO, Calhoun Banks. “We are proud to serve our neighbors and strive every day to build lasting banking relationships that help our customers realize their financial goals and dreams — all while helping our local economy prosper. Our success is a testament to the faith of our customers and the hard work and dedication of our talented employees.”

Visit to view this year’s ICBA Top Lenders listings.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. With more than 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99% of all banks, employ nearly 750,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, nearly $4 trillion in deposits and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at

Clear Mountain Bank Named One of the Best Banks to Work For in the Nation

Clear Mountain Bank has been named one of the nation’s Best Banks to Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group.

The Best Banks to Work For program identifies, recognizes, and honors the best employers in the banking industry throughout the United States for providing outstanding employee satisfaction.

“One of the critical factors in a bank’s success is how it treats its employees. This year’s list honors those institutions which have gone above and beyond to invest in employees’ personal and professional growth,” said Alan Kline, editor-in-chief of American Banker.

Determining the Best Banks to Work For consists of a two-step process conducted by Best Companies Group. The first step is an evaluation of the bank’s workplace policies, practices and demographics. In the second step, employee surveys are conducted to assess individual employees’ experiences and sentiments regarding their workplace. The combined scores determine the top banks and the final ranking.

The process revealed that Clear Mountain Bank employees’ overall sentiment pointed to an outstanding leadership team that continually puts its employees first and makes having a collaborative workplace a priority.

“Being recognized as one of the best banks to work for in the nation is something we are incredibly proud of. Our dedicated team members serve as the heart and soul of our bank, and they certainly deserve a great work environment and opportunities to enjoy rewarding careers,” states David M. Thomas, President and CEO of Clear Mountain Bank.

Clear Mountain Bank is a locally owned and managed community bank serving North Central West Virginia and western Maryland for more than 125 years. The bank provides a comprehensive array of digital and traditional banking products and services to meet the needs of its personal, business, commercial, mortgage and financial planning customers. The bank is widely recognized for excellence in financial services, including a 5-star superior rating for financial strength and stability from BauerFinancial. Additional information is available at

This year’s full results are available at American Banker and in American Banker Magazine’s November issue. To view the full list of this year’s winning banks, visit

The Community Bankers of West Virginia

This story appears in Issue 6 2019-2020  of the WesternBanker Magazine.

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