Pub. 6 2017-2018 Issue 1

THE COMMUNITY BANKER SUMMER 2017 27 FEATURED MEMBER BANKS Clear Mountain Bank is a local- ly-owned, independent, community bank headquartered in the town of BrucetonMills, in the mountains of Preston County. The bank hasWest Virginia roots dating back to 1891 and became known as Clear Mountain Bank in 2005 when two independent community banks, Bruceton Bank and The Terra Alta Bank, combined. Each bank had operated independently in Preston County for more than 100 years and had earned a reputa- tion for offering excellent financial products, friendly service, and a commitment to the lo- cal communities. This tradition and commit- ment to community service is something that Clear Mountain Bank continues today. Clear Mountain Bank operates 12 full-ser- vice branches servingMonongalia and Preston counties inWest Virginia, and Garrett County inMaryland. The bank expanded into Bridge- port, Harrison County, when it opened a loan production office in 2015 and has plans to open a free-standing full service branch in Bridgeport in 2018. The bank offers a wide range of tech-savvy financial products and services for individuals and businesses, along with an array of traditional banking products and a full line of investment products and services. The bank prides itself on providing excel- lent products for both internal efficiency and for its customers, and has invested heavily in banking technology and offers online banking, online bill pay, Apple Pay, mobile banking, mobile deposit, remote deposit for business, and a mobile mortgage app designed to enhance and simplify the lending experience for both borrow- ers and realtors. Clear Mountain Bank is known for friendly and professional hometown service and a ded- ication to helping the local communities grow. This dedication to community service is a value that was instilled by the bank’s former president and CEO, the late Brian F. Thomas. Under Brian’s leadership, the bank became a champion of many community organizations and was a major sponsor of various projects, including the con- struction of the new Preston Memorial Hospital, a new cancer center at Garrett Regional Medical Center, the expansion of Mon Health Medical Center, and many more. In 2013, the bank do- nated a 3,800 square foot building to the Bartlett House, which is a homeless shelter serving the Morgantown area. Today, the bank continues to invest heavily in the local communities with both in-kind and financial support. Bank employees are encouraged to volunteer for events such as the annual United Way Day of Caring and Habitat for Humanity construction projects. In 2016, bank employees donated more than 5,000 hours of community service benefitting nearly 100 local organizations, such as UnitedWay, Habitat for Humanity, Ron- aldMcDonald House, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Boys and Girls Club, The Shack Neighborhood House, and Salvation Army, among many others. Clear Mountain Bank also owns a custom ve- hicle that helps facilitate community involvement and is showcased at community events. It’s a 1934 Ford Roadster, rebuilt and decked out in Clear Mountain Bank logos and colors. The car has become a fixture at local parades and other events. It has its own website, , and in 2014 the Roadster was named one of the top 20 “Coolest Vehicles in Banking” by The Financial Brand. The bank has received many awards and accolades over the years, including being voted “Best Bank” by the readers of Morgantown Magazine for three years. Clear Mountain Bank is rated 5 Stars for financial strength and security by BauerFinancial, and has been so for 54 consecutive quarters. The bank is also a Pacesetter company for the UnitedWay of Monongalia and Preston Counties, and has received the UnitedWay’s Bronze Corporate Investment Award and Com- munity Builder Award. Beyond the awards and recognition, Clear Mountain Bank attributes its success to its team of 158 passionate and dedicated individuals, who are driven by values of integrity, service and community. With their help, and the help of many before them, Clear Mountain Bank has grown from humble beginnings to $575 million in assets. Through more than 100 years of growth and changes, the bank has continually developed the organization and fostered its growth through sound banking practices. Using the guiding principles of indepen- dence, community, and customer first, Clear Mountain Bank excels in meeting the needs of its customers and communities today, with a vision of continuous innovations for the future. Clear Mountain Bank WE HAVE ROOTS WHERE OTHERS HAVE BRANCHES