2018 was an exciting year for Heartland Bank. Looking back over the past year, we can’t imagine not feeling extremely thankful for accomplishments that have been extraordinary – we extend a heartfelt “thank you” to our customers, associates and the communities we serve!
Early in 2018, Heartland Bank’s corporate operations moved into a modern, spacious, new facility at 430 North Hamilton Road in Whitehall. Associates now have the freedom to collaborate in comfortable spaces with technology that boosts their ability to serve their customers, team-up on projects and interact with their communities. “Almost three years in the making, we're overjoyed to be all together once again in our new Heartland Bank Corporate Center,” said Scott McComb, chairman, president and CEO of Heartland BancCorp. “As the bank has grown, our operations were eventually spread across five different communities, which created many logistical issues. We are thankful to have everyone together again, in this new and vibrant space that will simply add to the energy and momentum that we have generated in the last several years.”
In late January, Heartland was excited to be named the Small Business Support of the Arts Award winner as part of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio program. Heartland was nominated by Patti Von Niessen, Executive Director of Summer Jam West, a grassroots community coalition that hosts an annual free arts and music festival at Westgate Park in the Hilltop. According to Patti, “Not only does the bank support our event financially, but their associates volunteer their time as well. We have been blessed to have been able to forge a strong partnership with an outstanding, local community-minded bank.”
In the 2nd quarter of 2018, Heartland hit the one billion mark in assets. In the community banking world, this is a major milestone. “We have been growing the bank at a robust rate and a highlight of the 2nd quarter was surpassing $1 billion in assets,” said Scott McComb. Heartland treated its associates to a Billion Dollar Bash to thank them for a job-well-done…an evening of food, family and fun!
2018 also found Heartland building their 16th branch in Upper Arlington. As McComb mentioned, Heartland is growing, and everyone is excited to have a prime spot anchoring Lane Avenue and Northwest Boulevard. Heartland plans a corner friendly, two-story, brownstone-reminiscent exterior with architectural presence and unique style. The ground floor will house the branch location and the Heartland Planning Associates team will occupy the second story space of this building.
In July, Heartland Bank had the pleasure of announcing the purchase of TransCounty Title Agency. TransCounty provides commercial and residential title services along with searches and escrow services. Their expertise, matched with Heartland’s financial packages, will provide our customers with a valuable combination of services and a partnership that Heartland is thankful to have had the opportunity to coordinate.
Finally, Scott McComb was chosen for two CEO of the Year awards - as the 2018 Community Banker of the Year for ICBA’s Eastern region and CEO of the Year for Large For-Profit companies by Columbus CEO magazine. According to the press release dated October 2, 2018, from the ICBA, “This annual award recognizes the exceptional work and commitment of individual community bankers and their dedication to local communities.” Scott was nominated by two associates at Heartland Bank for his leadership qualities, attention to associate needs, and his overall passion for community banking and community service.
As Heartland ended the year on a thankful note, the possibilities of the year-to-come enhance the commitment and passion of the associates as they strive to offer the best-in-class service and products to the customers and the communities that they serve. If you are looking for a partnership with associates that are thankful on a daily basis, stop by any one of our 15 branch locations and feel the Heartland difference!