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Consumers Bank earns consecutive SBA lender awards

Consumers National Bank’s Executive Vice President Scott Dodds (left) accepts the U.S. Small Business Administration Cleveland District Office’s “Top Community Bank Lender FY 2017 Award” from Gil Goldberg, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Cleveland District Office.

MINERVA – Consumers National Bank received the Top Community Bank Lender Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Cleveland District Office for the second consecutive time.

The award recognizes the bank’s outstanding performance making SBA 7(a) and SBA Express loans during SBA fiscal year 2017, ranking first among community banks in the 28 northern Ohio counties served by the Cleveland SBA Office.

“Earning the SBA “Top Community Bank Lender Award” for the second year in a row reflects our continued commitment to our mission of providing the small business community with local access to capital. It also honors our lenders, credit, and loan processing staff who make our SBA lending program possible. I thank the SBA for acknowledging the bank’s efforts again,” said Ralph Lober, the Bank’s president and CEO.

“As small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs, supporting local manufacturers and entrepreneurs is critical to our regions’ economic success. Strengthening communities by lending to small businesses has been a cornerstone of the bank’s mission for over 50 years,” said Lober.

Consumers National Bank has 10 commercial lenders serving business clients from the bank’s 13 branches in Carroll, Columbiana, Jefferson and Stark counties, plus two loan production offices in Stow and Wooster. In addition to small business loans, the bank has a history of agriculture lending which supports the rural communities that make up a large part of its markets.

Consumers National Bank’s Senior Loan Officer Scott Dodds said, “As a community bank focused on small business lending in the markets we serve, we are pleased to once again receive this award.”

Trinity West – Hiring

Trinity Health System is seeking an Internal Medicine physician to expand their services in the Wintersville, Ohio area. Requires current Ohio medical license, completion of Internal Medicine Residency. For more information contact Steve Brown, sbrown@trinityhealth.com.

Gina Ruegg joins father in family automotive business

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent

 

Gina Ruegg (right) recently joined her father, Ron (left) in the family business, Ruegg Automotive.

MALVERN – Ron Ruegg Automotive continues to grow to meet the demands for automotive repair in the community.

Ron established his business in 1999 behind his home just down the road from where his current modern, up-to-date business is now located at 6117 Alliance Rd. NW (SR 183), just outside of Malvern.

In 2001, the demand for automotive repairs led him to build a 7,500 square foot garage. The new building includes 11 service  bays and the work is handled by six technicians and a total of 10 employees.

“Everything was great, and then 911 hit.  It changed everything a lot, but we were here, ready to work, and we went on.  And the business grew,” said Ron.

“We all worked.  We helped paint, and do whatever needed done. It was really fun stuff.  I never dreamed about anything but working here. I started when I was 12,” said Ron’s daughter, Gina.

Grubbs promoted to VP position at Consumers

MINERVA—Consumers National Bank has announced that the Board of Directors approved the promotion of Sarah Grubbs, agricultural loan officer, to the level of vice president.

Grubbs joined Consumers National Bank’s commercial lending department in 2012 and has been highly successful in developing and assisting new agricultural clients throughout the bank’s market.

Grubbs, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, has experience in owning and operating a 160-acre family farm in Jefferson County. Throughout her educational and professional career, she has gained extensive knowledge and experience in several agriculture sectors including poultry, dairy, cattle, swine, and grazing programs.

“Sarah has helped many of our farming customers grow their operations over the years. Her customer service and involvement in the local agricultural community personify the bank’s mission, vision, and values. With this appointment the board acknowledges the leadership position that Sarah has assumed at Consumers National Bank and in the community,” said Ralph J. Lober, II, president & CEO.

Consumers Bank opens doors in Bergholz

Participants in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Consumers National Bank’s new branch in Bergholz are shown above.  From left are: Ralph J. Lober, II, president & CEO, Consumers National Bank; Gary Griffith, mayor of Bergholz; Mike Schmuck, director, Consumers Bancorp, Inc.; Terri McConnaughy, sales and service manager, Consumers National Bank; Laurie McClellan, chairman of the board, Consumers Bancorp, Inc.; John Furey, vice chairman, Consumers Bancorp, Inc.; Derek Williams, senior vice president, Consumers National Bank.

Participants in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Consumers National Bank’s new branch in Bergholz are shown above.
From left are: Ralph J. Lober, II, president & CEO, Consumers National Bank; Gary Griffith, mayor of Bergholz; Mike Schmuck, director, Consumers Bancorp, Inc.; Terri McConnaughy, sales and service manager, Consumers National Bank; Laurie McClellan, chairman of the board, Consumers Bancorp, Inc.; John Furey, vice chairman, Consumers Bancorp, Inc.; Derek Williams, senior vice president, Consumers National Bank.

Consumers National Bank marked the opening of a new full-service branch office at 256 Second St., Bergholz, with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 8. The new location marks the bank’s first location in Jefferson County and the 13th branch in its network.

“Opening this new office in Bergholz enables Consumers National Bank to serve new personal, business, and agricultural customers in northern Jefferson County, southern Columbiana and eastern Carroll counties. By expanding into Jefferson County, we are demonstrating our commitment to bringing community banking to under-served, but viable markets,” said Ralph J. Lober, II, president and CEO of Consumers National Bank.

The new location will bring three full-time jobs to the area. Terri McConnaughy, the new Bergholz sales and service manager, has many years of banking experience. As a Bergholz resident herself, she also brings knowledge of the local market to her position. “I am very excited to be working with my neighbors and local businesses again. As a local community bank, Consumers National Bank will provide the personalized customer service that Jefferson County residents will appreciate,” said McConnaughy.

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