In celebration of Community Banking Month in April, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) chose to recognize three banks nationwide in its Independent Banker magazine. They were Bank of Oak Ridge in North Carolina, Home State Bank in Illinois, and Lee County's very own Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands.
"We are so honored to be included in this coverage," said Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands Chief Executive Officer Geoff Roepstorff. "To be one of only three banks profiled among thousands of ICBA community banks nationwide means a great deal to our bankers and the customers we serve."
In the article entitled "Consumers' Choice," Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands is recognized for its local decision-making and commitment to being an independent community bank. In quoting bank President Robbie Roepstorff on the decision to found the bank in 1997, the article stated:
"We were seeing all these bank mergers and buyouts, and that happened at the bank we were at," said Roepstorff. "So Geoff and I approached a couple of the directors and they were right on board. They wanted a long-term community bank."
The article also praised Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands for its extensive commitment to community volunteerism and philanthropy. Among the examples they cited were the "We Love Our Islands" program and "Literacy Buddies."
"We believe in giving back to the community we serve," said the bank's Chief Executive Officer Geoff Roepstorff. "It's a win-win for everybody."
The full article can be read at independentbanker.com. The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. It's the nation's voice for more than 6,500 community banks, and is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.
Edison National Bank is Lee County's oldest locally-owned and managed community bank, serving individuals and business owners with two offices in Fort Myers, as well as the Bank of the Islands offices on Sanibel and Captiva. Founded in 1997, Edison National Bank is strongly rooted in the community and actively supports civic and charitable causes through both donations and volunteerism.
Bank of the Islands is proud to be the winner of 26 "Best of the Islands" awards since 1999, including being chosen the Best Island Bank for 15 years straight.