Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

FCB Bank setting roots

April 6, 2006

Things have gone well for De Soto's newest bank in its first month.

"It's been fantastic," De Soto FCB Bank manager Dustin Baker said. "We've opened up more than 80 accounts in the first month of business.

"The community has been very supportive."

FCB Bank moved in to the mobile unit March 6. First Community Bancshares announced last October it was opening a bank in De Soto to join the 13 others it owned in the metropolitan areas of Kansas and Missouri. At the time, Baker and FCB vice president Michael Drennon were low key on its services, saying it would start as a loan writing office as it worked with state regulators to obtain its charter.

As things played out, the branch opened with its Kansas charter, allowing it to offer a full array of services.

In addition to regular account services, the bank offers online banking, investments, insurance -- life, health and disability -- commercial lending and personal loans, Baker said.

Joining Baker and Drennon at the bank are Michael Graham as assistant vice president of lending and Raheema Sampson, Chris Bine, Alicia Gibbens and Kayla Bader.

The temporary site offers walk-in banking with a drive-up window and ATM.

But the excitement is to the south, where excavation has started on the bank's permanent home. The De Soto City Council is to consider the new bank's final plat Thursday, and Baker anticipates it will be finished early next year.

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