Citizens to Hold Homebuyer Seminar
Citizens Bank of West Virginia President & CEO Nathaniel S. Bonnell received an unexpected email and phone call from the White House with an invitation to join President Trump for a tax reform roundtable discussion. Several days later, he and Mortgage Processor Anita Jones joined President Trump, state officials and other business leaders in White Sulphur Springs before an audience of several hundred people to share their stories.
“To be honest, when I received the first White House email I didn’t think it was real,” commented Bonnell. “However, when a follow-up call soon arrived, along with more instructional emails, it all became surreal. This is an honor for Citizens Bank to be recognized by the President of the United States for our investment in our staff, and the customers and communities we serve.”
Bonnell shared with President Trump that the employees are the heart and soul of what makes Citizens successful. “Because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts, we were able to give every one of our 66 employees an additional $1,000 over and above their normal annual raises,” commented Bonnell.
Due to the tax reform, Citizens Bank was also able to increase its philanthropy. “We have made a couple of significant contributions, for our size, to the local nonprofit hospital as well as the local liberal arts college in our town,” Bonnell further shared with President Trump. “The tax plan has given Citizens the opportunity not only to invest more money in our folks, who obviously deserve more, but also invest in our local communities and the nonprofits that serve those areas.”
Citizens Bank Mortgage Loan Processor Anita Jones addressed President Trump next. She moved to West Virginia in 2007 and became a proud citizen in 2013. A graduate of D&E College, Anita began as an intern at Citizens and was offered full-time employment. “I had a wonderful surprise from the bank – we all did! A $1000 bonus each!” Anita told President Trump. “For me, it is such a blessing because I’m going to use that money to add to the trip for me and my son to go back to my home country (Indonesia) to visit my parents and my dad that has not been well. And I have not been home since 2009.”
Citizens to Hold Homebuyer Seminar
Citizens Bank of West Virginia will offer a Homebuyer Seminar on April 17 at 6:30 pm at their Elkins office, 211 Third Street, to help aspiring homeowners learn about the home buying process.
The seminar is being held in partnership with the Elkins Randolph Board of Realtors and the Homeownership Center. Realtors from Elkins and Tucker Counties, along with Citizens Bank lenders, will be available following a presentation to answer questions.
The seminar will review key points of the home buying process, choosing the right loan type, the application process, working with the realtor, and closing day. Attendees will receive a $200 off mortgage closing cost coupon – details will be provided at the event.
“The homebuyer seminar is a free event with no pressure or commitment and ideal for people in all phases of home buying,” commented Kathy Leombruno, Senior Vice President & Marketing Officer. “Citizens has a first-time homebuyer loan that is available to residents who have not owned a home in the previous three years or who have never owned a home that we will review as one of our topics. The takeaway information for anyone looking to purchase in upcoming months or even learn about the home buying process will be very helpful.”
Space is limited and registration is encouraged. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
For more information, call the marketing department at 304-637-2185.
Citizens Donates to Outdoor Amphitheater Project
Citizens Bank of West Virginia has contributed $5,000 to Rotary Club of Elkins to erect an outdoor amphitheater in the Elkins Railyard Town Square. The $100,000 amphitheater is poised to become a popular venue to be used for events, fairs and festivals.
“Since the Town Square routinely is the site of many live concerts and other stage events, it makes great sense to put up a permanent outdoor amphitheater,” commented Citizens Bank President & CEO Nathaniel S. Bonnell. “Citizens is happy to support this project and enhance a location used by numerous community groups throughout the year.”
Presenting the check left to right is Brad Walters, Rotary Vice President; Nathaniel Bonnell, Citizens Bank President & CEO; Leesa Harris, Senior SVP & Trust Officer; and Hoy Ferguson, Project Coordinator.