Released August 01. 2020 06:37AM
Following 97 years, ” The Neffs National Bank opened its second division in 211 S. Greatest Ave., Walnutport, in April.
Over three dozen VIPs gathered a week to its official ribbon cutting which has been postponed from the pandemic.
Kylie Adams, director of Affiliated Chambers in the Lehigh Valley Chamber, opened the event by welcoming visitors into this bank’s next location in nearly a century of company.
“It truly is a momentous occasion – for nearly a century Neffs has worked tirelessly to serve our community and has also been a wonderful Chamber partner as well,” Adams stated.
Tony Iannelli, CEO and president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce also supplied words commending the work achieved by the bank as a neighborhood establishment.
“First of all, I love our community banks, and really one of the most recent times where they shined was during the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program),” Iannelli said, adding he understood numerous companies that obtained “lost in the shuffle” at major banks.
“But, if they had their local bank, The Neffs National Bank, they knew they had a friend in a family, a friend in the business, and it worked out.”
Many regional agents and officials were in attendance.
State Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40, told the audience that he enjoys going to openings since he sees tasks.
“I normally say to people, ‘Don’t grow your business too quickly, take your time.’ I think in your case I don’t have to tell you that,” Scavello advised Schmidt before introducing him with a certification in the commonwealth recognizing the Walnutport grand opening.
Megan Beste, representative in the office of Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th, additionally introduced Schmidt using a certification on Wild’s behalf.
“It does take a village to raise a child. It also takes a community to raise a bank, and it takes a bank like Neffs to raise a community,” Beste said. “There is not any substitute for a neighborhood bank.
Schmidt discussed words of information given to him by former board Chairman and former Slatington School District Superintendent Herman Snyder.
“(Snyder) often said to us, ‘Fellas, you got to remember the three publics. Whenever you make a decision you have to remember the three publics and the three publics are your employees, your shareholders and the community,” Schmidt said, including The Neffs National Bank had a duty to encourage and benefit all three parties.
“When we proposed this division, we never believed we’d do it amid a pandemic, a troubling financial recession and social unrest. However, within our 97 decades, the bank has confronted many similar adverse scenarios … in the Great Depression into the excellent Recession, from World War II to the Cold War and forth.
“Yet throughout the period we have remained strong, a trusted partner and committed to our community, hence our commitment and our mantra ‘strength, trust and community.’?”
The Walnutport division opened for business in April, but on account of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the grand opening ceremony was pushed to July.
The Neffs National Bank’s initial branch in 5629 Course 873, Neffs, was initially founded in 1923.
Both division lobbies are available to people with COVID-19 security protocols, such as mask-wearing and social bookmarking.
The bank also offers online and app-based banking options, a 24-hour banking telephone line and drive-thru services.
State Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th, congratulates The Neffs National Bank President and CEO Kevin Schmidt about the grand launch of this bank’s second division in Walnutport July 23. Scavello also introduced Schmidt using a certificate of recognition in the nation. SARIT LASCHINSKY/PRESS PHOTOS
The Neffs National Bank branch in 211 S. Greatest Ave., Walnutport, started operations in April, but had its own ribbon-cutting service July 23. The Walnutport office is your bank’s next site.