Friendship State Bank Celebrates Longtime Employees

Posted On December 20, 2017

Press release by The Friendship State Bank

(Left to right): Missy Weatherford, Mike Davies and Roxanne Stewart celebrate 25 years of
employment with The Friendship State Bank and Friendship Insurance. Photo provided.

(Friendship, Ind.) – The Friendship State Bank and Friendship Insurance employs 118 people at eight locations in Southeast Indiana. Fifty-four of those employees have been employed 10 years or longer. Each year, Friendship celebrates those milestone anniversaries and achievements.

“We have a truly exceptional work force,” Beth Schmaltz, Human Resources Manager shared.“The Bank’s success is a direct reflection of the type of employees that are ‘lifers’ here.”

Fourteen employees were honored for years of service. Amy Grubbs (Lawrenceburg Retail Banking Officer) and Larissa Phelps (Rising Sun Branch Manager) were recognized for 15 years. Rita Shelley (Data Processor), LeeAnn Lewis (Insurance Accounting Clerk) and Bobbie Purvis (Insurance Customer Service Rep) were recognized for 20 years. Missy Weatherford (Insurance Customer Service Rep), Mike Davies (Senior Lending Officer), and Roxanne Stewart (Vevay Teller) celebrated 25 years with Friendship.

Davies came to Friendship after the community bank where he was employed was bought out by a large corporate bank. This was the trend in the 1990s and his goal was to find another community bank with the hope of working there at least 10 years before they were bought out.

“And here I am 25 years later and with a bank who has no intentions of selling out,” Davies said. “Community banks are becoming rare and it gives us the opportunity to shine by being present and engaged in our communities.”

Purvis was hired in 1997 after her insurance agent, Tom Lewis, encouraged her to apply. She considered it, decided to give it a try and hasn’t looked back.

“This job has given me the opportunity to grow more than I ever expected. Not just in industry knowledge, but in relationships,” Purvis shared. “Twenty years ago, when I started working for the agency, I found some special people. I have since met a lot of other special folks and I think of them as family.”

Those commended for 15 years or more of service received a plague and gift based on the employee’s individual interests, needs or hobbies.  This year’s gifts ranged from trips to the Smokie Mountains, Estes Park Colorado, and Biltmore to a Durango Silverton Train expedition.

“The service awards are my favorite part of the evening,” Heather Davies, event coordinator shared.  “Especially the 15 plus years and seeing their excitement to get something they really enjoy and wouldn’t normally get for themselves.”

“I really like the impact our celebration has on newer employees,” Schmaltz said. “I think it sends a strong message that they made a good decision in coming to work for Friendship and they have the potential for a long and successful career here.”