First Exchange Bank's 24th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast

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FAIRMONT — First Exchange Bank held our 24th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast on February 1, 2019 at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont. The theme for the Breakfast was Innovation and Growth with Dr. Mirta Martin, President of Fairmont State University as the keynote speaker.

“We are excited to reveal the design and unique characteristics of our new state of the art facility at this year’s breakfast. Our new building, at the intersection of Route 250 and NASA Boulevard, will contain more than 12,500 square feet and include a retail branch, operations center and our corporate headquarters”, stated Bill Goettel, CEO of First Exchange Bank.

 “The new building will be the cornerstone of our mission to be North Central West Virginia’s premier regional bank”, Goettel continued. “This project has underscored our commitment to North Central West Virginia as we have partnered with local companies Omni Associates Architects, City Construction Co. and Cook Brothers Incorporated to develop the new location.”

Kevin Wilfong, Director of First Exchange Bank, stated “We have developed an innovative branch delivery system with unique features that we are excited to showcase. Once the facility is complete we are certain our customers will experience what sets First Exchange Bank apart as a customer focused financial institution and a premier community bank.”

 First Exchange Bank’s Worldwide Headquarters will include a high tech lobby and state of the art features including a biometric hand reader to access Safe Deposit Boxes, a customer accessible coin counter, and a “teller” pod system which eliminates the traditional teller line.

 A concierge lounge, the first of its kind in the region, will provide a relaxed customer experience with quick, easy access to our team of concierge bankers.

The drive thru area will include a Smart ATM, and full service electronic drive up with multiple height drive up kiosks. The multiple height drive up kiosks will allow customers easier access to our drive up facilities by choosing the appropriate drive up height based on the height of their vehicle. No more awkward stretching at the drive up.

While the Smart ATM is the next generation of on-the-go banking service, providing the ability to make cash deposits, transfer money between accounts and even clear checks through the ATM.  The Smart ATM will make a photocopy of all check deposits and then print out a receipt for your records.

This state of the art facility is one of the largest construction projects in the area at this time, combining resources from many local companies. First Exchange Bank recognized some of the key players including:  John Sausen, architect, Omni Associates; Jaime Ryan, intern architect, Omni Associates; Shayla Stemple, interior designer, Stemple Interiors; Dennis Cook, Cook Brothers excavation contractor; and Beau Henderson, City Construction, general contractor. 

Fairmont State University President Dr. Mirta Martin, the keynote speaker, said the university has seen “remarkable successes because people believed in a new vision…they believed that we could go from great to extraordinary by innovating and by growing.”

First Exchange Bank presented Dr. Martin and the Fairmont State Foundation with a $2,500 check for the “Every Gift Matters” campaign and a Fairmont State University themed groundhog.

First Exchange Bank is a locally owned and operated bank that has been serving the communities of Marion, Mon, and Wetzel counties since 1932. For more information on First Exchange Bank, visit 

Dr. Mirta Martin, President of Fairmont State University at First Exchange Bank's 24th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast.