18th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast-Focuses on “In Real Life” Solutions

18th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast—Focuses on “In Real Life” Solutions

FEBRUARY 1, 2013—First Exchange Bank’s 18th annual Groundhog Day breakfast was a great success with “In Real Life” solutions and a Special Guest Speaker! The event is growing every year with a record 280 registered guests.

Special guest speaker U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, recently appointed to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, addressed the audience and provided great insight into Washington politics while highlighting the “greatest state in the greatest country in the world….West Virginia.” Senator Manchin emphasized his desire to assure a healthy relationship between local businesses and community banking while noting “we’ve got to get you back into that position again so community banks can do what they were intended to do… serve the community.”

Keynote speaker Herbert Stapleton a Supervisory Special Agent Herbert Stapleton with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) of the FBI served as the keynote speaker. “Identity theft is something that has been around for years and years and is something that’s not going to go away,” Stapleton said. He spoke about the importance of protecting your identity and the proper ways to prevent the malicious crime from happening. Also, he brought light onto the different “styles” of identity theft and what to do if you become a victim. “It’s important to be able to track these things and have the intelligence to know what’s going on and what trends and new techniques the thieves are using so you don’t become a victim,” Stapleton said.

Bill Goettel, President and CEO presented new products First Exchange Bank is offering, including competitively priced fixed rate loans. Regarding identity theft Goettel indicated “we encourage you to adopt the ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure philosophy in the fight against identity theft and we are here to help you.” To fight identity theft Goettel offered to assist attendees in reviewing their credit reports. In addition he discussed First Exchange Bank’s “In Real Life” tools to assist its customers in protecting their identity. Including a state of the art web banking product, offering to shred customer documents, just to name a few.

Jim Boyers, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Kevin Wilfong, member of the Board of Directors also spoke at the event. Jim Boyers noted several achievements of First Exchange during 2012. Boyers noted “In acknowledgement of heritage and service, First Exchange was awarded the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Impact award at this year’s annual dinner.” As a life-long resident of the area Kevin Wilfong discussed his great experiences in North Central West Virginia along with his affiliation with First Exchange Bank noting “my brief time on the Board of Directors of First Exchange Bank has afforded me a wonderful experience, with a better understanding of the community banking process and purpose-which is to be active in the communities we serve.”

The breakfast was held at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont’s I-79 Technology Park with a focus on the Bank’s “In Real Life” solutions.