Heritage and Longevity Celebrated at Our 17th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast Submitted by Luke Medders | 2 / May / 2014
FEBRUARY 2012-First Exchange Bank recently celebrated our 17th annual Groundhog Day breakfast at Westchester Village in Fairmont. Hoppy Kercheval, Host of Metronews Talkline and Vice President of Operations for West Virginia Radio Corporation, served as the guest speaker for the event. The theme of this year’s breakfast was heritage and longevity. We were excited to announce that we are celebrating our 80th anniversary this year. There were several other exciting announcements made. Director Jim Pitrolo, who has served on our Board of Directors for over 30 years, recognized three employees, Marlene Lucas, Mary Fisher and Vickie Glasscock Dodd who have over 99 years combined service at First Exchange Bank. Dr. Leo Modi, who has served on our Board of Directors for over 44 years, announced that he is retiring as our Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Modi was awarded the valued Groundhog statue in honor of his 44 years of service to the bank. He will remain on our Board of Directors. Jim Boyers was named the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jim has been a member of First Exchange Bank’s Board of Directors for 23 years. Jim is an entrepreneur and practicing pharmacist. He is President of Middletown Tractor Sales whose latest project was the opening of the John Deere Place in Fairmont. Bill Yoho has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Bill also has 23 years of service as a director of the bank. He is the owner of the oldest real estate firm in West Virginia, Springston Real Estate. Bill is also the chairman of our audit committee. “We have several milestones to celebrate this year. We want to thank the communities we serve for the confidence and trust they have placed in us over the years,” said Bill Goettel, President and CEO of First Exchange Bank. The event is open to the public. During the event we encouraged our guests to make their own predictions for 2012. We will provide gifts to the best prognosticators at our 2013 Groundhog Day Breakfast. There were prizes given based on our theme of heritage and longevity. We provided a special prize to the father of the youngest child in the audience. The opportunity to develop heritage at First Exchange Bank: a new savings account.