"The people of West Central Ohio have been very loyal to our bank through the years. As we have grown and added services, more individuals and businesses have also come to appreciate the advantages our personal attention provides. I continue to believe that we are on the leading edge of banking technology in our region, and that means better service and greater access for our customers."
-J. Michael Romey, President/CEO
On January 31, 1920, the Citizens National Bank opened its doors for the first time in Bluffton, Ohio, and offered all new customers an apple in appreciation for stopping by. A review of the books from 1920 indicates that the bank began with $50,000 in capital and approximately four employees. Now, 94 years later, we have expanded our offices to Celina, Defiance, Elida, Findlay, Lima, Springfield, Toledo and Van Wert. We currently employ about 160 people and serve customers in eleven primary counties: Allen, Hancock, Putnam, Hardin, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Paulding, Clark, Defiance and Lucas.
Citizens continues to experience consistent growth. A full-service branch, located at 601 E. Second Street, Defiance will open Spring 2014. This modern facility will offer retail and commercial lending, agricultural lending and a full array of deposit services, as well as access to the bank's investment center. Additionally, we have expanded our service area to now include Toledo, OH. A loan production office opened at 3454 Oak Alley Court, Suite 501, in January. Services offered here include commercial loans and leasing, as well as access to deposits through the bank's Online for Business and Merchant Capture services. This office is headed up by Toledo native, Nelson Shaffer. In the last 8 years our total assets have grown from $400 million to more than $650 million. This success is due to the confidence our customers have in our ability to provide them innovative products and solid performance.
We continue to focus on our website and social media, providing more content and frequent updates about our services through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. We also maintain a blog which allows for comments from our customers. We encourage our customers to also subscribe to our CNB Connection and Executive email newsletters and web video series.
Citizens National Bank is consistently rated high for performance and stability. We are currently rated a 5 Star Bank by BauerFinancial and a 4 Star Bank by Bankrate.com. Additionally we've been named one of the top 400 community banks in the nation by the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA) for three years in a row. We were also named by SNL Financial as one of the top 100 community banks in the nation.