Greeneville, Tenn. – Day-to-day, Apex Bank is a full-service community bank, delivering high quality financial services to customers, businesses, and nonprofits alike. Yet, Apex Bank is more than just your typical bank.
“We are a true community bank, committed to serving our community,” said Jerome Julian, Apex Bank’s East Tennessee President. “We believe that education is an important piece in the promising future of Greene County.”
Since beginning operations in Greene County, the Apex Bank team has been actively involved with the Greene County School System. This year, the bank began with the teachers’ Back to School Kick-Off in August. “We were approached by the school system this summer to be the lead sponsor of the day by sponsoring speaker, Adam Welcome, author of the program and book: Kids Deserve It. In addition to the bank’s lead sponsorship, our team made sure that funding was complete for all 500 Greene County educators to receive his book. It was important that, not only did the teachers get to hear a great message, but they were able to continue to use Mr. Welcome’s techniques in their classrooms,” said Brant Fitzpatrick, Manager of Apex Bank’s Andrew Johnson Highway location.
Football season soon followed in late August and Apex Bank worked in partnership with the five area high schools to present the Player of the Game program for a second consecutive year. Each week, coaches chose a player based on their game performance and presented them with a plaque of recognition, along with a $150.00 contribution to the school’s general fund.
“We are proud of our student athletes’ hard work and see a bright future for our community in them,” said Lance McKinney, Manager of Apex Bank’s Mosheim location. “Our team will be contributing a total of $7,500.00 this year due to this program, and plans to present each team with their funds in the coming weeks.”
In conjunction with football season, Apex Bank created custom water bottle designs for each school, letting the schools decide where best to disburse the funds from sales within their own school budget. The bottles included a QR code encouraging fans to register to win a 65” Samsung, LCD, LED, Smart TV. The drawing for the TV was held on Tuesday, November 5th. For more details and to see the excited winner, visit Apex Bank’s Facebook page.
In October, the Apex Bank team was humbled by the opportunity to sponsor 50 female student athletes and their coaches from North Greene High School at the second annual High Tops to High Heels Luncheon, hosted by the Greene County Partnership’s Sports Council and Tourism Department.
“Kate Ziegler’s message was one of persevering through life’s obstacles to be the best version of yourself and was empowering not just for the female athletes, but for everyone in attendance,” said Samantha Melton, Universal Banker of Apex Bank’s Baileyton location.
Looking forward, Apex Bank is committed to supporting area schools and will be supporting Bulls Gap School during the upcoming basketball season. The Apex Bank team will host a halftime 3-point shot donation program, a custom design water bottle donation, as well as another TV giveaway that will take place in early February of next year. “It is our pleasure to support Principal Sharon Southern as she and her team continually improve attendance and academics,” said Jeanette Edens, Manager of Apex Bank’s Bulls Gap location.
Additionally, as we head into the holiday season, Apex Bank’s Mosheim location is currently accepting donations to assist Mosheim School in raising money for computer equipment for Special Education Students. If anyone is interested in helping, please come by the Mosheim office, located at 17 North Spring Street, and ask about how to “Be the Change”.
Furthermore, all six-area Apex Bank offices will be collecting non-perishable food donations to support local food banks. “Filling basic human needs is fundamental to education and to a student’s ability to learn,” said Donna Dearing, Manager of Apex Bank’s West Main location.
“We are proud to be a part of this community. Our goal is to play a large role in making our community the best place to live and do business,” said Jerome Julian, Apex Bank’s East Tennessee President.
With $592 million in assets, Apex Bank currently operates 15 retail offices throughout Tennessee in addition to its Knoxville-based national mortgage-servicing center. Apex Bank is ranked number one in the state of Tennessee and second in the nation by the Independent Community Bankers Association’s (ICBA) Top Performing Banks industry analysis for a second consecutive year. Recently, the Institute for Extraordinary Banking recognized the bank with the Thought Leader Banky™ Award for extraordinary bank practices.
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