This Week’s Featured Chamber Member
First Mutual Bank
Many of you may remember Doolin Savings Bank and Belpre Savings Bank.The two banks have served the community for a very long time —more than 250 years combined! As of January 2018, they have combined efforts to form First Mutual Bank.
First Mutual Bank is focused on helping customers with their financial needs while also helping to build vibrant communities across the Mid-Ohio Valley. Since they are depositor-owned, they are accountable only to their customers, not shareholders. The money deposited with First Mutual is reinvested in our communities and used to help strengthen the local economy.
Get to know this Chamber member! First Mutual Bank President and CEO Robert Doyle took some time to answer a few interview questions to help us learn more about their organization.
Can you share the story of how your organization got started and why?
“We formed in 2018, but our heritage and commitment to the communities we serve goes back to the 1800s. Doolin Security Savings Bank dates back to 1896 when a group of local citizens established Doolin Building and Loan Assoc. in New Martinsville. Belpre Savings Bank has been the hometown bank for the Belpre, Ohio area since 1902. The two came together in January 2018 to better serve our communities through an affiliation with First Mutual Holding Co.”
What prompted you to join the MOV Chamber? What do you look forward to getting out of your membership?
“We believe having strong chambers and healthy local businesses are key to the vibrancy of local communities. We’re looking forward to building the relationships with other Chamber members and contributing to the well-being of the Mid-Ohio Valley.”
Tell us a little known fact about your organization.
“Customers get a free gift with every new checking account they open, whether it’s a personal or business account.”
Can you tell me a little about some organizations that you are involved with in the community?
“We’re members of the Marietta, Belpre and New Martinsville Chambers of Commerce, and we’re also very involved in the school systems in Magnolia, Parkersburg, Marietta and Belpre. This year we had the opportunity to participate in the Belpre Homecoming Festival, and we’re looking forward to supporting the Strecker Cancer Center and their CyberKnife project.”
What makes your business a special part of the community?
“Our deposit dollars stay right here in the community. We’re rooted in the concept of mutuality, meaning that when a customer makes a deposit, we lend those dollars out to others in the community. That money may help someone purchase their dream home or help someone’s business grow.”
What are some goals that you hope to achieve in the future within your business?
“One of our primary goals is to become a vital partner to the communities we serve. An institution like ours has products and services that can help various members of the community, whether it’s through business lending, consumer banking, community involvement or providing mortgages. Speaking of mortgages, helping our neighbors become homeowners is another big goal of ours.”
Is there any exciting news, updates or special offers that you would like to share with fellow Chamber members?
“We have two mortgage specials going on right now, for 20- and 30-year fixed-rate loans. We also have some great accounts for both personal and business checking that include a number of exciting, free features as well as free gifts.”
“We’re proud to be a part of the Mid-Ohio Valley community. As a local bank we are in a unique position to not only recognize the needs of the community, but to meet them.”
First Mutual Bank features locations in Parkersburg, Belpre, Marietta and New Martinsville.
First Mutual Bank
3850 Emerson Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26104
631 Washington Blvd., Belpre OH 45714
Marietta Mortgage Lending Office
101 Putnam St, Marietta, OH 45750
Current members, would you like to share what you do with fellow Chamber members?
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