It wasn’t that long ago that a handful of community leaders got together with the idea of starting HomeTown Bank. That idea turned into the opening of our first location in downtown Roanoke on November 14, 2005, thirteen years ago. The organizing directors had a vision for different kind of community bank. One focused on banking the way it should be and without the hassles and headaches associated with many financial institutions, starting with something as simple as not putting our pens on chains! We’ve had extended branch hours, community shred days, and a commitment to make banking as customer-oriented as we can, while contributing to the growth and rebirth of our communities.
That commitment to evolving how we serve our customers and our community led us to look for a partner to help us get to that next level of community banking. While this may be our last anniversary under the HomeTown Bank name, we are excited to join forces with another community bank that shares similar values and a commitment to hometown banking. As we wrote in this blog post, a little over a month ago, we announced plans to merge with a neighboring bank that we’ve admired for many (and we emphasize many) years. While we are celebrating our 13th year, Danville-based American National Bank and Trust is approaching 110!
Our youth combined with American National’s strong banking heritage make us a good complement for one another and ultimately makes us the largest community bank headquartered in our part of the state. Even though the HomeTown Bank name is going away, we plan to continue our legacy of service well into the future. As a combined bank, we’ll have the scale needed to meet the banking needs of any customer in our local communities. On this distinct thirteenth anniversary, we look forward to growing local with you.