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Derek Fraley of Systematic Savings Bank

How Systematic Savings Bank turned around

How Systematic Savings Bank turned around

When Derek Fraley joined Systematic Savings Bank as president and CEO in 2017, it was in trouble. To save it, he changed the community bank’s charter, launched an IPO and executed sweeping culture changes. The result: the bank has had four back-to-back positive quarters for the first time in more than a decade.

John Baxter and Ben Filchak of Deep Roots Landscape

Helping a small business grow

Peach State Bank & Trust has been there for small business customers John Baxter and Ben Filchak for years. When their landscaping company was threatened by COVID-19, the community bank came through with a vital Paycheck Protection Program loan.

COVID-19’s ripple effect on lending

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped daily life, including how community banks and their business customers interact. It’s precisely because of the crucial role they play in their communities that community banks have stepped up to aid customers, provide financial relief and continue to make loans during this uncertain time.  By Beth Mattson-Teig Community bankers are […]