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Community First BankOn March 25, Community First Bank of Indiana (CFB) and the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the opening of a new branch designed to serve the community. The new spot is CFB’s first full-service site in the city, and offers 24-hour ATM access and a night drop. The new location will enable CFB to extend the special brand of customer service the bank is known for.

“We are a true community bank with friendly faces,” says Lainey Schroer, assistant vice president of marketing and communications at CFB. “We don’t want to follow the current trend of customer service. Instead, we care about the individuals who walk in the door.”

A grand opening celebration on March 25 will be open to the public. Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen will be on hand with other city officials for a ribbon cutting, and light snacks will be served.

A portion of the ceremony will highlight CFB’s commitment to making a difference in the community. Natalie Morrow, CFB assistant manager and Noblesville resident, will present a giant check to representatives from the Noblesville Girls Softball Association, Inc. (NGSA). Morrow sits on the NGSA board as public relations coordinator. The funds donated to the organization will allow it to continue providing girls softball programs that help to develop teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and athletic skills.

CFB has built a presence in Indiana for the past 16 years. In 2003 bank leaders opened a Kokomo branch, eventually adding two more locations in Kokomo. The bank expanded into Hamilton County in 2015 by opening its first Noblesville site. Two Westfield locations joined the bank family in 2019.

“The spot for the new Noblesville branch on Village Center Drive was chosen because it is accessible and easy for people to get to,” Schroer says. “It is near where residents live and work, and they can stop in and see us without difficulty.”

CFB is a full-service bank that fills both the personal and business banking needs of its customers. The bank offers mortgage, investment and commercial services. Ball State University graduate Scott Hammersley leads the commercial lending team.

Along with other CFB team members, Hammersley is committed to enriching the community through volunteerism. He is a member of the Ball State University Cardinal Varsity Club, and the school’s Alumni Association. He is part of the Marion County Commission on Youth and the annual Pelotonia bike ride event benefiting cancer research and is also a former ambassador for the Fishers Chamber of Commerce.

Community First BankIn his 27-plus years of professional experience, Hammersley has worked in both retail and commercial banking. When meeting with clients, he initially listens to get a sense of how they are striving to build their businesses, and then determines the best ways to add financial value to those businesses. 

“I have a tremendous passion for what I do that comes through in the relationships I have with my clients, both business and personal,” Hammersley says. “I want to have meaningful, in-depth conversations about your business or industry, your competitors, your long-term goals, your decision-making strategy, and whatever else might be top-of-mind. When this is accomplished, I can then assemble your bank team and match financial solutions to your needs.”

Joshua Faudree will lead the staff at the new Noblesville location as branch manager. Faudree was born and raised in Hamilton County, went to college at Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana, and has worked in the banking industry since 2012. He is involved with the Keep Noblesville Beautiful nonprofit initiative and the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce.

“Josh loves being a part of the family here,” Schroer says. “Every single day he looks forward to working with our team and our community. He is excited about building out the existing team and growing into this new large branch.”

Robb Blume, CEO and president of CFB, says the care with which staff members treat clients sets the bank apart from its competitors. 

“If you want to deal with a bank that truly cares about each customer and creates an individualized experience for those customers, we are your bank,” he says. “On the commercial side, if you want access to the decision makers in the bank, we are the bank for you. On the retail side and commercial side, if you want to walk into a branch and have an outstanding experience, be greeted enthusiastically, and really walk out of the bank with a smile, this bank is for you.”

Community First Bank of Indiana is located at 17661 Village Center Drive in Noblesville. For more info, go to cfbindiana.com

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