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Edward Jones: The potential power of external events

By Ryan DeMarco, CRPC ®, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, 111 N. Main St., Bluffton, 567-226-4506

As an investor, your own decisions will be the biggest factor in your success. Nonetheless, you’ll always want to consider the potential power of external events. And today is no different ­– with the lingering effects of the pandemic, the geopolitical situation in Ukraine, the impact of inflation and the rise in interest rates, you might be grappling with feelings of uneasiness. How should you respond?


Credit Check Wednesday helps identify scams, identity theft

Following November "shopping holidays," Elder Victim Ministry has coordinated a December 1 "Credit Check Wednesday" program. Individuals can go to participating financial institutions to access their credit report for free.

“In working with identity theft or scam victims, we’ve observed that most have not checked their credit report,” said Elysia Bush, Director of Elder Victim Ministry (EVM), a program of Crime Victim Services. According to the Federal Trade Commission, it’s important to check your credit report to guard against fraud and identity theft. 


Groves receives banking diploma

Amy Groves, VP, Senior Credit Officer at The First National Bank of Pandora, recently graduated from the 2021 OBL Bank Management School sponsored by the Ohio Bankers League. Groves was one of 34 students who completed the intensive one-week program in early October.


Denecker Joins CNB Treasury Management Team

Citizens National Bank (CNB) had announced the addition of Gabe Denecker to its Treasury Management team. In this position he is responsible for analyzing current and potential accounts for cash management improvements and recommending electronic bank products to increase efficiency for business customers.


Courtney Geus Promoted to VP Retail Lending at CNB

Citizens National Bank (CNB) announced the promotion of Courtney Geus to VP Retail Lending. In this position she is responsible for managing the Retail Loan Department and oversight of underwriting for residential mortgages, home equity lines of credit and consumer loans. Additionally, she is responsible for the pricing, selling, delivery and servicing of all saleable loans.

Amy Blankemeyer, SVP Retail Lending said of Geus, “Courtney has been an invaluable part of the retail lending team. Her knowledge and commitment to the bank deserved to be rewarded through this promotion.”


Edward Jones: Start thinking about your retirement income plan

By Ryan DeMarco, Financial Advisor 111 N. Main St., Bluffton | 567-226-4506

If you’re getting close to retirement, you’re probably thinking about the ways your life will soon be changing. And one key transition involves your income – instead of being able to count on a regular paycheck, as you’ve done for decades, you’ll now need to put together an income stream on your own. How can you get started?