Message From The President
May 8, 2013
To Our Customers and Friends:
We hope you have been having a good 2013 so far. Here at Community Bank the year started off quickly and promises to only get busier as things heat up. We’ve seen good news on the local housing front as data shows that the market is stabilizing and beginning to turn around. There was an increase in the number of local homes sold in the first quarter of 2013 over 2012. Data also shows that homes in our communities have been selling quicker, while the average sales price has increased. This is great news for homeowners and we look forward to the housing market continuing to improve throughout the year.
It was also exciting to see that Downtown Oak Park was recently recognized as “Downtown of the Month” by the International Downtown Association. The IDA said, “The diverse array of boutiques, restaurants and entertainment options make Downtown Oak Park a thriving ‘destination’ business district.” As locals we already know that Downtown Oak Park is a great place to work and do business, but it’s a nice reminder of how lucky we are when someone outside the community takes notice. With fresh leadership and a renewed pride in our community, we feel the future of the Village is in good hands. This will further strengthen Downtown Oak Park and all the business districts we serve.
We were also happy to welcome Gordon Hellwig to Community Bank as the newest member of our Commercial Lending Department. Gordon and his family have lived in Oak Park for 16 years, so he is familiar with the community and was able to hit the ground running. He was honored recently by becoming a board member of the Oak Park Housing Authority. Gordon has also been a longtime volunteer for West Suburban PADS in addition to being a huge fan of the the Oak Park Library. In fact, he puts together a team each year for the Library’s annual trivia contest and volunteers for the Library’s annual book sale. As an active member of the community, we know Gordon will be a great addition to the Bank.
Looking ahead, the Bank will continue to be a strong supporter of our community just as we have done in the past. Later this month we will be marching in the River Forest Memorial Day Parade. As for this summer, we will again be presenting the annual GALA July 4th Fireworks Show in Oak Park and the Community Bank Makin’ Tracks 5K Run/Walk in River Forest. We will also continue to provide the Champion Grant for projects such as financial literacy training, job readiness instruction and community development.
In closing, we at the Bank look forward to another exciting year.
Walter F. Healy, President
Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest