Upcoming Chamber Events
- First Thursday Coffee Hour 06/02/2022
- Pursuit of Excellence Business Success Series: Cultivating your Curb Appeal & Drawing Customers In 06/22/2022
- First Thursday Coffee Hour 07/07/2022
Member of the Month Spotlight
Buckeye State Bank
As a company that strives to reflect the pride, honesty, and hard work ethics that Ohio State "Buckeyes" are known for, it is no surprise that Buckeye State Bank has grown and thrived as much as they have. Originally formed in 1885, the Citizens Bank of DeGraff served the community through the Great Depression & Recession and has the oldest surviving state bank charter in the state of Ohio. The original location is still being used and houses the DeGraff Post Office, complete even with the original vault and name engraving on the outside of the building.
In January of 2014, Buckeye Nation Interim (a company comprised of a diverse team of local business leaders) was formed and ultimately purchased the bank that September and changed the name to Buckeye State Bank. A nod to the "Buckeyes" - 2 of Buckeye State Bank's founders are former Ohio State University players: former OSU defensive lineman & #1 draft pick of the 1994 Cincinnati Bengals, Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson and former OSU & CFL quarterback, Stanley Jackson. The bank is now located at 101 North Main Street, DeGraff - across the street from its original location, and a perfect place in the center of town that provides enough room for plenty of parking and drive thru availability. Since the purchase and name change in 2014, Buckeye State Bank has not only met the needs of the community but continues to evolve as one of the fastest growing banks in the country. They have grown from 7 employees and $29 million in assets to 43 employees and $260 million in assets. BSB is unique in the fact that it is employee owned because their largest shareholder is its Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP"), which owns approximately 15% of the bank. A huge accomplishment, Buckeye State Bank earned BauerFinancial Inc.'s highest 5-star Superior rating. A 5-star rating indicates that Buckeye State Bank is one of the strongest financial institutions in the nation.
Buckeye State Bank is a full-service community bank providing a wide range of services from agricultural and auto loans to business and home loans. They also offer deposit accounts and electronic services to conveniently help individuals and businesses with everyday banking needs. BSB values the relationships they have with their members, and their caring employees are always striving to provide the very best customer experience to everyone who enters their doors. A huge part of what helps to keep BSB thriving is the fact that they are so invested in their community. "Relationships matter. Community banks are rooted in the communities they serve," states Erika Gay, Marketing VP at Buckeye State Bank. "When you bank locally, you're not only making an investment in your financial future, but you are also building a lifelong relationship that helps grow the local economy." Additionally, BSB serves a vital part in the community's economic development by taking local deposits and lending them back to people to buy local homes or cars or to expand their local business or farm.
The past few years have taught BSB just how much community and relationships matter. They are looking forward to continually "getting back to normal." The most exciting aspect of the future of 2022 is seeing old friends and meeting new ones, face to face! A Chamber member for almost 30 years, Buckeye State Bank believes in the purpose of community, a value that goes all the way back to their original purpose 136 years ago - that "Buckeye" mentality of honesty and hard work. There are a few parallels between a community bank and a Chamber of Commerce in the sense that both assist local businesses in succeeding and therefore provides an overall benefit to the community. When businesses succeed, this helps employ local residents, expands businesses and overall increases standards of living, and that is the goal of Buckeye State Bank and the importance of being a member of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. BSB has obviously learned many things over the years, and the biggest piece of advice they have for entrepreneurs starting a new business is that you need to develop a strong group of consultants to help you along the way = a trusted attorney, insurance agent, CPA, and bank - for starters. "Find partners that provide you honest advice, so you build a strong company based on your vision."
If you or someone you know is looking for a career in the banking industry, Buckeye State Bank is always looking to add good people to their team to deliver great service to their members.
To find more information about Buckeye State Bank, you can call them at (937) 585-4301 or visit their website at https://www.joinbsb.com/ . You can also find them on the following social media sites: https://www.facebook.com/joinbsb , https://twitter.com/joinbsb , https://www.linkedin.com/company/buckeyestatebank and https://www.instagram.com/joinbsb/ .
Please join us in congratulating Buckeye State Bank on being the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for May 2022!
2021 Stars In Business Award Winners
Todd McCormick - Max Evans Tourism Award Winner
This award is presented annually by the Chamber and Visitors Bureau Council to a person who exhibits hospitality to visitors and tourists in our community and for tirelessly working to promote Logan County attractions.
Todd McCormick is the Curator/Director of the Logan County Historical Society/Logan County History Center. He has held this position since 1998. Since becoming curator/director at LCHS, Todd has overseen the historic renovation of the 1906 Orr Mansion and helped with the creation of the Logan County Transportation Museum. Todd served as President of the Ohio Local History Alliance in 2017 & 2018 and has presented numerous sessions at OLHA regional and annual meetings. He has served on the Logan County Visitors Bureau Council since 1998 and has a B.A. in History from BGSU & a M.A. in Public History from Wright State.
Community Health & Wellness Partners - Non-Profit of the Year Award Winner
The Non-Profit of the Year award is given to an agency that shows dedication to improving lives and strengthening our community.
Community Health & Wellness Partners came to life through the vision of 17 caring individuals within the community in June 2012. The vision for the organization was to support citizens in Logan and surrounding counties with affordable healthcare, serving anyone and everyone without economic or social barriers. Community Health & Wellness Partners offers a full range of medical care services at three locations: Bellefontaine, West Liberty and Russells Point. They are the first to open a local school-based health center located at West Liberty-Salem Local Schools. Another location in Urbana is expected to open in the summer of 2022. CHWP also purchased a mobile unit that will deliver health care services throughout the community in the future.
Jessica Simmons - Young Professional of the Year Award Winner
The Young Professional of the Year Award is given to an applicant who has devoted time to improving the quality of life of others through civic and community service and is actively developing leadership skills and demonstrating growth towards future goals.
Jessica is a 1999 graduate of Bellefontaine High School and a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University. She recently celebrated her 10th year with Ameriprise, earning the title of Vice President, and also has her Certified Financial Planner designation and credentials as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.
Community involvement is a high priority for Jessica. She is involved with Rotary, Discovery Riders & Windmill Productions, the Community Improvement Corporation loan committee, the Young Professionals steering committee, the United Way Million Dollar Roundtable committee, and United Way Women United, to name a few.
Four Acre Clothing Co. - Emerging Business of the Year Award Winner
The Emerging Business of the Year Award is presented to a business who exemplifies a unique business idea, marketing approach or management style that have contributed to its growth and success.
The Four Acre Clothing Co. had always been a dream for Rodney and Andrea Wrocklage but finally came to fruition on December 8th, 2017. With help from their friends and team at Hi-Point Graphics, Rodney & Andrea created a brand that is built around quality and comfort. Their journey began in the backroom at Peachtree and continued on to makers markets all cross Ohio. Their first debut was at the Dalton Union Winery on June 30, 2018 and then they secured their home at 102 South Main Street on February 22, 2019, plus 10 other wholesale locations. The Four Acre Clothing Co. continues to be a fan favorite in the local community as well as at markets and festivals all over the state of Ohio.
Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger - Small Business of the Year Award Winner
The Small Business of the Year Award is presented to an independently owned Logan County business that is financially strong and profitable and has shown a history of growth.
Over the past 55 years, Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger has grown from 3 lawyers into west central Ohio’s preeminent law firm with 5 offices and more than 30 team members. TDH has constantly provided outstanding service to its clients with a commitment to community service. TDH has volunteered their time and talents to countless community causes, like coaching youth sports and leadership on various boards and campaigns and uses the slogan: Local lawyers. Local leaders. This is evident that they have fully embraced the concept of “you get back what you give.”
Erwin Insurance - Integrity in Business Award Winner
The Integrity in Business Award is presented to a business that is recognized for providing quality service with honesty and probity to the Logan County Community.
Erwin Insurance Agency was established in 1960 by the late Bob Erwin. His strong work ethic and the trust and loyalty of friends and clients led him to achieve the distinction of being the top Nationwide agent in the United States in 1977 and 1978. Son Jeff Erwin joined the agency in 1983, and daughter Linda Erwin-Hutchins followed in 1988. After Bob retired in 1997, Jeff and Linda assumed operation of the Erwin Insurance Agency. Bob’s legacy of being genuine, honest, and always doing the right thing lives on in the agency he established over 60 years ago and in the ones who operate it today. Their clients’ needs and their goal to provide exceptional service are what guide them every day. Bob’s daughter Cheryl Erwin joined the agency in 2003 and Tisha Young joined in 2011. They are proud to support and live in the community they work in and look forward to serving Logan Co. and beyond for many years to come.
Randy Marker, CEO of Marker Inc. - Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made a significant investment and impact on Economic Development in Logan County. The award winner exhibits an innovative spirit and willingness to take risks to provide products, services and employment opportunities for our community.
Randy studied engineering at The Ohio State University & earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Texas Tech. in 1984, he joined his brother-in-law, Pat Ellis, in the family construction business. Under Randy’s leadership and vision, Marker has grown to become one of the largest construction firms in Central Ohio, and now includes their affiliate, Marker Development.
Randy is known at Marker for being a visionary leader – for always pushing the company and its associates to think differently, grow their talents, and challenge themselves. Randy credits their client, community, and associate-centered culture with attracting and retaining their high-performing staff of 150 associates. Though the organization is 65 years old, it still feels like a startup in many ways because Randy is always dreaming about the next thing that will help the organization grow and differentiate themselves from others. Randy is an entrepreneur at heart and has contributed so much to Logan County and to his organization.
Rick Hatcher - The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award Winner
The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact in Logan County with his/her outstanding leadership skills. In addition, they are recognized for their commitment, vision and dedication to our community.
Rick certainly has cared for and invested much into Logan County beyond his standard work hours. He has volunteered and served in countless capacities over the years including: the Mary Rutan Hospital Board and Mary Rutan Health Association Board (2009-present), BHS Athletic Boosters and BHS Hall of Fame Committee (1992-present), St. Patrick’s Church Building & Grounds Board (2008-present), Logan County Land Bank (2016-present), YMCA Board, Logan County Chamber Board, the Milroy Foundation, and continual service as a volunteer baseball and softball coach for 25+ years.
Because of Rick’s natural affinity to selflessly care for his family and invest in people, his positive impact on Logan County is hard to quantify. Much of Rick’s work has taken place quietly behind the scenes as he never looks for credit or praise. One thing is certain, his family, business, and community legacy are profound as he has touched the lives of athletes, families, and countless residents in Logan County with his leadership and community focus.