GENEVA – Cornerstone Bank began construction on a new bank located at 311 N. 13th Street in Geneva. The new full service bank will provide both walk in and drive-thru capabilities, a drive-thru ATM and additional office space. This will be the new Geneva home office, with the current office at 1141 G Street closing once the new building is complete.
“Customer service is the most important thing we offer,” said Adam Wallin, Vice President and Manager of Cornerstone Bank in Geneva. “The new building with a drive-thru window, drive-thru ATM and the additional space will enhance our service and allow for a more enjoyable banking experience.
“We are committed to meeting the financial needs of our customers,” Wallin said. “We have a strong commitment to the Geneva community and are thankful for the success we have gained here.”
Construction of the 5,200 square foot building has already begun and should be completed in the first quarter of 2022.
TILDEN--Effective Thursday, January 7th, The Tilden Bank was merged into Cornerstone Bank.
Gary Gunderson will serve as Vice President and Manager of the Tilden Branch, while Cameron Mathis will be Vice President and Assistant Manager. Bill Kester will be the Vice President and Manager at the Clearwater Branch, and Joyce Blackmore will be Vice President and Manager at the Creighton Branch.
“We are excited to become a part of the Cornerstone family, and feel this merger will benefit our customers,” said Gunderson. “Cornerstone has a reputation for community focused banking and will provide additional financial services such as farm management, trust and investment services to name a few.”
“Cornerstone Bank is pleased to have the opportunity to expand into Tilden, Clearwater and Creighton, and grow our banking operation in this region,” stated Kelly Holthus, Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Bank. “Cornerstone is committed to serving the smaller communities in the state, and this expansion fits well into our business plan.”
“The Tilden Bank is known for treating their customers like family, and as a family owned bank, Cornerstone is committed to do the same,” said Kris Holoch, President and CEO of Cornerstone Bank.
With this addition, Cornerstone has 46 banking branches in 37 Nebraska communities and 18 insurance agencies in the 22 county area that it serves. Other locations include: Albion, Aurora, Bartlett, Beaver Lake, Bradshaw, Central City, Clay Center, Columbus, Davenport, Edgar, Franklin, Geneva, Glenvil, Grand Island, Guide Rock, Hampton, Harvard, Henderson, Hildreth, Malmo, Marquette, McCool Junction, Monroe, Murray, North Loup, Polk, Rising City, St. Edward, Shelton, Stromsburg, Sutton, Waco, Wilcox and York. Cornerstone Bank has $2 billion in total assets and is a wholly owned subsidiary of First York Ban Corp.
FRANKLIN--Cornerstone Bank recently completed construction on a green space with a drive-thru ATM in Franklin at the corner of M Street and 15th Avenue. The site features a full service, drive-thru ATM, as well as a green space and some additional parking stalls for Cornerstone employees. The site is located just west of the Cornerstone Bank branch in Franklin and is the former location of the Lincoln Hotel.
“Customer service is the most important thing we offer,” said David Platt, Vice President and Manager of Cornerstone Bank in Franklin. “The new drive-thru ATM will help our customers withdraw cash quickly from the convenience of their vehicle. Plus the green space will provide a beautiful point of interest in our town.”
“The decision to invest in Franklin was an easy one,” Platt said. “We are committed to this community and fortunate to have loyal customers from around the area.”
Kelly Holthus, Chairman of Cornerstone Bank, is a 2019 recipient of the Perry W. Branch Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service.
Recipients were recognized by the University of Nebraska Foundation at its annual meeting of trustees on October 4th.
The Branch Award is named for Perry W. Branch, the first employee and executive director of the University of Nebraska Foundation, and serves to commemorate the importance of volunteers to the organization. The foundation was founded in 1936 during the Great Depression and was an all-volunteer organization for its first several years of operation.
For years, Kelly Holthus has generously devoted his time to the University of Nebraska Foundation and was a member of its board of directors from 2001 to 2007.
“Kelly Holthus has been a trustee for 30 years and was an active committee or board member for 20 years, serving across every one of the foundation’s committees,” said Brian Hastings, president and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation. “We can’t say that about a lot of people who’ve had that length of involvement as well as that breadth of service.”
Holthus has been associated with Cornerstone Bank since 1965, leading it from 1977 to 2015 and currently serving as its board chairman. He’s past president of the American Bankers Association and the Nebraska Bankers Association and has provided volunteer leadership to other national, local, civic and philanthropic organizations.
Holthus, together with his wife, Virginia, has enjoyed supporting various areas of the university, including the UNL College of Business, Husker Athletics and the Nebraska Alumni Association, among other areas.
“I think it’s very clear that Kelly ― and I always include Virginia as well, because they are inseparable ― they believe in the power of good with philanthropy,” said Ronnie Green, chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “They have provided longtime support to the university, both financially and emotionally, and are some of the greatest fans of Husker athletics as well. They believe in the power of the university, they believe in supporting our students and in supporting our programs, especially in business.”
Kristie Holthus Holoch, a daughter of Kelly Holthus’ and the president and CEO of Cornerstone Bank, said her father’s saying is to “let your conscience be your guide.”
“He says that all the time, and it’s kind of true and is how we all try to live,” said Holoch. “You want to live in a good manner, so people can trust you and trust what you’re going to do.”
Kelly Holthus attended UNL and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.