BY SHERI TRUSTY
Dozens of community leaders and local citizens showed up to celebrate the grand opening of Genoa Bank’s new Fremont branch during a ribbon cutting hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County on Jan. 30. Genoa Bank is a locally owned, independent bank which was founded in 1902. It made a $3.5 million investment into the city and created jobs when it opened its tenth branch in Fremont.
Genoa Bank Chairman, President and CEO, Martin Sutter, said he was grateful to make Genoa Bank a part of the Fremont community.
“We’re blessed to be here,” he said.
State Rep. Gary Click read a commendation and thanked Genoa Bank for investing in the community. Tim Schneider, a representative for Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance, read a proclamation from the senator, and Sandusky County Commissioner Russ Zimmerman formally thanked Genoa Bank for coming to Fremont. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Tyler Kneeskern, who hosted the event, also thanked Genoa Bank for its investment in the city.
Fremont Mayor Danny Sanchez thanked Sutter for the bank’s engagement with Fremont. He said Genoa Bank invested in the city’s amphitheater before the bank was constructed. Sanchez said he asked Sutter, a successful businessman and community partner, to give advice to local leaders. Sutter summarized his advice in a few phrases.
“He said be trustful, honest and respectful and work hard,” Sanchez said. “Thank you, Marty, for your investment in this city.”
Amidst the gratitude, Sutter expressed his own appreciation for the City of Fremont.
“The mayor’s team has been phenomenal,” Sutter said. “Fremont is blessed to have the leadership it has.”
Genoa Bank’s Fremont Branch is located at 1701 W. State St. in Fremont. For more information on Genoa Bank and its ten branches, visit www.genoabank.com.