Ribbon Cut

New Holland Bank ribbon cutting a bright spot on a gloomy day

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[October 30, 2021]   A large crowd came out on Friday morning to witness a ribbon cutting event on the first day of the New Holland Banking Center’s grand opening weekend. The ribbon cutting was held at 9 a.m. under cloudy skies that were threatening rain. While there had been misty rain off and on through the early morning hours, Mother Nature chose to hold off on showers until after the cutting ceremony was completed.

Outside on the front steps of the new bank, a branch of the First National Bank in Tremont, bank board members, New Holland Staff and the bank President June Kidd gathered behind the ribbon for the ceremony.

Joining Kidd behind the ribbon were Tremont Bank board members including President Jim Sommer, Ric Brenneman, Dr. Brock Butts, Connie Boyle, and Jim Shafer. New Holland staff behind the ribbon included Branch Manager Tyler Hodge, Annie Coers, Lesley Bridge, Diana Wagner and Dawn Beaven.

Also on hand was New Holland staff member Lindsey Guy, who was recording the cut for the bank; and Tremont Marketing Director Joyce Wassell, and Tremont Bank Business Development Scott McCoskey, who were manning the phones inside so New Holland staff could be outside. Lincoln Daily News staff Karen Hargis and Lisa Ramlow held the ribbon while Nila Smith acted as emcee for the event.

Guests were invited to come outside with the ribbon cutters to witness the event, and line the sidewalk around the bank entrance.

The first to be introduced was Kidd who addressed the group only briefly. Kidd had requested that she be permitted to introduce Branch Manager Hodge. She thanked everyone for attending and said she was very excited to see the turnout on a day that was a very exciting day for Tremont Bank.

She said that she wanted to say no more but would step aside and turn the speeches over to Hodge. Before doing so she noted that Hodge and the staff at New Holland had done an amazing job in the transition from the old bank to the new. She also noted that when the new brand is opened in Lincoln, Hodge will become the regional manager over both banks.

Thanking everyone for coming, Hodge said there were many that needed to be recognized including the contractor for the building construction along with all the subcontractors. He said he wanted to thank his staff.

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He noted that as construction was ongoing he was traveling back and forth from the old bank to the new, and focusing on the project at hand. Staff he said had stepped up and helped him tremendously.

Hodge gave words of appreciation to the board of directors for supporting the construction of the new bank and getting behind the project completely. He then noted that he was appreciative to New Holland Mayor Annie Coers and the village board. He said there was a concern for the future of the old bank when the new one was built. He was very happy to have had the opportunity to work with Coers and others, to give the old building back to the town. He is also excited to see what the town has planned for the old building and looks forward to being a part of that as well.

Finally, he thanked bank President Kidd for her total and complete support of the project. “She laid the foundation for the bank in New Holland before I became the manager. She is an incredible leader of our bank on the whole.” Directly to Kidd he added, “Thank you for having so much trust in me, for letting me be involved as much as I am. None of this would be possible without you. And finally, thank you to our customers, very loyal customers, vendors, title companies, realtors, insurance agents, accountants, bankers associations, correspondent banks, and I know I’m leaving somebody out, but it really does take a whole community to make this happen. It is one of the great things about being a small town, community bank and something we are thankful for.” Hodge reminded everyone that there was hot coffee and fresh cinnamon rolls inside. He wanted everyone to come in and take a tour of the new bank as well, and noted that this was a template for the bank that will soon be built in Lincoln.

The final person to address the group was New Holland Mayor Annie Coers. Coers is also the Business Development Manager at the New Holland Banking Center. She began by clarifying that she was speaking on behalf of the village of New Holland. She began by saying she wanted to “thank June and the Tremont Bank for brightening a corner in New Holland. We are so excited and blessed.”

The group then posed for pictures with Kidd, Hodge and Coers holding on to the scissor. With the count-down it was then time to snip the ribbon on the new bank in New Holland.

Guests then made their way inside to enjoy the new facility and take advantage of that warm coffee.

[Nila Smith]

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