Mike Epps, VP, Findlay Market Manager
Recently named the Top Micropolitan City for six years in a row by Site Selection Magazine, it quickly became clear that the market in the growing community of Findlay, Ohio would be an ideal place for Waterford Bank, N.A. to set new roots.
Building the Foundation
To make that goal a reality, in late 2019 we set our sights on remodeling a historic building in Downtown Findlay to house our new Loan Production Office. While construction commenced, Lisa Amstutz, VP, Business Development and I began building brand awareness with the Waterford name and educating prospects on our dedication to redefining relationship banking and lending.
As we met with Findlay professionals, they were eager to learn what set Waterford apart from our competitors. From our humble beginnings as a Toledo based community bank to becoming a trusted financial partner across the Midwest, we’ve always maintained our dedication to providing customers the highest level of service from bankers they know by name who live and work in their neighborhoods. With this community bank mentality, backed by the services and technology expected from a much larger institution – Waterford was able to fill a niche locally that no other bank was filling.
Opening Our Doors
Though 2020 threw many obstacles at us, we were committed to opening our physical location in the bustling downtown community. Finally, on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 our doors opened to the public at 209 S. Main Street.
“Waterford is thrilled to join the thriving downtown Findlay businesses with our new loan production office,” said Lisa Amstutz. “Our office space preserves some of the original architecture of the building with a modern twist. This is a space we look forward to using for our clients, meetings, and various networking events.”
Lisa & Mike are eager to greet business owners and professionals at our new Loan Production Office in Downtown Findlay.
Indeed, our office was remodeled with some of the original architecture of the building in mind. This historic location was originally constructed in the 1880s by fur-trader William Davis. The Davis Family would go on to build landmarks such as Tiffin Avenue and Findlay’s Opera House, now the Trust Company.
The second level of our building also served as the residence of Colonel Ralph D. Cole, who served as a State Representative, Congressman, Colonel in World War I, and was one of the founders of the American Legion. With that in mind, we returned the outside of our office to its original 1800’s appearance. On the inside, the building was remodeled with an industrial modern feel, keeping its existing brick and ceiling panels and giving the building its first major remodel since the 1920s.
This image from the 1800s depicts workers in front of our building, capturing its original architecture. Today, this photo hangs in our office as a reminder of its history.
Looking To the Future
While we honor a location steeped in history, we look forward to the future growth our Findlay Team will create. Together, Lisa and I bring over 30 years of combined banking experience in the Findlay marketplace. With this knowledge, coupled with Waterford’s products, we are excited for all the opportunities our new location brings.
At Waterford, we pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional experience for our clients. This begins by developing a strong relationship with them. Once we understand your unique business goals, we will work with you to structure a tailor-made strategy. From day one, our team will effectively and efficiently help to fund your strategic goals.
About the Author
Mike Epps is a Vice President and Findlay Market Manager at the Waterford Bank, N.A. Loan Production Office in Downtown Findlay, Ohio. With over 15 years of banking experience, Mike is committed to building a relationship with his clients. He takes the time to understand how his customers work, where they’ve been and where they want to be. In addition to his work at Waterford, Mike is passionate about his community. He serves on several non-profit boards, including the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the University of Findlay Business Affiliate Advisory Board. He is also an active member of his church.