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Strange Recognized for 50 Years of Service

June 17, 2015

Halley Fleming
Jun 17 2015

Wes Strange, current Chairman of the Holding Company, Branson BancShares Inc., as well as a Director at Branson Bank was recognized as part of the Missouri Bankers Association’s elite 50 Year Club at their annual convention held at the Chateau on the Lake.

According to the Missouri Bankers Association, the 50 Year Club is an honor for those bankers who have given 50 years of service to the banking industry. Nominees are honored and inducted in the 50 Year Club and are presented with a plaque and pin commemorating the milestone.

“Wes and I both shared the same vision in creating a community bank that truly cared for its customers, employees, and community,” said Bill Jones, President at Branson Bank. “This vision began forming in 1998 and finally came to fruition when Branson Bank opened its doors in Branson, MO on March 22, 2000. Wes was, and still is, an instrumental part in the creation and continued success of Branson Bank. His commitment to excellence, his love of helping people make their dreams come true, and devotion to the community after all these years is deserving of recognition.”

Wes Strange started his banking career after graduating from the University of Missouri in January of 1960.  All of his work experience has been in banking beginning with the Farm Credit Association for the first four years and then on to other various banks over the course of his 55 years. Titles have ranged from Field Representative to Teller, Assistant Vice President, Vice President, President, CEO, and Board Chairman.

When asked about his philosophy in banking Wes Strange stated, “Our customers entrust us to take their money and safeguard it, using it wisely to help as many people as possible, when and where we are able. This fiduciary trust is a heavy responsibility not to be taken lightly, but to try and help both sides of the equation, as much as possible.”

Branson Bank is a $173 million asset community bank; that is a locally owned and controlled, state chartered financial institution with two locations in Branson and one in Forsyth.