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SPRING 2019 - 1st Quarter
Happy New Year, Youngsville
The Happy New Year banners were barely tucked away when Benchmark popped the cork on its 16th branch located just north of Wake Forest in the town of Youngsville, NC. The Youngsville branch at 110 S. College St. is Benchmark’s third North Carolina location.
"This branch came together so quickly, it was really exciting to see what our dedicated team of retail, administrative, and operational professionals could accomplish when presented with this opportunity," said Benchmark President/CEO Jay Stafford of the process that began in August, 2018. "We were so fortunate to have (North Carolina Market Executive) Rick Houser here. He recognized the potential and began putting the pieces together."
Attended by Town of Youngsville and Franklin County dignitaries, the Ribbon Cutting ceremony featured remarks by Stafford, Youngsville Mayor Fonzie Flowers, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Don Lancaster, and Youngsville Branch Manager Theresa Emo. Guests were treated to delectable finger foods and hourly door prize drawings during the Grand Opening celebration on January 24 and 25.
Gregg Gordon Joins Board of Directors
Benchmark Bankshares, Inc. Board of Directors has proudly announced the addition of Gregg V. Gordon as their twelfth director. A Clarksville native, Gordon is President of Aarons Creek Farms, Inc., a family-owned wholesale greenhouse operation in Buffalo Junction.
In his home county, Gordon serves on the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors, a position he has held since 2004 and for which he has served as Chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee, as well as Chairman of the Legislative Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Halifax County Regional Health System Board of Directors. He previously served as Vice-Mayor for the Clarksville Town Council, as well as a member of the Tenth Circuit Court Judicial Advisory Committee. A 1989 Virginia Tech graduate with a degree in Horticulture, Gordon is married to the former Anne Strange. The Gordons have two children and are members of Clarksville Baptist Church.
In making the announcement, Benchmark President/CEO Jay Stafford said, "Gregg Gordon is a great addition to our Board of Directors. His small business foundation and civic service give him firsthand experience critical to helping guide Benchmark into the future. He personifies the customer Benchmark was founded to serve. We are delighted Gregg agreed to join our Board of Directors."
Board Chairman Randy Lail echoed Stafford’s sentiment. "Gregg’s experience in business, civic engagement, and elected office brings to Benchmark a broad-based resume of experiences that is ideally suited with who we are and the direction we want to go."
Gordon envisions his involvement as an opportunity to assist Benchmark to stay true to its roots. He looks forward to helping the bank continue its contributions to local communities and the exploration of expansion into new markets.