Message to Our Partners
There are many new and exciting things happening at your bank!
When we purchased the bank January 3rd, 2014, after over 129 years of successful operation, we embarked on the next chapter of The Buckeye State Bank. Having survived the Great Depression, the Great Recession and everything in between, we now look to expanding the bank.
Phone: 937-585-4301 or 844-225-9265
Our ticker symbol is BKYT.
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Meet our Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Steve is a CPA, with over 30 years in financial services. Steve is the President and a member of Jacob, Haxton, and Boord, LLC in Worthington, Ohio, which engages in actuarial, consulting and benefit administration services. During his career, he has served in various executive roles, including president of Financial Intermediary Group, a subsidiary of ING; Executive Vice President for ING; and president of Nationwide Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Nationwide. Steve and his family reside in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
President and Director
Shawn serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. He has over 19 years of banking experience, with over 11 years in executive management, focused in the management of asset quality and growth. Shawn has served as president and chief executive officer of The Ohio State Bank, leading the turnaround effort at the organization. Prior to that, he served as area president and chief lending officer for Commercial Savings Bank, which at that time was a $294 million community bank. He also worked as vice president of business banking with Bank One, NA which was acquired by Chase Bank. He received his B.A. in economics from The University of Akron, his MBA from Ashland University and is a graduate of the South West Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Shawn and his family reside in Marion, Ohio.
With over 30 years of management experience, Michael was the founder and president of American Health from 1993 to 2009, prior to its successful sale to Aetna. Prior to American Health, Michael headed up new product development for Corning Glass Works, forming a foundation for marketing research and product development. He received a business and engineering degree from The Ohio State University and a MBA from Syracuse University. Mike and his wife reside in Delaware County, Ohio.
William E. Ruse
Bill is president emeritus of the Blanchard Valley Health Association, headquartered in Findlay Ohio, from where he retired after serving for 36 years as president and chief executive officer. Among various other activities, Bill teaches at the University of Findlay in the business and pharmacy masters programs. He also serves as a trustee for the University. Bill is a former member of the board of directors of Commercial Savings Bank and its holding company, Commercial Bancshares, Inc. He received his JD from the University of Toledo and his MBA with a concentration in Health Administration from Xavier University. Bill and his wife reside in Findlay, Ohio.
Kathy J. Kolich
Kathy is a licensed attorney in Ohio and Pennsylvania with expertise in energy and corporate law, and is also a CPA. Kathy has worked as in-house counsel and in management at FirstEnergy Corp. for more than 24 years. She recently announced her retirement from FirstEnergy and her intentions to enter private practice. Kathy received both her Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University, graduating summa cum laude in accounting. Kathy serves on the board of directors of the HALO Foundation and is an active member of the OSU alumni marching band, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, and the Ohio and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Kathy and her son reside in Green, Ohio.
Pamela J. Kirk
Pam is a licensed real estate agent with RE/MAX Premier Choice. She has been selling real estate for 16 years with her husband. Previously, Pam was CFO for an international design firm. She received her Business Degree in Accounting from Ohio University. Pam serves as the treasurer for the Dublin Community Bands and is on the advisory board for the Tartan Fields Golf Club. Pam and her husband reside in Dublin, Ohio.
James A. Frazier
Jim is the Managing Director of Frazier Financial Advisors, LLC, a comprehensive wealth management firm based in Dublin, Ohio. In his role, Jim advises businesses and individuals. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, and has an accounting degree from The Ohio State University, where he was a member of TBDBITL, and the OSU Marching Band. Jim also has a Masters of taxation degree from Capital University and is a CPA and Certified Financial Planner. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Dublin, Ohio.
Zenios Michael Zenios
Zenios is the owner & CEO of 3 Pillar Homes, a custom home builder in central Ohio, founded in 1998. Zenios is also a developer and real estate investor. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Franklin University. Zenios has served on the board and later as president of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio in 2010. Zenios has received the 40 Under 40 award from Columbus Business First, and 3 Pillar Homes is a multiple recipient of their Fast 50 award. Zenios lives in Powell with his wife and two sons.
George Bavelis – Columbus, Ohio
George is President of Pella Company, a real estate investment management company organized in 1977 and based in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to various other real estate businesses, George has previously served on the Board of Directors for three other community banks during his career, as well as serving as a Board member for Precision Auto Care, a NASDAQ listed company during his tenure. George and his wife, Gia, live in Columbus, Ohio.
Here are some of our accomplishments to date:
- An innovative, interactive, informational website has been established
- Entirely new systems throughout the bank have been put in place – from how we lend to the deposits we offer to how we transact
- We offer a variety of competitive products that benefit both the client and the bank, such as our Kasasa Cash® checking account (BAM!)
- A competitive 15 and 30 year fixed rate mortgage program has been established to help homeowners
- Business lending has been enhanced with SBA and other beneficial governmental lending programs to assist business owners in meeting their goals
- Our auto lending product launched that will put our auto product in front of hundreds of consumers
- A new Rewards Credit Card program has been created and currently offers a 0.00% intro rate*
- We also offer a Merchant Services program that helps to reduce costs of Visa/MasterCard transactions for our business clients (we even offer a mobile point-of-sale product!)
- We now have mobile banking , mobile deposit, and online account opening for our clients – allowing them to bank with BSB anywhere, anytime with their smart phone!
We encourage all of our partners to give us the opportunity to earn your business. This does a couple things:
- You can experience first-hand how YOUR BANK conducts business,
- You will receive shareholder benefits that will save you money, and
- You will be paying YOURSELF , so BANK WITH THE BANK THAT YOU OWN – BANK WITH BSB !
In February, we conducted our first Shareholder Meeting. At this meeting, the shareholders authorized additional shares in order to conduct a secondary stock offering, which has now begun. If you or someone you know has an interest in being a Partner, please contact us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .**
Your management team and the Board of Directors, whom you have entrusted with your financial commitment, realize your investment is more than money — this is a relationship that you are placing your trust in. We hold that in the highest regard.
Please stop in to see me or any of our banking team. We would enjoy catching up over a cup of coffee!
Steven A. Haxton, Chairman
Shawn P. Keller, President and CEO
*Subject to Credit Approval by BSB. Other terms and conditions apply. Subject to change.
**This is not a solicitation for investment. Any investment decision should only be made after careful review of the Private Placement Memorandum dated November 18, 2015.