WYOMISSING, PA – Tompkins VIST Bank recently held a luncheon for local agricultural lending customers at the Leesport Farmers Market. The event was attended by 150 local farmers and Pennsylvania State Representatives Mark Gillen, Barry Jozwaik and David Maloney.
The luncheon was coordinated by Tompkins VIST Bank’s Agricultural Relationship Manager and farmer, Travis Werley. “The luncheon was a wonderful event where Tompkins VIST Bank was able to give back and thank the local farming community. The hard work and dedication required by farming deserves recognition since it is the back bone of our local economy,” says Werley.
For the past three years Werley has organized this annual event as a way to bring local farmers together and to thank them for their vital contributions to the local community. Given his background as a farmer Werley uses events like the luncheon to connect with his customers and grow Tompkins VIST Banks’s agricultural lending business. At the event Werley and Tompkins VIST Bank’s President and CEO Scott Gruber talked with farmers about their business needs while senior leaders and key bank personnel served lunch to the attendees. According to Werley the simple design of the luncheon is what makes it so successful, as it creates an environment the farmers look forward to.
“As a dairyman, I have a lot of opportunities for open houses and luncheons each year.” says Bradley Biehl, agricultural lending customer and owner of Corner View Farms. “In the last 12 months, the only one that I went to was the Tompkins luncheon. It was close, with a nice atmosphere, and good fellowship with friends and neighbors. I felt like the staff serving were there to thank us for the business and I appreciate that very much.”