Villa Park community members, Sofia, Billy, and Gabriel told us what powered them up is being the best family they can be.
Billy’s parents opened a joint account for him when he was about 5 years old. At an early age, his parents taught him the importance of saving. With Sofia also being a big saver, the couple decided to carry on the family tradition and open their son, Gabriel, a savings account when he was just a couple months old. Sofia told us, “I’m a big saver and I want to instill that in him.”
Family is important to the Eisners, and they find West Suburban a bank that is very family oriented. With the convenience of being centrally located between a few different branches, the Eisners are able to spend less time driving long distances to their bank and are able to spend more time with each other.
At West Suburban Bank, we are happy to help power the Eisners. We look forward to seeing Gabriel grow! Let us know what you think about their story and continue to tell us, “What Powers You Up?” on Facebook and Twitter. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram, we will have some exciting photo challenges later this year!
West Suburban Bank proudly extends their services with the addition of their 37th branch on the north side of Aurora at 1311 Butterfield Road, Suite 111.
On Thursday, October 10th,the newest Aurora location held its ribbon cutting ceremony and invited Aurora Chamber Members and Local Business Owners to join in on the festivities.
The event began with refreshments and a spread of finger foods for the guests to enjoy as they conversed amongst each other. Bank management and bank employees enjoyed having one-on-one time with their new neighbors.
Later, the ribbon cutting took place inside the branch. The group joined in on the excitement as the facility manager for West Suburban Bank/Lombard, Matthew Acker, cut the ribbon and inaugurated the opening of the newest Aurora, West Suburban Bank branch.
To wrap up the night of fun, West Suburban raffled off three cash prizes to the guests. An Aurora resident was the $100 winner.
West Suburban Bank looks forward to being a part of the North Aurora community.
Stop in and say hello to your new neighbors.
It may be a mistake to believe that you can’t refinance your home. Home values have stabilized and improved in many cases throughout the communities we serve at West Suburban Bank. Kevin Carani, Vice President of Mortgage Lending has seen the change occur over the past few years, saying, “We’ve seen a lot of people pleasantly surprised at the value of their home and we’ve been able to help a lot of people achieve their financial goals by going through the refinance process”.
We’re in touch with the communities we live and work in. Appraisers are in tune with what’s going on and they can see where values are trending upward. It’s worth taking another look. By stopping in for a few minutes and speaking with a Personal Banker at your local West Suburban Bank or calling 630-652-2000, we can review your current position and see if you just might be one of the many customers who are “pleasantly surprised” that you’re in a better position than you thought. It only takes a few minutes to get things started.
Raheela Shaffie is a bundle of positive energy overflowing with charm and friendliness. At age 8, Raheela’s daughter developed Macular Dystrophy. Ever since, she’s been actively involved with the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and the Lighthouse for the Blind, serving on the board and remaining very active in fundraising. Raheela’s enthusiasm and involvement show how West Suburban Bank is unlike any other bank.
The best investment to guarantee future results is the education of our youth.
Jack Buscemi is a popular guy in the community. So popular that he’s been elected and re-elected twice on the Benjamin School District in Carol Stream. His kids are grown now; his daughter is a school teacher and his son is a representative for a pharmaceutical company. He credits a great school district for preparing them well. While they’ve grown up, Jack still serves the school district to make sure his community continues to provide the same opportunities to current students that his family enjoyed. He’s also the District Representative for SASED, a co-op serving 18 school districts to enhance the educational opportunities for Special Ed students. All of the districts together pool resources and students to provide the best learning environments for students with special needs and their teachers.
Jack has served the bank both as Loss Prevention Manager and Manager of Retail Banking over his tenure. While managing Retail Banking, he brought in representatives from Junior Achievement to work with many of the bank’s managers to become instructors of the business model that Junior Achievement taught in local elementary and middle schools. Many bank managers volunteered to be involved and the bank provided the time necessary for them to prepare their lesson plans and teach the courses over a 12 week period. Jack believes in Community “sweat equity”. Being involved is very important to creating a legacy of community involvement. His financial background has helped the School District invest monies in safe guaranteed return financial instruments to make their money go even further with their curriculum. Look for Jack around town helping out and enjoying himself taking pride in his public service and professional service. He’ll tell you; we are unlike any other bank.
22 years ago, Barbara Darden started as a teller at West Suburban Bank. Today she manages 12 Branch Offices as a Regional Manager. If you ask her, she’d tell you “I’m still growing”. Barbara knows that being a community bank doesn’t mean anything unless you’re constantly doing something to help your community. She volunteers with two great organizations in Aurora. She’s been with Rebuilding Aurora Together for 16 years. This organization helps elderly and low income homeowners with home maintenance to ensure they are living in a safe environment. The City of Aurora, Civic Organizations and Churches, along with concerned neighbors let Rebuilding Aurora Together know when a homeowner in need may have some safety issues. The volunteer organization sends crews to help alleviate dangerous conditions. Barbara leads a soft skills crew to help with tasks that don’t require the skilled trades. There are also professional carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other trades professionals volunteering to help to make homes safe. With Barbara taking the lead, West Suburban Bank adopted a house to help a neighbor. To date, nearly 300 homes have been brought up to code with the help of Rebuilding Aurora Together.
For 14 years Barbara has served on the Exchange Club of Aurora. This group helps mentor young people and teaches them leadership and networking skills. Founded with the mission to alleviate child abuse through prevention, the Exchange Club now provides at least 10 scholarships per year to students who might otherwise not have means to attend college. That program is working and growing with Barbara’s help. She tells her story to all of the young people she mentors and her brand new tellers at the bank. Hard work, determination and a commitment to her community continue to pay off for Barbara and her community. She helps define why we’re unlike any other bank.