Classic Bank ready to make a difference in its new location

The staff from Classic Bank are from left, Mariella Norman, Carmen Ortiz, Sara Drury, Janice Hutton, Debby Norman and Jerry Rose. (Photo by Kate Ludlow)

For more than 100 years, Classic Bank has cared about more than its customers’ money – they have cared about the communities they serve.

“We like to serve small communities. We like knowing your name,” says Jerry Rose, Senior Vice-President of Lending. “We intend to be a full part of this community.”

Founded in 1889 in Cameron, Classic Bank has always been a community-driven bank. That philosophy has allowed the bank to thrive in smaller towns like Cameron, Giddings, Rockdale, Rosebud-Lott and Bastrop.

“We’re here to do what the town needs, whether it is home lending, commercial lending or new business help. Whatever we can do, we will,” said Rose.

With four banks serving the Liberty Hill area, Classic Bank officials say what makes them different is a commitment to personal service.

“Classic Bank prides itself on offering the services of mega banks while maintaning personal service to each of its customers,” said Sara Kostroun, vice president for Marketing.

Based in the bank’s Cameron office, Ms. Kostroun said all deposit customers of the Texas Savings Bank became customers of Classic Bank with the change of ownership earlier this year.

Texas Savings Bank, which was based in Snyder, sold its Liberty Hill branch to Classic Bank.

Though many people might still think that lenders are hesitant to make loans due to past economic issues, Rose says that’s not true.

“This is a great time to get a loan. The rates are certainly competitive, and people are eager to lend. We’re doing mortgage loans and loans to help you expand your business. It’s a quick application process, and we’re ready to get to it,” he said.

Branch Manager and Lending Clerk Mariella Norman echoes that sentiment.

“If you want to talk to a live person, we answer the phones from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. We have a full service website that offers all the luxuries of a ‘big’ bank, but you will still know our names when you walk in the door,” said Ms. Norman.

With a desire to offer personalized, familiar customer service, both Rose and Ms. Norman agree that Classic Bank and Liberty Hill are a good match.

“We could look and see the progress in Liberty Hill, both commercial and residential,” Rose said. “Classic Bank’s headquarters are not so far away, and we felt that we could still provide good supervision, and good service.”

Classic Bank offers a variety of conveniences for easier financial management. Features include mobile banking, consumer and business internet banking platforms, bill pay, numerous ATMs, automatic transfers, 24-hour banking by phone, remote capture and a night depository for around-the-clock deposit security.

Classic Bank has a number of different account options for personal or business use.

“We are extremely happy to be here. We hope to help the community, we hope to be involved. If that’s sponsorships, we’ll do it. If we can’t sponsor something, we’ll offer people or other services. We’re here, and we want to be a part of things,” said Rose.

Classic Bank is located at 12251 West State Highway 29. The lobby is open on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Fridays, the lobby is open until 6 p.m. The drive-thru is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the website or call (512) 778-6305.