Patriots Bank was nominated by the City of Garnett and also received a Merit Award. Patriots Bank is a family owned and operated business with 6 locations. While the bank has grown and added locations, it remains a community bank, with hometown people you know, serving Anderson, Franklin and Johnson counties.
Employee Retention - Most of their employees have been with them for 15 plus years. This can be attributed to the benefits they provide, including yearly bonuses, raises, and the belief that family and health come first.
Community Involvement - They give scholarships to graduating seniors at three different high schools. Employees volunteer for a variety of school supporting activities. Patriots Bank hosts a new teacher luncheon for a school district, and donates to many school groups and activities.
Patriots donates much time and money to church fundraisers, charity runs, golf tournaments, 4th of July events, Knights of Columbus, sports teams, county fair and city events. They always bring their "A" game during the holidays as their Christmas float is always a beautiful work of art - a crowd pleaser.
Patriots Band serves five Kansas communities with stable jobs. Through their lending practices they help many businesses of all sizes open and operate to keep these communities thriving. They continue to help consumers build and buy residential properties.
Patriots Bank encourages employees to be involved in the community and some have served in such capacity as a board member of the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Cooper and Scott Cooper serve on the Kansas Bankers Association Board. They and their staff serve on a number of community boards and committee.
Forward Thinking: We think it is quite incredible the "art of giving" Patriots Bank does by something they started in 2014. They started offering The W.I.N.G.S. debit card. By our customers using this special (ver pink in color) debit card a percentage of all purchases and ATM withdrawals go to the local W.I.N.G.S. organization. W.I.N.G.S was co-founded by one of Patriots Bank's employees to help raise money for Anderson residents going through cancer treatments, in addition, they have also raised money to get a digital mammogram machine at the Anderson County Hospital.
Patriots Bank has over 115 years of tradition in community banking. Jimmy Cooper, CFO and his wife June acquired the charter in 1978, with the bank having total assets of $7 million. Jim has always been at the forefront of the Kansas banking industry and in 2011 received the prestigious 60 years in Kansas Banking Award. In 1983, their son, Scott Cooper President and CEO joined them and has since grown Patriots Bank in six communities, including Garnett, the home location and a highway location, Gardner, Princeton, Richmond, and Westphalia. Today Patriots Bank has over $90 million in solid assets. Scott and Jim have served on the Kansas Bankers Association Board as well as many other local community boards.
Patriots Bank has a long history of proven performance and is committed to excellence. A banking staff of officers and associates serve their customers are comprised of neighbors and friends in an open and accessible manner.
They practice sound and conservative financial policies and lending decisions are made with an understanding of the local business culture and expectations. They are proud to be a full-service community bank with an extensive array of products and services for personal and commercial banking needs.
"The Patriots Bank is a mainstay; a lifeline in the Garnett community. They are great supporters of the community, the schools and local charities. They provide more than financial assistance. They help build and cultivate economic vision in our community with their sound, conservative financial expertise. Garnett is fortunate to be the home of Patriots Bank and want to share our appreciation by nominating them for this award", said City Manager Joyce Martin.
Maloan's Restaurant was nominated by the City of Garnett and received the Merit Award. Maloan's is a full service restaurant and bar. Maloan's is praised for its fresh cut steaks, including its famous prime rib and made from scratch entrees.
Many of Maloan's employees started with them while in high school as their first job and have gone on to their future careers carrying with them the experiences of working at Maloan's and using them as a reference after graduating from college. Some have even returned to make Garnett their home and come in and work part-time.
Maloan's has provided many young people with their first job. They have show them what it is to be on time, take pride in their work and take responsibility for things done at a high level of expectation.
Community Involvement - Kevin is heavily involved with area youth in the trap shooting. An avid shooter, Kevin mentors through 4-H shooting program with 20 active participating youth. Maloan's has also provided cooking trophies during the 4-H Fair, and donated ECKAN free Christmas dinner.
Leadership - Kevin Maloan is a past Board of Director for the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce.
Maloan's was created in an 1883 building that was in great disrepair and could have been destined for demolition sometime in its future. It was brought back to life with all new windows, roof, electrical and plumbing, and installation of heating and cooling. Within the last 5 years a new outdoor, second story patio was created for outdoor dining. The patio allows for enjoyment of the town square view and overlooks the Donna Harris Park, a city park where musical entertainment can be held. Recent tuck pointing was done on the building to preserve the structure's integrity. The building stands as a true landmark on the town square. It is an example of what can be done by someone who has the pride and conviction to bring high quality food, service and atmosphere to a small community, and appreciates the value of historic preservation.
The City of Garnett applauds Kevin Maloan on the incredible investment he has made in saving this unique cornerstone building on our town square and continuing his quest to preserve it. He has weathered the economic storms and continues to see a vision of what Garnett has been and what it can be. When nominating Maloan's, City Manager Joyce Martin said, "His talents could have taken him away from Garnett but he hasn't lost sight or faith in being a part of his community. We thank him and his staff by honoring Maloan's Bar and Grille with this nomination."
501 E. 4th Avenue, Garnett
The Kansas Property Place also received the honor of being awarded a 2016 Merit Award by the Kansas Department of Commerce. The Kansas Property Place is a real estate agency owned by Beth Mersman, Broker, and consists of a total of 5 professionals located in Garnett that take pride on guiding clients, both sellers and buyers, through the real estate transaction process with care and attention. The company has clients in Anderson County and surrounding area. Website: www.kspropertyplace.com
This business has grown from 1 agent to 5 with 2 of those agents coming on board within the last year, and the owner purchased a former retail building and renovated it with new office spaces, meeting rooms, new furnishings, new roof, new outside paint, windows, doors and signage.
Employee Retention - The Kansas Property Place offers bonuses for more production, monthly training meetings, plus attending training with other real estate offices, with ongoing training and certifications.
Community Involvement - The Kansas Property Place has raised $443 through Facebook sharing contest for St. Rose School, with fundraiser for Little People's Learning Center (pre-school) currently going on. Sponsor of Spring Fling Spring Break activities organized by the K-State Extension Office Frontier District. Other school support includes PTO carnival, FFA, wrestling team, cheerleaders, dance team, etc. Has helped the high school students learn about the real estate industry. Beth Mersman serves on the Advisory Committee for the real estate curriculum for the State of Kansas. Lou Ann Shmidl has support Little People's Learning Center by writing a successful grant to update the sprinkler system, making it a safer environment for the children.
Owner Beth Mersman helped make "country" changes to state real estate contracts since there is no realtor on the real estate forms committee that is a "country" person. She is currently the chairperson of the Garnett Board of Planning and Zoning Appeals, and serves on the advisory committee for the Curriculum for the State of Kansas. Using her skills and mindset, Beth has always worked hard to encourage prospects to locate in Garnett to bring new business to the community. She advocated the sale of ground in the past to the City of Garnett for an industrial park. When land is listed, Beth contacts several potential buyers such as restaurants, gas stations, hotels, etc., to try and encourage business growth and expansion.
Leadership - The Kansas Property Place is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Kansas Association of Realtors, as well as the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors. Beth is on the KCRAR Forms Committee and Education Committee.
The representatives of this company love helping the community. They include Beth Mersman, owner/broker, Deb Price, Lou Ann Shmidl, Lisa Sears and John Clasen. They strive to help their clients, whether it means helping them move, helping them clean their homes or helping them with repairs to help get their home sold. They feel the more they do for others, the greater the return in the long run. This business virtually thrives on referrals because of this. They spend quality time with clients, helping to put them in contact with knowledgeable resources, and take seriously knowing that the transaction that their client is looking to make is a major event in their life.
While you can see from this nomination information that Beth and her team are very active in the community, but their marketing strategy helps market our community as well. Spending a lot of energy on social media with Facebook sharing contests that raise money for schools and many other charities, they also share Garnett. They advertise in many print publications as well. Name recognizing abounds with the Kansas Property Place, who ranked No. 27 in the state in transactions in 2014 and level 3 Trulia VIP Award recognition just last year. This shows the level of high energy, dedication and tenacity this rural community (pop. 3,295) real estate agency has.
"Beth Mersman and her professional staff at the Kansas Property Place are often the front line, first impression people get when they inquire into our community. They take that role very seriously. They understand their role in economic development and leadership, and in being a good citizen and active volunteer. Giving back and paying it forward. The City of Garnett wishes to recognize these qualities make that of someone deserving appreciation through this award nomination", said City Manager Joyce Martin.
Main Bank - 131 E. 4th Avenue, Garnett
Branch - 113 S. Maple Street, Garnett
Westphalia - 500 Lincoln Street
Other locations outside Anderson County:
Gardner, Princeton and Richmond
101 W. 4th Avenue, Garnett
Steaks, seafood,prime rib, chicken and pasta.