During the dark days of the fall of 2008 I had the chance to meet a friend that I have known for many years. We grew up together. He runs a very successful business and has business with the bank. At this meeting he said to me with unusual feeling, "Matt, no matter what happens to the economy I promise to you that I will pay you back all that I have borrowed." I was surprised with his feelings. I looked into his eyes. He was a man that had true fear for the future. I don't think that he is alone in that feeling.
That fear is not only counterproductive but is destructive to the healing process that needs to take place in the banking industry and really all of our country.
As citizens in this great country it falls on us to drive fear not only out of ourselves but out of others. That is not an easy task because you all know that fear sells. I hope that you will forgive me for giving a quote out of the Bible but I think that it illustrates the point. It says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Don't make fear a part of your life or the lives of those that you have influence over. As members of our communities we all have the responsibility to lead our cities and towns not in fear but in the belief in the greatness of our country and the recovery that will happen. Remember that we have been given a spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. We need to use them.
President and CEO