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About Us

 

Our Mission

The mission of Union Savings and Loan is to invest in the people we serve by providing the best products and services that meet the financial needs of our communities.

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Public File

Our History

In April of 1892, a group of men led by D. W. Andre, and F. R. Beeson founded the “German Building and Loan Association” , with Mr. Beeson as president. Then in 1902, another group of Connersville residents led by J. B. McFarlan, Jr., John Payne, and S. O. McKennan founded the “Home Loan Association,” with Mr. McFarlan as president.

These institutions and their leaders served their members and the community well by making it possible for them to pool their resources and thus aid each other in providing sufficient finance to build homes. Many, many homes of Connersville could not have been built without the aid of these organizations.

In 1918, the German Building and Loan Association felt it should have a name more tied to its home town, and so it became the “Connersville Building and Loan Association.”

Then in 1937, these two Connersville institutions merged under the name “Union Savings and Loan Association,” to better serve Connersville and the Fayette County community with increased capital resources, membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank system and with Federal Savings and Loan Insurance protection for its depositors. This was accomplished under the leadership of the two presidents at the time, A. Henry Rieman and Theodore Brand.
By the Fifties, Union Savings and Loan carried with it over a half century of banking tradition and experience, having endured World War I, great economic expansion in the Twenties, followed by the depression of the Thirties, World War II in the Forties, and was now in the midst of an enormous post-war boom. It was easily outgrowing its offices at 719 Central Avenue.
From sometime before World War 1 until 1955, Union Savings and Loan was based at 719 Central Avenue in Connersville. Here are some pictures taken in 1953.

719 Central Building

1953 Staff

Staff 1953

1955 Drive ThruIn the words of President A. Henry Rieman, “The Board of Directors of the Association unanimously accepted the premise that a building project should be considered as a long range proposition and that it would be a grave mistake to build any building which would not adequately serve present and future needs of the City of Connersville and the surrounding area.”

Thus in 1955, the main office of USLA was built at 730 Central Avenue in Connersville. The building was designed in colonial style with brick and Indiana limestone, sporting columns and an open main office area. The building also brought something new to Union Savings and Loan that is so commonplace today it is hard to comprehend how revolutionary it was: A drive-through window.

In 1955, when Union Savings and Loan constructed their office at 730 Central Avenue, the bank printed a book to talk about the building, and to give a short summary about the staff, services and history of the institution. We present this unique document here in PDF format.

View 1955 Booklet About Building

The foresight of the Board at that time proved to be quite correct, as this building has served USLA very well. While further growth required expanding the building to the south in the 1980’s, this building continues to be the headquarters of the bank today.

Throughout the last half of the Twentieth Century and into the Twenty-First, Union Savings and Loan has continued to grow. In 1997, USLA expanded with an office in the community of Greenfield, Indiana, and in 2000, a second Connersville location was built on 30th street.

In 2011, a new initiative to grow and update Union Savings and Loan Association was undertaken by the Board of Directors and Senior Management. With 2012 being the 120th year of the institution, and 2013 the 200th anniversary of the founding of Connersville, USLA determined the time was right to reaffirm its long-term commitment to the citizens of Connersville and Fayette County. In the fall of that year, the bank unveiled a new logo and new signage for all of its locations. Then in 2012, Union Savings and Loan announced their intention to greatly expand the 30th Street Office, with a stylish design, additional offices, customer areas, and a conference room.

Here in the early Twenty-First Century, Union Savings and Loan stands as the only locally owned and operated financial institution in Connersville. Commensurate with this position, USLA holds the top market share of deposits in Connersville and Fayette County. We are proud to be Connersville’s Hometown Bank, and plan to provide friendly, local service for (at least) another 120 years to the people of Connersville and the surrounding area.

Our Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Mark Boehmer, Chairman of the Board
  • Gary E. Smith
  • John D. Jones
  • Melissa A. Myers
  • Jerry Nickel
  • Amanda Back
  • Derrick Mathews
  • Kent Fisk

Senior Officers

  • Amanda Back, President
  • Derrick Mathews, EVP, CFO & Senior Trust Officer
  • Ryan Lathery, SVP, Chief Lending Officer

Officers

  • Ellen Dubois, Vice President, Loan Department Manager, & Commercial Lender
  • Rick Brown, Assistant Vice President - Controller/HR
  • Lisa Stanbrough, Assistant Vice President - Retail Services Manager
  • Cassie Combs, Assistant Vice President - 30th Street Branch Manager
  • Sarah Riggs - Assistant Vice President, Greenfield Branch Manager
  • Audrey Cloyd - Assistant Vice President, Rushville Branch Manager

  • Cole Ging, Assistant Vice President - Ag/Commercial Lender
  • Heather Tipton, Assistant Vice President - Operations/Collections Manager

Career Opportunities

New Account Specialist

Union Savings & Loan Association is currently seeking a motivated team member to serve as a New Account Specialist. Our ideal candidate will have at least one year of previous banking experience, provide excellent customer service, have a strong work ethic, and a desire to excel in their career.

Please send resume to Lisa Stanbrough. Retail Services Manager, 730 Central Avenue Connersville, Indiana 47331 or email to lstanbrough@uslabank.com

Job Description

Union Savings and Loan Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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