My husband and I joined the First Commonwealth family in 2009 as we were beginning the dream of buying our own business. Ours is a business that many bankers don't know much about- the camping/cabin rental industry. All of the "big" banks had very little time to talk with us.
First Commonwealth was amazing to deal with. I handle most of the administrative functions of the business, and with a business background, I was the person who was the primary in the "dog and pony show." Most of the other banks would be nice to me, but would then look to my husband for information and decisions. The folks we dealt with at First Commonwealth treated us as equal partners, and were very willing to meet with me, alone or with my husband/partner. Their mantra through the whole process was "We want to be your banker!"
They have proven that over and over, and the Branch Manager and Commercial Loan Officer have truly bent over backwards to help us in growing our business. We recently took out a new loan for the addition of a brand new swimming pool, and the Commercial Loan Officer manually scanned all of my tax records into the system (a page at a time), and then we signed the closing documents at my dining room table!
We truly count our bankers as friends and partners in our new little venture and are so thankful that First Commonwealth kept telling us "We want to be your banker!" We have now moved all of our accounts from the "big" banks to First Commonwealth and sing their praises whenever banking discussions come up!
Lynn Shickler, Owner
Forest Ridge Cabins and Campgrounds3566 Loleta Road, Marienville, PA 16239 (814) 927-8340