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Community Involvement

Giving back to our communities and helping them grow and prosper has always been an essential part of Countybank's mission. Our associates actively support and participate in volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Some of these activities include serving as buddy volunteers each year for the Greenwood Miracle League, participating in Race the Helix, running concessions during Greenwood High School and Emerald High School football games, participating in Holiday Ice in Anderson and the Greer Station Oktoberfest, and ringing the Salvation Army bell each holiday season. We sponsor a number of community events throughout the year and donate to local, charitable causes. 

Countybank Foundation

In addition to our volunteer work, sponsorships, and donations, we provide funding to nonprofit and charitable organizations in our local communities through the Countybank Foundation, established in 1971. In 2018, we contributed $150,000. A few examples include Anderson Interfaith MinistriesCreative Advancement Centers, Greater Greer Advancement Centers, Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenwood School District 50, Greenwood YMCA, Hospice Care of the Piedmont, Piedmont Technical College, Rebuild UpstateThe Greenwood Promise, United Way of Greenville, and Ten at the Top.

Countybank News

2020

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Local Lender Ready for PPP Loans Despite Questions

April 3

Small business owners will soon get relief from payroll woes as the Paycheck Protection Program gets underway. “Countybank is processing applications for the PPP,” said Paul Pickhardt, senior vice president and SBA lending manager for Countybank. “Completed applications will be forwarded to the SBA starting tomorrow.” He notes that they are only accepting applications from current business clients. Read more

Homes for Heroes Awards Countybank Mortgage Consultants 2019 Circle of Giving Award

March 17

Homes for Heroes recently awarded two Countybank Mortgage consultants the 2019 Circle of Giving Award in recognition of their committed effort to the mission of Homes for Heroes, for representing their core values, and for providing exceptional service and Hero Rewards savings to the heroes in their community. Dan Hall and Tiffany Walker, both with Countybank Mortgage, received the Crystal Citcle of Giving Award and served 35 and 28 heroes, respectively. Read more

Help is Available for Small Businesses

March 28

Countybank, recently named the No. 1 lender in the state for SBA loans, is proactively reaching out to clients to let them know about the Disaster Relief Act and Paycheck Protection Program. Read more

Countybank Voted Best Bank and Best Mortgage Lender

March 22

Countybank has been voted Best Bank and Best Mortgage Lender for the Index-Journal's 2020 Readers' Choice awards. Thank you for choosing Countybank and Countybank Mortage as your preferred, local community bank and mortgage group in Greenwood. Read more

Countybank Encourages Online, Drive-Thru Banking

March 16

Countybank has taken steps to safeguard your money and your health while the spread of the coronavirus continues. Countybank is keeping its lobbies open but is encouraging customers to use its drive-thru, online banking system, and mobile app to conduct business. Read more

Countybank Foundation Completes $100,000 Pledge to The Greenwood Promise

March 9

The Countybank Foundation recently made its final donation installment of $20,000 to The Greenwood Promise, fulfilling the pledged amount of $100,000 over the course of five years. “Our partnership with The Greenwood Promise is a dedication to Greenwood students’ future education, and we are overjoyed to have the financial ability to support them,” said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank. Read more

Countybank Foundation Presents Donation to Anderson Interfaith Minitries

March 9

The Countybank Foundation recently donated $6,500 to Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM). The donation from Countybank and Greenwood Capital will go toward AIM events throughout the year geared toward raising money for struggling individuals and families in Anderson County. Read more

Countybank Foundation Makes "Over the Top" Gift to SRHF

February 24

Just six weeks after the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary, Countybank Foundation, on behalf of Countybank and Greenwood Capital Associates, has made a gift of $150,000 to lift the Foundation over its minimum fundraising goal for the Our Vision is 2020 Campaign. Read more

Vote Countybank for the 2020 Index-Journal Readers' Choice Awards

February 9

Countybank has been nominated Best Bank, Best Insurance Agency, and Best Mortgage Lender/Group for Index Journal’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you. We hope you will consider voting for Countybank, Countybanc Insurance, and Countybank Mortgage. Voting is open through Friday, February 21. Vote here

Paul Pickhardt Named Coleman SBA 7(a) Lender of the Year

January 16

Paul Pickhardt was recently nominated and awarded SBA 7(a) Lender of the Year as part of Coleman's 2019 SBA Lender Professional Awards. Individuals are selected for their positive impact on SBA lending and the small business lending community. Paul has served as Senior Vice President, SBA Lending Manager at Countybank for nearly three years. Under his leadership, Countybank achieved PLP status in 2017 and ranked number 1 in South Carolina for SBA 7(a) loan volume in 2019. Countybank's SBA team has also been ranked the top SBA 7(a) loan producer in the state for several years. Read more

Multiplying Good Selects Crystal Peterson for 2020 Class of ChangeMakers

January 2

Countybank's Crystal Peterson was recently selected as one of 10 individuals who have demonstrated commitment to service and the potential to truly move the community forward. As a ChangeMaker, she will participate in volunteer, community, recognition, and other networking activities each month with the goal of raising awareness of Students In Action, Multiplying Good’s flagship youth-leadership development program that uses service-learning as the vehicle for arming high schoolers with the life skills they need to be successful in college and the workforce. Read more

Countybank Foundation Presents $2,500 to Daily Bread Ministries

January 2

Kevin Duncan, Greer City Executive for Countybank, and Candice Good, Greer Market Administrator, recently presented a check for $2,500 to Daily Bread Ministries during the Merle State Hunger walk event. “The Merle State Hunger Walk is a great, annual community event that builds awareness around an important issue that affects the Greer area,” said Good. Read more

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2019

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South Carolina's Countybank Shows Its Support for Upstate Communities via Donations and Hands-On Volunteer Efforts from Associates

December 16

As Countybank nears its 90th anniversary, the institution continues to stay true to its roots of always striving to serve its customers and communities in the best ways possible. This is reflected in the strong support the Countybank Foundation provides for local causes and charities. “Putting people first is at the heart of Countybank’s mission, which aligns with Rebuild Upstate’s efforts to support our neighbors in need by repairing and improving homes,” said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Countybank. Read more

Chamber's CYP Names Wells Dunlap 2019 Greenwood Under 40 Star

December 8

Connect YP, Greenwood’s young professionals organization of the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce, honored seven leaders, including Wells Dunlap, Commercial Relationship Manager for Countybank, at the 10th annual “Greenwood Under 40 Stars” awards reception Tuesday at the Arts Center of Greenwood. “This award recognizes emerging leaders for their personal and professional accomplishments, as well as their commitment to serving others in our community,” said CYP Chairman Matt Reynolds of Herald Office Solutions. Read more

Countybank and Greenwood Capital Donate $47,002 to United Way Greenville

December 6

Countybank and Greenwood Capital donated 47,002 as part of their annual campaign to United Way of Greenville County. Associates from both organizations made personal pledge donations totaling $37,002 as part of the employee campaign, while the Countybank Foundation provided an additional campaign contribution of $10,000. Read more

Countybank and Greenwood Capital Donate Time and Money to Greenwood YMCA

November 21

David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank, presented a check for $10,000 to the Greenwood YMCA. “The Greenwood YMCA is a service-minded organization, which aligns with our mission at Countybank to put people first,” said Tompkins. “Partnering with the YMCA also gives our associates an opportunity to volunteer throughout the year and actively participate in community events.” Read more

Countybank and Greenwood Capital Fulfill $100,000 Pleage to Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation

November 21

In 2015, Countybank and Greenwood Capital pledged a five-year gift of $100,000 to the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) Foundation in honor of the Center’s employees. In November, Countybank and Greenwood Capital representatives delivered the final $20,000 installment of this gift. Read more

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Re-elects R. Thornwell Dunlap, III, as Board of Director Representing South Carolina

November 6

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) announced the results of the 2019 director election. The Bank conducted an election to fill the member directorship for South Carolina. R. Thornwell Dunlap, III, Countybank's President and CEO, was re-elected and will begin a four-year term commencing on January 1, 2020. Read more

Countybank Senior VP Tompkins joins PTC Foundation Board

October 28

The Piedmont Technical College Foundation recently welcomed David A. Tompkins to its board of directors. “David and Countybank are longtime supporters of tuition scholarship funding for college students in our area,” PTC Foundation Board Chairman Jim Medford said. “It is exceedingly appropriate that his financial expertise will now benefit our higher-education-focused board. We are more than delighted to welcome him.” Read more

Countybank Ranks No. 1 for SBA 7(a) Loan Volume in South Carolina

October 28

The South Carolina District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration recently ranked Countybank No. 1 in South Carolina for SBA 7(a) loan volume. Countybank also ranked No. 6 in total number of loans for the fiscal year. This recognition highlights the continued success of Countybank’s SBA lending team and the growth of the program throughout the year. “Our SBA lending program has grown exponentially since its inception less than three years ago,” said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Countybank. “This specialized team has thrived in cultivating relationships with prospects and existing clients, and we are excited to see their hard work recognized across the state.” Read more

Rebuild Upstate Received $7,500 from the Countybank Foundation

October 11

The Countybank Foundation recently made a major donation of volunteer time and funds to Rebuild Upstate. Countybank and Greenwood Capital employees did a blitz repair of three houses in Anderson, Greenville, and Greer on the weekend of October 5, 2019, that accounted for a $7,500 donation and 248 hours of service. “Putting people first is at the heart of Countybank’s mission, which aligns with Rebuild Upstate’s efforts to support our neighbors in need by repairing and improving homes,” said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Countybank. Read more

Countybank Adds New Associate to Greer Market Team

October 9

Countybank is pleased to welcome Jack Lucas as Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Banker in Greer. Lucas comes to Countybank with more than 30 years of commercial banking experience, primarily as a senior banking executive in Greenville and Greer. "Jack's loyal commercial following, industry knowledge and experience will serve us well as we look to expand our presence in the Greenville and Greer markets,” said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Countybank. Read more

Countybank's Wells Dunlap Receives Officer Promotion

October 2

Countybank announced the promotion of Rufus "Wells" Dunlap, V, from Assistant Vice President to Vice President in officer status. "Wells is an integral part of our commercial banking team in Greenwood," said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank. "He is a great resource for our current business clients and other business owners in the community." Read more

Countybank Unveils Refreshed Company Website

September 4

Countybank is proud to launch its new website, providing a more comprehensive and user-friendly experience for online visitors. "Our new website better represents who we are as a financial organization in many aspects," said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Countybank. "It is an updated and easy to navigate resource that enables us to put customers and communities first through intuitive, innovative, and informative resources." Read more

Countybank and Greenwood Capital Pledge to United Way

August 29

Countybank and Greenwood Capital pledged $30,814 in their annual Pacesetter Campaign to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties. "Partnering with United Way allows us to give back to our community, and we are excited to support them in making the Upstate a better place to live," said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank. Read more

Countybank Expands to Residential Construction Lending

August 21

Countybank welcomed Scott Presley as Vice President, Director of Residential Construction Lending. Presley comes to Countybank with more than 20 years of experience as a construction lender in the Grenville/Greer area. "Scott's well-earned reputation and extensive background in this market niche will no doubt serve him well within our organization and in the communities we serve," said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Countybank. Read more

Countybank's CFO Scott Begins Term as SC Bankers School Chair

August 14

Annette L. Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Countybank, began a one-year term as chair of the South Carolina Bankers School on July 15. The South Carolina Bankers School is the premier educational and professional development program sponsored by the South Carolina Bankers Association. Read more

Counybank Adds New Associate to SBA Team

August 7

Countybank is pleased to welcome Brad Cantrell as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer. Cantrell comes to Countybank with externsive experience in banking, credit, and business development across the upstate. "Brad is joining an already exceptional SBA team and will undoubtedly help us continue to grow as an organization," said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Countybank. Read more

Countybank's Jimmy Fowler Awarded 2019 IBSC Leadership Award

August 6

Jimmy Fowler, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking and Strategic Initatives, recently received the 2019 Independent Banks of South Carolina (IBSC) Leadership Award. Fowler is a community servant leader, donating anonymously through his own generous giving or unquantifiable hours of service. Read more

Lincolnhol and King Join Countybank

July 16

Countybank is pleased to welcome Tim Lincolnhol as Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Executive and Ginger King as Relationship Manager and Commercial Administrator to the Countybank team. Lincolnhol and King collectively bring a considerable amount of Upstate commercial and retail banking experience to Countybank and will significantly strengthen the bank's footprint in Greenville and surrounding markets. Read more

Countybank's Pardue Receives CRM Designation

June 28

Steve Pardue, Commercial Insurance Advisor for Countybanc Insurance, recently recieved his CRM designation. "Steve's achievement gives Countybanc Insurance an even stronger competative advantage in risk management," said Rudy Painter, Division Executive for Countybanc Insurance. Read more

Countybank Foundation Donates to Next Level Fitness

June 13

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $500 to Next Level Fitness. The donation will go toward Next Level Fitness’ $4,500 goal to purchase a used bus to transport children during the summer. Read more

Countybank Named Best Bank by The Greer Citizen Readers

June 10

Countybank was voted Best Bank in The Greer Citizen's 2019 Readers' Choice Awards! Thank you for making Countybank your local, trusted community bank. 

Countybank Foundation Donates $5,000 to Greer Community Ministries

June 5

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $5,000 to Greer Community Ministries to support the nonprofit’s food and clothing outreach programs. Read more

Countybanc Insurance Celebrates 100 Years Of Business In The Upstate

June 5

Countybanc Insurance, an entity of Countybank, announces its 100th anniversary providing exceptional insurance services and supporting the Upstate community since its inception in 1919 as the Dantzler Agency. Read more

Greenwood Calendar Spotlights the Countybank Foundation

May 30

Greenwood Calendar spotlights the Countybank Foundation, which was established in 1971 and represents Countybank and Greenwood Capital, for giving back to the community in so many ways. Watch

Amy Whitney joins Countybank as Retail Banking Sales Manager

May 21

Countybank welcomed Amy Whitney as Retail Banking Sales Manager. Whitney comes to Countybank with more than 16 years in the financial services industry and community involvement experience across the Anderson area. Read more

Countybank Awarded Best Bank by Greer Tidbits

May 9

Countybank was awarded Best Bank in the 2019 Greer Tidbits "Greer's Best" Competition. Watch

Countybank and Greenwood Capital donate to Miracle League

May 8

Countybank and Greenwood Capital associates recently showed up in mass to play ball and volunteer for Greenwood Miracle League’s spring season. Greenwood Miracle League is supported by donations from local businesses and individuals, and this year the Countybank Foundation provided a $2,500 donation. Read more

Two Greenwood Students Receive Countybank Foundation Scholarship 

April 29

The Countybank Foundation provides scholarships available to second-semester students from Greenwood County with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Countybank holds the longest record for annual giving to the PTC Foundation.  Read more

Countybank Foundation presents donation to Community Initiatives

April 26

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $5,000 to Community Initiatives. Community Initiatives provides a variety of programs and services to the Lakelands community, including the Safe Haven After School and Summer Program and La Clinica Gratis/The Free Clinic, a medical home for uninsured, drug-free events, and The Benefit Bank, a benefit screening program. Read more

Countybank Foundation Presents $1,500 To Greer Cultural Arts Council

April 18

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $1,500 to the Greer Cultural Arts Council. The donation will support affordable arts opportunities in Greer, including theatre productions, camps, and classes in art, dance, drama, literature, and music. Read more

Countybank Foundation presents $20,000 to Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity

April 16

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $20,000 to Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity as part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000. Read more

Countybank Feature in Behind the Counter

April 11

Countybank has found a way to stay grounded in their founding principles while remaining attuned and responsive to the needs of today. Read more

Countybank Foundation Presents Donation to Greenwood Abbeville Little League

April 9

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recent donated $500 to Greenwood Abbeville Little League. This year’s donation will financially support the purchase of equipment needed for volunteers to maintain the baseball fields throughout the little league season. Read more

Countybank Welcomes New Hire to Commercial Team

April 15

Countybank welcomed Tony Lawton as Commercial Relationship Manager in the Upstate area. Lawton is responsible for exploring new market opportunities in Laurens County, Newberry County, and southern Greenville. He is also responsible for partial management of Countybank’s commercial portfolio in Greenwood. Read more

Countybank Names New Commercial Team Member

April 1

Countybank is pleased to announce the promotion of Rufus Thornwell “Wells” Dunlap, V, to the role of Commercial Relationship Manager. In his new position, Dunlap will focus on developing new business relationships while managing and expanding existing Countybank commercial client relationships within the Greenwood portfolio. Read more

Countybank Receives Editor’s Choice Award for Community Commitment

March 28

CardRates.com has awarded Countybank its Editor’s Choice Award for Community Commitment. The bank’s plan for prioritizing its giving takes all its financial centers into account, draws on its associates’ personal experiences and passions, and always seeks to combine corporate and associate involvement. The result is a strategy for “giving with impact” that maximizes the positive effect Countybank has on the communities it serves. Read more

Countybank Named Best Bank in the Lakelands

March 17

Countybank has once again been voted Best Bank in the Lakelands for Index Journal’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards! Thank you for making Countybank your local, trusted community bank. Read more

Countybank Foundation Donates $10,000 to Greenwood YMCA

February 21

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $10,000 to the Greenwood YMCA. The Countybank Foundation has a longstanding relationship with the Greenwood YMCA when it comes to giving. This year’s donation will help fund equipment for the YMCA, including the new TRX Suspension Training system. Read more

Countybank Foundation Donates $10,000 to Anderson Interfaith Ministries

February 13

Countybank and Greenwood Capital, recently donated $10,000 to Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM). The donation will go toward a new sign and AIM events throughout the year geared toward raising money for struggling individuals and families in Anderson County. Ongoing events include a shoe drive, which Countybank and Greenwood Capital employees are actively involved in. Read more

Countybank Raises $3,635 for United Way of Greenville and Abbeville Counties

February 5

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $3,625 to United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties as part of their annual fundraising efforts. Annual donations are used to assist United Way’s partner organizations and projects that support the community, including Camp Soar, Stuff the Bus, and others. Read more

Vote Countybank for Best Bank in the Lakelands

February 4

Countybank has been nominated Best Bank in the Lakelands for Index Journal’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you. We hope you will consider voting for Countybank as Best Bank in the Lakelands. Voting is open through Friday, February 15. Vote here

Countybank Foundation Donates $20,000 to Greenwood Genetic Center

January 24

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $20,000 to the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation as part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000. “The Greenwood Genetic Center is doing incredible work right here in Greenwood,” said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank. “We are humbled to support their mission of serving families impacted by genetic disorders, which has a positive local and global impact.” Read more

Countybank Foundation Makes Contribution to Creative Advancement Centers

January 17

The Countybank Foundation, established in 1971 representing Countybank and Greenwood Capital, recently donated $5,000 to the Creative Advancement Centers. “Service to our community is a cornerstone of the Countybank Foundation,” said Kevin Duncan, Greer City Executive for Countybank. “We are honored to contribute and support this organization as it provides students with the tools they need to succeed through a community–school partnership.” Read more

Countybank Foundation Donates $20,000 to Greenwood Promise

January 8

Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $20,000 to The Greenwood Promise as part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000. “We are honored to support this important initiative and look forward to seeing students thrive as a result of The Greenwood Promise,” said R. Thornwell Dunlap, III, President and CEO of Countybank. Read more

Countybank Foundation Presents Donation to Ten at the Top

January 4

The Countybank Foundation, established in 1971 representing Countybank and Greenwood Capital, recently donated $500 to Ten at the Top. “As a local, community bank, part of our mission is to support our neighboring residents and businesses. We are excited to see the Upstate continue to flourish through organizations like Ten at the Top that promote growth and partnership,” said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Countybank. Read more

Countybank Welcomes New Anderson Market Executive

January 1

Countybank is pleased to welcome Michael Wooles as Anderson Market Executive in Anderson. Wooles comes to Countybank having served in a bank leadership capacity in Anderson for the past 17 years. His prior banking experience includes working community, regional, and national financial institutions. Read more

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2018

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Countybank Foundation Supports Lakelands FCA with $2,500 Donation

December 18, 2018

The Countybank Foundation, established in 1971 representing Countybank and Greenwood Capital, recently donated $2,500 to the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The donation will aid the Lakelands FCA in providing scholarships for middle and high school students to attend leadership camps and was given in honor of James R. Fowler, Jr., Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking and Strategic Initiatives of Countybank for his work with the local FCA.  Read more

Join Countybank for Holiday Ice in Anderson

November 13, 2018

Countybank is excited to serve as this year's title sponsor for  Holiday Ice . We look forward to seeing you at Carolina Wren Park this holiday season!

Countybank Awarded Preferred Lender Status

November 13, 2018

We are pleased to announce the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated Countybank a Preferred Lender (PLP). As an SBA Preferred Lender, Countybank offers customers a full range of SBA loan products as well as an expedited approval process. Specific benefits for customers include low cost down payments and extended repayment periods to ensure businesses spend less time in debt and more time in operation.  Learn more about our SBA loans.

New Countybank Branch Opens in Anderson

November 13, 2018

Countybank is pleased to announce its new branch opening in Anderson! We invite you to visit the team today at 2125 N Highway 81, Anderson, SC 29621.

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