News from The Bank of Marion


Samantha Bailey Completes ICBA Course

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December 12, 2017 –Marion, VA   Samantha Bailey, Internal Auditor at The Bank of Marion, recently completed the Certified Community Bank Internal Auditing Program of the Community Banker University. The program is an education offering of The Independent Bankers of America (ICBA).

To earn the certification, Ms. Bailey successfully completed the requirements of a comprehensive bank auditing program and passed all certification examinations. The courses included auditing basics, internal auditing working papers, auditing liabilities, auditing assets and bank information systems. This program assists professional internal auditors in maintaining effective internal auditing functions within a community bank.

Ms. Bailey joined The Bank of Marion in May of this year and works in The Bank’s headquarters in Marion. She is an active in member of First Christian Church in Abingdon and is married to Chad Bailey, who coaches basketball at Marion Senior High School.

The Bank of Marion was established in 1874 and is the third oldest bank in Virginia. It has 17 branches located throughout Southwestern Virginia and the Tri-Cities.

The Bank of Abingdon Has a New Manager

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December 4, 2017 – Abingdon, VA   Kirk Sproles has been named Branch Manager at The Bank of Abingdon. The Bank is located at 201 Valley Street.

Mr. Sproles is a graduate of Abingdon High School and East Tennessee State University where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.  He is also a graduate of the Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia.

Mr. Sproles comes to The Bank of Abingdon with over 20 years of community banking experience. He has expertise in a wide variety of duties across the banking spectrum, with a deep focus on consumer lending, real estate lending and financial operations.

“We are pleased to welcome Kirk Sproles to our banking group,” said Ed Stringer, President and C.E.O. of The Bank of Marion, the parent bank of The Bank of Abingdon. “He is a smart and dedicated banker who has always exhibited a keen interest in his community and in the people he serves. We welcome him to our team.” 

When asked about his move to The Bank of Abingdon, Mr. Sproles said that he is excited to be joining The Bank of Marion family. “I appreciate the opportunity to work for such an outstanding organization,” he said. 
“I have always enjoyed helping people in life and also helping them with their financial needs.  This bank has a long history of doing exactly that in all the communities it serves, and I look forward to continuing those efforts here in the Abingdon area.”   

Mr. Sproles is a life-long resident of Abingdon. He and his wife Traci are avid sports fans who follow The University of Tennessee and Marshall University teams.

The Bank of Abingdon is a full-service branch of The Bank of Marion, which has 17 branches throughout Southwestern Virginia and the Tri-Cities. It was established in 1874 and is the third oldest bank in Virginia.