News from The Bank of Marion


Chris Snodgrass

Chris Snodgrass Joins the Bank of Marion Board

August 15, 2019 – Marion, VA Chris Snodgrass, C.P.A, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Bank of Marion, has been elected to the bank’s board of directors. The announcement was made today by Board Chairman, Perry D. “Pete” Mowbray.

Mr. Snodgrass earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech in 1992. He was an Associate National Bank Examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency from 1992 to 1997. He served as Chief Financial Officer at the Bank of Floyd from 1997 until 1999 when he joined The Bank of Marion. He completed the University of South Carolina’s Graduate School of Bank Investments and Financial Management in 2004.

Mr. Snodgrass is a member of the Smyth County Community Foundation’s board of directors and has served as a board member and board chairman of The Mountain Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has been a member of the Marion Rotary Club since 1999 and has served as President and Treasurer of that organization.

“We welcome Chris to The Bank of Marion’s Board of Directors,” said Dr. Mowbray. ”He has been a tireless supporter of legislation to benefit customers of community banks in our region and across America. His work with the Virginia Association of Community Banks and the Independent Community Bankers of America is well recognized in the banking community. He will be a great asset to our board.”

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

Ed Stringer

Wytheville Community College Honors Ed Stringer

Wytheville Community College recently awarded the WCC Distinguished Service Award to Ed Stringer, CEO of The Bank of Marion. The presentation was made at the college’s Honors Convocation ceremony in the Snyder Auditorium at WCC’s Wytheville campus.

Stringer has served on the board of directors of the Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation since 1992. He has led as both president and vice-president during his service. Stringer has also served as chair of the foundation’s investment committee for many years.

“His leadership of the investment committee has been exemplary,” said Crystal Cregger, WCC’s vice president of finance and administration services, and foundation treasurer. “He has consistently led efforts to ensure diligence of the foundation’s investment policy and growing the investment portfolio.”

Stringer joined The Bank of Marion in 1980 and has served as President and CEO since 1996.

At the same convocation, Rural Retreat resident Susan Evans received the 2019 WCC Distinguished Teaching Award. Evans had previously received the 2007 Virginia Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year award. After joining the college, she received the 2012 WCC Improvement of Instruction Award and the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award.

Evans played a key role in the redesign of the developmental math program at WCC and other programs that resulted in improved student success rates at the college.

Additional information is available at:

https://www.wcc.vccs.edu/news/stringer-and-evans-receive-wcc-distinguished-service-and-teaching-awards