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Progressive Ozark Bank opening in Licking

Photo by Pinnacle Sign Group
This rendition is of how the bank should look with the new signage.

By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

Progressive Ozark Bank will move into the bank building on Highway 32 in Licking that was vacated in February by Landmark Bank. Decisions will be made regarding management of the Licking branch sometime in May, according to Cynthia Ramsey, Vice-President/Market Manager at the Houston branch of Progressive Ozark Bank.
“We’re excited to bring employment back to Licking that was previously lost,” says Ramsey. She added that, after management decisions are made, “we will move toward the process of staffing the branch and will post job openings on our website.”
Many in the area expressed concern when Landmark Bank closed their Licking branch. Having banking options is important for local residents, and traveling to Houston, Salem or Rolla to have those alternatives is time-consuming and costly. Furthermore, with the current social restrictions in place, many people are avoiding out of town travel due to health concerns.
Regarding the move into Licking, Ramsey says the decision was simple. “The community needed banking options and Progressive Ozark Bank is the best fit. We’re a true community bank with local ownership and leadership. Our shareholders live here. Loan decisions are made here, not in some big city or someplace out of state. When our board makes a decision about a product or service, they know the people it impacts because they’ll see them at the store. Licking deserves a bank that understands rural families, what they need and how they prefer to do business. Progressive Ozark Bank does that and has the modern tools of banks twice our size.”
A Licking branch will also benefit existing Progressive Ozark Bank customers, whether they live in Licking or are just passing through.
Ramsey points out, “Opening this branch will mean an additional ATM that all POB customers can access without fees.”
Progressive Ozark Bank has plans for some interior remodeling and some additional exterior signage for the building. “When people walk into the building, we want them to know they’re with Progressive Ozark Bank,” says Ramsey.

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