Liberty bank celebrates its customers with special day

KSHN Radio's Bill Buchanan visits with Paul Henry, the retired CEO of First Liberty National Bank, during the bank's Third Annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 6. Henry stepped down in 2017 after a 45-year career in banking.

The Sam Houston Plaza next to First Liberty National Bank was packed with hundreds of people enjoying fellowship, food and fun at the bank’s Third Annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Free barbecue sandwiches, chips, drinks and pies were served up by current and retired bank employees. Southern Breeze Band, which includes Liberty County Judge Jay Knight on fiddle, entertained while bank customers dined at picnic tables.

“We estimate that we’ve had more than 400 people in attendance,” said FLNB President Kelly Stretcher. “It’s been well-attended. It’s a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends and neighbors. We can reminisce about good times and make new friends.”

First Liberty National Bank, founded in 1913, is the oldest bank in Liberty County.

“We serve the entire county. Every customer is important to us — from the ones with $100 to those with $5 million. We try to treat each customer the same,” Stretcher said.

The bank’s way of doing business appears to be successful as there are now four locations – Liberty, Dayton, Hardin and Huffman – and construction on a fifth branch in China, Texas, is expected to begin this November.

Stretcher credits the bank’s success to customers, employees and the FLNB board of directors.

“Today was just a way to say thank you,” he said.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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