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Employee Spotlight: Gary Whitehead, Loan Officer

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When it comes to finding the right lender, you want people you can count on and banking you can trust. Gary Whitehead is one of those people.

As a lender who makes local decisions, it’s important to us to have honest, friendly people reviewing our loan applications. We want someone who is well connected in the community, who can build relationships for indirect lending, and someone knowledgeable about the loan process. That’s where Gary Whitehead comes in.

Meet Gary Whitehead, Auto Lending Expert

Gary Whitehead was born and raised in the Alleghany Highlands and joined our lending team 4 years ago after working in the auto industry for 30 years. He knows the ins and outs of auto lending and purchasing and has brought his expertise to his position as Loan Officer.

“I help take care of all credit and loan applications, but car loans are my specialty,” says Gary. “I take care of all indirect lending for new and used car loans with 10 local dealers throughout Alleghany Highlands and Lewisburg, West Virginia.”

We build relationships with individuals as well as our auto dealer partners to make sure customers know they have the option for direct, local lending. He wants people to request to apply for the community bank’s loan rather than a big bank who will send their application off to a remote location for review by strangers. It’s a message that Gary has played a big role in spreading.

“We work directly with the dealers to review and approve loan applications, but the relationship doesn’t stop there,” says Gary. “We want you to come into your local branch to process your transaction or have the option to process them online.”

Why Highlands

In addition to local decision making, Gary is proud to tell customers that he and his team can offer competitive rates, friendly customer service, convenient service hours, and banking tools to fit everyone’s needs. He also loves that Highlands Community Bank provides a laid back work atmosphere while remaining professional. Every employee works hard to help hardworking individuals obtain their goals through their variety of banking products.

In his free time, Gary enjoys spending time with his family and golfing any chance he can get. He loves how tight knit his community is where you can see everyone at the Friday night football game.

At the end of the day, Gary feels he’s been successful when he can help a customer buy their first car or home and begin a long lasting relationship. It’s something he hopes to continue doing until he retires.

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