State Bank of Countryside (SBC) was founded by a group of local businessmen who saw a need for a community-focused, local bank. They implemented their idea of high-quality, personalized service in a warm, inviting atmosphere by opening State Bank of Countryside in 1975. The first office was made up of a few desks in a small, cozy storefront location—our focused growth and vision over the past three decades have moved us a long way from that humble beginning.
Over the years, our expansion has been driven by our customer's needs, not by what a market survey dictates. We now have offices in Burbank, Darien, Chicago (right in the heart of Wrigleyville) and Homer Glen.
The Main Headquarters remains in Countryside, IL, but moved into larger quarters in 1989 when a 16,000 square foot colonial building was constructed immediately next door to the original location. In 2005, we completed a 25,000 square foot addition to our Main Headquarters. Today this headquarters remains the backbone and hub of all we do.
We attribute our continued growth and success to the hard work and dedication of our employees and the strong relationships we have built with our customers. Many in our management team have been with the bank for decades and have been instrumental in maintaining our focus and commitment to serving the customer. Our employees are dedicated, knowledgeable professionals that bring neighborly warmth to the banking business.
The Bank's motto, "The Family Owned Bank for Families and Their Businesses," was created to convey the relationship the Bank has with our customers. We view our customers not as numbers but as individuals and business owners. As a family business, we understand the financial needs and concerns faced in our customer's personal and business lives.
Continuing to embrace this motto is the second generation of our founder, Jack Wheeler. John and Bill Wheeler are Co-Presidents of the Bank with Bill also having the title of Chief Credit Officer and John the title of Chief Executive Officer.
The past has been both rewarding and challenging for all of us at the bank. Today's unpredictable economy and rapid technological advances should ensure more challenges and excitement in the future. State Bank of Countryside looks forward to the opportunities of continuing to build our existing relationships and form new ones.