The First National Bank of Blanchester recently honored Michael M. Cottle for his 30 years of service in a ceremony held in the bank’s adjacent Penquite Park.
Family, friends and FNB staff and members of the board of directors honored Cottle at a dedication ceremony in October. Penquite Park/Penquite Gardens was designed and constructed under the direction of Cottle many years ago and dedicated to former bank President Fred Penquite.
In 2006, the bank honored the 30 years of service of Russell E. Brown with the dedication of the Russell E. Brown Fountain located at the center of the park.
For Cottle’s 30-year dedication ceremony, a fire pit was designed by R. Douglas Naylor, current President and CEO, with construction provided by D.I.B.s, LLC and owner Tom Dazey, who specializes in decorative stonework and construction.
The ceremony began with an introduction by Naylor. Remarks regarding Cottle’s career, service and dedication to the bank were provided by F. Wayne West, Director, and David E. Brown, Director. The unveiling of the newest park feature was delivered by Naylor.
Michael Cottle began his banking career in northern Ohio, but came to The First National Bank of Blanchester in 1985 as the CEO. In 1989, he began his tenure on the board of directors.
In 1997, he became President, the first President to hold office and run the day-to-day operations of the bank. In 2008, he retired from his role as President, but still remains an integral part of the First National Bank of Blanchester by holding the position of Chairman of the Board.
The First National Bank of Blanchester thanks these companies and individuals that made this event a success: Tom Dazey of D.I.B.s, LLC, Lisa and Dan Beach of Beach Photography, Jeremy Lansing of Leftside Entertainment, Laura Miller, Lana Hazelwood and Erin Whitaker.