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CedarStone Bank president and CEO Bob McDonald, Paul Bauman Award of Excellence winner, flanked by CedarStone's John Sloan and former chamber chairman Carolyn Christoffersen.

On January 22, CedarStone Bank's John Sloan, now the active Chairman of the Mt Juliet Chamber of Commerce, and Carolyn Christoffersen, the former Chairman of the Chamber, announced the Chamber Choice Award winners at Covey Rise. Among them was CedarStone president and CEO Bob McDonald, who was honored with the Paul Bauman Award of Excellence. The award is given annually to a business person who, through his or her community and civic efforts, has made our community a better place to live and work. The award is named after Paul Bauman, an influential businessman who was instrumental the early success of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Bauman
Even though Paul passed way in 1996, he will always be remembered as one of Mt Juliet’s most respected and influential businessmen. Paul was a 1959 graduate of The Citadel (where he rose to Lt. Colonel), was President of John Deal Companies, a member of the Board of Trust at Cumberland University, a founding member of the Mt Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club, and was active with Camp Easter Seals and the United Way. He lived his life with a belief in giving back. His favorite quote was “to whom much is given, much is required.” In 1988, John Deal Companies was awarded the United Way Advocate Award, given to a company which best represents the United Way spirit of giving. Paul demanded little attention for his good deeds, preferring to serve quietly, out of the spotlight. He was a well-respected pillar of the community and is still remembered today for his noble character, strong ethics, dedication, and his passion for quietly serving others.

Given annually to a deserving individual, the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce Paul Bauman Award of Excellence is the highest honor the Chamber can bestow upon on a business leader in our community. As this year’s recipient, CedarStone Bank founder and president, Bob McDonald continues to exemplify those important and time-tested business principles for which this award is named. As a respected member of our business community, Bob also quietly serves his community by sharing his time, talents, and treasures. Bob also encourages everyone on the CedarStone Bank team to do likewise.

Congratulations to Bob; you have the community's gratitude for you have done and continue to do each day to make our community such a special to live, work, shop, play, and pray.

Mt. Juliet Chamber Choice Awards
Gaye Lynn Wilson, Volunteer of the Year
Kandi McElhannon, Ambassador of the Year
Tina Hutenpiller, Chairman's Award
Dorie Mitchell, Leadership Wilson
Billie & Dwight Belew, Lifetime Achievement
Bob McDonald, Paul Bauman Award of Excellence
Ray Daniel, Chick Fil-A, Business of the Year
James Christensen, MJPD, Community Enhancement of the Year
Marquita Hall & Carmelita Stafford, Sister's Whimzy, Business Women of the Year
The following is chamber chairman John Sloan's address to the banquet attendees.
Ten years ago tonight, I stood before this group and passed the ceremonial gavel to Judy White. It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years, but it most certainly has. Time really does fly. As the noted philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
So let’s take Ferris at his word and take a look at what’s happened in the last ten years...

Ten years ago:
  • Providence did not exist
  • My hair was brown
  • The “worst economy since the Great Depression” was still two years away
  • My son David was not quite one year old
  • We had no Starbucks in Mt. Juliet
  • I was about 30 days away from going to work at CedarStone Bank
  • The new high school had not yet opened
  • The font size on my speech was a lot smaller
  • The Music City Star was not yet operational
  • The Titans had a good football team
  • The City of Mt. Juliet consisted of roughly 15,000 residents
  • Many of you were not here
So let’s see just how Mt. Juliet has changed. How many of you were not here then? If you have lived and/or worked in Mt. Juliet less than 10 years, please stand up. THIS is how Mt. Juliet has changed in the last ten years. We’ve been blessed by these new folks and their ideas, their contributions. 

You may sit back down.

mt-juliet-chamber-awards-cedarstone-bank-1Each one of those folks was attracted to Mt. Juliet because of the work done by those of you who didn’t stand up…those who laid the groundwork for the explosive growth we are now experiencing. The explosive growth that occurred, by the way, during the worst economy since the Great Depression. And it’s the contributions of everyone in this room that make Mt. Juliet what it is…a friendly, compassionate, progressive city of over 25,000 people.  

You’ve all helped make Mt. Juliet a city that compares favorably with any “edge city” in the country. You’ve helped make Mt. Juliet one of the fastest growing cities in the country. You’ve helped make it a city with one of the best school systems in the state of Tennessee. You’ve helped make it an “IT” city, a playful City, and a business-friendly city. In short, you’ve helped make it a great place to live, work, shop, worship, and play.
We truly have a great thing going here. But it won’t keep going by itself. Progress is a process, and that process requires vision, planning, execution, and follow-up. So, let’s make 2015 a year of continuing – and expanding – the process of progress. Let’s plan for the next 10 years – and beyond.

Let’s have housing that meets the needs of all those who want and need to live here.

Let’s have consistently applied zoning and land-use plans that serve our city well, but do not serve as a barrier to those seeking to build a business or home in Mt. Juliet.

Let’s put the infrastructure in place – before it is needed – to attract quality growth in the office, industrial, retail, and residential sectors.

Let’s continue the work of the small business owners and civic leaders who have made Mt. Juliet what it is today…people like Hale Moss, Tina Hutsenpiller, Phil Smartt, Bill Robinson, Ed Rice, Paul Baumann. 

And let’s not forget that, like those folks I just mentioned, we are all called to serve, so get out there find a way to make a difference. Find a way to make this great city just a little bit better than it was before.

How will your Chamber help make Mt. Juliet better?
  • By advocating for the businesses – large and small – who call Mt. Juliet home.
  • By connecting Chamber members and citizens with the resources they need to be successful.
  • By promoting Chamber members in the community.
  • And by supporting Chamber members with the information they need to start, grow, and operate their businesses.
These are the things your Chamber does every day. These are the items on Mark’s and Anita’s “to-do” list every day. They define the purpose of the Chamber, the reason it exists. But they can’t do it by themselves. They need our help. So, are you ready to contribute your time, talent, and treasure to help make Mt. Juliet better? 

I know you are. How do I know this? 

Because you’re here tonight. Because you’ve given of your time and resources to help those who need it. Because you’ve made Mt. Juliet what it is today. Let’s all continue that work – the process of progress – to make Mt. Juliet even better. Let’s make the next ten years even better than the last ten years. 

Let’s make it the best ten years ever.
Thank you.

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Kati Barbeau, Robert McDonald, Justin Duncan, Lisa Brown, Naaman Stillwell, and Marilyn Kaczmarski
Justin Duncan, a senior at McGavock High School, is currently working on his "capstone" experience with the Donelson Branch of CedarStone Bank. Recently, he worked with CedarStone's Willie McDonald at a financial security facility, learning about procedures and laws relating to bank security. That session was followed up by working with the Donelson Branch staff to put his new knowledge to use.
In all, Justin will put in 40 hours of work with CedarStone on his capstone experience and write a paper, as part of his graduation requirements. To read more about Justin and the capstone program at Metro Nashville Public Schools, click here.

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Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town with his CedarStone banker, Hank Stuart, with Phillip’s award for the
band’s induction into the Grand Ole Opry.

On October 17, one of country music's most popular bands, Little Big Town, was inducted into Grand Ole Opry family. This Thursday, October 30, the group, which includes Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook, will be appearing on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote their new album, Pain Killer; check their tour schedule here.

Here's a taste...

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For the ninth year, CedarStone Bank has partnered with the four Rotary Clubs in Wilson County to participate in The Dictionary Project. This year, the project delivered over 1,800 dictionaries, one to every third-grader in the county in both public and private schools. John Sloan, CedarStone Bank’s Mt. Juliet Business Developer and head of public relations for the Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary Club, helped coordinate the distribution of the dictionaries to the third-graders. In total, the Rotary Clubs have given over 15,000 dictionaries this year.

For more information about The Dictionary Project, click here.

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Get ready to move when Markey Blue cranks it up on the CedarStone Bank stage at the Hip Donelson Community Farmers Market on Friday night. Bandleaders Markey and Ric Latina are seasoned veterans as musicians and songwriters. 

“Feeling the energy and the spontaneity of our band in concert, and exercising the freedom we have to be creative on the spot, really electrifies us and the audience,” Markey says. "For us,” she continues, “Markey Blue is about putting the music we have in our hearts into the world. It’s also a constant way for Ric and myself to evolve as performers, writers and producers. The more our band play together, the more creative things become.”

Here's a little taste:

The line-up for the rest of this year's Farmers Market entertainment is:

9/12 Markey Blue
9/19 Chris Patterson
9/26 Cumberland Blue
10/3 Cara Being Blue
10/10 Hiptet
10/17 Mackin Rivers
10/24 Barrell Jumpers
10/31 Jake Hill

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On September 9, the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 90th anniversary with an open house at their office on the Lebanon Public Square. Sue Vanatta, President/CEO of the Chamber, and CedarStone Vice President John Bryan, Chairman of the Board for the Chamber, did the honors with the cake.




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Ground has broken on the new Donelson Branch, and Willie McDonald is ready! Contractor Donnie Steed gave Willie his very own hardhat so he will fit right in on the construction site.

The new Donelson Branch will not only be great-looking but will offer customers many advantages. We've set up a special page on our website with the details and we'll update it as progress continues. We're very proud to invest in the Donelson community with the new branch.

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Supporting local business through active involvement with chambers of commerce is something we believe in at CedarStone. And it can be fun, too.
CedarStone is a hole sponsor for two upcoming golf tournaments: the Donelson-Hermitage tournament on September 17 and the Mt. Juliet tournament on September 19. For more information:

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Several of our customers have received phone calls from what appear to be scammers. Please take caution and be aware that CedarStone Bank does not call people to request financial information over the phone.

How to Detect a Phone Scam
Only speak with official representatives of your bank or credit card company in phone calls you initiate. Do not respond to requests for financial information over the phone, by email, or by calling a number sent to you in an email. Do not click on links in emails to financial websites you do not recognize. If any of these situations arise, there is a good chance it is a scam. Read more here.

If you receive a call from someone saying they are from CedarStone Bank, do not give out any financial information; call one of our offices immediately. If you find fraudulent or unauthorized charges on your credit card bill, report them immediately. If you receive a scam call from someone who requests financial information in a way that appears to be a scam, contact the authorities. 

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The Wilson County Fair is in full swing, and it offers something for every age and interest. On Monday, Bob and Susan McDonald had a great time helping serve at the Senior Citizens Picnic in the Fiddlers Grove area of the Fair.

The Fair runs through Sunday, August 23. For more information about the Fair, please visit their website. Be sure to stop by the Green Gate to visit with friends from your CedarStone Bank family. We have an ATM available for your cash needs.

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Banking Just Got Simpler with CedarStone Bank’s New Responsive Website

Over the last few months, CedarStone Bank has been working on a new responsive designed website. A responsive website is a website that is mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop friendly and provides an optimum user experience based on the device with which the website is being used.

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We are happy to announce that CedarStone Bank was a finalist (2nd place) in the Lebanon Democrats Best of Wilson County 2013. Thanks to all of our customers and friends who voted for us.


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CedarStone Bank participates in Art Crawl

The Spring Art Crawl in Donelson is set for Saturday, April 27 and will be held at several businesses along Lebanon Road. CedarStone Bank is serving as headline sponsor for the event. Organizers of the event met recently to finalize plans as the sponsorship check was presented. CedarStone Bank Donelson Branch Manager Melynda Bounds (at left) presents the $1500 headline sponsor check to local artist Ken Smith and Jessica McCullars, Donelson Art Crawl organizer. Also pictured is Willie McDonald, CedarStone Bank, Jan King, owner of the Green Room Coffee Shop and Lindsay Connery, Donelson Artisan Society.

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CedarStone Bank presents check to McGavock High School
CedarStone Bank continued its long tradition of supporting McGavock High School presenting the school with a $2,000 check for the 2012-13 school year. CedarStone Bank is the official bank for McGavock High School and enjoys a relationship dating back some 40 years with Donelson banking legend Willie McDonald. Pictured left to right for the check presentation: Melynda Bounds, CSB Donelson Office Manager, Robbin Wall, McGavock High Executive Principal and Willie McDonald, CSB Business Development Officer.

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CedarStone Bank honors Student of the Month Daniel Hernandez
Student - Daniel Hernandez
Teacher - Lisa Bonelli
CSB rep: Melynda Bounds

CedarStone Bank recently presented "Student of the Month" honors to McGavock High School students. Melynda Bounds, Donelson Office Manager presented Daniel Hernandez with the award as McGavock High teacher Lisa Bonellil assisted in the presentation. CedarStone Bank is the "official bank" of McGavock High School.

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