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Willie McDonald Celebrating 65 Years in Banking

CedarStone Bank executive has been helping Middle Tennessee customers since 1950

Middle Tennessee has experienced incredible economic growth over the past five years. Just imagine how much it’s grown over the past 65 years.

One man – and perhaps only one man -- can tell you. William “Willie” McDonald is celebrating his 65th consecutive year in the Middle Tennessee banking industry, the last 11 of those years as Business Development Officer for CedarStone Bank, the bank founded by his son, Bob.

“It’s an honor to continue to work alongside my father,” Bob McDonald said. “Willie is a banking legend in this state. And the relationships he has cultivated and nurtured over the past 65 years have helped CedarStone grow into a bank that our customers know and trust.”

The McDonald's At CedarStone Bank - three generations of Middle Tennessee bankers 

Pictured Above - Robert L. McDonald, Jr., Willie McDonald and Bob McDonald

Willie McDonald launched his banking career in Nashville in 1950 with Third National Bank, which later became SunTrust. He worked for Third National and SunTrust for 53 years, then had a brief stint at Regions Bank before coming to CedarStone when the bank opened its doors in 2004.

“I watched Third National grow in the 1950s so it’s been exciting with CedarStone to again be part of something at the very start and watch it grow,” McDonald said.

Last year McDonald was selected by the Tennessee Bankers Association for its Leadership in Banking Excellence Award. The award, which recognizes exceptional bankers throughout the state’s history, includes a permanent display in the TBA headquarters building. McDonald has twice been named the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Business Man of the Year and in 2010, he received a proclamation from the Tennessee House of Representatives as the Honorary “Mayor of Donelson.”

The accolades are nice but what keeps McDonald coming back to his office every morning is the opportunity to help people and foster relationships that are long lasting.

“I always open a conversation by asking ‘Who’s your banker?’” McDonald said. “And I would say 80 percent of the people I ask tell me they don’t have a personal contact at their bank.

“So developing relationships is the key. Oftentimes our customers need somebody to listen to them and give counsel or advice. We not only talk about finances but we talk about life. We can be a sounding board that they know and trust.”

McDonald’s grandson, Robert L. McDonald, Jr., serves as CedarStone’s Relationship Manager in its Donelson office, giving the family three generations of Middle Tennessee bankers.

“From my grandfather I learned the value of customer service and building long-lasting relationships,” Robert McDonald said. “It’s an honor to follow in his footsteps -- and my father’s footsteps -- and both of them inspire me to work harder every day.”

Willie McDonald has not only helped hundreds of businesses with their financial needs but also mentored dozens of bankers over the years, including CedarStone Executive Vice President Hank Stuart, whose first job in banking was under McDonald at Third National.

“I am grateful for all that he has taught me,” Stuart said. “He continues to outwork us all and like I have always said, ‘Willie works by walking around.’”

Indeed, customers can still find McDonald walking around, whether it’s in the bank lobby, in customers’ offices or at community gatherings around the area. And McDonald is thrilled to take part in CedarStone’s latest venture, a new, state-of-the-art branch location in Donelson.

“It’s still exciting to watch a new branch open its doors for its customers,” he said. “Banking has changed in a lot of ways in 65 years but, in some ways, it hasn’t. You have to keep up with technology or it’s going to go off and leave you. But that doesn’t mean you lose the personal relationship that so many of your customers are accustomed to.

“I’m proud to be a banker. And I’m proud to call Middle Tennessee my home.”

McDonald, who was born in Monterey, moved to Nashville in 1938. He and his wife, Helen, have been married 62 years and have two sons (Bob and Bill), five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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We Are Simply Moving August 10

New Donelson Branch - CedarStone Bank August 2015

CedarStone is opening its new Donelson branch! Our new location is:

2800 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
(at the intersection of Lebanon Pike and Donelson Pike)

Our last day at the current branch (2900 Donelson Pike) will be Friday, August 7. The branch will be closed on Saturday, August 8, and then we will be open for business at the new branch on Monday, August 10.

The new hours for the branch will be:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Donelson branch will have multiple drive-thru lanes featuring the new Smart ATM with these great capabilities:

  • Make Deposits Anytime
  • Save time – no filling out deposit slips
  • Environmentally friendly – avoids wasting paper
  • Cash deposits available immediately*
  • Get cash up to the amount available to you at the ATM

Here’s how to make a deposit:

  • Insert your ATM card and use your PIN
  • Verify the deposit on the screen
  • Finalize the transaction

This branch will also feature an enclosed night drop.

For more information on our new Donelson branch please call 615-874-1444.

*1 - Availability of funds governed by account agreement. 
2 - Check cashing services may not be available for some checks. 
3 - Maximum amount that you may receive for a check cashed at a CedarStoneSmart ATM is determined by various factors, including any cash limits imposed by the ATM or your card, and the amount and types of currency in the ATM at the time of transaction.

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Senior Completes Captstone Experience Program At CedarStone Bank

Justin Duncan completes Capstone Experience Program at CedarStone Bank Donelson Branch

Pictured above with Justin is Donelson Branch Manager Lisa Brown and Relationship Manager Robert McDonald.

Recently Justin Duncan, senior at McGavock High School completed over 40 hours with CedarStone Bank in the Capstone Experience program. Justin has been involved in the program at the Donelson Branch since October 2014. A Capstone experience is a project that allows students to learn about themselves by moving an idea or dream toward a topic of interest, specialization, community need, or career choice.

McGavoch Senior Justin Duncan completes Capstone Program Experience at CedarstoneBank DonelsonBranch

The entire Donelson Branch congratulated McGavock senior Justin Duncan recently on his completion of the Capstone Experience program at CedarStone Bank. Pictured from left to right is Willie McDonald, Naaman Stillwell, Marilyn Kaczmarski, Kati Barbeau, Justin Duncan, Lisa Brown, Layla Hejazi and Robert McDonald. 

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A Great Capstone Experience at CedarStone

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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. Read more about Justin and the capstone program at Metro Nashville Public Schools, click here.
 
 
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CedarStone Sponsors New Hermitage Exhibit

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The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, has an exciting new exhibit, "Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm" and CedarStone Bank is proud to be involved with its introduction. Opening January 8, the exhibit is part of the Bicentennial celebration of the Battle of New Orleans. This state-of-the-art, $1.1 million exhibit brings the rich story of Andrew Jackson’s meteoric rise, from his humble beginnings to his presidency, through bold visuals and a series of interactive displays. The exhibit focuses on the three pivotal stages of Jackson’s astonishing life: his modest origins as an orphan, his resiliency as a General and his visionary leadership as a President.

On Thursday, January 8, The Hermitage is offering free admission to the exhibit. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Andrew Jackson and his army at 11:00 am, the 101st Airborne Division Dixieland Band will perform, as well as other family-oriented activities to learn more about President Jackson and his military campaigns. Reserve free tickets here.

You may also attend a private reception at the exhibit, hosted by CedarStone Bank president Bob McDonald and his wife, Susan, on Thursday, January 15. For more information, please call Bob at (615) 547-5581.

Said McDonald of the exhibit, "Like Mount Vernon and Monticello, The Hermitage is a national treasure. Andrew Jackson's presidency came at a pivotal time for a young America. We are developing new ways to explore his life and presidency." Bob is a member of the board of the Andrew Jackson Foundation (formerly the Ladies' Hermitage Association), along with nationally known figures like National Public Radio journalist Mara Liasson and two Pulitzer Prize winners, historian Joe Meacham and Charles Overby, former CEO of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum.

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Christmas Parades Galore!

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What better way is there to bring together family, friends and community than a good, ole-fashioned Christmas parade? There are three coming right up and we hope to see you there:

Lebanon Christmas Parade: "A Country Christmas"
Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 pm

Mount Juliet Christmas Parade: "A Frozen Christmas"
Saturday, December 6 at 11:00 am

Donelson Christmas Parade: "30 Years of American Christmas Traditions"
Saturday, December 6 at 2:00 pm

Come on out, bring the family and friends, and come to see us at CedarStone Bank soon.

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Last Donelson Farmers Market of the Season Will be Scary Good

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Bring the kids and let them "tent-or-treat" at the Farmers Market this Friday, October 31. It's the last one of the season, and there's some great entertainment, too. Jake Hill will be appearing on the CedarStone Bank Stage; come check him out. Here's a preview...

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Little Big Town Joins the Grand Ole Opry

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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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The Barrel Jumpers Will Have the CedarStone Bank Stage Jumpin'!

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You're in for a treat this Friday at the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market as local favorites The Barrel Jumpers take the stage. They are a contemporary folk band with roots/bluegrass sensibilities, and their sound draws from their modern musical surroundings while staying true to their love of traditional roots music. Here's a sample:

All year long, CedarStone Bank has sponsored the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market by providing musicians from around the state a place to play, The CedarStone Bank Entertainment Stage. The stage has hosted many musicians this year so far, including Markey Blue, Mike Cullison, and Paris Delane. The Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market will be open until the end of October, so swing by to hear the music, see the vendors, and taste all that the Farmer’s Market has to offer.

The remaining 2014 entertainment schedule for the CedarStone stage:

10/24 Barrell Jumpers
10/31 Jake Hill

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CedarStone Bank Stage Still Rockin' at the Hip Donelson Farmers Market

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On Friday, September 26, the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market took the opportunity to present and recognize their sponsors. CedarStone Bank has sponsored the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market by providing musicians from around the state a place to play, The CedarStone Bank Entertainment Stage. The stage has hosted many musicians this year so far, including Markey Blue, Mike Cullison, and Paris Delane. The Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market will be open until the end of October, so swing by to hear the music, see the vendors, and taste all that the Farmer’s Market has to offer.

There's a lot more farmer's market fun left this season. The remaining 2014 entertainment schedule for the CedarStone stage:

10/3 Cara Being Blue
10/10 Hiptet
10/17 Mackin Rivers
10/24 Barrell Jumpers
10/31 Jake Hill

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