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A Message from Robert McDonald about Community Banking

Community banking is about knowing your banker and feeling welcome to drop in anytime. Our engaged staff is connected to the community and here for our customers. #SimplyBetterBanking 🌲

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McGavock High School Recent Students of the Month

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Since 2006, CedarStone Bank and McGavock High School have teamed up to recognize students who meet and exceed their school responsibilities, and who distinguish themselves as good citizens and students in our community.

Recently CedarStone Bank presented Student of the Month honors to Hannah Richardson (pictured in left photo) and James Phillips (pictured in right photo).  

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McGavock High School Student of the Month: August 2018

CSB SOTM Oct 18 Online

Since 2006, CedarStone Bank and McGavock High School have teamed up to recognize students who meet and exceed their school responsibilities, and who distinguish themselves as good citizens and students in our community.

 Recently CedarStone Bank presented “Student of the Month for August 2018” honors to Fontesheia Lewis. The staff of the Donelson Office participated in the presentation.

 Seated left to right, first row is: Norene Hubbeling, Ashlynn Sheppard, Honoree Fontesheia Lewis, Willie McDonald and back row is, Robert McDonald and Mariciel Torrella.

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Simply Saluting: Two Rivers Mansion

Simply Saluting Two Rivers Mansion with CedarStone Bank

Pictured Above Left to Right: CedarStone Assistant Vice President Robert McDonald, CedarStone’s Relationship Manager Willie McDonald, Two Rivers Mansion Founder/President Emeritus Phil Claiborne, Two Rivers Mansion President Phil Howard,and CedarStone Branch Manager Troy Putman.

Each month CedarStone Bank “simply salutes” an influential leader in Middle Tennessee. This month the bank is proud to recognize Two Rivers Mansion.

Two Rivers Mansion is one of the last of the elaborate antebellum country homes built in the Nashville area and one of the earliest and best preserved of the ornate Italianate houses in Middle Tennessee. Two Rivers was once part of an 1,100-acre plantation located on fertile, rolling land between the Stones and Cumberland Rivers. The junction of the two rivers suggested the name given to the property by its first owner, William Harding, whose family built the Belle Meade Plantation in west Nashville.

After acquiring the 447-acre property in 1966, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County set aside the 14-acre historic site, developing two schools, a golf course, park greenway, water park (Wave Country), skate park, frisbee golf course and picnic area for families to enjoy. Restored to the stately architectural splendor of the mansion’s early days, Two Rivers reflects the taste, textures and colors of the post-war era and today remains a centerpiece for all kinds of social gatherings – weddings, parties, anniversaries, birthdays and special events for future generations to enjoy.

CedarStone Bank salutes Two Rivers Mansion and its dedicated staff in their effort to make Middle Tennessee an even better place to live and work!

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McGavock High School's Lucia Del Zotto Student of the Month

McGavock Student of the Month with CedarStone Bank

Pictured above: Robert L. McDonald, Lisa Brown, Mallory Baker, Lucia Del Zotto (SOM), Kristina Wilkerson, Marilyn Kaczmarski and Willie McDonald.

McGavock High School's Lucia Del Zotto has been recognized as student of the month for January 2016. Lucia was selected by her teachers and peers for exemplifying the characteristics of a good student and the drive to learn. Lucia attended the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce luncheon with CedarStone Bank President - CEO Bob McDonald, AVP Robert L. McDonald, and Willie McDonald.

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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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Congratulations Kali Meyer Holder, Wilson County Teacher of the Year!

Congrats Kali Meyer Holder Wilson County Teacher of the Year

Congrats to Kali Meyer Holder, 7th grade math teacher at Walter J. Baird Middle School for being selected as the 2014-15 Wilson County Teacher of the Year. CedarStone Bank employees gathered to congratulate her soon after the award presentation Friday night at Cumberland University.

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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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