THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Welcome to Buena Vista National Bank’s website and thank you for visiting! For over a century, Buena Vista National Bank has provided customers with a personal touch and exceptional customer service. We offer a full array of financial services, from our Kid’s Club to corporate client products. We are a committed independent community bank with hometown values. Our mission includes partnering with our communities to promote economic growth and development. Our staff provides financial education to our local schools, participates in community functions and is actively engaged in community leadership. I hope you find our website helpful and informative. Please contact me with any comments or suggestions you may have. Thank you to our customers for your support and if you are not a customer yet, please give us the opportunity! We are community banking at its best!
Mary E. Sulser
President & CEO
COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY:
DATING BACK TO THE 1800s
Buena Vista National Bank has been serving the community for many, many years. Our history reveals the value we place on the citizens of our community and we are dedicated in establishing strong and lasting relationships with those who instill their trust in us. We will be here far into the future offering the latest products and services available in today’s financial market with a knowledgeable and confident staff to meet the needs of our customers.
Inspired by the desire of two brothers to fulfill the financial needs within their community, Buena Vista National Bank continues that very same legacy today. Our directors, officers and employees are proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of the past, to serve in the present and to help build the future of our communities.
Buena Vista National Bank has a rich and colorful history dating back to the late eighteen hundreds. The bank’s history began in a single room dwelling referred to as “Grandma’s Room” in 1882 for the sake of convenience and the privacy of its customers. Doris Gilster, commonly known as Grandma, had 2 sons who stumbled onto the banking business merely by accident. The Gilster brothers operated a general merchandising business. The banking business they conducted was just an accommodation to local businesses and individuals since there were no local banks in operation within the community at that time.
The operations of Grandma’s Room continued until L.H. Gilster and Henry Gilster dissolved their partnership in 1891. The bank of L.H. Gilster and Company then came into existence as a private banking entity.
The bank was then reorganized as The State Bank of L.H. Gilster to establish a stronger relationship within the community.
In 1916 the bank transformed again, but this time became a co-partnership between 16 individuals and was given the name that it bears to this day… Buena Vista, meaning “beautiful view.”
Buena Vista became recognized as a state bank in 1920.
Received its national charter in 1944.