Established on 15th February, 1971, the institution held a press conference on that date, 2011, to commemorate its 40th birthday and indicated then, that it is planning a number of activities as part of the grand-celebration.
MiyVue.com spoke with the institution’s Marketing Manager, Sheridan Hendrickson, and she explained that over the years, the bank has played an active role in the community and decided that for its anniversary, to continue along the same vein and organise activities which are designed with its stakeholders in mind.
“Mr. Donald Thompson – who is the Senior Assistant Manager – unveiled a calendar of activities which are designed to give back to all of National Bank’s stakeholders; and the stakeholders comprise of our customers, our staff and the shareholders and the public and the community at large.
“Several committees have been set up within the bank and they comprise of bank staff to organise and execute these events. Some of the activities are: tree-planting exercises, a customer appreciation day, a shareholders seminar, a school’s career week, and a host of different events during which we are going to be giving back to the community and continue to be more involved in the community which we serve. The customers are a very important stakeholder in the establishment and the continuation of the bank and the bank’s success, we know it is attributable not only to the management and staff but also to our customers and shareholders, those persons who put their trust in us and we are forever grateful…”
She explained that the activities are designed to “reinforce our commitment to the public which we have been serving for the last 40 years and we aim to continue serving…”
The celebrations are being held under the theme “Vision Resilience, Stability – Hallmarks of Our Journey” and began with the staff and prominent members of the community – including Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas – worshipping with the members of the Wesley Methodist Church.
Giving further insight into the activities which are being planned for the celebration, the release of a National Bank stamp and a mentorship programme will be launched.
“…Look out in upcoming months for a National Bank stamp which will be made available to the general public, beach clean-up, mentoring programme…a variety of different things.”
When the St. Kitts Nevis National Bank opened its doors for business, it did so with just $50,000 and a staff of only 12. Today however, the institution has grown into one which employs 170 plus individuals and boasts assets of $2.3 billion. According to Hendrickson the institution was the innovator of banking technology in the federation.
“We were the first to pioneer recordable achievements such as the introduction of ATMs to St. Kitts and Nevis, we brought debit cards, online banking, mobile banking and even the automation of banking because in 1971, everybody was banking manual procedures….We brought computerisation to St. Kitts and Nevis. So National Bank has brought very many contributions to the Federation and we strive to continue doing so over the next 40 years to come.”
Hendrickson encouraged persons listen to the bank’s bi-weekly radio programme on WINNFM, “Money Matters” which airs on Friday mornings and also the institution’s Facebook page for updates on celebration activities.