Bill Monday, O’Bannon Banking Company, BuffaloBill Monday

CEO, President and Chairman of the Board
O’Bannon Banking Company, Buffalo

A spark for banking began at age 10 for Bill Monday, and he decided to pursue his dream. In August 1968, he began his quest at Union National Bank in Springfield processing insufficient funds checks. In that same year, Bill and his fiancée, Terri, were married. They moved to Richland in 1974, where Bill joined Boatmen’s Pulaski County Bank. He would eventually become president and CEO of the bank. In 1991, Bill joined O’Bannon Bank as chairman, president and CEO and president of Buffalo Bancshares Inc., serving on both boards.

Bill and Terri have three sons and five grandchildren. Terri is retired from teaching in the Dallas County R-1 School District. Bill is known throughout the community for his dedication to serve others and volunteering.

Bill attributes his longevity in the field of banking to …

the ability to learn, adapt and adjust throughout the years to the various changes — regulatory, technological, market fluctuations and consumer trends — in banking.

Bill’s favorite part of working in the banking industry for 50 years has been …

being able to help customers achieve their goals and dreams, like purchasing a home or starting a business, and being a part of economic growth in the community.

If Bill could change one thing about banking it would be …

to reduce or streamline banking regulations.

Bill’s philosophy about banking in general is …

we all offer similar products. However, it’s about cultivating relationships. If we don’t take care of the customer, someone else will.

Bill’s most heartwarming story about a bank customer is ...

when Bill was diagnosed with prostate cancer and then bladder cancer several years ago, the customers he had helped throughout the years with their financial needs were now helping Bill by driving him to his weekly cancer treatments and mowing his yard.

Bill’s advice to a young professional just entering the banking industry is …

be patient, listen and learn from your mentor.