Jerry Martin, Community Bank of RaymoreJerry Martin

Advisory Director
Community Bank of Raymore

Before starting his banking career, Jerry Martin served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. After his honorable discharge, Jerry managed a small loan company in Jacksonville, Florida, from 1965 to 1969. In 1969, Jerry joined Barnett Bank of Jacksonville as credit manager of the bank’s credit card department, BankAmericard (now Visa). He left the bank in 1974 and returned to his hometown of West Plains, where he joined the staff of First National of West Plains. In 1983, Jerry was named senior vice president/senior lending officer at Charter Bank of Belton. He joined the Community Bank of Raymore in 1987 as vice president/loans and semi-retired in 2003 as senior vice president/senior lending officer. Jerry remains active with the bank, serving as an advisory director on the board of directors and post-closing loan review officer.

Jerry attended Jacksonville University and Jones College in Florida. He is a graduate of Mid-South School of Banking at Memphis University, the National Compliance School and National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma. Jerry and wife, Terri, have been married for 55 years and raised three children. They have five wonderful granddaughters.

Jerry attributes his longevity in the field of banking to …

when you enjoy and like the business you’re in, you stick with it!

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

the people — customers, staff, officers and directors. He was a loan officer for most of his career and was pretty darn good at it! It was fun to be a lender and see a client’s dream come true.

Jerry’s philosophy about banking in general is …

we are an industry that is changing every day, and technology is taking over. We don’t want to forget the folks who walk through our doors and drive-thrus. We must remember to say hello and welcome customers to our banks.

Jerry’s funniest story about a bank customer is …

a customer passed away, and Jerry went to the funeral to pay his respects. As he approached the casket, Jerry realized it was not his customer. He proceeded to pay his respects to the family. When Jerry arrived at the correct funeral home, he relayed the situation to the family, who enjoyed a good laugh at a very sobering time.

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

keep educating yourself about banking, surround yourself with people who know the industry and draw from their knowledge. Be a people person to everyone.