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CS Bank named 2023 Best Community Bank to Work for

The Independent Banker magazine, the award-winning national monthly publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), today named CS Bank as a 2023 Best Community Banks to Work For in America recipient. The $540 million-asset bank received accolades for its welcoming and uplifting approach, which fuels camaraderie and enhanced productivity.
CS Bank, Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Cross stated, “On behalf of our entire CS Bank family, I am thrilled to receive this amazing recognition from the Independent Community Bankers of America. Being a great place to work is the difference between a good company and a great company, as customers will never love their bank until the employees love it first. Throughout our institution, we are certainly blessed to be represented by tremendous ambassadors of our brand. A positive company culture is something we simply refuse to compromise and I am most pleased that our capable bank team is being recognized for their commitment to those values.”

CS Bank is highlighted in Independent Banker’s December issue representing community banks between $501 million to $750 million in assets. Each nominated community bank’s full-time employees were asked to complete a workplace survey hosted by Avannis, an independent research agency. Key criteria considered in selecting this year’s honorees included: work environment, compensation, leadership, corporate culture, and opportunity for recognition and advancement.


“Whether it's fostering professional development, encouraging acts of service, or providing flexibility and support, this year's standouts showcase the community banking difference and why this profession continues to attract compassionate and dedicated professionals motivated to helping their communities prosper,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “We’re proud to recognize CS Bank for powering its employees to fulfill their potential and wish them continued success."


Key criteria considered in being selected for this honor are:

  • A diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters leadership, encourages teamwork, and creates a forum for shared ideas for improved bank performance.
  • Opportunities for employee advancement and development of key skills to effectively advocate for customers and help them achieve their financial goals.
  • Performance standards and recognition, including competitive and equitable salaries with results-oriented goals and objectives. 

What our employees have to say:

"CS Bank is the best place to come to work each day because no matter what else is going on, you know you are surrounded by people who support you and who will lift you up. It’s practically impossible to have a bad day!" - Bre Buntjer, Deposit Services Representative, Harrison Office
“While being a part of CS Bank for the past six years, I’ve met great people and made great connections that have helped advance my career and helped me better serve my community. This is the major reason I am blessed to work here.” - Alex Batres, IT Support Specialist, Berryville Office
"It's more than just a place to come to work... its a home when we're away from home." - Mickey Belle Shields-Manley, Director of Marketing
"CS Bank is the best place to work because of the positive environment that we have.  Good work never goes unnoticed and is quick to be recognized.  Our co-workers are like family and truly care about each other and that starts at the top and runs all the way through the bank." - Tammy Bullock, Vice President / Loan Officer, Financial Center
"Everyone is truly rooting for you in all that you do. We love to see each other succeed in our endeavors." - Brooke Harris, Deposit Services Specialist, Cassville Office
"One word- FAMILY." - Mary Galindo, Assistant Vice President, Historic Downtown Office
"We're always treated like family, not a number." - Autumn Hudgins, Vice President / Loan Officer, Huntsville Office
"Not a day goes by where I feel underappreciated; my work is always valued and never goes unnoticed. CS Bank is all about building their employees up and helping them become a better version of themselves. No matter who you are, what your title is, or what position you hold, you will always be treated with respect at CS Bank." - Carla Reyes, Loan Compliance Associate, Financial Center

This is Independent Banker’s fourth annual Best Community Banks to Work For awards. To learn more about these banks and their stories, read the December issue of Independent Banker.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America® has one mission: to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish. We power the potential of the nation’s community banks through effective advocacy, education, and innovation.  

As local and trusted sources of credit, America’s community banks leverage their relationship-based business model and innovative offerings to channel deposits into the neighborhoods they serve, creating jobs, fostering economic prosperity, and fueling their customers’ financial goals and dreams. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at