Growth Report 2019

Huntington Gives Back, Focuses on Education

By William C. Shivers, regional president, Huntington National Bank

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Huntington Bank enjoyed a fruitful 2018, helping small businesses prosper, consumers manage their finances and giving back to our communities. At the 49 area branches of Huntington, we’re proud to make businesses stronger and improve lives.

In 2018, Huntington colleagues returned to schools in Salem, Warren and Youngstown to present financial literacy education using Junior Achievement curriculum, as well as our Reality Day programming. Huntington adopted McGuffey Elementary School through the Success After 6 program of United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Huntington also works closely with the Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown to deliver financial literacy education.

Helping to meet critical needs is another focus for Huntington and volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank to help those in need is becoming a tradition.

2018 marked the eighth-consecutive year Huntington gave away nearly 1,000 backpacks throughout Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer counties to children as part of our annual backpack initiative.

In February, Huntington received five awards of excellence from Greenwich Associates for the delivery of small-business and middle-market banking and cash management services.

In Decmber, Huntington ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power Small Business Customer Satisfaction survey.

Meanwhile, we increased production in small-business loans in the second quarter.

Our Small Business Administration program achieved increased quarterly production, accounting for a 27% increase in loan originations to more than 2,300 and a 32% increase in dollars lent to $447 million compared to the second quarter 2017.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.