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Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.  ·  PO Box 243, Afton NY 13730

NBT Bank Afton Branch

Business of the month for: March 2017

NBT’s Afton Branch Spotlighted by the

Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce


In the 20th Century, it was considered a sign of the economic viability of a community to have a bank set up a branch within its confines. The First National Bank of Afton was established in 1920 and became a member of the NBT Bank team in 1962. The organization itself provides a stabilizing influencing to the businesses and organizations of the town and local area. The purpose of this month’s Afton Chamber’s Spotlight of NBT has less to do with the acknowledged value and function of the larger organization itself , but more to do with the people who are responsible for the everyday dealings with the public.


Current multi-site Manager of the Bainbridge and Afton Branches, Sandra Reiling, has a 36-year career with NBT and is a familiar face to the branch’s loyal patrons. Sandy is responsible to a large extent for the friendly atmosphere that meets you upon entering the branch. Customers can expect to receive a smile, personalized greeting and friendly service that are not always found in larger branches. Sandy manages a staff of qualified women who currently handle the needs of customers. The acting Customer Service Representative, Jennifer Cower, has been with the bank for 18 years, She also services two branches and is responsible for opening new accounts, loans and servicing existing accounts. Both Sandra and Jennifer answer specific questions and concerns of bank patrons in a manner that inspires confidence and trust.


Although many faces have changed over time, Nancy Cummings Weller has remained a constant for the past 23 years. An Aftonite born and bred, Nancy has risen in the ranks and now mentors a team of highly efficient bank tellers amongst other duties related to her title of Teller Supervisor.


Currently the “teller team” consists of 12-year veteran, Kerrie Monroe, who resides in Sidney with her husband and 3 children; Jenaya Charles, a Masonville resident and 2012 Sidney H.S. graduate who is planning her wedding in August, joined the branch in July 2015; and Joy Harris, a graduate of Walton H.S. , currently lives in Afton with her husband, Fred, and her two children.


All of these ladies exemplify the envisioned banking experience that is intrinsic to NBT’s Mission. As Jennifer Cower so eloquently put it “The people are the ‘sum’ of NBT. We do what we do for them”.


The NBT Afton Branch is located at 182 Main Street. Phone: 607-639-2281. Open 9-4 Mon.-Thurs.; 9-5 Friday and 9-12 Saturday.