Baldwin City has seen a lot of change over the past hundred years. However, Baldwin State Bank (BSB), founded in 1892 as Baldwin City’s first bank, continues to serve as a community pillar building its success based on core values: service excellence, community and trust. As Baldwin State Bank celebrates its 125 year anniversary in 2017, the community is invited to join the Bank’s anniversary events to be planned throughout the year.
Baldwin State Bank’s website (http://www.baldwinstatebank) states, “The Baldwin State Bank takes pride in focusing on the individual customer’s needs and acting with financial integrity that the community can trust.” How are these words put into action? Let’s start with service excellence. According to President, Bryan Butell, “it comes down to people” including hiring excellent people and giving sincere “personal attention to our customers, who are our friends and neighbors.” As pointed out by Vice President, Jim Sears, “our industry is service and you must provide excellent service because most banks offer the same products you do.” Service includes listening to customer needs, implementing technology such as mobile banking that enhances convenience, security and ease of access and treating customers with respect.
In addition to excellence in customer service, Baldwin State Bank prides itself as a community bank. Jim Sears states, “We love being in Baldwin City…and pride ourselves for supporting many organizations in town.” In fact, BSB has a sustained history of support for Baldwin City’s core educational institutions including USD 348, Baker University, Baldwin Education Foundation, as well as the Lumberyard Arts Center. For example, since 2007 the Bank has donated a combined $107,000 to the Baker University Scholarship Fund and Baldwin Education Foundation through their customers’ Wildcat debit card and Bulldog debit card transactions. Forging partnerships with customers, businesses and nonprofits is integral to the work of this community bank.
As a Community Leader in the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, BSB actively supports Baldwin City’s community events such as the Festival of Lights and the Car Show among other community activities such as the Baldwin City Community Mural Program. According to Jay Randels, Executive Vice President, Baldwin City is a community easy to embrace as it’s “the perfect community for its schools, Baker University, great people and within 45 minutes from Kansas City.” Bank leaders, Bryan Butell, Jim Sears and Jay Randels love the Bank’s downtown location and also having a branch in the Baldwin City Market. They are proud to serve the people of Baldwin City and strive to continue to their positive impact on the community.
Baldwin State Bank Presidents
James Murray 1892 – 1900
A.D. Butell 1900 – 1940
M. Clark 1941
Frank Wolfe 1941 – 1946
Carl B. Butell 1946 – 1960
Claude B. Beeks 1961 – 1966
Donald O. Nutt 1966 – 1986
Carl Butell 1986 – 2008
Tom Dillon 2008 – 2013
Bryan Butell 2013 – Present
Baldwin State Bank Contact Information & Locations
721 High St
Full Service Banking
24 Hour ATM
Baldwin City Market
112 8th St
24 Hour ATM
721 High St
112 8th St (inside City Market)
618 8th St (inside Harter Union)
A look through time at 721 High Street.
1898. Located on the site where the BSB is From Baker University archives, used in Sarah
now…The wagons and teams belonged to Clyde Baker’s Interactive History of Baldwin City and
Stewart who owned the Transfer Co. Baker Baker University.
student trunks on the way to to railroad station. https://www.bakeru.edu/orangeline/specials/baldwinhistory/index.html