Bank of Washington Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer L. B. Eckelkamp Jr. recently announced the promotion of Lori Aholt to vice president of retail operations.

“Lori has done an excellent job in aligning her department with the ever-changing demands of new products and technology,” stated Bank of Washington President Louis B. “Buzz” Eckelkamp III.

“With her leadership, we continually have the support we need for ensuring the delivery of superior customer products and services,” he said. “We are proud of what she has accomplished and know she will continue to do a wonderful job.”

Aholt has worked for the Bank of Washington for over 26 years, starting in the maintenance department and moving into bookkeeping, where she was the retail operations officer, and most recently assistant vice president of retail operations.

“Our department focus continues to be to ensure customers receive the best possible service,” Aholt said. “Whether it be over the phone, in the branch or with their electronic devices, we help customers access their accounts conveniently and securely. We also work hard internally to streamline the processes that involve front line and back office employees.”

Aholt is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School and has completed many professional banking seminars throughout her years of experience.

She is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2661 Ladies Auxiliary and Immaculate Conception Parish in Augusta, where she serves on the parish council, trivia committee, festival committee and is the parish breakfast committee chair.

She also volunteers with the Franklin County Relay For Life Bank of Washington team.

“When I switched jobs 26 years ago, I knew I was switching to a company that was focused on family and community,” Aholt said. “Twenty-six years later, I am still happy that I made that decision. The leadership at the Bank of Washington truly believes family always comes first, and their encouragement for employees to become involved in everything that has to do with our community, regardless of the time of day, is extraordinary.

“I feel fortunate to be a part of this organization,” she added.

Aholt and her husband Steve live in Augusta, and have three children — Brian and wife Jamie; Krista and husband Nathan; and Erin and husband Shawn. They also have three grandchildren — Jacob, Aubrey and Carter.

The Bank of Washington is the oldest and largest community bank in Franklin County, serving the community for 140 years, and offering banking seven days a week at their branch located inside Schnucks in Washington.

In addition to six branch facilities located throughout Washington, Gray Summit and Villa Ridge, the Bank of Washington also provides online banking, mobile banking and ATMs throughout Washington, Marthasville, New Haven, Villa Ridge and Gray Summit.