Bank of Washington Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer L. B. Eckelkamp Jr. recently announced the promotion of Heather Gildehaus to assistant vice president retail management.

Gildehaus joined the bank in 2007 as a branch manager and has 11 years of financial experience. She has experience in consumer lending, branch teller, new accounts, BSA compliance, leadership, coaching and retail management.

An Owensville High School alum, Gildehaus graduated from Lincoln University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. She is attending School of Banking this winter.

“I am proud to say that I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of a community, home-owned bank that aims to be a leader of quality products, superior service and innovation for tomorrow,” stated Gildehaus.

“I look forward to working hard to foster a workplace environment consistent with the values and practices outlined by the leadership of the Bank of Washington, focusing on employee development as well as building and maintaining strong client relations while providing excellent customer service.”

Gildehaus has volunteered as a board member of the Washington Jaycees and the St. Francis Borgia Parish Board of Education. She also is a member of the Missouri Bankers Association-Young Bankers Division.

She and her husband Matt reside in Marthasville with their daughter Kennedy and son Hudson.

The Bank of Washington is the oldest and largest community bank in Franklin County, serving the community for over 135 years, and offering banking seven days a week at their branch located inside Schnucks in Washington.

In addition to six convenient branch facilities located throughout Washington, Gray Summit and Villa Ridge, the Bank of Washington provides online banking, mobile banking and 14 ATMs throughout Washington, Marthasville, New Haven, Villa Ridge and Gray Summit.