New manager takes reins

By David Rak

ALEX Rosaia has been appointed to take the reins from Tracie Kyne as branch manager for Elmore, Lockington and Rochester Community Banks.

Tracie is leaving after almost a decade in the top job to take on a role with the Bendigo Bank’s community banking division in Bendigo.

Originally from Rochester, Tracie was working for another bank when she decided to make the move to the community bank.

“I saw what they were doing for the community and I wanted to get involved,” Tracie said.

“I’m passionate about the sustainability of the community and allowing local people and businesses to stay in town.”

In her time at that bank Tracie has overseen the growth of the three banks to $200 million worth of business and $1.6 million delivered back into the three communities.

“We were told we would never make it to $100 million in business and hitting $200 million makes me so proud because it means we can give more back and we have the community’s trust,” Tracie said.

‘‘The community banks provide services where other banks have left the community.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to manage an incredible business and it is humbling to have the community’s trust.”

Alex joins the banks from the Trentham Community Bank where he has been customer relationship manager and acting branch manager.

Prior to his role with Trentham, Alex worked his way through several relationship, customer service and support roles with Bendigo Bank at White Hills, Castlemaine and Bendigo.

Living in Bendigo, Alex has connections to our towns having lived in Elmore and played for Elmore’s Under 17 football team.

Board chair Brad Drust said Alex will bring his all-round banking experience and local connections to the role.

“He will combine these with a strong focus on team culture to lead our team in meeting the needs of our customers, community and company,” he said.

“The board also looks forward to working with Alex to grow our rural presence, reinvigorate our presence in Elmore and Lockington and keep servicing business growth in Rochester.

“Alex will be only our third branch manager in 15 years. We have been extremely lucky to have had initially Andre Clayton, then Tracie in the role.

“But with change comes opportunity and we are confident Alex will play a big part in the next successful phase of community banking in our towns.”

Brad said Tracie had a significant, positive impact on our community bank branches and the community.

“Tracie’s been a fantastic branch manager and I’m sure our customers would agree. Her dedication and enthusiasm to grow our Elmore and Lockington business and her drive in helping expand into Rochester will never be forgotten,” he said.

“We thank Tracie and wish her all the very best.”

Tracie and Alex will visit the three branches together to meet customers, shareholders and community members.

Customers are invited to have morning tea and chat to Alex and Tracie as part of the changeover.

Elmore branch: Today from 10am to 11am.

Lockington branch: Wednesday from 10am to 11am.

Rochester Branch: Friday from 10am to 11am.