Steve Etheridge has come out of retirement and joined Hickory Point Bank to help serve local small businesses and nonprofit companies with Paycheck Protection Program loans. Etheridge was previously a co-owner of Henson Robinson Company and served as its chief financial officer for 24 years.
“We are thrilled that Steve has stepped up to help the local business community in this hour of need.” said Anthony Nestler, Hickory Point Bank president and CEO. “With his financial and payroll knowledge, Steve brings practical knowledge and additional expertise to the bank’s lending team. As someone who cares about helping others and has strong financial acumen, Steve was a perfect fit.”
Etheridge said, “I retired last April; however, seeing the need to help small businesses during these uncertain times provides the perfect opportunity to offer my experience and specific talents.”
According to Nestler, “The Paycheck Protection Program, created under the CARES Act, is an important tool for many small businesses to navigate through this period of unprecedented adversity. As the federal government has capped the amount of funding available, loan requests are being processed with the highest urgency.”
An employee-owned company, Henson Robinson was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2016. Etheridge and his wife, Sandy, reside in Springfield and have three sons.