• COVID-19 Update 06/26/2020: our Smith Ave., Grand Ave., and North Oaks lobbies will be opening on Monday, June 29. The Randolph drive-up will reopen on Monday, July 6. We require that you wear a mask when you visit our lobbies - thank you!
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Team Members

Heidi Gesell - President/CEO

President / CEO

What do you do at BankCherokee?
What do I do at the bank?  That's a great question as no two days are alike.  Overall, provide the vision and direction for the bank.  Reinforce that direction.  Cheerlead.  Help grow the bank.  Keep us focused.  Serve as a representative in the community--a value of this organization.

How many years have you been in banking?
I started, professionally, in banking in January 1981 and have been at Cherokee since November 1983.  Truly, the bank has been a part of my life forever...

Why do you enjoy working at BankCherokee?
I received a thank-you note today that said, in part, "Thank you for believing in us." That's why--I get a chance to support people.  I get a chance to hear people's dreams.  I get a chance to build relationships with great people.  And every day I have the opportunity to work side by side with some really wonderful people.

What is your favorite movie?
I love movies, so it's hard to choose just one. The Sound of Music ranks near the top.

What was your best vacation ever?
I have been very fortunate and have traveled quite a bit, I love Colorado in the mountains, Italy for its food and warm people and the ocean just about anywhere.