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February 18, 2014

Bank of American Fork Receives State Award for Age-friendly Banking

American Fork – The UTAH DIVISION OF AGING AND ADULT SERVICES presented BANK OF AMERICAN FORK with the first-ever Award for Age-friendly Banking, in recognition of the bank’s industry-leading work in creating a culture, and products and services that protect seniors.

Nels Holmgren, director of the Utah Division of Aging & Adult Services and Jilenne Gunther, legal services developer for the division, presented the award to Bank of American Fork CEO Richard Beard.

“The products the bank offers provide such peace of mind for both seniors, as well as the family members who care for them. Our office can do a lot to protect seniors, but there are limits to things that government can and should do,” says Holmgren.

Gunther has been a passionate advocate for elder rights. Based on her work implementing age-friendly banking practices, Gunther has been recruited by AARP to be a senior strategic policy advisor for the organization, where she will work on age-friendly banking practices on a national level.

“The products [American Fork Bank] has designed for seniors help prevent financial exploitation and create an environment where they can come and receive top-notch customer service,” says Gunther.

Bank of American Fork CEO Richard Beard expressed his gratitude to the division for its support in creating an age-friendly culture. “In my role as president of Bank of American Fork, I’ve seen more than one heartbreaking example of seniors who’ve suffered financial devastation at the hands of both strangers and those closest to them. We deeply value the relationship with the state, and will continue to work closely with them to provide products and expertise that safeguard seniors, and offer caregivers tools to help protect their loved ones.”

Springville – NEWAYS partnered with MALI RISING FOUNDATION, a Utah-based nonprofit, to construct The Neways Academy. Located in Touban, a rural village in Mali, West Africa, the school will enable hundreds of Malian children to receive secondary education. The school was recently dedicated with a large celebration to commemorate the completion.

Orem – COMCAST opened a new XFINITY store at 21 W. University Parkway in Orem and held a two-day grand opening to celebrate. The new store replaces a location at 542 W. 400 South in Lindon.

Provo – LIKEBRIGHT, INC., a provider of online and mobile dating and matchmaking software and services, acquired substantially all of the assets of MATCHMATE, a Provo-based matchmaking software company.

Spanish Fork – HUHOT opened a new location at 693 N. 920 East. The restaurant is a Mongolian grill.




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