H.F. Gehant Banking Co. first opened for business on May 10, 1897, on the same site as the current Gehant Bank building in West Brooklyn, Illinois. Despite considerable competition in larger neighboring towns, founder Henry F. Gehant believed there was a need for a community banking institution that focused on the customers’ needs. With $10,000 of capital on opening day, Henry F. Gehant embarked on his mission to serve his community with excellence, a personal touch, and the flexibility unique to a local community bank. Over one hundred years have passed since our founder made those commitments, and time has tightly woven those values into the fabric of Gehant Bank’s character. While the bank has grown, and plans exist for continued growth, Gehant Bank remains family owned and operated. Sharing our founder’s values, staff members remain committed to serving customers on a personal level with just the right combination of friendliness and professionalism.
We believe that people still seek to build a banking relationship based upon trust, respect, and personalized service. “The customer comes first,” is much more than a slogan, it’s our heritage. We are committed to carrying on this heritage with continued excellent customer service, a wide array of competitive banking products, and integration of technology to best serve you. Together with our customers, we have created a solid financial institution in North-Central Illinois, and we look toward the future with great optimism. Gehant Bank desires to contribute to the prosperity of local communities to support their traditions, and positively impact each community member.