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Champlain National leader retiring

Champlain National Bank President and CEO Jon Cooper is retiring from the banking industry affective Feb. 1.

Champlain National Bank President and CEO Jon Cooper is retiring from the banking industry affective Feb. 1. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— After almost 40 years in the business of numbers, Champlain National Bank President and CEO Jon Cooper is looking forward to a morning walk.

“I’m getting up in the morning and taking a walk with my wife,” said Cooper, who is retiring from the bank effective Feb. 1. “Then I am going to say, the day is ours, what do you want to do with it.”

Cooper entered the financial world at the age of 21, working for a public accounting firm before getting into the banking industry.

“I have stayed in banking the entire rest of the time,” he said.

In April of 2006, Cooper was hired as the President and CEO of CNB, and will have almost served seven years in that position when he departs.

“I will be around for a couple of weeks to help with the transition, if needed,” Cooper said about turning the reigns over to his successor, Joseph Shaw. “If we need a couple more weeks, I will do that. If not, then I will move along.”

Cooper said that while many would look at the numbers and spreadsheets to determine the success of the company during his tenure (to which he said, “the bank is in an extremely strong position with a solid balance sheet,” increasing revenues from just over $650,000 in 2006 to near $1.8 million now), he would look at the perspective that the customers have.

“I think we have significantly changed the image of the company,” Cooper said. “We have re-focused on what it means to be a community bank. We have been more involved in the community not only because it pays back for the bank, but you have to be willing to give back what you get.”

Part of working with the community was understanding the customer.

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